We often receive calls from clients relating to tents for their events. Two very common questions that we hear are “What is the difference between pole tents and frame tents?” and “Which one is best suited for my event?”
The answer to the first questions can be found in the names. Traditional pole tents rely on poles in the center of the tent to secure the top whereas frame tents have no poles in the center. Frame tents are constructed with a frame around the perimeter with poles built from the outside of the frame towards the center much like the frame of a roof. The canvas is then secured to this frame.
The second answer begins with a question back to you. “what kind of surface will the tent be on?” If the answer is grass, then either style of tent will work for you. It depends on your preference. A frame tent will give you more flexibility with the layout because its construction provides a wide open space to work with. A pole tent is slightly less expensive than a frame tent as a result of a frame tent requiring more labor to put us and take down. Pole tents have more of a “classic” tent look with the poles and the design giving it a “swoop effect” or “circus tent” look.