If you want to skip all the hassle of making it DIY, here are some great customized pop up canopies available for order online:
Are you thinking about making your own tent?
Do you have some DIY skills?
Do you want to learn how to make a outdoor canopy tent for your needs?
If so, this article is here to help!
There are several reasons why you might be interested in making a DIY tent, such as:
No matter why you’re interested in this project, the information below can help you figure out everything you need to know about how to get started. There are a lot of different ways to build a tent yourself, so be sure you take the time to check out our recommended videos for even more suggestions, too.
Now, let’s get started learning how to make a DIY outdoor canopy tent frame and cover you can use for just about any situation!
- 1First, decide on the size of the tent you want to build. This will help you figure out the number of PVC pipes you need to get. Once you have your dimensions figured out, multiply these measurements by three and take this number to the hardware store with you. Find the PVC pipes that will fit together to make this measurement and remember that you’ll need to make three versions of the frame in order to complete this DIY project.
- 2Lay out the pipes so that they form a rectangular frame and join them with elbow joints at the corners and T-joints in the middle.
- 3Repeat this process to make the middle portion of the frame and the top portion of the frame in the same way. Remember that the number of PVC pipes and connectors you need to use will differ depending on the final size you’re going for with your canopy.
- 4Attach the three frames together using vertical pipes secured to the T-joints on each level of the frame.
- 5Continue until you have assembled all three frames stacked one on top of the other using T-joints.
- 6After your canopy frame is put together, use the rubber cement to secure everything in place so it won’t move around or get knocked over easily.
- 7Drape your tarp over the top of the canopy tent and get ready to use it for any outdoor event you might need it for.
- 8Congratulations! You have just completed your quick and easy PVC pipe outdoor canopy tent project.
We hope this quick and easy how-to guide has helped you feel a little more confident in your ability to put together a tent without having to purchase a frame from a store. There are some instances when you might prefer to buy a tent that’s already premade and ready to go, including the following:
There are other times when a DIY tent may not be the right call, but you’ll have to determine what’s true for your specific situation based on your needs. There are plenty of times when a homemade tent frame and cover is an excellent alternative that can save you a lot of money, so don’t hesitate to give it a try if you feel like this may be true for you.
But is it possible for a tent you make yourself to really ever be as sturdy as one you buy from a store or online? Don’t you have to worry about the tent collapsing or getting blown away a lot more often if you’re using one you made yourself? In short, no—but you’ll need to take some extra precautions. For example, if you want to use your tent for sleeping in while outdoors, you’ll want to waterproof it unless you’re only planning to use it for a night and can be sure it isn’t going to rain. No matter where you choose to use your tent, you can use sandbag anchors or stakes and ropes to secure it to the ground and make it much safer and sturdier, just like you would with a store-bought tent.
With the right planning and precautions, there’s no reason why you can’t safely and successfully use a homemade PVC tent in place of a store-bought one.