Totally Tents

Frame or Pole Tent?


We are asked many times about the differences of pole and frame tents, where these tents can be situated, and about the aesthetic differences, so here is a quick overview to explain the differences of a frame tent and a pole tent.

A pole tent is secured and supported by driving stakes into the ground; and so, it is not suitable to put a pole tent on concrete or asphalt surfaces. (Unless we are allowed to stake into the hard surface).

Pole tents mostly go on grass areas.

There will be at least 1 center pole inside a pole tent. Some clients like to use the poles as a feature, decorating them with vines, plants, fabric, or flowers. For others, the poles are an inconvenience, obstructing table layouts and views.

Most people think that a pole tent is more pleasing to look at from the outside, as it creates peaks and dips in the overall shape of the tent, and on the insides there are no metal pipes visible.

A frame tent is free standing and can go on grass, asphalt, concrete or a deck. It does not have any poles inside the tent, and so, the square footage isn’t compromised at all by having to plan around the inside poles.

The frame tent is generally more expensive to rent because of the labor involved in setting up the tent, and the actual cost of purchase.

The actual frame of this tent is aluminum pipes, which are visible on the inside of the tent, they can easily be covered if you prefer, by simply putting on white pipe liners, or by lining the whole tent with an elegant fabric liner.

When it comes to cost the pole tent is a little more economical.

We use our knowledge and expertise to recommend the right tent for you and your event, depending on your requirements, ground surface, and available space.

A 30' x 60' Frame tent with  Cathedral side walls

A 40' x 60' Pole Tent