How To Build A Canvas Wall Tent

Canvas Wall Tent Fabric 101: Types, Treatments, Strength, Shrinkage

10.1 oz weight double-fill cotton Army Duck canvas wall tent created from one of our canvas wall tents. While studying wall tents, we came across some information concerning canvas. As a result of our decision to camp in a wall tent, we’ve grown a bit more confident. If you are also contemplating purchasing a wall tent, the following information will assist you in making your decision on the sort of canvas to use for your wall tent. You can also check out our wall tent buying guide, which goes over a variety of aspects other than the different varieties of fabric.

What is Canvas Fabric?

Originally constructed of cotton but now now available in man-made fibers such as polyester, canvas is a thick, woven fabric that is used for a variety of purposes. Canvas is also known as Duck, not because water rolls off of it like a duck’s back, but because the term “doek” comes from the Dutch language. Canvas has been used for millennia to make sails, tarps, tents, backpacks, and heavy garments, as well as for other purposes.

Army Duck

Consider Army duck (also known as cotton duck or shelter duck; see below for an example/source of duck material) for a wall tent. Double fill (warpfill; lengthwisecrosswise) canvas refers to the fact that the threads have been doubled by twisting two threads together to form a thicker, stronger single thread that is then employed in both weave directions to produce a stronger and tighter weave canvas. The term “Army duck” refers to a duck that was made to suit the criteria of the United States Army.

Heavy canvas is not necessarily better, and the quality of the tent is decided by the weave of the canvas as well as the water, fire, and/or anti-mildew treatments applied to the fabric.

Canvas Treatments

When exposed to external flame, fire resistant canvas will burn for as long as the flame is in contact with the canvas, but will not burn if the external flame is withdrawn. It is not possible to prevent sparks from the smoke stack from burning “pin holes” in the canvas using fire retardant. A dry silicon treatment or a paraffin treatment can be used to waterproof canvas; in any case, today’s double fill canvas treated with waterproofing does not leak or seep as canvas used to do. Canvas may be sprayed with new water proofing as it becomes necessary.

Mold and mildew should have a tough time growing on polyester canvas, unless it is unclean and moist, which they most likely will.

Canvas, regardless of the sort of treatment it has had, must always be thoroughly dried before being stored.

Canvas Strength

According to another source, the 12.0 oz. double fill canvas has a breaking strength of 389 lbs (in the warp direction) and 241 lbs (in the cross direction) (fill direction). A 10.1 oz. double fill and 10.1 oz. double fill marine treated canvas with breaking strengths of 216 and 202 pounds respectively (warp) and 153 and 140 pounds respectively (weft) were used to test their breaking strengths (fill). In other words, if this is accurate, it indicates that the strength of 12.0 oz canvas is stronger than the strength of 10.1 oz canvas by an average (warpfill) of 41% but the increase in weight is just 16 percent.

Initially, this appears to contravene conventional engineering and physical principles, which dictate that weight increases should be greater than strength increases; yet, empirical evidence is difficult to argue against.

Canvas Weight

Consider 10.1 oz canvas for lesser weight and 12.0 oz canvas for long-term semi-permanent camps if you want to save money on weight. For us, because we have only camped near the truck, weight has not been an issue, and because we only use the tent for about two weeks during the summer and another two weeks in the fall, the 10.1-ounce canvas has shown little wear. I do not believe the tent will wear out during our lifetime, provided we keep it clean and dry before storing it. As a result, in our instance, the 10.1 oz.

Canvas Shrinkage

Make sure you know how much your canvas is expected to shrink before you start painting it. Some canvas claims to have been pre-shrunk before being used. I was warned to expect 3 percent shrinking for one of our wall tents, however it appears that some canvas can shrink by as much as 10 percent in some cases. The EMT poles for the interior frame of our tent shrank by 3 percent when I cut them, and I prepared for this to happen since I didn’t want to have to re-cut poles every time I put up the tent.

However, our tent has not shrunk by more than 1%, and as a result, the tent continues to droop on the frame.

I wish I had anticipated approximately half of the shrinkage at the outset, even if it meant re-cutting the poles later on.

Other Fabrics for Wall Tent

Our Elk Mountain Wall Tent is available for rent (13 x 13 ft). There are a variety of various textiles that may be used to construct tents nowadays, and some wall tents are even constructed from man-made materials. Elk Mountain Tents of Nampa, Idaho, manufactured our newest wall tent out of 10 oz polyester-based canvas. The lightweight (the 13 x 16 foot tent weighs around 60 lbs) and durable canvas is less sensitive to mold and mildew than cotton-based canvas and less likely to absorb water than cotton-based canvas.

  • In Cabelas’ Alaknak Tents, X-Treme Tent Cloth is utilized.
  • It is also available in other sizes.
  • If you read some of the reviews, it is clear that the material does not have the ability to breathe, and condensation is a major concern.
  • I was also concerned about snow accumulating on the Alaknak’s complexly formed roof, as well as the possibility that sparks from the fire would burn numerous pin holes in the cloth.
  • There are certain tents that are “blended” with both Relite and canvas; for example, a canvas roof with Relite side walls, an end wall, and a door is used on some tents.

However, I have heard reports saying that Relite begins to exhibit significant wear after only a few years of use. In other words, it may be a choice when weight reduction is absolutely important, but don’t expect it to endure 20 years or more like a decent canvas.

Build your Own Canvas Wall Tent – Fort McPherson Tents

We use 10 oz., 100 percent cotton canvas for our base 45 foot wall versions, which are built to last for years to come. Please contact us if you require a tent with a higher wall height, a larger floor space, or a double tent. This is the most popular of our tent lines. Outfitters, prospectors, hunters, trappers, mining exploration camps, and even glampers are attracted to this area of the country.

Specializing in Canvas Wall Tents

To avoid moisture loss, all Fort McPherson Tents are designed and constructed with interlocking lap-seams that are sewed together with a two needle lockstitch. All of the corners and stress areas have been strengthened. In order to ensure that our canvas tents are of the greatest possible quality, we use 10 oz., 100 percent cotton army duck Sunforger canvas. This material is mildew-resistant and flame-resistant. Fort McPherson wall tents are well-known and can be found in some of the most remote parts of the world, including Germany, Italy, and Finland.

Designed and manufactured in Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories, with care and strength by Canadians.

Please keep in mind that tents do not come with poles or a floor.

In most cases, our clients will construct their own tent frames on site from natural resources, or they may use timber for more permanent constructions.

r/Bushcraft – Questions about making my own canvas wall tent.

Although I’ve always desired a canvas wall tent, the price tag on one is prohibitive. My thoughts and ideas about creating my own have been circling around in my brain for a while now, and I was hoping to receive some feedback on them. First and foremost, is 8 ozcanvas going to be sufficient for the purpose of the material? Because canvas drop cloths are available in rather big quantities at a reasonable price from my local hardware shop, I’m just considering 8 ounces for the time being. So, instead of wasting my time, should I just look into getting 10 or 12 oz instead?

  • The majority of the time, though, I’ve found that individuals have done it with simply two tall poles centered in the front and one in the rear, with a ridge pole connecting the two.
  • Is this a system that you can rely on?
  • And last, I’m not very good at sewing and even if I could, I wouldn’t want to spend the time stitching a 10×12 tent together by hand.
  • The whole ceiling of the tent would be one piece, so it would only be necessary to join the two side walls, the back wall, and the two door flaps at the front of the tent.

I’ve seen stuff like 3M Super 77 used to hold sails together, and I’m wondering if it wouldn’t be sufficient to hold some canvas together as well. It’s just something I’ve been thinking about for a long and thought I’d ask you for your thoughts to see if you had any insight.

How to Build A Wall Tent Platform

Construction of a wooden or concrete platform to act as a base will provide the most enjoyable canvas wall tent experience possible. Although we’ll be using a 12′ x 16′ platform as an example in this post, the measurements are easily adjusted for whatever wall tent size you want. You can also discover designs for our most popular wall tent sizes farther down on this page. Watch this short movie to get an insight of the platform-building process in action.

What you’ll need

Before you begin building, gather the following materials, which can be acquired at any local hardware shop with relative ease.


  • (1) Post top connection (Yardistry YP21012)
  • (18) Joist hanger for single 2′′ x 6′′
  • (1-2 boxes) exterior wood screws or nails
  • (1) post top connector (Yardistry YP21012)


  • Flat surface
  • (9) 4′′ x 4′′ posts, trimmed to length
  • (1 bag) gravel fill
  • (1-2 bags) concrete, for a more stable foundation
  • (1-2 bags) concrete
  • (9) Concrete deck blocks (for use only on a slanted surface)


  • (2) 2′′ x 6′′ 16′ beams
  • (3) 2′′ x 6′′ 12′ beams
  • (18) 2′′ x 6′′ 8′ joists
  • (2) 2′′ x 6′′ 16′ joists


  • A total of 36 deck or composite floor boards measuring 5/4″ x 6″ x 12′

Setting the posts

  1. Locate a level surface and outline a 12-by-16-foot space for the platform. In order to accommodate beams, posts must be placed 1 1/2″ from the outer corners. Locate the Middle Posts in accordance with the dimensions provided below. It is recommended that the center post be 5 1/2″ shorter than the rest of the columns in order to allow the center beam, which will rest on the post top connector. Once the location of the posts has been determined, dig a hole at least 6″ deep. Place the post in the ground and cover with gravel to improve drainage.

Attaching the perimeter

  1. Reduce the length of two shorter beams to 11’9″
  2. Reduce the length of two longer beams to 16′
  3. Reduce the length of one short middle beam to 11’2″ Exterior beams should be screwed directly into the post using galvanized wood screws. Check to see if they are level. For a short beam, place (2) joist hangers within the middle columns. (Optional) A Post Top Connector measuring 4″ by 4″ should be placed in the center of the central column. Install a small beam on the center column between the two middle columns to provide additional support.

Adding the joists

  1. Find the middle of the short center beam and use it to determine the joist spacing. Once the center has been determined, make a mark at 16″ on center for the remainder of the joists. Install joist hangers on both sides of the short central beam, where the joists will be suspended
  2. And Install the joists in the joist hanger and secure them with wood screws. Screw directly from the beam to the joists on the outside of the structure.

Placing the floor boards

  1. It is possible to utilize pressure treated wood deck board or composite deck board for this project. Deck planks should be cut to 12′ in length. Lay out the boards to check that they all fit on the platform without the need to rip the boards — If all boards are consistent 5 1/2″ in width, all boards should fit on a 12′ x 16′ platform without gaps between the boards. The floor planks should be fastened to the joists using screws.

Application of platform deck boards in 1216

adding an Outrigger

Once your platform is complete, you may add an outrigger to make your canvas wall tent experience even more enjoyable and memorable.

Still looking for the perfect wall tent?

Get started by looking through our most popular canvas wall tent designs. After all, adventure is only around the corner.

How to Make an Outfitters Wall Tent

It is a style of tent that consists of two short “walls,” or portions of fabric, that are perpendicular to the ground before angling inward and coming to a point at the top. The majority of wall tents were fashioned of canvas by outfitters and came in a range of sizes for a number of purposes, including shelter for fur trappers, mobile military officer quarters, and gold prospectors. Even though canvas wall tents, like other canvas tents, have largely been replaced by lighter, more affordable nylon and synthetic tents, they may still be constructed with the proper tools.

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Items you will need

  • 1 fabric tarp measuring 10 by 20 feet with grommets 1 canvas tarp measuring 12 by 9 1/2 feet
  • Sewing machine
  • Drill, rope for guy wires, and one 10-foot 2-by-4 board and two 7-foot 2-by-2 boards are required.

Step 1

Place the canvas tarp, which is 10 by 20 feet, on the ground. Using a pencil, draw a line across the canvas 2 1/2 feet in from the 10-foot, or shorter, edges of the canvas. Each side of the tarp should have six grommets uniformly spaced 2 feet apart along this line on each side. These grommets will allow you to attach guy wires along the length of the tent, which will serve to both hold the tent erect and form the walls of the tent.

Step 2

Grommets should be attached to the corners of the tarp if they do not already have grommets on the corners. According to where you purchased the canvas tarp, it could or might not have grommets along the edges.

Step 3

Prepare the tent flaps by laying out the 9 1/2-by-12-foot canvas tarp on the ground. Using a ruler, measure and cut down the middle of the 12-foot-long side to create two rectangles measuring 9 1/2 by 6 feet each. Measure in 2 1/2 feet from the end of one side of each rectangle, starting at the beginning. Make a pencil mark 7 feet down the opposite side of the rectangle on the other side of the rectangle. Draw a diagonal line across the canvas connecting the two markings and cut it. This should result in four equal sections of canvas, each having a 7-foot side, a 2 1/2-foot side, a 6-foot side, and an angled 7 1/2-foot side on either side of the canvas.

Step 4

Sew two sides of each tent flap to the proper sides of the tent canvas using a needle and thread or a sewing machine.

Sew the 2 1/2-foot-long parts to a section of wall, and the 7 1/2-foot sections to the section of roof that is adjacent to the wall section. Attach eight grommets at 1-foot intervals along the 7-foot portions of the tent so that the pieces may be linked together and the tent can be closed.

Step 5

Carve a point into the end of each of the 2-by-2s using a hatchet or a knife using a sharp tool. To begin, drill a 1 1/2-inch hole in the center of the 10-foot 2-by-4 board, 4 inches in from the ends of the plank.

Step 6

Slide the 2-by-4 through a set of tent flaps, down the middle of the tent, and secure it in place with a rope. Make use of the grommets around the edges of the tent to attach guy lines, and then stake the lines into place. Insert the pointed ends of the 2-by-2s into the holes that have been made in the 2-by-4s and erect the tent as a result. Biography of the Author Since 2008, Michael Belcher has worked as a public relations specialist for a variety of organizations, including academic groups and volunteer organizations.

Canvas Wall Tent Builder

Starting at:$ 642.00 With our Custom Hunt Camp Tent Builder, you can design the precise canvas wall tent you need, in the exact size and configuration you choose. Just your tent or your entire Hunt Camp may be designed and built at the same time in one location. Selecting your tent size and options is the first step; the rest of the options are optional.


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Standard Features

Because of our many years in business, we’ve been able to discover high-wear regions in our tents, which we give particular attention to while building each and every one of our tents. We strengthen all stress points in order to ensure that our wall tents provide many years of fun and service. In addition, all of our regular tents are equipped with high-quality amenities! Please keep in mind that poles and frames are supplied separately or in packages. Packaged Items can be found here.

  • Walls cut to 5′ in length
  • Stove jack in your choice of 4′′ or 5.5′′ size
  • Zippered entry door
  • Attached sod cloth (which seals the tent to the ground)
  • Ridge Pole Sleeves
  • Ropes cut to size with metal tensioners inserted
  • Steel stakes packaged separately

Breathability! The reason that breathability is so crucial is that it helps to reduce and eliminate condensation. In only one night, four individuals sleeping in a tent create two liters of condensation from their breath! Combine this with additional factors that contribute to moisture in the air, such as boiling water, propane heating, and drying your clothes, and you have a damp indoor environment to contend with. The moisture is able to escape through the tent due to the treatment given to the cotton, which keeps you warm and dry.

Breathability, Longevity!

Because of its influence on breathability as well as how long your tent will last, the type of treatment used to make your tent resistant to the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, repel water and mildew, or delay the development of fire is an important consideration. To demonstrate this, you might cut a single piece of untreated canvas in two and apply Sunforger ® to one half while applying a different treatment to the other half. The Sunforger ® treated half would outperform the other half in terms of strength, breathability, overall integrity, and lifespan.

When exposed to the weather, inferior treatments reduce the breathability of the canvas and accelerate the degradation of the fabric, making the tent less comfortable and shortening its useful life.

Numerous importers have approached us, and while we briefly contemplated offering a “economy line” of tents that were foreign-produced (and, thus, not Sunforger ® treated), we have not yet found one for which we felt confident enough to put our reputation on the line.

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The majority of hunters who spend a significant amount of time in the backcountry understand that a high-quality wall tent is the cornerstone of a comfortable camp and a successful hunting experience. Big Sky Canvas’s Wall Tents are the ideal home away from home for sportsmen on the road. Tents have long been the chosen option of outfitters seeking a secure base camp, but they are swiftly becoming the preferred choice of more and more big-game hunters who see that a tent is more than just a place to sleep.

Made of heavy-duty 12 oz.

Wind, rain, and snow that is very persistent are shed.

Many people construct their own tent frames, but we can provide them as an alternative (sold separately).

  • 1 window (24″x30″) on the rear wall
  • Stove jack with flap
  • Zippered door with buckling weather flap
  • 1 window (24″x30″) on the front wall
  • Sod cloth surrounding the tent’s foundation
  • Bag for storing a tent

*Frames, flys, and floors are available separately and are made entirely in the United States. Tent frames are used to hold up tents. TheTent Framepage contains information on the several types of tent frames available, as well as information on the constructing procedure for canvas tent frames. Unless otherwise specified, Big Sky Canvas makes all pieces to order. Lead times might vary and can take as long as 3-4 weeks in some cases. Please double-check with Big Sky Canvas to ensure that we will meet your estimated ship date deadline.


Are your canvas tents manufactured in the United States? Our wall tents are designed and built entirely in the United States at our own factory, and we are quite proud of this fact. Each stitch is made by a staff that prioritizes quality over all other considerations. What’s the deal with Canvas? Canvas has a substantially longer life lifetime than nylon or polyester and is therefore more durable. Canvas can be re-treated with waterproofing, fireproofing, or UV agents, depending on the use. It is also extremely breathable, which helps to keep moisture out of the tent and prevent condensation from forming within.

  1. Our tents have been in use by many of our clients for many, many years.
  2. During the early years of our country’s history, visitors seeking shelter from the elements in a wall tent or cabin tent made up the majority of the population.
  3. Our ideas, craftsmanship, construction, and materials are among the best available anywhere in the world.
  4. As an added bonus, you will be aware that it was created by hand by one of the most talented teams in the Canvas Tent business.
  5. Yes, upon request, we can provide wall tents with built-in flooring that are sewed into the walls.
  6. No, it is not necessary to use a rain fly in all situations.
  7. This is a low-cost insurance policy for your investment, and it is one that we suggest.
  8. Please inquire for further information.
  9. Porches may be constructed in a variety of ways, but we can also create your tent frame to incorporate a porch, allowing the porch to be smoothly integrated into your tent cover.

A fly protects the tent roof from harmful ultraviolet rays, provides an extra moisture barrier, prevents stove sparks from burning a small hole in the tent roof, and keeps the tent roof clean from the elements of Mother Nature. What is the approximate weight of the canvas wall tents?

  • The canvas is 10 ounces and has been fire treated and waxed to provide a finish that is both water and fire resistant. Each tent choice and the size of your wall tent will have a different weight associated with it. Please contact us if you want a precise dimension of the tent specification that you have selected. 13 oz. canvas that has been treated with fire retardant and waxed for water resistance. Please inquire about 13 oz. canvas choices. This choice will increase the weight of your tent. The 10 oz. option is a popular choice for individuals who are hauling their tents into the backcountry on horseback or mules because it is light and does not add much weight to the load.

Do you have any secondhand canvas tents for sale? No, all of our tents are custom constructed to order in order to provide our customers with the highest level of quality and workmanship available. Does your company provide a discount to outfitters? Yes, we provide our wall tents at a discounted rate to outfitters based on the amount of orders they place each month. Please contact us and we will see what we can do to assist you. Call (406) 543-8303 for more information. Do you make bespoke tents to order?

  • Bring us your ideas and we will work with you to create something that is exactly to your requirements and made of the highest quality materials.
  • We like collaborating with customers on innovative ideas.
  • How long do you think my tent will last?
  • Making your investment far more than a good investment.
  • Our wall tent flooring are made of innovative shelter-lite vinyl, which will last for generations if required by the customer.
  • Is the structure of the frames sturdy enough to withstand a significant snow load?
  • We don’t advocate allowing the snow to accumulate for an extended amount of time, and it should be swept off the tent before it becomes too heavy to carry.

Our tents are equipped with a single 8ft-wide entrance in the front center for simple entry and exit.

Is it necessary to have an interior structure or may the tents be hung from the outside?

In the backcountry, you may either use lodge poles or another type of wood, or you can use one of our interior wall tent frames.

Is it necessary to tie the tent to the interior frame because of the internal frame?

Tent pegs will be used to secure the canvas tent to the ground, and rope and stakes will be used to secure the canvas tent to the walls of the tent.

The combination of all of these anchors enables your canvas tent endure heavy winds, snow, rain, and other elements that you may face when camping, hunting, or fishing in the great outdoors.

CPAI-84 fire regulations apply to Big Sky Canvas’s wall tents. Are these tents compliant? Yes, all of our canvas wall tents meet or exceed the criteria of CPAI-84 for fire safety. According to CPAI-84 fire treatment rules, our wall tents must fulfill the requirements of the following states:

  • California, Minnesota, Michigan, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York are among the states represented.

All Big Sky Canvas tents marketed in the above-mentioned states are compliant with these specifications. The time required to set up a tent and frame is around 30 minutes. It might take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to set up one of our canvas tents, depending on the size of the tent. What are the dimensions of the side walls, exactly? The side walls of our tent are 5 feet in height. Camping in a tent is the preferred mode of transportation for individuals who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, but did you know that the canvas tent has also played an essential role in our history?

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Despite the fact that camping is now more connected with pleasure than with survival, it is still essential to buy the correct tent if you want to have a comfortable stay.

Why are Canvas Tents the Best Type of Tents?

Perhaps you’re pondering why you should choose a canvas tent for your camping excursions. Because after all, it’s not difficult to obtain tents constructed of more sophisticated materials these days. Here are some of the reasons why canvas is the preferred fabric for camping tents.

Protection from the Sun and Wind

Tents made of canvas are far more durable than tents made of nylon or polyester. Once they’ve been properly fixed, they won’t flap around as much as lightweight tents do in heavy winds. Because canvas is thicker than nylon and poly textiles, less sunlight is allowed to enter the interior of your tent when you are using canvas. This means that your tent may provide a refreshing relief from the heat and can protect you from sunburn and heat stroke.

Optimum Insulation

When it comes to cold weather, thicker fabric means less heat escapes from your tent, which means you’ll be toasty warm and toasty inside no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. The thicker the cloth, the more comfortable the temperature inside your tent will be.

Best for the Long Haul

A canvas tent is an excellent choice if you intend to go camping for a week or longer and want to be comfortable. Canvas tents will remain in position without sagging for far longer periods of time than lightweight nylon tents. Moreover, they are far more durable, and even after years of usage, they show little evidence of wear and tear.

Condensation and Breathability

The majority of canvas tents are made of cotton, which allows them to be far more breathable than synthetic textiles. In your tent, this means less condensation and more fresh air because of the increased ventilation.

Sustainable Construction

Cotton is both organic and biodegradable, whereas synthetic materials are none of these things. The decomposition of a synthetic tent takes years, but canvas tents disappear into the landscape in a matter of weeks once they have been disposed of. The fact that canvas tents have such a lengthy lifespan means that they rarely end up at a landfill site for starters.

Heat and Tear Resistance

Canvas has the capacity to withstand the impact of sharp items such as sticks and pebbles without suffering any damage.

Canvas tents have sturdy walls that can readily handle the pulls and twists that are involved in setting up and moving your tent, as well as the elements. Always go for a tent that has been coated with a fire retardant in accordance with CPAI-84 regulations and recommendations.

Quick Fixes

In the odd event that you damage your canvas tent, repairing it is a simple and straightforward process. Sewing a patch into a rip is always less expensive than replacing your tent, and you may repair a canvas tent as many times as necessary.

Safe Access

The floor is accessible through the portals of wall canvas tents. Because of this, there is less danger of tripping over the irritating fabric ledge that may be seen on D-zipper tents, which is a design benefit. It also means you will feel less claustrophobic when in a wall tent, and you will be able to rest in comfort while taking in the scenery around you. Unwanted guests are kept out of wall tents by a full-length screen that is installed when the door is left open.

What Type of Canvas Tent Suits Your Needs?

When selecting a canvas tent for camping, the first thing to consider is how many people you will be accommodating in the tent at any given time. Canvas tents are available in a variety of sizes, ranging from tiny tents measuring 8′ x 10′ to huge tents reaching 16′ x 20′ in width and length. The next thing to think about is the sort of tent you want to use. Canvas camping tents are generally classified into four categories:

Bell Tents

Bell tents, also known as yurt tents, are characterized by the presence of a center pole as well as an A-frame pole for the entrance. They’re easy to set up and provide decent wind resistance, although the interior space may be a touch claustrophobic.

Range Tents

This lightweight and adaptable tent is great for individuals who want to travel with as little as possible. You may hang it on a limb of a tree if necessary, and it is simple and quick to assemble. Most of the time, you’ll erect your range tent utilizing a straightforward outside two-pole technique.

Wall Tents

Wall tents, also known as safari tents or outfitter tents, are an excellent choice for big gatherings and long-term camping because of their versatility. Most of the time, the walls are roughly 5 feet tall, and the interiors are vast. Despite the fact that wall tents are difficult to carry and put up, they provide the most comfortable accommodation by far and are frequently seen in permanent tented camps.

Glamping Tents

Because of the adaptability of wall tents, you can simply change them to include all types of amenities for high-end campers, such as air conditioning. A glamping tent is a permanent structure that includes amenities such as private toilets, decks, luxurious mattresses, and lounging places. Almost every aspect of our canvas wall tents may be customized to meet your exact requirements. So do let us know if you have something specific in mind, and we will do everything we can to meet your needs.

Choosing Canvas Weight

With relation to canvas weight, the general rule is that heavier canvas provides better sun protection and more strength. Canvas that is thicker is also harder and more resistant to tearing. Canvas fabric’s tensile strength is measured in ounces per square yard by the manufacturer, with 10.1 oz/sq.

yd being the most prevalent form of canvas. This is completely suitable for the occasional summer use that you may require. In the event that you want to camp for several weeks at a time or in really cold weather, it is better to use a canvas that is somewhat heavier than 10.1oz.

Tent Hardware

No matter how well-made your canvas is, it will not keep your tent from tumbling over if it is supported by weak poles and poor-quality guide lines. Always ask to examine the hardware that will be included with your tent before making a purchase.

Tent Poles

Bamboo poles are frequently used for lightweight, short-stay tents, and they perform well due to the great tensile strength of this particular bamboo. Those searching for something a little more sturdy may go for a tent that comes with an asteel conduit structure.

Tent Pegs

Tent pegs are one of the most crucial pieces of camping equipment you may own. Aluminum and plastic pegs may flex and break if they are used on uneven terrain, so avoid using them. When it comes to fastening your tent, steel pegs or stakes are significantly superior options.

Tent Zippers

Probably won’t give a second thought to the zippers on your tent when you’re out buying, but it’s important to remember that if you can’t seal your tent, it’s pretty much worthless. Prior to purchasing your tent, look for the SBS or YKK markings on the zippers or at the very least check them out before purchasing.

Guy Lines

The greater the size of your tent, the more guy lines you’ll need to keep it secure. In the event that you tighten your guy lines too much, a decent quality rope will not tear and should survive for many years. For guy rope sliders, a minimum thickness of 14 inches is recommended. Verify that the sliders on your man ropes are made of high-quality wood, metal, or aluminum before using them. Plastic sliders should be avoided.

Floor Options

The primary function of a tent floor is to keep the interior of your tent clean and dry at all times. Vinyl is the most durable, waterproof, and warm sort of flooring for tents, and it is also the most affordable. Wall tents, on the other hand, do not necessarily come with a waterproof floor, although bell tents almost always do. Following the construction of your canvas tent, you will need to lay the ground floor. Frequently, you’ll need to order a floor for your wall tent separately from the rest of the tent.

You should get your floor from the same business that manufactured your tent.

Tent Stitching

Stitching, like zippers, is one of those features that is sometimes ignored when purchasing a tent. However, the manner your tent is put together has an impact on how waterproof, rip-proof, and sturdy it is likely to be in the long run. Make sure your tent’s seams have been thoroughly and fairly sewed in with strong, thick thread before purchasing it; otherwise, it will be difficult to tell.

Ventilation Points

Despite the fact that canvas is a permeable material, canvas tents may get stuffy and heated when it is humid.

Choose a tent that has mesh screened windows to aid with ventilation while you are camping. When it comes to wall tents, there are often no vents at the top of the tent, but we can install additional windows if you want more ventilation in your tent.

Go Camping

When it comes to tent camping, we are confident that our canvas tents will meet all of your needs and expectations. We are pleased to announce that all of our tents are proudly manufactured in the United States and are constructed with meticulous attention to detail.

Wall Tent Making Plans – pdf.

Actually, I built one of these in 2001 and used it for 4-5 week-long reenactment wars as well as a dozen or so weekend events before taking it camping with my husband for six months. We had to evacuate for the winter in November, but when we returned in late March, the building was still standing and ready for business. I desperately wish we hadn’t had to abandon it, but that’s life, right? The umbrella pavillion, which is also known as an umbrella gazebo, became popular among members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).

Friend worked in theater and got his hands on some flame retardant they use in set paints, which he mixed in with a mildicide to make exterior latex paint (Note: don’t get a dark color, like a medium blue, because it turns into a solar over in August – ask me how I know – but it worked great then for drying herbs hung from the rafters), which he mixed 1:1 with water and painted to waterproof it.

We made our center pole in two pieces that went together with a bit of square tubing and a couple nutsbolts.

Hope that helps!

Living in a Canvas Wall Tent

How does living in a tent for the most of the time sound? Is it possible that you’re simply interested about what it might be like? Perhaps you’re seeking for tents that you can live in year-round — tents that are suitable for year-round use. Do you have any questions? Hopefully, we may be of assistance! There are some individuals who choose to live in a tent for a lengthy period of time, and believe it or not, they are very comfortable while doing so. The decision to live in a tent involves many considerations, but when done right, it can be not only a lot of fun, but also a genuinely amazing experience that you will never forget.

However, it carries with it a slew of advantages and lifestyle modifications that continue to draw in an increasing number of individuals each year.

It’s not clear whether it’s even feasible to live in a wall tent.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of canvas tent life, and what characteristics distinguish a good tent from a bad one? We will answer all of these questions and more in this post, so if you have ever dreamed of living in a canvas tent, you have come to the perfect spot.

Why live in a Tent?

One significant advantage of living in a tent is the low expense of doing so. It is far less expensive than owning a home or even renting an apartment. Even though there are several items you will need to purchase, the entire cost is still far less than the monthly costs of gas, rent, internet, and power.

Improve your Health

There have been studies conducted to demonstrate that spending a significant amount of time in the forest, a practice known as forest bathing, can benefit your health in a variety of ways. The phytoncides emitted by plants assist you in taking in more air, maintaining body control, and strengthening your immune system, among other things. Those who believe in the benefits of spending time in nature also feel that it might make you happier. Let’s not forget about the increase in Vitamin D levels as well.

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Lower your Carbon Footprint

Living in a tent is one of the most environmentally friendly things you can do if you want to minimize the bad influence you have on the environment and on the globe. By choosing to live in the vast outdoors, you may avoid consuming large amounts of power, water, and other resources that have a negative influence on the environment. By living in a tent, you can significantly reduce your impact on the world, or carbon footprint, and you may feel secure and tranquil in the knowledge that you have contributed to making the world a more peaceful and prosperous place.

Simplify and Prioritize

Things in the world are growing increasingly difficult all of the time, and The world is full with drama, and many people desire to get away from it all so they can concentrate on the essential things in life. Living in a tent might assist you in determining your priorities and concentrating on the things that are important in the long run. Things that appear to be really significant in the world are often relegated to the back burner. You will come to understand that luxury possessions and other things that appeared significant at the time aren’t really that important after all.

It is a really therapeutic and soul-searching event for those who participate.

Move Around

You are no longer confined to a single location! Not happy with your current situation? Move! Do you want to try something different? Move! Do you have a friend or family member you’d want to pay a visit to? Move!

Challenge Yourself

Another aspect that makes living in the great outdoors such an appealing and thrilling concept is that it is a genuine struggle to do. It will very certainly be one of the most hard experiences of your life, but it will also be one of the most gratifying experiences of your life. So many resources that you rely on on a daily basis are suddenly no longer available to you. You will learn a great deal about yourself as well as how to come up with innovative solutions to challenges that may emerge.

In addition to dealing with unusual events, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how people lived hundreds of years ago before all of the technical developments that are visible in our modern world.

The Downsides of Living in a Tent

Despite this, living in a tent has its drawbacks, and there are some things to consider before committing to a tent lifestyle. 1.

Safety Concerns

When living in the wilderness, accidents can happen, and you must be prepared with first-aid kits and survival supplies. When disaster strikes, you’ll need more than simply these goods on hand to cope. When accidents or severe diseases do occur, the fact that you are most likely a vast distance away from medical help is a significant disadvantage. Make a strategy for when things go wrong so that you can respond quickly and effectively. Depending on your location, wild animals may also be a source of concern.

Keep your food covered and sealed in order to lessen the possibility of coming across harmful creatures when out camping.

Some people will also hang food from a tree so that it is out of reach.

Bad Weather

When you live in a house, poor weather isn’t a huge concern since you can just slip inside for a few hours if the weather turns terrible. Living in the great outdoors is a whole different story. When it comes to living in a tent, bad weather may be a huge barrier for many people who have contemplated it since it can be really uncomfortable. If you want to live in a tent throughout the cooler months of the year, you’ll need a means of providing heat for yourself and your family. You’ll need a wood-burning fire or a high-quality gas heater to keep warm.

A stove jack is included with every tent purchased from Elk Mountain Tents.

Sanitation Issues

Now, we are not claiming that living in a tent is inherently dirty; rather, we are stating that there is a natural scarcity of contemporary sanitation technologies in this environment. For example, plumbing and garbage removal are two examples. While there are public facilities where one may take care of this, it might be quite difficult for tent dwellers who are accustomed to living in their tents. What do you envision as your long-term solution? The fact that there are no showers in a tent is another consideration.

Bathing in a river or other body of water, on the other hand, is a possibility as well.

However, hard winters may make it nearly difficult to do.

Community (or Lack thereof)

Most individuals prefer alone time until it is all they have, at which point they begin to seek other people. I’m not going to judge you; you do you! Know yourself and make a strategy for the future. One suggestion to help you stay involved in your community is to create regular activities with your friends — for example, every Saturday you might host a game night with your pals.

Alternatively, you might try purchasing a gym membership, which would not only provide you with some human connection but would also provide you with access to a shower. Another method to mix community and utility is through public libraries, which offer free internet access.

Other things to Consider

Know your surroundings, understand the laws, and understand your rights. If you want to camp on federal or state land, you will be subject to time limits on how long you may stay in a certain area. Is it permissible to light bonfires? Is it necessary to obtain a permit? Make sure you do your homework before you leave!


Generally speaking, you’ll need the same kinds of equipment and supplies that you’d use for an extended elk hunting expedition. As an alternative to listing all of the items above, I’d like to recommend a planning activity: Closing your eyes for a few minutes and visualizing your day in great detail from dawn to night, considering each thing you will use and when you will use it can be beneficial. Then broaden the scope of the exercise to encompass the variety of activities that you may expect to encounter during the week.

What kind of clothes are you wearing?

Visualizing what you need might assist you in working through it and prevent you from losing important details.

“Utilities” and Groceries

Is there enough shade to keep you cool during the hot summer months there? When it comes to accessibility, how accessible is the internet and phone services? What kind of water will you need to bring with you, and is there a local supply that you can purify? What is your long-term plan for dealing with nature when it calls? What will be your plan for removing rubbish from the premises? When it comes to food, you may be able to catch some fish in the river, but it might be difficult to rely on it for every meal, especially because there will be times when the fish aren’t biting.

It takes some time to learn and a lot of practice to become proficient.

A trip into town every now and again to restock on essentials wouldn’t be too detrimental.

Tents you can Live in – Canvas Tents

If you intend to live in the woods for an extended period of time, a typical flimsy nylon pop-up tent will not suffice because it is not intended to survive the weather. Ideally, you’ll be looking for tents that can be used all year round, such as a real 4-season tent.


Camping for a single night in a claustrophobic nook is one thing, but if this is going to be your permanent residence, you need to be as comfortable as possible.

You require more space to move about! You’ll need enough for enough equipment to last you a season! Make sure there’s plenty of room for a guest to come inside! YOU’LL WANT TO BE ABLE TO STAND UP WHEN THE TIME COMES. Canvas tents are able to accommodate all of these requirements.


Something that you can put up and not have to worry about being ruined by the sun, rain, or snow will be necessary for you. You’re going to want something that’s going to be durable. You don’t want to have to be concerned about your walls or roof ripping or tearing all of the time, right? You’ll want something that will last not only during the season, but for a long time thereafter as well. They may be used as tents to live in for an extended period of time.


First and foremost, your house must be respected. Then there’s the matter of survival supplies. Take a look at your possibilities right now.

But is it really possible Living in a Wall Tent?

After all that, the issue now is, “Is it genuinely feasible to live in a canvas tent?” and the answer is affirmative! With proper care and maintenance, a high-quality canvas tent can be relied on to survive for many years in the outdoors. You can not only survive in a tent, but you can live well in a tent if you put in enough effort and planning ahead of time. Hell, our forefathers and foremothers did it for millennia! To be really honest, it is not the tent or the equipment that presents the most difficulty, but rather the laws.

Of course, if you’re really into it, you could always invest in real estate and build your own home.

Their loss is your gain in terms of lakefront land!

House Tents you can Live in – Why buy Elk Mountain?

If you want to do more than simply casual camping, we recommend that you invest in a canvas wall tent or bell tent from Elk Mountain Tents. The case for doing so is straightforward, and the reasoning is compelling.

More Standard Features

Canvas tents have traditionally been a very customized market, with each consumer placing an order requesting each feature separately (and paying more for each one!). We at Elk Mountain Tents have made the decision to only provide a small number of models that have all of the amenities that our customers have requested.

  • The following items are included: 4-6 screened windows
  • An Angle Kit
  • A Wire Support System
  • 5ft side walls
  • A Zippered Front and Back Door
  • Ridge Openings
  • Uncut Fiberglass Stove Pipe Jack w/ Cover (may be trimmed to fit openings of 4′′, 5′′, or 6′′)
  • All corners, ridges, and pole positions are reinforced with Velcro and tie so you never have to worry about them tearing out
  • All ridges and pole locations are reinforced with Velcro and tie. Ropes and tensioners for the eaves
  • Tent bag and angle kit bag
  • 12′′ steel tent stakes
  • 12′′ aluminum tent stakes

Low Prices

We STRONGLY advise you to compare prices and products. We are able to create our tents at a lower cost since we do not use bespoke orders, and we pass those savings along to you. Please shop around and see what a high-quality canvas wall tent or bell tent costs – make sure to include all of the custom extras, such as windows and a stove gasket – and you’ll discover that we have rates that are simply unbeatable in the industry. Because of our low rates, scouring through Craigslist for secondhand tents and other DIY canvas tents is no longer a tempting option.

Unique Canvas Material

Our tents are constructed of a heavy-duty 11 oz. polyester-based canvas – the same material that is used for military tents all over the world – making them ideal for year-round usage in all weather conditions. This is the ideal material for your wall tent, in our opinion, because of the following reasons: It will not decay like cotton canvas, nor will it grow mold or mildew like cotton canvas. Lightweight and portable, making it excellent for taking into the wilderness. It is also simpler to set up and transport.

Highly robust, with more rip and tear strength when compared to typical cotton canvas, this bag will survive for years to come. A rainfly is not required since the fabric is water resistant and will not absorb water like cotton. The fabric has been carefully treated to be extremely water resistant.


Because we minimize customizing and concentrate on a small number of high-quality models, your new outdoor living space is accessible immediately and will arrive within 3-5 days.

Expert Survivalist Reviewers

Do not, however, rely on our word alone. For example, read Off Grid Web’s post on extended duration shelters, Skilled Survival’s essay on canvas tents, Survival Common Sense’s finest wall tent article, or Reality Survival’s piece on long duration shelters.


When it comes to living in a tent, the decision is entirely up to you as to whether the advantages outweigh the negatives. It is definitely a worthwhile project to consider, and with adequate preparation to meet the problems that will inevitably arise, it may be one of the most gratifying experiences of your life! If you have any questions, please contact us via email. [email protected] Eureka CampingCampsAndTrails is one of the sources.

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