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March 19, 2020 Best In Tents

It's the eternal question, here in the tenting business: pole tent vs frame tent.

You might not think it makes much of a difference--but it does. In fact, there are a lot of important differences between pole and frame tents. In today’s post, we’ll provide you with a brief overview of a few of these facts to consider when contemplating pole tent vs frame tent or frame tent vs canopy tent. Whether you’re planning a big party, a wedding reception, or you’re looking for a commercial tent to add to your rental business’ stock, understanding these differences is important when it comes time to make a decision.

When to Use a Pole Tent

Pole tents are one of the most popular options we carry, and it’s easy to understand why. Pole tents are simple, elegant, and can be customized with a variety of sidewalls. You’ll find them most commonly installed in grassy areas, though they can be installed on asphalt, depending on the kind of event and whether or not you have a permit. The hallmark feature of a pole tent is at least one central pole that serves as the structure’s primary support (larger structures may have several). You can adorn center poles with warm white string lights, cover them in flowers, or find other creative ways to incorporate the poles into your next event.

A Recap:

Chose pole tents when you want:

  • Quick & Easy Setup on Grass or Asphalt 
  • Larger Sizes - Lengths up to 200 feet and beyond
  • Budget is a Factor 
  • The Canopy Look 

We proudly provide a variety of sizes that are both affordable and incredibly easy to set up. Take a look at our catalog if you think that a pole tent is right for you!

Why Choose a Frame Tent

The primary difference between pole tents and frame tents is that, while the former is staked into the ground, the latter is not. These tents maximize the amount of interior space you can use, and because they do not depend on the surface beneath them for support, they are ideal for long-term use. Moreover, many of our customers choose to buy frame tents because they allow for a completely custom floor. Maybe you’re throwing a wedding reception and you need to install a mobile dance floor in the center, or perhaps you would like to furnish the space with a beautiful faux-wood design. Whatever you’d like to do, frame tents provide you with unobstructed space in which you can bring your event to life.

The Run-Down:

The advantages of frame tents include: 

  • More Usable Square Footage - No center poles to work around
  • Long Term Use - Tent frame supports tent top
  • Multi-Surface Use - Use with Giffy Ballasts on concrete/blacktop surfaces


No matter which kind of tent you choose, be sure to take a look at our sidewall options to further customize your event tent! We have a great selection of tent sidewalls that will impress everyone in attendance.

Frame vs Pole: The conclusion 

The above facts are just a few of the most important differences between frame and pole tents. Every situation is different--the question of frame tent vs pole tent for wedding, for example, is way different than deciding pole tent vs frame tent for your church picnic. 

If you would like to learn more, then we invite you to contact our fantastic sales guys, Jake and Josh, to find the information you need. We’re always happy to help you with more specific questions, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you would like more information about any of the products we offer! We look forward to working with you soon.

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Given our unique just-in-time manufacturing capabilities—we are able to make all tents to your custom specifications - including custom sizes, colors, logos and more!

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If you enjoyed today’s entry, be sure to bookmark our blog page and check back frequently for the latest updates.

We regularly post helpful resources that can help you plan great events and learn more about our event tents.

Our friendly customer service team is always happy to answer any questions you have about pole tents, frame tents, and sidewalls, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need more information!

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