How to make a tent for camping edit

Tarp Tent:

This basic design uses a tarp, rope, and stakes.

  • You’ll need a large tarp, ideally rectangular. A good size is a 12×16 tarp, but you can adjust it based on what you have.
  • You’ll also need some paracord or sturdy rope, and stakes ( tent stakes or even strong sticks will work in a pinch).

Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Find a clear area to set up your tent.
  2. Lay the tarp flat on the ground.
  3. Tie one end of the rope to a corner of the tarp. Thread the rope through any grommets in the tarp, or tie it around strong points.
  4. Find a sturdy stick or trekking po’s about half the length of the tarp’s long side. Prop it up at an angle against the middle of the tarp ridge.
  5. Tie the other end of the rope to the top of the stick or pole. You can use a loop or another secure attachment.
  6. Stake out the corners of the tarp at an angle away from the pole, pulling the tarp taut.

Cost Factors:

  • Size: Larger tents that can accommodate more people will generally cost more than smaller tents.
  • Materials: Higher quality materials like rip-stop nylon and sturdier poles will increase the price compared to tents with basic materials.
  • Features: Tents with additional features like built-in rain flies, vestibules, mesh windows, or specialty features for backpacking or winter camping will command a higher price.
  • Brand Name: Well-known brands with a reputation for quality and durability may cost more than lesser-known brands.

Market Research:

  • Do some research to see what similar tents are selling online or in retail stores. Look for tents with comparable size, features, and materials. [shopping websites] can be a good resource for this.
  • Consider the condition of your tent. A used tent in good condition will sell for less than a new one.

Setting Your Price:

  • Once you’ve considered the cost factors and done some market research, you can set a competitive price for your tent.
  • You can also consider offering wiggle room for negotiation, especially if you’re selling your tent second-hand.

A-Frame Tent:

This design is similar to the tarp tent but uses two tarps or a large sheet and some ridge support.

  • You’ll need two tarps, or a large sheet and a ridgepole (can be a long stick or even two sticks tied together).
  • You’ll also need rope and stakes.

Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Layout the two tarps on the ground, overlapping them in a V-shape. If you’re using one large sheet, fold it in half lengthwise to create a triangle shape.
  2. Lay your ridgepole along the top edge of the tarps or sheet.
  3. Tie the corners of the tarps together where they overlap, or tie the corners of the sheet around the ridgepole.
  4. Stake out the corners of the tarps at an angle away from the ridgepole, pulling them taut.


  • For any tent design, practice setting it up ahead of your camping trip so you’re familiar with the process.
  • Consider adding a groundsheet under your tent for added comfort and protection from the ground.
  • If you’re using sticks for your tent frame, make sure they are sturdy and unlikely to break.
  • Look for tutorials online for more visual instructions on how to set up these tents on YouTube.

Remember, these are basic tent designs and may not be suitable for harsh weather conditions. Always prioritize safety and choose a shelter appropriate for the expected weather.

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