Instructions on How to Put Up a Tent

Updated April 17, 2017

Perhaps you picked up a previously-owned tent at a yard sale, or your new tent purchase did not come with instructions. Regardless of the brand name, setting up a traditional dome-shaped tent is a straightforward and simple task that can be performed by one person. Dome tents are equipped with large J-shaped doors, mesh windows for ventilation and a detachable rain fly. Proper maintenance will allow you to enjoy many outdoor adventures for seasons to come.

Choose a level site that is free of rocks, sticks and other items. Spread out the tent body and unzip the door.

Extend each of the tent poles, setting the smaller rain fly pole aside.

Slide one of the poles through the sleeve sewn on the top of the tent. Repeat for the other pole. The poles will cross over each other. Place the end of one pole into the metal pin at the base of the tent. Bend the pole, forming an arch, and put the opposite end into the metal pin. Repeat for the other pole.

Attach the tent body to the frame by hooking the plastic clips onto the tent poles. For tents that have Velcro attachments, fasten those around the tent frame.

Stake each corner of the tent floor, pulling tight. Angle the stakes away from the tent for a secure hold.

Spread the rain fly over the tent. Slide the small pole through the sleeve on the underside of the rain fly and insert the pole ends into the grommets. Attach the hooks on the ends of the rain fly to the metal rings located at the base of the tent, next to the metal pins.


Spread a tarp under the tent to extend the life of the tent. Apply a seam sealer compound along the tent seams to prevent leaking.

Things You'll Need

  • Tent body
  • Poles
  • Tent stakes
  • Rain fly
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