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May 10, 2018Best In Tents

Are sidewalls important

Sidewalls are some of the best event tent accessories you can invest in for your tent. Not only do they add style to your event tent, but they serve an important function, too. At American Tent, our custom heavy-duty tent sidewalls can be created to match any style or size preference. Whether you need sidewalls for a medical tent, outdoor warehouse, outdoor event, or more, tent walls can be the perfect addition.

Why to Buy Sidewalls for Your Tent?

A basic party tent is great but a canopy tent with sidewalls is even better! Sidewalls add style and function to your event tent, and have many benefits, including:

Protection from ​Rain and Other Wet Weather

No one wants to work wet, or attend an event and get drenched. Even in a covered event tent, rain can make its way into your covered space. American Tent event tent walls ensure your tent, guests, and event decor stay dry and secure even in inclement weather.

It Can Make You Warmer

A party tent with sidewalls is far easier to keep temperature regulated. In a temperate climate, simply adding sidewalls may be enough to keep your event warmer than outside and comfortable for guests.

Best of all, you get to keep your guests comfortable while still enjoying the benefits of an outdoor event. Tent sidewalls with windows will allow your guests to still enjoy the outdoors while being protected from the elements.

Keep the Air Still

Even if it isn’t particularly cold, a windy day can be a disaster for any event. Heavy wind can completely ruin the setup within your tent, blowing away decor and other materials, and your guests won’t be comfortable, either. Outdoor tent walls enable you to shelter from the wind and keep the air still within your tent.

You Don't Need to Worry about Insects

Vinyl tent sidewalls are a great way to protect your guests from unwanted insects when using outdoor tents. They can be easily attached to most commercial grade tents, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors without being disturbed by pesky bugs.

Climate Control

Sometimes, a party tent with sidewalls will still be too cold in extreme weather. Luckily, sidewalls make it far easier to control the temperature inside your tent. If you are going to pay for an industrial a/c unit or heater, you want to ensure it stays within your tent. Sidewalls make this possible, and help you regulate your tent temperature as efficiently as possible.

What Sidewalls to Choose?

Sidewalls Tent can make you warmer

Sidewalls come in various styles that can fit any event or use of your tent. Which style is right for you? Here are a few of the most popular types of tent sidewalls that we recommend:

Clear Tent Sidewalls

Want to keep your event as natural and outdoors as possible while still having a party tent with sidewalls? Clear sidewalls are perfect for you. They’ll still provide protection from the elements, but you can still see outside and you’ll barely know they are there!

Solid Tent Sidewalls

Solid sidewalls make great additions to outdoor warehouses, medical tents, temporary garages, and more. They offer the ultimate privacy, as they are completely solid and can’t be seen into or out of. They can also help you achieve an intimate feel for an outdoor event, offering an enclosed venue you can decorate in any style. These are made of a blockout material preventing light from shining into your tent.

Cafe Tent Sidewalls

Add style to your canopy tent with sidewalls; cafe tent sidewalls are here to deliver. With a 2.5’ solid white border along the bottom and a clear section to see out of at the top, these sidewalls are beautiful and add a lot of flair. They are the perfect choice for a wedding or other large, stylized outdoor event.

Tent Sidewalls with Windows

You get the best of both words if you choose tent sidewalls with windows. You will still be completely protected from the elements, but get a gorgeous view of the outdoors. This helps you create a more intimate and private feel than clear sidewalls, while still allowing you to see outside.

Custom Tent Sidewalls

Can’t seem to find sidewalls that are just right for your needs? American Tent custom sidewalls are the perfect choice. Our custom sidewalls can be made in a variety of sizes, colors, styles, and more. If it doesn’t exist yet, we’ll work with you to create just what you’re envisioning! Custom sidewalls create a truly unique, one-of-a-kind style for your event tent.

Why Choose American Tents and Sidewalls?

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Don’t settle for less. Trust American Tent for your tent and sidewall needs:

  • High-quality products: All of our products are made right here in the USA, ensuring superior quality and durability.
  • Fast turnaround and shipping times: No need to wait for products to be shipped from overseas, we can get them to you quickly.
  • Local support team: Our team is ready and available to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Working with a local team: Enjoy the ease and convenience of working with a local team that understands your needs.

Custom Applications for Sidewalls

Trust American Tent to create the perfect custom sidewalls for you. Our team of experts can work with you to design and create sidewalls that fit your specific needs and preferences. Our custom sidewalls have been used to enclose luxury event pavilions and are increasingly popular as patio side walls so our customers can enjoy their backyard during cold months. Say goodbye to the hassle of searching for standard sidewalls that don't quite meet your needs and choose American Tent. 


Tent sidewalls can provide a variety of benefits for restaurants looking to expand their outdoor seating options. First and foremost, they can provide protection from the elements, such as sun and rain, making the outdoor seating area more comfortable and usable year-round. Additionally, they can provide privacy and security for diners, creating a more intimate and secluded dining experience. The best restaurant tents are not complete without sidewalls.

Sidewalls for Home Use

Patio tent sidewalls can protect guest from insects and other flying pests, making your backyard seating area more pleasant for the whole family. They also increase your home’s capacity during the winter months, meaning you can expand your guest list to additional friends and neighbors. The more the merrier, right?

Sidewalls for Outdoor Events

Tent sidewalls are a versatile and cost-effective solution for event planners looking to create a more comfortable, attractive, and profitable outdoor space.  Sidewalls can enhance the overall aesthetic of your outdoor seating area, allowing event spaces to create a unique and visually appealing space that stands out from the competition. 

How to Use Sidewalls for Your Winter Event

Sidewalls can be an essential tool for hosting an outdoor winter event. By providing an additional layer of protection against the elements, such as wind and cold temperatures, sidewalls can help to create a more comfortable and inviting environment for guests. They can also be used to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere by adding lighting, heating, and other features. With the right design and setup, sidewalls can help to transform an outdoor space into a winter wonderland that guests will love.

Please note sidewalls will become brittle if temperatures get below freezing. If you or mother nature moves the vinyl around in freezing temperatures may cause the material to crack. American Tent recommends maintaining a heater between 38-40° to keep the PVC material warm.

How We Create Custom Sidewalls

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At American Tent, we understand that every event and every customer is unique. That's why we offer custom sidewall options for our vinyl tent sidewalls. Our team of experts can work with you to design and create sidewalls that fit your specific needs and preferences. We offer a wide range of side wall options such as size, color, style and more, ensuring that you get the perfect sidewall for your event or home.

Sidewalls for Outdoor Patio

Using custom sidewalls for an outdoor restaurant patio can provide several benefits, such as protecting guests from sun, wind, and insects, increasing privacy and creating a more intimate atmosphere. They can also be used to create separate areas for different purposes, such as a food and drink stations, a lounge area or a fireplace. Additionally, custom sidewalls can be branded with your company's logo or name, making it easy for your customers to recognize and remember your business.

Sidewalls for Gazebo

Adding custom sidewalls to your outdoor gazebo can enhance the functionality and aesthetic of your backyard space. Not only do they provide additional privacy and protection from the elements, but they also allow for more versatile use of your outdoor space during the winter months. Hosting neighborhood gatherings or parties becomes much more convenient with custom sidewalls elevating your outdoor gazebo and making it a more enjoyable and functional space for your family and friends.


No matter what kind of outdoor event you’re planning, you need proper protection from the elements. Sidewalls offer that protection, and add a stunning style and elegance to any tent. If you are ready to invest in tent sidewalls you’ll love, American Tent is here to help.

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Tony Ehrbar

Owner & CEO

Tony's entrepreneurial spirit is woven into the fabric of American Tent (an Inc 5000 company), shaped by his experience running a successful event venue & tent rental service. His recognition as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 is a testament to his impact & dedication to his community. As the Co-founder and CEO of Renegade Plastics, Tony is leading initiatives in the tent industry to integrate eco-friendly, recyclable materials. Contributing as a board member for the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) & the Green Bay Area Public Schools Foundation and being featured by Entrepreneur, Oracle, & Modern Weddings, Tony plays a pivotal role in enhancing the growth and success of the textile industry.

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