canvas tents


How to Measure Your Canvas Tent for a Perfect Fit

Are you in the market for a new tent frame or angle kit for your canvas tent? One of the most crucial steps is to make sure that you measure your tent accurately to ensure a perfect fit. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of measuring your canvas tent using the following dimensions: wall height, rafter/slope, width, and length of tent. We'll also include tips for measuring your tent correctly to avoid any errors.

Measuring Wall Height (A) The wall height of your canvas tent is the distance from the bottom of the canvas to the wall and roof intersection at the seam. To measure this, find a corner of your canvas tent and have someone hold it firmly in place. Measure the distance from the bottom of the canvas to the seam at the top of the wall. Be sure to measure each wall to ensure that they're all the same height.

Measuring Rafter/Slope (B) The rafter/slope of your canvas tent is the distance from the ridge (center of the ridge grommet) to where the roof and wall intersect at the seam. To measure this, locate the center of the ridge grommet and measure the distance from there to the seam where the roof and wall intersect. Don't measure the eave or black webbing on the wilderness tent.

Measuring Width (C) The width of your canvas tent is the distance from one side of the tent to the other. To measure this, stretch the tent out on the ground and measure the distance from one side to the other. Make sure that the canvas is taut, but not stretched too tightly, to ensure accuracy.

Measuring Length of Tent (D) The length of your canvas tent is the distance from seam to seam. To measure this, stretch the tent out on the ground and measure the distance from one seam to the other. Again, make sure that the canvas is taut, but not stretched too tightly.

If your canvas tent is several years old, measure from the end seams about 5"-10" from the bottom, where the tent isn't as stretched. This will ensure a more accurate measurement, and your frame or angle kit will fit better.

To determine an accurate cut list for a tent frame or angle kit for a tent you already have, you'll need to provide the following measurements:

  • Wall Height (A)
  • Rafter/Slope (B)
  • Width (C)
  • Length of Tent (D)

Remember, it's essential to provide exact measurements, so avoid rounding your numbers. Tent frames and angle kits are custom-made for all wall tents to ensure years of service.

In conclusion, measuring your canvas tent correctly is crucial when ordering a new tent frame or angle kit. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you'll be able to provide exact measurements and ensure a perfect fit for your canvas tent.

Receiving Your Canvas Tent

Inventory all items received using your receipt. Tent bag, ropes, and tensioners are rolled up inside canvas tent.

Frame assembly. Mark your wall tent frame parts on the last 3 inches of each frame part for ease of frame assembly.

Lay out your complete frame on ground where each frame part and angle will go during assembly. Assembly instructions are listed under canvas tent info guide at website.

8 x 10 and 10 x 12 canvas tents have angle kits marked R for ridge and M for eaves.  Angles for larger wilderness canvas tents are all marked P.  These P angles are used both on the ridge and eaves.

Your wall tent should not be tight on your frame during tent set up. Cut your frame down if necessary. Excessive force pulling on a canvas tent weakens seams or will rip a tent. A tight zipper normally indicates your end rafters are too long. Please contact us with any concerns.

Always use a fly or a tarp to cover and protect wall tents. There are thousands of needle holes in tent roof. Occasionally, a needle hole will leak and your fly is another moisture barrier. Also, if a stove spark lands on you tent roof you can possibly have a hole in your roof. It is much easier to repair small spark holes in a fly with tape than repairing a canvas tent roof.

A fly also protects from UV rays which will eventually deteriorate canvas tents. Fly also protects from sap and dirt dripping off a tree. Removing sap with harsh chemicals or detergent will destroy tent treatments on canvas.

Put fly over your wall tent before installing frame legs during frame assembly and tent set up.

Tie your stove jack flap back with tight knots before installing legs on frame. Your stove jack will burn if it is against the stove pipe..  Every year people have canvas tent fires due to not tying the stove jack flap back properly. The stove jack flap against the hot stove pipe starts the tent on fire.

Remove your fly or extended fly during high winds. Fly's flapping in strong winds will rip out the reinforced grommets.

On each ridge end there is a grommet to use for staking out a tent in windy conditions. Your wall tent is like a large sail and your tent will fly away if not staked down properly.

Use heavy duty steel stakes for staking out canvas tent and fly. Plastic, aluminum, and thin metal stakes are of little use when camping in rocky areas. 18” rebar stakes are recommended for eave ropes and fly's.

Use your rope tensioners to adjust rope until your wall tent and fly are tight.

Leaving a wall tent set up for extended periods of time must always have a fly or tarp to prevent canvas damage.

Water, snow and ice will collect in the low area at the bottom of the roof just before the eave side poles. This low area is called an eave trough. Your tent and fly must be very tight to avoid water, snow or ice buildup in this trough. When a canvas tent has an eave trough the trough area will become deeper and deeper due to the weight of the water, snow or ice accumulation in this trough. In a worst case situation, the canvas rips or the frame bends due to the weight. Additionally, canvas saturated in water at the eave trough will rot and develop mold.

Snow loads. If you can possibly have heavy snow loads your frame will require extra rafters. A house has rafters every 2 feet and a plywood roof to withstand heavy snow loads.

Stove Fireproof mat. A stove should never be placed on top of any material that is flammable. Insure you have a nonflammable material or a fireproof mat under your stove to prevent a fire. Fireproof mat should normally be long enough to have 6 inches to the rear of the stove and 12 inches at stove door end. Occasionally, embers will fall out when opening stove door.

You must check stove spark arrestor daily. Spark arrestor can become clogged in 1 day depending on type of wood used. Clogged spark arrestor will cause smoke in your tent. In line spark arrestors are strongly recommended for ease of cleaning.

All Canvas Tents will burn regardless of treatment if there is a continuous flame source on the canvas. I recommend always having a fire extinguisher at your camp site.

Drying rack. I use a piece of conduit and tie to ridge angles.

Keeping canvas tents clean. When taking down tent, lift up walls and clean your sod cloth and sides of your canvas tent with a towel. Always fold your tent inside to inside to keep the inside of your tent clean.

Never put away a wet tent. Regardless of treatment, all canvas tents will mold and mildew if put away wet. If it is raining when you return home, I recommend putting a rope through the ridge openings and tie rope to garage end walls. Pull out sidewalls to allow for air circulation. Insure you store tent in a mouse proof container.

Questions. Please call 1 880 234 1150 if you have questions.


You've Just Placed Your Order - Now What?

Congratulations! You have just purchased the best canvas wall tent for sale online, now what?  Here are a few steps that will assure the process goes smoothly.


You will first want to double check your receipt. 

Purchasing a wall tent is a large investment that we take seriously and we want to make sure you are getting exactly what you want.  There are a plethora of options on our site and when shopping around it can get confusing with the varying options and verbiage associated with wall tent or canvas tent terms.  If we took your order over the phone, please have a look at your receipt after we email it to you.  If you placed your order online, please double check your confirmation or give us a call to review what you have purchased.  As we aim to get your wall tent to you as fast as we can, it is imperative that we have it packed up correctly.  We ship very quickly, sometimes the same day you place the order, so we want to make sure we have it right!  The cost of exchanging is well, costly, so first time accuracy is our goal.


Keep an eye out in your email for your FedEx tracking information. 

 All items that leave our warehouse will ship Via FedEx Ground.  As we keep all packages under 150 lb., they will be arrive and be delivered the same as if you ordered a new pair of shoes.  Due to the value of your products, we do require an Indirect Signature, which means anyone at the residence can sign for the package.  Some FedEx contractors will even allow you to leave a signed note on your door if you are not going to be home.  If you are not home at the time of your shipment, FedEx will leave a door tag for you to sign and will return the following business day.  At times, the FedEx system does not correctly relay the tracking information to you, so if you do not receive it the day your item ships, give us a call and we will get this information to you.


Keep an eye out in your email for your cut list and other information.  

We aim to email your cut list to you on the day your canvas tent ships.  Due to times of high volume, this sometimes comes the next day.  At times, this cut list will bounce into your junk or spam folder, so if you do not see it, make sure to have a look there.  We will also email you instructions on how to use your ropes and tensioners, stove set-up instructions, and other pertinent information related to your wall tent purchase.


Once your items arrive, cross reference them with your receipt.  

We do not send a packing list with your shipment, so you will want to check what you receive against your emailed receipt.  If you notice something is incorrect or missing, please let us know within 2 weeks so we can get it exchanged or replaced.


Lastly, get outside and enjoy your wall tent!