Pole Tent Vs Frame Tent : Which is Best?

Although it might seem easy to the novice consumer, there are many differences in terms of structure, strength, the purpose of use, when it comes to pole tents and frame tents. It is important to keep all of these factors in mind in order to make the right decision. Most of the time us humans don’t put much thought into choosing an item above its most basic of features or uses. Let’s have a look at the details of the pole tent vs frame tent.

What Is Pole Tent?

The pole tent has been using as the most common form of party tent from many years back. It uses a simple tension method. One potential downfall is that these tents can be intimidating to setup for someone who is inexperienced, these tents are mostly rented from companies and come with installation from professionals.

The tent usually has a center pole (multiple poles are also common) which creates a spike like point of the roofline. Picture a circus tent. The tent stays standing by using anchor ropes staked into the ground to keep the poles from falling over and the tent from collapsing. Have a look at the picture below, you will notice the anchor ropes holding up the support poles.

Frame Tent

Purposes for using a Pole Tent

It doesn’t matter what sort of event you are arranging! This type of tent is well situated for almost all events such as weddings, festivals, circuses, outdoor restaurant/dining, vendor displays, or any other outdoor events that you can think of.

Suitable Areas for Pole Tent Setup

This tent is often seen and installed on grass areas. It doesn’t mean you cannot install the structure on the concrete surface or asphalt. You definitely can do that but you have to ensure you have the permission to drive the skates into those hard surfaces, nothing else. It is very fine on the asphalt or concrete surfaces.

Pros

  • People also love the traditional aesthetics of the pole tent, the high ceiling pole looks attractive and nice from the outside. The look of it gives a professional and sturdy appearance.
  • Since these tents have support poles on the interior of the tent, pole tents can be made to cover a very large footprint. If you are having a large gathering with hundreds of people, this would be key.
  • Less expensive to install or rent than the frame tent as these are the most common type of commercial rental tents.

Cons

  • The center poles can obstruct the interior space.
  • Professional installation is almost always recommended for pole type tents.
  • Added difficulty to install on concrete or asphalt surfaces, for hammering the metal anchor stakes into the ground. Also, when the tent is removed, you will have to refill the holes that are made.
  • It requires about 5 feet of additional space on each side for the skates and anchor ropes.

What Is Frame Tent?

The frame tent has only recently gained popularity with the availability of light weight, high strength materials. As it’s name suggests, the roof of the tent is held up by a metal frame rather than a pole or multiple poles. Frame tents can be thought of as the “grandfather” to pop-up canopies. Frame tents do not require stakes to be driven into the ground as the frame is self supported and rigid. Most manufacturers will however recommend that the tent is weighed down to keep strong wind gusts from moving the tent unintentionally.

Pole Tent

Purpose for using a Frame Tent

Exactly the same intended purposes as the pole tent, it doesn’t matter what sort of event you are arranging! This type of tent is well situated for almost all events such as weddings, festivals, circuses, outdoor restaurant/dining, vendor displays, or any other outdoor events that you can think of.

Suitable Areas for Frame Tent Setup

To set up this tent you don’t have to drive any stakes into the ground and you also don’t need any rope to anchor the tent. This type of tent can be set up anywhere whether it is grass surface, concrete, asphalt, the roof of a building, or anywhere. So, for versatile use don’t go for other options except a frame tent. Keep in mind however some manufacturers do recommend that the corners are weighed down in windy situations. Typically, sand bags or water jugs are used to weight down the frame tent.

Pros

  • It is devoid of poles holding up the interior, so it doesn’t obstruct the interior space.
  • More versatile and can be installed even on the tile surface. As nothing needs to drive into the surface, it is suitable for both grass and hard surfaces.
  • The frame supports the top of the tent and nothing is needed for added support.

Cons

  • The primary drawback of this tent it can be very heavy with many different parts to transport and assemble.
  • The added weight of the frame also means that this tent cannot span a larger area.
  • Compared to the pole tent, it is more expensive to

Pole Tent Vs Frame Tent: Which Is The Winner?

While the better tent is truly depended on your intended use, I have seen many more pole tent vs frame tent over the years. Given the ability to cover much larger areas than a frame tent, traditional aesthetics, and lower cost all in for rental or purchase, the pole tent has been the long time favorite for outdoor commercial tents.

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