Tent Assembly Instructions

Updated February 21, 2017

The tent is one of the staples of outdoor camping equipment. Tents can come in different sizes, depending on how many people are in your camping party, and some are much more intricate then others. However, the basic concept of constructing a tent remains the same. Tents are designed to be lightweight and portable so they can be carried easily and assembled quickly. While following your specific tent instructions is always advised, there are some basic principles that apply across the board.


Before the tent can be constructed, the area needs to be prepared. Find a flat piece of land that is large enough to accommodate the size of your tent and give you easy access to it.

The contents of the tent package need to be laid out on the ground so you can see everything and reach each component easily. The canvas of the tent will be rolled or folded, and that should be opened up and spread out.

Go through the components of the tent and make sure that each piece is there so that you don't start to build a tent you can't finish. The poles then need to be assembled. Some are folded in half and held together with elastic bands in the middle and will self-assemble when they are straightened out. Others could need to be screwed together.


Match the poles up to the canvas material of the tent to determine where the poles slide into tent sleeves. Some tents will use labelling such as letters or numbers that you can line up with the pole and the fabric. The poles are usually designed to then slide through the fabric of the tent through rivets that are sewn into the fabric. The poles, which provide the structure needed to erect the tent, will intersect and connect with one other.

Some tents also can be secured to the ground with bolts or stakes that can be hammered into the dirt.

Zippers can then be utilised to finish construction as zipping up the panels and entrances will finalise the structural integrity of the tent.

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