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What size bell tent do I need?


what bell tent do i need

There are 3 elements to deciding which King Tent is ideal for you:

  • Which size? – we can advise on this (see below)
  • Which groundsheet option? – we can describe the pro-s and con's of each (see below)
  • Which style? - this one is personal taste so is down to you! We'll try and help with photographs and videos as much as we can though.

What size bell tent should I choose?

Couples:

4m Bell Tents at glamping site

If there's just two of you to fit in then you can go for a 3m King Bell Tent, it is however a bit cosy. A 4m King Bell Tent would be more spacious. If you're taking pets or may have the occasional extra sleeper then consider a 4.5m or 5m King Bell Tent. Alternative options are 4.4m or 5m King Touareg tents (both spacious for two), 4m King Tipi (cosy) or 5m King tipi (spacious).

Small family:

A 4m King Bell Tent would be cosy, a 4.5m King Bell tent would be a little more spacious but a 5m King Bell Tent is by far the most popular option for families. Consider also a 4.4m (cosy) or 5m (spacious) Toureg tent or a 6m King Tipi.

6m Emperor bell tents

Large families:

If you have a large family then a 4.5m King Bell Tent would be cosy, a 5m King Bell Tent would be more spacious. If you have pets or require additional space then consider a King Emporer Tent or going up to a 6m King Bell Tent.

Large groups:

For large groups camping together consider the 6m King Bell Tent or 7.5m King Bell Tent.

Which groundsheet option should I go for?

Removable (peg-in) groundsheet:

  • Lightest option, if you've got to carry your tent a long way this is best as the groundsheet is lighter and can be carried separately to the tent
  • Sides can be raised in the summer
  • Tent and groundsheet can be cleaned separately if needed
  • The groundsheet is pegged over the lip of the tent meaning it is not sealed and bugs can get in
  • The tent takes longer to put up compared to sewn-in/zipped-in models

Sewn in groundsheet:

  • Thicker groundsheet than peg-in model so more durable
  • Tent and groundsheet sealed (stitched) together so doesn't allow and bugs in
  • Quick to erect
  • Cannot roll up the sides in the summer
  • Cannot separate groundsheet/tent for cleaning or carrying.

Zipped-in groundsheet:

  • Thicker groundsheet than peg-in model so more durable
  • Tent and groundsheet sealed (stitched) together so doesn't allow and bugs in
  • Quick to erect
  • Sides can be raised in the summer
  • Tent and groundsheet can be cleaned separately if needed
  • Compared to peg-in or sewn-in models the zipped-in doesn't really have any negatives other than it is always the most expensive model to produce/buy

Which style of tent is best for me?

Bell Tent? Touareg? Emporer? Tipi?

It does come down to personal taste and what you prefer the look of. Canvas tents naturally have a lot of character and each one looks slightly different. We try to put up as many photographs and videos as we can to help you decide.

 

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*Selection of fixed size bell tents in the UK. Excluding modular and folding tents.

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