Setting Up Your Wall Tent or Bell Tent

Printable Wall Tent Instructions

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13×13,   13×16,   13×16 w/ awning,   13×20,   13×20 w/ awning, Yukon Bell Tent

Setup videos are also available at the bottom of this page!

wall tent angles

Standard Angles (free with tent purchase)

Materials Needed

We sell frames that come with pole clips and bags, but you can make your own out of 3/4″ EMT (electrical) conduit.  3/4″ EMT  has an outside diameter of .922″.  EMT can be purchased at most hardware stores and comes in 10-foot sections. The angle pieces have an inside diameter of 1″. Floor pieces (front & back poles and 6 Common Poles) are not necessary but help keep the legs square and help when placing a tarp for the floor. The cost of making poles will be around $200 to $300 for a complete frame.

Our frames come with pole clips so they can easily snap into the angles.

If you are making a 1″ frame using our 1″ Angles, do not add pole clips to your rafter poles as they will not align with the holes in the angles.

Rafter System – 13 x 16 Canvas Wall Tent

Below is an example of a 4 rafter system for our 13×16 and our 13×20 canvas tents. The 13×13 tent is a 3 rafter system. We supply all of these angle pieces with the tent. Our 4 rafter wall tents come with the twelve 1″ angle pieces seen below. In addition to the angle pieces, the tent includes a wire truss system unique to our canvas tents. For ease of installation, the ridge angle pieces each come with a carabiner that attaches to the wire truss system. If you plan on having your canvas tent handle snow loads, you will needed additional trusses or supply vertical support. Additional angle pieces are for sale.

Base Frame – 13 x 16 Wall Tent

The 13×16 and 13×20 wall tent come with an additional 8 angle pieces to build a base. The 13×13 wall tent comes with 6 pieces. The base is not necessary but helps keep the tent square and can provide you an object to tuck the ground cloth under. Having these bottom poles is also extremely helpful when placing a tarp down for a floor. Simply tuck the tarp under the poles and up between the wall and the wall poles. Tuck the ground cloth under tarp and base poles, making a nice tight floor. We know of no other company with canvas tents for sale that provides these additional pieces.

Rafter87-feet, 5-inches
Floor (Front & Back)46-feet, 5 1/2-inches
Floor Splice *22-feet
Common Pole155-feet, 4 1/2-inches
Leg84-feet, 9-inches

No Frame Option

Canvas Tent No Frame

You can set the wall tent up a few different ways in the backcountry without a frame.

  • Run a rope through the eave openings and tie the ends to two trees.
  • Run a rope through the eave openings and build two “A” frames on each end to run the rope over and stake down.
  • Run a tree through the eve openings and rest on the two “A” frames. The center strap in the eve opening may need to be removed to make this options work.

Wall Tent Fly

wall tent fly

We recommend a tent fly. This will help protect your investment from embers as well as give you an additional layer of protection from the elements. Embers will burn a hole in any wall tent no matter the material or fire treatment. We sell a lightweight, waterproof fly made to fit your tent, but you can also use a standard tarp.  A two-foot hole will need to be cut out around the stove pipe if you use a tarp.  Our tents are treated to make them waterproof, but all fabric can and will leak eventually.

Wall Tent Floor

wall tent floor

Installing a floor is easy with the extra angle pieces we provide. We sell a heavy duty rubberized PVC floor that is made to fit your tent. They tie into place.  You can also purchase a tarp that is slightly larger then the tent size. Tuck the tarp under the wall poles or under the base poles and pull the material up between the wall poles and the canvas. The ground cloth is then tucked under the tarp and poles.

Canvas Tent Assembly Videos