Tent basics

Find your answers to some of the questions asked most frequently in the tent industry. 

What is the difference between a tent, temporary structure, marquee and canopy?
Definitions of the main structures used in the tented event industry Read more...

What are the types of tents?
There are four types of tents. Read more...

Is it better to buy or rent a tent?
The decision to buy or rent a tent has many variables. Read more...

What size tent is necessary for your special event?
A person must first determine tent usage. Read more...

When planning for a wedding, how do you determine the size of tent needed?
Seven steps for planning a tented wedding. Read more...

What are the styles of tents available for a wedding?
There are several types of tents that are available at your nearest event rental company. Read more...

What options are available for finishing a tent?
One should always consider options for finishing a tent. Read more...

What elements should be included in a site survey?
A site survey or evaluation is the first of many important steps in the total organization of any safe tent rental function or event. Read more...

What equipment should you take when completing a site survey?
A list of the essentials for a site survey. Read more...

What should you know when observing or assessing safety conditions?
Six questions you should always ask. Read more...

Does one style of tent require less staking than another? How about center poles?
Different types of tents require different types of staking. Read more...

Why use a safety factor when anchoring tents?
Safety factors (1.5 to 2.0) must always be used. Read more...

What are the three issues one should keep in mind when anchoring a tent?
Three things you must know for anchoring. Read more...

How can I ensure a safe tent installation when hanging loads in an engineered structure?
In today’s world of tenting, demand for high-end decorating is at an all time high. Read more...

How can I ensure safe installation when hanging loads in trac-system tents and tension pole structures?
Trac-systems are slightly different in that they are a bit of a hybrid. Read more...

What and how is the wind speed rating for tents calculated?
The American Society of Civil Engineers sets up this guideline. Read more...

What are the signs of heat stress or stroke?
The time to be most alert to the potential of heat stress among outside workers is in the springtime. Read more...

When is noise loud enough to require hearing protection?
OSHA has specific standards that govern this. Read more...

Is there any danger in working with low-voltage electricity?
Length of exposure to the electricity makes the biggest difference. Read more...

What is the leading cause of back injuries in the tenting industry?
Back injury prevention is crucial in the tented event industry. Read more...

What other safety considerations should you know?
The importance of safety as related to the site survey cannot be over-emphasized. Read more...

How can I purchase the Tent Staking Study Data just released by the Tent Rental Division?
The staking study data is available at no cost to members of The Tent Rental Division. Read more...