Buying the perfect wall tent for glamping: 5 essential things to consider

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Are you thinking of celebrating your next big day with a glamping event in a wall tent? If yes, make sure you plan smartly to have the best possible experience. Whether you’re a travel company, glamping business, or a first-time glamper, picking the right wall tent is vital in making or breaking your experience, so it’s important to choose wisely.  The best wall tents are made from 100% army duck cotton canvas, so they’re perfect for setting up for long periods of time in almost any kind of weather. They have a fairly familiar shape since it’s a tent with walls, as opposed to bell tents, which have a conical shape. The wall tent frame and duck fabric make this a really sturdy tent and ideal for glamping. We’ve identified what makes wall tents a great choice for glamping and also outlined some things to look out for when you’re investing in one.

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Why a canvas wall tent is a great choice for glamping

Nylon and synthetic wall tents are cheaper and lighter when compared to canvas tents but an investment in a canvas wall tent will work for all weathers and last you a lifetime. Here’s why: 


Canvas wall tents are great for most weather conditions and particularly great for the summers when you need the fabric of your tent to be breathable which allows air to flow in and out with ease. This also keeps the wall tent warmer during the winters. Alpha tents from White Duck are treated with a PFC-free finish that’s integrated into the fabric, rather than a paraffin wax layer that other tents use over the top of the fabric. This helps maintain the natural breathability of the cotton as well.


Canvas fabric is sturdy and durable which is why most canvas tents are tear-proof and last for at least 5 years. They are also mold, UV, and water resistant.    The wall tent frame is made from galvanized aluminum, so it does a superb job at supporting the duck fabric. White Duck wall tents also have proprietary bungee cords, to keep the tent up in the event of strong winds. This does a far better job at giving you a smooth experience than a cheap canvas tent.


They are made of natural cotton fiber which makes them environmentally friendly to produce. Since they also last for years, canvas outfitter tents are a far more sustainable option when compared to plastic tents.   Keep in mind that not all wall tents are the same and you will have to do your research before investing in a top quality glamping tent.  wall tent glamping

1. Size matters for your wall tent

Apart from the material, think about what size will work for you. Wall tents tend to be bigger and spacious which is why they’re popular with many hunting groups and glamping resorts. There are usually a range of sizes to choose from so aim for a tent that is big enough to accommodate all the people invited. You can most easily base your decision on the number of people who will be sleeping or hanging out in the wall tent at one point. If you have geographical limitations or other decorations and tents then think about how much space you will need to pitch your tent and whether that will be too much or too little space.    Also think about your budget; if you’re hoping for a cheap canvas tent, you’ll often have to settle for a smaller size. 

2. Consider the weight of your tent 

The heavier the canvas, the more durable it tends to be. Keep in mind the weather conditions and the frequency with which you plan to use your canvas wall tent, that will usually decide which weight you should go for. The best outfitter tents are made from 10.10 oz army duck canvas, which is heavier than the other popular canvas weight of 8.5 oz.  Again, the larger your tent, the heavier it tends to be, so that’s also something to think about.

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3. What treatments do you need? 

Every wall tent is different and they tend to differ in the kinds of finishes or treatments that are applied. You have to make sure that the wall tent you pick will work in the weather you’ll be glamping in. Generally, a PFC-free finish is better for the environment and better for the people living inside. The finish should also maintain the breathability of your tent.  Ideally, when you invest in your wall tent, it’s going to be treated with a water repellent, mold and UV-resistant finish. If you plan to make it a hot tent with a stove jack, then you might want to choose a flame-retardant fabric option.

4. Quality is everything 

Besides fabric, also look at the quality of the other components that the tent comes with. The frame should be made of galvanized aluminum to help keep the tent up and also maintain its shape. The guy lines should be made of shock absorbing qualities to keep the tent grounded and the zipper should be made of high quality metal. Also, take a look at the quality of the floor, a high quality PE or PVC material would be ideal.   

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5. Features and functionality of the tent

Sometimes, you’ll find that you have to pay extra for basic functionality like windows, bug mesh or pocket organizers. When you’re trying to decide between canvas tents, it’s a good idea to check that all essential functionality is included in the build of the tent. You want to keep an eye out for:
  • Mesh-layered doors and windows
  • Flooring
  • Pockets and organizers
  • A tool kit to set up the tent
  • Flaps that act as outlets for electrical cables

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