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 A canvas tent house to live in is a growing popular choice the more our country becomes "more civilized".  Especially, for those individuals who want to live a slower pace lifestyle in the country.


Tent House and Tent Home Models to Live in Permanently.

1. Tent Only:  Wilderness or Montana Canvas

2. Tent and Angle Kit to Make Frame

3. Tent and Complete Frame

4. Tent, Angle Kit to Make Frame, Tarp Fly, Stove

5. Tent, Complete Frame, Tarp Fly, Stove 

A tent house with proper planning and design can be a very livable tent, and  comfortable, just like your home.

Click tent homes to view many examples of how tents are set up on a permanent basis using tent platforms and without platforms.


1. Do not set up your tent to live in permanently in very windy exposed areas such as in the middle of fields or prairies. A sheltered protected area in trees is the best place for tent set up.  Your tent is like a giant sail and you are inviting problems if you set up in very windy areas.  Your permanent tent home will flap in the wind and eventually cause your seams to weaken.  Tents are not wood structures. Canvas flapping in the wind will eventually destroy your seams and your tent canvas will  eventually tear. 

2. Stake the tent down properly or your  house tent will blow away. When staking down your permanent tent use all eave and ridge end grommets for. tent ropes.  Stakes must be a minimum of 18".  Position all stakes at a 45 degree angle way from tent.  One customer set up his tent in an open windy area and placed huge round hay bales around the tent to reduce the wind.  That customer knew his tent would be destroyed unless he used bales for protection from the very strong winds.  If you do not protect your tent from very strong winds you will eventually regret your decision.

3. Do not use an extended fly in windy conditions because the wind will get under the 8' exposed section and destroy the fly.  In very windy conditions it is best to remove a regular fly until the wind lessens. Your fly will flap in the wind weakening seams and tear.  Also a flapping fly will eventually tear out grommets even though the grommets are reinforced.

Living in a tent permanently requires much planning and preparation.  The most important consideration is selecting the correct tent model and size.

Click livable tents sleeping capacity to give you an idea for the minimum size of tent required based on number of people in your group. If you can't decide on which size to buy always pick the larger size.  No one has ever called me and said they wished they had purchased a smaller tent.  

Most tents are only used 2-3 weeks a year by hunters and campers.  The tent you select must be very tough and very durable for year round use as it will be your tent home.

A permanent tent house for you to live in year round is normally placed on a platform.  Click livable tent for sale  for info on placing a tent home on a platform. 

I am often asked if we have a tent house that looks like a house.  A wall tent is the design most like a house. Wall tents are tents you can stand up in. The best standing room wall tent will have 6' sidewalls which we have in all models and sizes. Be advised some tents for sale only have 4' 7" sidewalls which severely limits useable space. 

My choice for the best tent to live in permanently is the wilderness tent.

What separates the wilderness tent is the added reinforcement not found in most other company tent models. The Wilderness additional features:

Double layer of canvas at ridge. Makes roof much stronger.  Also recommended if you plan on using a lodgepole set up.  It is very easy to tear a roof ridge when using lodge poles if you don't completely smooth the pole.

Reinforcement webbing on eaves. Your eaves are under constant pressure as ropes are tied to the eaves and then to your stakes to keep the tent from blowing away. Always consider your tent house to be a large sail waiting to be blown away if not staked down properly.  Long steel stakes are a necessity.

Steel D rings on the eaves instead of grommets.  D rings are much stronger than brass grommets that can easily be pulled out under pressure.

Storm flap on door protects your zipper from freezing rain and snow.  Also allows you to close the door in the event of zipper failure.

Army duck double fill canvas, the highest quality canvas available.


To live in a tent permanently you must have a quality wood stove.

I recommend a heavy duty steel stove as these stoves are very durable.  My best heavy duty stoves are the wilderness and the yukon. Click stoves to view all stoves available.

Always buy a large stove for your tent home, it is worth the extra money. With a large stove you have the ability to partially fill it during mild weather.  When it becomes very cold fill it to the max to be able to keep your tent warm at night.

Another advantage of a large stove, if you burn a good hard wood the stove should burn 6-8 hours so it won't go out during the night.  I have the largest tent wood stoves made.  If someone states their stoves burn more than 8 hours it is just not accurate and you are getting a high pressure sales pitch.


I strongly recommend a fly tarp if you are going to live in a tent permanently.

The fly protects and covers the roof. Your tent will last much longer  with a fly as the first part of your tent is normally the roof.


To live in a tent permanently you will need some tent accessories to make your life more comfortable.

Click livable tent accessories to view accessories available. Our most popular tent home accessories are vinyl tent floors, coat racks, fire proof stoves mats and heavy duty steel stakes.

It can be very difficult to analyze your tent house requirements when you plan on living in a tent permanently.  Feel free to call us and we can answer your questions and provide recommendations.  Rich