Types of Tents & Their Usage for Event Rentals

Types of Tents & Their Usage for Event Rentals

Selecting a tent for your event can feel overwhelming at first glance. But fear not! By understanding the diverse range of tent types and their specific functionalities, you can easily choose the perfect one to elevate your special occasion. Whether you’re planning a grand wedding celebration, an intimate gathering, or a vibrant festival, there’s a tent that perfectly complements your vision and caters to your unique needs. So, before diving into the exciting world of event planning, let’s embark on a journey to explore the various types of tents and their ideal usages for event rentals.

  • Pole tents

Pole tents are tents with center peaks, supported by interconnecting poles and one pole in the center which is responsible for the traditional pointed look. Uncomplicated, great looking, available in various sizes, and easy to set up and dismantle, pole tents are budget-friendly too. They are a perfect choice for events held outdoor on grass surfaces since the poles need to be staked into the ground. The only drawback in a pole tent is the pole in the middle which obstructs the line of sight. 

Benefits of Pole tents:

  1. It is cost-effective for budget-conscious Event planners.
  2. Pole tents are versatile that can be set up anywhere including grass and asphalt.
  3. This type of tent allows Natural ventilation as air can flow freely through the open sides.
  4. It is Durable and weather-resistant,  suitable for indoor and outdoor events.

Frame tents or clear-span tents

Frame tents are similar to pole tents except for the view-obstructing pole in the center. Erected on a frame made in a modular design, these tents can cover large areas without the need for additional support. As such, you get an unobstructed view from all points under the tent. A-frame tent can be adjusted for size by adding or removing sections. You can dress the tent up with flooring of your choice and side walls if required.

Benefits of frame Tents:

  • One of the significant advantages of frame tents is their design without center poles.¬†
  • Frame tents come in various sizes, making them adaptable to different event requirements. Whether you need a small tent for an intimate gathering or a large one for a grand event, frame tents can be customized to fit the space available.
  • Frame tents often feature high-peak designs, adding an elegant and aesthetically pleasing element to events.
  • It is suitable for a wide range of Events such as Weddings, Festivals, Outdoor Parties, Corporate functions,¬† Sporting Events, and Trade Shows.

Canopy tents

Canopy tents serve as a supplement to the location of the event, they are usually not the main venue. Put up a canopy tent when you need a spot of shade or if you are looking to add to the landscape of your venue. Depending on the size of your event, a few canopy tents in your outdoor location will help guests get in and out of the sun or rain. It can also serve to keep your catering indoors. Canopies typically come with sidewalls and inbuilt windows.

Benefits of Canopy Tents:

  1. Canopy tents are typically lightweight and designed for quick and easy setup.
  2. Canopy tents are generally more budget-friendly than some other types of tents. 
  3. Canopy tents provide shelter from the sun, rain, and other elements, ensuring that events can proceed smoothly regardless of the weather conditions.
  4. Canopy tents are commonly used as booths or stalls at events like market stalls, trade shows, and fairs.

Circus tents

Circus tents are pole or frame tents with bold, colorful stripes. As with pole and frame tents, they can also be adjusted for size depending on the scale of your event. Circus tents can be done up with circus-themed accessories to complete the picture.

Benefits of circus Tents:

  1. Circus tents are designed to accommodate various lighting setups, enhancing the visual experience for audiences.
  2. From seating arrangements to stage setups, circus tents provide flexibility for event organizers to create the desired atmosphere.
  3. Circus tents are often designed to be portable, allowing circuses and event organizers to set up performances in different locations.
  4. Circus tents are well-suited for hosting a wide variety of entertainment acts, including acrobatics, animal performances, magic shows, and musical performances.

Marquee tents

When a frame tent is designed in a way that it looks like a pole tent with a peak, it is called a marquee tent. This is done by taking the help of a cross-cable design on which the center poles rest, eliminating the need to ground the poles required for peaks. These tents are sturdy, extendable, and can be customized for size and shape.

Benefits of Marquee Tents:

  1. Marquee tents are highly versatile and can be used for a wide range of events, including weddings, parties, corporate functions, trade shows, and exhibitions. 
  2. Marquee tents come in various sizes, allowing for customization based on the number of guests and the space available.
  3. Many marquee tents feature a clear span design, meaning there are no interior support poles.
  4. Marquee tents can be customized to suit the theme or branding of the event.
  5. Marquee tents are designed to withstand various weather conditions, protecting against sun, rain, and wind.

Types of Tents for Various Events

Tent Type Description Uses 
Pole Tent Classic peaked roof structure with centre poles Weddings, Private Parties, festivals (medium-sized)
Marquee Tent Larger Tent with High Peak and clear sides. Corporate events, exhibitions, weddings (large-sized)
Clear span Tent Rectangular structure with no centre poles, maximizing usable space Warehousing, sporting events, exhibitions (large scale)
Circus Tent Conical-shaped tent with striped canvas and centre pole Themed events, children’s parties & festivals
Canopy Tent Simple lightweight structure with a fabric roof supported by poles Outdoor gatherings, picnics &market stalls



Can pole tents be set up on any surface?

Pole tents are best suited for grass surfaces where the poles can be staked into the ground. They may not be as suitable for hard surfaces like asphalt without additional considerations.

Can frame tents be customized in size?

        Yes, frame tents can be adjusted for size by adding or removing sections, making them adaptable to different event requirements.

What is the main purpose of canopy tents?

  • A: Canopy tents serve as supplemental shade or shelter for events and are often used to provide cover for specific areas rather than as the main venue.

What types of events are well-suited for circus tents?

  • A: Circus tents are suitable for hosting a wide variety of entertainment acts, including acrobatics, animal performances, magic shows, and musical performances.

How are marquee tents different from other tents?

    • A: Marquee tents are frame tents designed to look like pole tents with a peak. They often feature a clear-span design without interior support poles.
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