According to various purposes, functions and uses, tents are divided into different types with different sizes. If you want to buy or sell tents, you should be clear about different types of tents with various features.

This article lists 16 types of tents with pictures to help you have a better understanding of tents and we hope you can always choose the right tent if you need it.

Guide

Tent Parts You Should Know Before Choosing a Tent

Tents are made up of different parts with different styles. This part will introduce the main parts and features of a tent. When you choose a tent, you can consider these factors to make a suitable decision.

Different tents have different structures, so their shapes are different as well. Each tent has several basic components, including the following parts.

Cover Cloth

Cover cloth is the main part of a tent, and there are many different materials and fabrics used for making tent cloth, you can find more information in another article about tent materials on our website.

tent cloth

Tent Poles

Tent poles are used to provide support for the whole tent, usually including two types, rigid tent poles and bendy tent poles. Rigid ones are firmer and heavier; bendy ones are more flexible and lighter. Different materials decide the price and weight of tent poles.

tent poles

Air Tubes

Air tubes are another creative form of tent poles. Some types of tents choose this kind of non-pole structure.

Compared to traditional tent poles, air tubes are more convenient for carrying, easy to assemble and disassemble, saving time and energy. You don’t need to worry that it would break in bad weather, because it is quite safe.

air tubes

Groundsheets

Groundsheets are usually put inside the tent to provide moisture protection and dust prevention. Most of them are not waterproof, so you need other equipment, like sleeping bags to use when you sleep.

groundsheet

Guy Ropes and Pegs

Guy ropes and pegs are used to fix the whole tent for keeping balance and preventing it from moving away. Pegs have different sizes and shapes suitable for pegging in different textures of ground. It is connected with various wind and ground conditions as well as equipped standby ones.

guy ropes and pegs

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6 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Tent

After knowing the basic parts of a tent, you should know what factors of a tent you need to consider when you choose a tent. Here lists these factors for your reference.

  • Tent purpose: This is the base for you to choose a tent. According to your using purpose, you choose a kind of tent properly.
  • Using season of tent: Some tents can be used in 4 seasons, in 3 seasons or only in summer or winter. According to the seasonal temperature, the thickness of tents is required differently.
  • Tent capacity: According to your purpose, tents in different sizes can accommodate different numbers of people. You need to consider the tent capacity according to your real demand.
  • Tent height: This is also relevant to the space of the tent. Suitable height will make you feel comfortable when staying inside the tent. But it is based on the height of the users.
  • Tent style: For some special usages, tent styles should be considered as well. If you have additional requirements on styles, you check more patterns to find your favorite one.
  • Windows: The function of windows is to increase ventilation in a tent. Usually, large tents are equipped with designed windows.

1. Tent purpose

This is the base for you to choose a tent. According to your using purpose, you choose a kind of tent properly.

2. Using season of tent

Some tents can be used in 4 seasons, in 3 seasons or only in summer or winter. According to the seasonal temperature, the thickness of tents is required differently.

3. Tent capacity

According to your purpose, tents in different sizes can accommodate different numbers of people. You need to consider the tent capacity according to your real demand.

4. Tent height

This is also relevant to the space of the tent. Suitable height will make you feel comfortable when staying inside the tent. But it is based on the height of the users.

5. Tent style

For some special usages, tent styles should be considered as well. If you have additional requirements on styles, you check more patterns to find your favorite one.

6. Windows

The function of windows is to increase ventilation in a tent. Usually, large tents are equipped with designed windows.

16 Types of Tent

According to various styles and shapes, use purposes and occasions, there are different types of the tent for events. This part will introduce several common types of tent used widely in daily life, listing these tent names with pictures.

When you want to go close to nature, camping is a good way to realize. So in this activity, camping tents are the necessary equipment for you to enjoy nature.

The camping tent is the most widely used in all types of tent. It has many classifications in different styles, shapes and sizes. Every type of camping tent has different tent names. Here mainly lists common types of camping tents for your reference.

1. Dome Tent

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This type of tent is the most common one among camping tents at present. Simply, the dome tent has two poles or more poles crossing with each other from a corner to the opposite corner, providing support for the whole tent. The basic shape of a dome tent is similar to a semicircle.

Pros

  • The shape is designed for use in a gale or severe weather.
  • Have developed many shapes with different functions.
  • The price is not a single standard but varies from materials and size.
  • It is good in cost performance.

Cons

  • It has just a single room, so it is a sharing place, with less privacy.

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2. Tunnel Tent

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The tunnel tent is usually made up of two or more poles with the connection of tent cloth. The tunnel is supported by the poles to form several rooms with enough space at the same height.

Pros

  • It has different styles and sizes, so its price has no single standard.
  • The size is usually larger than other single tents.
  • Suitable for more than 2 people or family camping activity.

Cons

  • Need to pay attention to the wind direction when building it.
  • If set in the wrong direction, it is easy to be blown down by the wind.
  • The process of setting up is not easy, more like a tent of the compound style.

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3. Ridge Tent

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Ridge tent is a traditional tent with a long history. Its structure is very simple, just like a triangle or mountain top. It is made up of poles at both ends to support a roof of the tent like the ridge. It can be a large tent for glamping activities.

Pros

  • It is very stable and easy to build up.
  • It has a variable size from small to large rooms.

Cons

  • The tent top is narrow, even though the whole tent is high.
  • The material and fabric is usually cotton canvas, very heavy.

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4. Teepee Tent

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Teepee tent was called tipi in the past, which was a tent with the shape of a triangle, made of animals’ skin. It’s used for camping as well. But later, for the reason that it’s not easy to carry and not practical, it has been replaced by other tents.

Many teepee tents are heavy and influenced easily by weather. Modern teepee tents have changed styles and sizes, used widely by children in small sizes, and used for glamping activities in large sizes.

Pros

  • Small size, suitable for children
  • Good performance in decoration
  • Easy to put up

 Cons

  • Heavy, not portable
  • Limited by many conditions, like weather, ground

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5. Roof Top Tent/ Car-Top Tent

roof top tent
car top tent

Rooftop tent, also car-top tent is a new form of the camping tent. The tent is installed on the top of vehicles; hence the name is called roof top tents or car-top tents.

Pros

  • These top tents are camping tents for professional campers.
  • It can be used in any place.
  • Avoid unsmooth ground
  • Keep wild animals away.

Cons

  • The installment on the vehicle is not simple.
  • It requires a ladder to enter.
  • Users may fall off from the tent.
  • It cannot resist bad weather well.
  • Its flexibility is not ideal.
  • It is expensive in most cases.

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6. Inflatable Tent

The inflatable tent has no sturdy poles to provide support. Its support structure is the air tubes. This is a new style of tent. It can make many new beginners set up a tent easily. The shapes and styles of the inflatable tent are various. The air beams of it are the most distinctive feature.

Pros

  • Friendly to new beginners and easy to set up
  • Saving time and energy
  • Without sturdy tent poles, easy to carry

Cons

  • The inflator pump is a must.
  • If anywhere is leaky, the whole tent cannot be useful.
  • More expensive

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