Glamping in Bell Tents: 3 ways to choose the perfect bell tent for a memorable glamping getaway

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Bell tents are definitely more cozy and aesthetically pleasing than all the most other tents. Shaped like a bell, the tent extends outward to create a lot of sitting space. 

If you’re going glamping, then bell tents can be a great choice, especially if you, your family and friends want to have a stress-free weekend out in the open.

The best canvas bell tents are made from 100% cotton canvas and treated to be water repellent, mold and UV-resistant. When your sibley bell tent is well constructed, it’s going to be that much more suitable to glamping, if you want to set it up for a few days without taking it down.

When looking at bell tents for sale, there are a few things you should keep in mind. There can be vast differences in price, quality and functionality so it’s important that you choose the one that works best for you.

Here are a few things you should keep in mind while selecting  the best bell tent.

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What material should my bell tent be made from? 

A canvas bell tent is always a good option. Not only is 100% cotton canvas an extremely durable fabric but it’s also a sustainable option. 

Canvas fabric is a very breathable material that allows air to flow in and out of the tent easily. This helps keep the tent cool in the summer and warm in the winters. It also keeps the moisture out of the tent, preventing the growth of mold and mildew. 

Canvas is slightly more expensive when compared to its nylon and polyester counterparts, but it’s a cheaper option in the long run. Nylon and polyester tents can wear out easily whereas canvas tents last for years. You might even be able to pass this canvas glamping tent onto the next generation of outdoor lovers! 

If you plan to use your bell tent with a stove, you might want to look into flame-retardant fabric options for your tent. The average tent doesn’t have this option, but you can find it in White Duck’s Regatta and Avalon tents.

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What’s the best bell tent size?

Bell tents come in various sizes, so you have to be careful about the quantity and sizes of the tents you need. Some glamping events have several tiny bell tents for the occasion, while others have just a few or maybe even just one tent for the family. 

Sizes for these tents are generally measured according to the diameter. They can be as small as 8 feet (e.g. the Mini Regatta) and can go up to as large as 23 feet (e.g. White Duck’s Avalon Optimus). 

When considering the size of your tent, you need to think about all the things you plan to keep inside and furnish it with. For example, if you plan to have a queen bed inside for bell tent glamping, you would need to opt for one that’s at least 10′, and 13′ or more to truly be comfortable.

It’s also important to think about the wall and center heights that make the most sense. The Avalon bell tent at White Duck, for example, has 3′ sides and over 9′ center heights (on average), which is higher than you would find for the average bell on the market.

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What features and functionality does the bell tent offer?

While searching for the best glamping tent also look at what features and functionality it comes with.

A stove jack is an absolute necessity with a canvas tent, especially if you plan to use it through colder months with a wood stove.

The tent should be available in a fire-retardant fabric option, for if you plan to have a stove.

The frame of the bell tent should be made of aluminum or steel to hold the bell together.

Apart from this, top-quality guy lines, a PE or PVC floor, and a  premium bug mesh are things to look out for when making your selection.  

Ideally, you won’t be paying extra for add-ons or features that should be a part of your tent, like windows, mesh, a stove jack, pockets, and more.

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White Duck Outdoors Bell Tents

At White Duck Outdoors, we offer bell tents that are easy to set up and are very functional.

The Avalon and Regatta are our two models that come with built-in stove jacks, bug mesh, and windows. They are also treated with a proprietary breathable PFC- free finish which is a water-repellent, mold, and UV resistant treatment.

The Avalon bell tent is considered to be the complete luxury package for a glamping adventure. Made of 10.10 oz cotton canvas, the material is highly durable and strong enough to withstand most weather conditions. 

What makes the Avalon different is that its walls can be rolled up, giving the tent a canopy like shape and also letting you enjoy the breeze with a shade.

The Avalon also has a higher than average wall height, giving you ample space and also making the experience more comfortable and luxurious. 

It’s also easier to move furniture in and out of the tent given the wall height, the A frame door, and also the floor space created by the shape of the tent. You can create quite a royal set up inside given the space, which is perfect for a glamping experience. 

The Regatta bell tent is also a top quality canvas tent, which is a more affordable option for all glampers. It is smaller in wall height and also made of lighter, 8.5 oz canvas. You can find a smaller size in a Regatta bell tent at White Duck Outdoors.

At the end of the day, glamping is all about having the experience you want. The bell tent is functional, versatile, easy to set up, and a lighter tent which makes it a great choice for glamping.

Your job while buying or renting is to pick the right size for your trip and make sure the fabric, quality, height, and the features offered with the bell tent are worth your money!