Some Big, Some Small, but Tents for All!

Apr 16, 2018

If you need a refresher on tent types and terminology check out our last blog post here -  

The tenting industry most commonly talks about tent sizing by using the width of the tent first then followed by the length.  Tents are modular meaning they can be built in a smaller section and expanded and built onto so by classifying the width first that is the constant size of the tent. 

For example, tent folks will say a 40’ x 100’.  Which means a 40’ wide tent by 100’ long.    

Tent sizes vary greatly on the style of tent as well as the usage. 

The shortest width of a tent can be as low as 6’ for walk way tents and expand out to 40’ – 60’ for Frame and Pole Tents.

When looking at the Structure style of tenting that frame system comes predetermined by meters and can go as wide as 60 meters!  Structures will commonly be called in the same width x length situation that the smaller tents are, so for example a 20 meter by 30 meter (which is roughly a 66’ x 98’ tent). 

Figuring out the space needed for your event can be tricky depending on the plan for the party.  You can start with one of the two following scenarios. 

The first is for just seating as in for ceremony or meeting.  Figuring 6 square feet per person for seating will allow you to determine your seating space needs.  This does not take in to account space for walkways, as that is based off of room or tent dimensions.   

For guest meal service, the most common size table we do for a wedding or corporate event is a 60” round table with 8 guests per table.  Using that as a baseline to start we suggest denoting a 10’ x 10’ area per guest table.  From that number it’s easy to get a general ballpark on how big of a space you will need for just the guests.  After that if you continue to use the 10’ x 10’ rule you can add in your other tables like buffet, beverage station and bar, or head table to get a more detailed size necessity.   

To find more easy hints on spacing head over to for help with common space needs.