The Difference Between Pole Tents and Frame Tents

One of the most frequently asked questions in the tent rental business is “what is the difference between a pole tent and a frame tent.”  So, lets answer that question right here.

Pole Tent

A tent that is held up by tall poles in the middle of the tent, and tension from ropes and stakes.  This type of tent requires some space (about 5 feet) all the way around the tent for stakes and ropes.  It also requires center poles to hold the tent up, which puts some limitations on how you can set up your tables, chairs, dancefloor, etc.

20x20 pole tent (center pole in middle holds up tent, not free-standing)

20x20 pole tent (center pole in middle holds up tent, not free-standing)

 

Frame Tent

A frame tent is a tent that is held up by a frame of aluminum poles (sort of like the frame of a house).  Frame tents are free standing, so they don’t require ropes and stakes for support nor do they require additional space around the tent.  This means  they can be pushed right up against a home or building, and can be set up on cement.  Further, frame tents do not have a center pole, so they provide a completely open floor plan.

 

20x20 FRAME tent - free-standing, no pole in center of tent

20x20 FRAME tent - free-standing, no pole in center of tent