How to Determine the Right Pop-Up Canopy Size
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To know the size of the canopy that will give you the best amount of space, you must know several things before settling on your purchase. This task will require some calculations of the area to be covered as well as other factors that will make your experience meaningful and worry free.
You must be able to predict certain conditions and make sure that there will be enough space to move around and reduce the likelihood of accidents or people bumping into equipment.
First, you need to know what the tent is going to be used for. If you are having a barbecue, know that you cannot grill under a tent. This is dangerous and most tent canopies are flammable.
The best arrangement is to have guests seated under the cover where they can lounge on chairs while sipping on a cool glass of iced tea. This will protect them from the sun. Don’t forget that tables and chairs should be under the shade.
Count the number of people who will be using the tent. A 10 by 10 feet tent is good for 8 people because one person will occupy at least 10 square feet. If you factor in tables and chairs, it’s best to estimate that 7 people can fit into the shaded area when seated.
If you are going to have more than 10 people, it’s best to have two tents of 10 by 10 feet or a single tent that measures 10 by 20 or 30 feet. Also, consider adding more if you are going to have additional equipment or servers.
The height of the tent is also another factor. Canopies which are raised as high as 8 feet are said to wobble, so for a windy day it’s best to adjust the height.
Another major factor will be the weather. Make sure that you research the forecast for the week. If you are having a party on a day that is forecasted to be windy, pin the stands to the ground by using stakes or canopy weights. Check the center top for gaps because you might need to seal it. The sides of the tent can drop with rain so make sure that there is space for you to dislodge water.
If you are going to use a tent for a buffet setup, make sure that there is enough room for people to walk around. Two six-seater tables can fit one canopy that measures 10 by 10 feet. This will be enough if there no other fixtures are put on the sides of the buffet table.
A tent with walls would be great to protect you from the sun and wind but might not be good for events and exhibitions. For this type of tent, a bigger front opening might be more appropriate. It is not advisable to use a mobile kitchen under a tent.
The time you hold your party is important to note. If you are having a lunch party, then a tent with sun shades would be great. Canopies with side walls are also good especially if the day is extra hot.
Make sure that there will be enough ventilation inside. Party tents usually come with walls which are detachable, so choose a weather-friendly product.
For other purposes such as outdoor activities, choose a tent that is portable and sturdy. Some canopies come with wheeled bags and can fit any car compartment. These canopies usually are sized 10 by 10 feet.
Some tents are made with detachable screen walls for protection against insects and mosquitoes, and some come with lighting. These canopies are tailored for spending nights outside.
Commercial-grade canopies have bigger tubing and are made with high-grade tent covers. These are professionally built to look professional at exhibitions and trade fairs. They also come in 10 by 10 feet measurements and are built to cover a big room.
Some are versatile and can be used for other purposes. Market stand owners also use this type of canopy because they are sun- and rainproof. It is also made to be portable and comes in easy to use bags.
Now that you have considered and weighed up all the factors, you are ready to make your purchase.