Really Cool DIY Tent Patterns
Making Your Own Tent Can Be Fun
With summer fast approaching camping season is kicking off. For SCAdians (members of the Society for Creative Anachronisms) that means some upcoming great events. For SCAdians camping takes on a whole new meaning, while standard dome tents are acceptable most SCAdians strive for a medieval looking pavilion so they can camp in the style of medieval royalty.
Members of the SCA aren't the only people that are into really cool home designed tents. Any one who loves the outdoors should consider a homemade tent as an alternative to a store bought one. Online there are hundreds of designs for a variety of different tent styles to fit any need. Making your own tent means you can customize your tent to your needs and camp in style.
For a SCAdian camping takes on a whole new meaning that even that irritating word glamping doesn't cover. I have seen pavilion setups with separate rooms for each person, with entire bedroom sets (bed, end tables, dresser, and more), 12 foot and higher ceilings. There is no end to the possibilities when it comes to medieval pavilions. According to some, during cloth of gold Henry VIII had a pavilion built that was meant to look like a castle, by all reports it was quite convincing.
- Medieval pavilion By Lena Torp
Some good detailed instructions on a round center pole pavilion
- Pavilions and Tentmaking Links
A great selection of a wide variety of medievalish tents. Warning many of the links are brokent, but still a lot of tent plans are available on this site.
- 15th Century Pavilion
Detailed PDF describing the process of making a period reproduction of a 15th century pavilion.
- Anglo-Saxon Geteld
The Anglo-Saxon 'Geteld' A provisional reconstruction Research into the geteld is still in progress, and further variants and clarification can be expected. The form illustrated here is the simplest for which we can have a good degree of confidence.
Upcycling takes something old and makes it new again. These tent designs are for the garage sale junkie.
- The Near-Perfect Tent: Design and Build a Recycled Tent
Like so many before me, I dreamed of owning the Perfect Tent. Years of disappointing store bought tents, the lameness of available designs and workwo...
The traditional tents of some tribes of Native Americans.
- How to Build Teepees:
Make Indian Teepee; TePee Making, Natve American Tee Pee
These are great shelters that can be built in the woods from materials you find around you.
Permanent Tent Shelters
For something a little more permanent.
- DIY Back Yard Canopies | Home Guides | SF Gate
A backyard canopy provides more than shade from the summer sun. It can transform your backyard into an elegant outdoor room in which to entertain guests, enjoy a relaxing evening after a long day or ...
- Rust Renewed Urban Studio Tent
Renewed Urban Studio Tent RUST Plan A permanent shelter built out of all upcycled materials.
Other Simple Tent Designs
- Tent making made easy
The following article was originally published in the April 1911 issue of Recreation magazine. It was later reprinted as part of the 1917 Boy Scout Handbook...