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The Canopy Tent: Your Backyard Venue!

What is a Canopy Tent?

Canopy Tents - sometimes called pole tents - are a feasible solution for those attempting to create a venue within their own backyard. Ideal for shade and shelter from light rain they're the perfect central gathering place of any outdoor event. The tent may remain in its plain-white state, simply providing shelter which is its most basic function. However, this innate simplicity offers a blank canvas of decorative possibility. Using the creative touch of a professional designer, last weekend's grad-party tent spectacularly transforms into this weekend's elegant wedding reception or a conveniently bridal party suite.

How Much Space is Required?

Canopy Tents must be staked into grass. They are held up by one or more center poles and side poles with ropes that extend six feet out to stakes around the perimeter. In determining the largest size tent your space will accommodate, allow for a minimum of ten (or preferably more) feet greater than the desired length and width of the tent itself. Thus, a 20'x20' canopy tent would fit snug within a 30'x30' unobstructed space and more spaciously in a 40'x40' or larger space. The same math applies to tents of larger sizes.

How Many People does a Tent Accommodate?

The necessary size of a tent depends on its seating arrangement, table type, the number of people expecting to use it at once time, and any other activities taking place under the tent. The math listed below serves as a guideline when using 8-foot tables seated with eight chairs to each table.

  • 20' x 20' - accommodates 6 tables / 48 chairs

  • 20' x 30' - accommodates 6 tables / 48 chairs, with room for two extra tables for food or seats.

  • 20' x 40' - accommodates 10 tables / 80 chairs, with room for two extra tables for food or seats.

If the tent is also expected to cover a dance floor, dj or band, or additional tables for food, gifts, or displays then choosing the next larger size is highly recommended. Ultimately, unless a larger size is absolutely unnecessary then the largest size tent that fits the available space may be the best option overall. It is also possible to connect adjacent tents when significantly more covered space is desired.

Additional Considerations

Prior to choosing if a tent is right for your outdoor event there are a few quick details to consider.

  1. Does your local area require a permit? - Not all do, but in the case yours does there are a few simple items of paperwork to handle before a tent can be set up on the property.

  2. Are there any underground utilities to avoid? - Sprinkler systems, gas lines, septic pipes, and other buried utilities could be compromised upon driving stakes. Always call 811-DIG ahead of time!

  3. Is the area clear of obstructions? - Its in best practice to mow the grass, clean the yard of debris, trim low hanging trees, and find a way to move that old tractor well-before the tent arrives.

  4. Book Early & Plan Ahead - While a tent may be available for your date upon calling last minute you'll be left with far less time to plan lighting and décor. Planning ahead will allow you to make a statement and truly show off that yard with your own personalized backyard venue!

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