How to Set up a Family Screen Tent

Screen tents have many uses at campsites and in backyards. Cooking and dining areas can be protected from bugs. They can provide a pest-free, shaded area for pools and play structures for small children. Though there are several different designs of screen tents, their construction procedures are pretty much the same: assemble the top portion, cover the top with the fabric and extend the remaining frame which completes the assembly.

Pick the screen tent’s location. The area needs to be relatively flat and free of debris. It should also be a safe distance from any fire source such as fire pits or campfires. The screen’s fabric can be easily ruined by sparks.

Assembly should begin with the roof section.

This section can be comprised of a centerpiece onto which all poles are connected or a series of poles interlocking. The poles, usually labeled with numbers to indicate connecting pieces, can also be shock-corded together requiring only the assembly of the attached poles. Pole assembly directions can vary according to model.

Roof poles should then connect to the legs of the tent frame. If pole pieces are shock corded, leave them disassembled and only connect the upper portion to the roof frame to allow for easier handling. Extending poles should be kept at the lowest setting and individual poles should be connected at the top ends.

The fabric of the tent screen should be laid across the frame’s top unless the model instructions indicate that the fabric be attached underneath. Attach any and all clamps, loops, closures and hooks to secure fabric to frame. It is important to complete this step accurately as there may not be another opportunity to do so in most cases.

The legs’ bottom portions should now be connected or extended, depending on pole type, to achieve the full or desired height. Any remaining attachments for the securing of the fabric should be attached at this time. Zipper doors should be tested to ensure complete closure. If they are not closing completely, check the leg height and adjust to ensure the closing reaches the ground. The tent edges should be staked into the ground by using the attached stake loops along the tent’s bottom. The frame legs may be staked into the ground as well, depending on the model.

Outside the tent, the guylines should now be attached. This is accomplished with the use of either the attached loops or indicated places to connect them. Pull guylines downward and away from the tent and stake them into the ground approximately three feet away from the screen tent’s edge.


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