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Canvas bell tents are a wonderful addition to activities and adventures, from camping to yoga retreats to backyard soirees. But when looking to purchase, you might have lots of questions. Questions like how many people fit in a bell tent? And how do you choose the right bell tent size? Well, we have you covered in this bell tent size comparison guide!
Below, we break them all down and demonstrate exactly how many people can fit in each bell tent size comfortably and some extra tips to help you choose.
Bell tents many sizes, are viewed as roundish shaped (which is why many people call them yurt tents.
The "bell" shaped canvas roof provided that illusion of these tents being round, but bell tents actually have between 8-13 sides that create the wall of the tent. Typically you will find a single center pole that functions as the main support system, along an a-frame door pole that strengthens the entrance.
Bell tents come in the following popular sizes (diameters):
You may wonder why so many descriptions include "meters" to communicate their size. The answer is that the metric system is the global standard. For us here in the U.S., the metric system is not easily converted in our minds since we've stood our ground and stuck with the Imperial measurement system. Therefore you will likely see both dimensions mentioned to help you out.
The smallest usable footprint you will find is a 10-foot (3-meter) bell tent size. These tinier bell tents are designed to sleep up to four people if they’re “roughing it” in a sleeping bag on the floor. However, you can fit one full size bed or two doubles in a 10-foot bell tent, which makes it a lovely retreat for couples. Beds can fit because this side of tent supported by a tri-pod frame, rather then a center pole.
The advantage of smaller bell tent sizes is that they’re easier to carry (but still not to take backpacking). But if you seek a bit more interior space, we highly recommend a 13-foot (4-meter) bell tent that offers enough room for four to six people. This size is most popular with car camping.
Let’s break this down further. A 13-foot bell tent can fit two full beds, one queen, or 3-4 cots. Sleeping bags are required to sleep a full six guests.
With an 8-foot, 3-inch ceiling height, the standing room is better too.
The most popular size size bell is the 16-footer, which leans into the more luxurious side of camping: glamping. You'll find this roomier bell tent sized used frequently as a glamping tent that is set up for several weeks at a time at one location - decked out with a posh queen bed, chairs, tables and even A/C units!
For non-glamping use, 8 adult sleeping bags around the center pole is the most this 16-foot bell tent can fit. Alternatively, this tent size can also accommodate two queen beds (which is tight) or one queen bed and two cots.
Again, the center ceiling height, door height, and wall height increase as each canvas bell tent grows in size.
Technically, this bell tent is sized at 19.5 feet in diameter, but it might as well be a 20-footer. The largest of all the bell tent sizes at Life inTents, we offer this spacious canvas tent in three styles: the Stella Stargazer, the Fernweh, and the Timberline Exchange.
How many people fit in this bell tent? With a 289-square-foot interior space, you can sleep anywhere from 8 to 12 people. Twelve people can fit in a 20-foot bell tent, however, that is assuming they’re sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag.
Most opt to have a more luxurious experience with this size of tent, and desire a 1-2 king size beds, or 5-8 cots. With such a large space, the bed configuration options are abundant!
If you have any questions whatsoever about Life inTents bell tent sizes, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are canvas bell tent experts and can offer advice to help you discover the absolutely perfect tent for you.
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