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When it comes to determining the right size for your event tent, it’s important to keep in mind that guest count isn’t the only factor. Seating arrangements can vastly change the capacity of your tent, as well as any food arrangements. Plus, you’ve got to leave some room for a dance floor or additional entertainment! This all goes into determining which size tent you’ll need for your particular event. Seating charts, food arrays, and entertainment all play a part.

Why Use Our Calculator?

Not all tent size calculators are created equal. In many cases, calculators may only work for a specific style of tent or kind of event. We designed our party tent size calculator to work for any situation. Our calculator takes tent style as well as seating arrangement into account, so you will be able to accurately calculate the size tent you will need for your unique event. No need to hunt down a separate wedding tent size calculator or other tools. No matter what kind of outdoor event you’re planning, from parties and weddings to outdoor concerts and ceremonies, our calculator can help you find the perfect size tent.

How to Use This Tent Size Calculator?

You won’t have to hunt through a confusing guide to find your tent size, because our calculator will do it all for you. To use the American Tent tent size calculator, simply answer a few questions about your event, and our calculator will pull up all of our products that will properly accommodate your event.

Online Tent Capacity Calculator

First, let’s get some more information so we can help you find the best tent for your event.
Which phrase best describes you/your background?
Do you know what kind of surface your tent will be set up on?
Pro Tip!

Both pole tents and frame tents can be staked into the ground, but frame tents are able to be ballasted in other ways if you cannot drive stakes into your surface. Surfaces like concrete cannot be staked into.

Now, how many people would you like your tent to hold?
Pro Tip!

Be sure your guests are comfortable; for example, if you're only planning to have cocktail tables, you'll want to include about 8 square feet per guest. Our handy chart can tell you more.

How would you like your seating arrangements?
Pro Tip!

Don't forget to include square footage for items such as: gift tables, DJ stations, dance floors, and guest book tables.

Let’s talk crew. How many people will you have to set up your tent?
Pro Tip!

Call Paige or Lindsey to learn about helpful accessories like our Frame Tent Jack if you think you'll need extra help.

This was fun, wasn’t it? Based on your answers, we recommend the following tents.
Click on the tents to learn more. These are suggestions based on the information available. Always call our friendly sales team if you have any questions.
Pro Tip!

Need help with tent setup? Buy our frame jack!

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What Are the Factors Determining the Size of My Tent?

1. Total Number of Attendees

The biggest factor in determining your tent size will be the total number of people you will need to accommodate. You will need a tent that fits everyone comfortably without getting too stuffy or crowded. When determining this number, don’t forget to include everyone who will be at your event that isn’t considered a guest. Caterers and event staff still need to fit comfortably in the tent, and should be added to the total number of attendees when it comes to finding a tent size that will fit everyone.

2. Seating Arrangement

Seating arrangement also has a large part to play in finding the correct size tent for your event. A wedding with a seated dinner for 150 people will need a much larger tent, for example, than a corporate event with theater-style seating. It is essential to know what kind of seating you’ll have at your event before you decide the needed size of your event tent.

3. Floor Space Required

Finally, you can’t forget all the extra space you’ll need beyond simply seating everyone inside your tent. You’ll need extra space for catering tables and food, a dance floor, gift tables, and anything else you want to incorporate in your space besides seating. Don’t forget to plan out these additions and include them when using the tent size calculator.

What Size Tent Do I Need, and How Much Will It Cost Me?

It can be hard to know exactly what size tent you will need for an outdoor event. Guest count isn’t the only thing that factors into the equation, and it can seem a bit overwhelming trying to figure it all out on your own. Using a tent size calculator can make the process more simple and help you find the perfect size tent for your event.

American Tent is passionate about helping you find the perfect tent for your event, including determining the size. Guest count, seating arrangement, and the type of event all play a part in finding the right tent size, and you can take this all into account with our calculator and tent capacity planning chart.

To get you started, here are some of the most common frame tent sizes, how many guests they can accommodate, and their costs:

Tent Size Square Feet Amount of guests for Cocktail seating Amount of guests for Sit Down Dinner Seating Cost to Buy
10’ x 10’ 100 12 8 $1,589.96
15’x30’ 450 56 36 $3499.96
20’x40’ 800 100 66 $5524.96
30’x45’ 1350 168 112 $9099.96
40’x40’ 1600 200 133 $11,849.96

Tent Size FAQs

What size tent for 25 guests?

With a smaller guest count like 25 guests, a 10 x 20 pop-up tent is the perfect option for a casual backdoor event or get together.

For events with spread-out seating and entertainment within the tent there are various larger options, like our 15 x 30 Frame tent or the 20 x 20 pole tent!

What size tent do I need for 50 guests?

Frame and pole tents make a wonderful choice for medium-large events. A casual, cocktail event for 50 people could be comfortably accommodated in our 20 x 20 frame tent. You could also host an extra-special, ornate event with sit-down dinner seating in our beautiful 20 x 40 clear top tent.

What size tent do I need for 100 guests?

A mid-sized tent can accommodate 100 guests for a variety of events depending on the seating arrangement and amount of extra space you’ll need. A 20’x40 frame tent can accommodate 100 people with cocktail-style seating. If you are planning on hosting a seated dinner with everyone at a table, you’ll need something larger like the 30’x45’ frame tent.

What size tent do I need for 200 guests?

You’ll need a large event tent to accommodate 200 guests as well as the additional floor space you’ll need for food and/or entertainment. A 40’x40’ frame tent can accommodate 200 people, but only in a cocktail-style seating arrangement. You’ll need to go larger for other seating, like the 40’x60’ frame tent for a sit-down dinner or banquet-style seating.

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