The number one question when planning an outdoor tent event is; How big of a tent do I need? In order to judge your budget and space requirements, you have to know what size tent you will require. Of course, Northwest Tents &Events has an experienced event coordinator to do this for you, but if you want to calculate your needs yourself here are some guidelines:
Total square footage: Add up steps 1-5 and you will have the approximate square footage you need.
This number is the bare minimum square footage you need. If you get a tent smaller than this, you're going to be banging elbows all night.
Now that you know your square footage, all you have to do is match it up to the appropriate tent size. Remember, you can't go below the number you came up with. If you are right on the border, always go up. Here's a list of some of the most common tent sizes:
20x20 400 sq ft
20x30 600 sq ft
20x40 800 sq ft
30x30 900 sq ft
30x40 1200 sq ft
30x45 1350 sq ft
40x40 1600 sq ft
30x60 1800 sq ft
30x90 2700 sq ft
40x80 3200 sq ft
One other thing to consider when you are planning the size of the area that you want to place your tent in, is that pole tents require an additional 5-10 feet on all sides to accommodate for the stakes. So if you are mapping out the area where you want to place your tent, be sure to add an extra 10-20 feet on the width and on the length to allow for the stakes.
Northwest Tents & Events will do all this for you if you do not want to do this for yourself. Call us and let us plan your event for you 847-975-1348.
If your party is on a weekend, we generally set up 1-2 days before your event depending on the start and end time of your event, type of event, and other scheduled deliveries. There are many factors that determine our actual set up and take down schedule each week. Generally we take down tents the day after the event. We work to make times and dates as convenient as possible. We strive to be flexible and to accommodate our customer’s requests.
No. Cooking under a tent is a fire hazard, and will damage the tent.
In addition to allowing for area around the tent, you also need to consider things above the tent such as trees and utility lines. Speaking of utilities, you should call 811 JULIE to have the area of the tent flagged for utilities before installing the tent. This ensures we do not hit any underground utilities when driving stakes into the ground. Also all sprinkler, low voltage pool lines, etc need to also be marked. Northwest Tents & Event is not responsible for any damage done to unmarked utilities.
Tents are not permanent structures. Therefore, under extreme weather conditions, they may need to be evacuated to ensure the safety of all your guests.