If you're a business owner planning to buy bell tents, you're in the right place. Whether you have a glamping site yourself or you need the tents for entertainment reasons, we're here to guide you.
At Bell Tent Village, we know a thing or two about bell tents that we'd like to share to help you along the way!
Considerations For Buying A Bell Tent
When buying Bell Tents for your new Glamping business, there are several things to keep in mind:
- Ideal Bell Tent Size;
- Price of Bell Tents;
- The Bell Tent Quality.
1. Size of Bell Tents
You should look closely at your chosen business model when deciding on the types of bell tents needed.
Based on the metrics you gather, this will help you to identify which tent size is going to be the best fit.
For example, if you plan to provide pop-up bell tent accommodation in different locations, it would be wise to source lighter bell tents. You may want to consider opting for 4m & 5m bell tents as opposed to larger 6m tents where possible.
A 4m bell tent can hold up to 6-8 people in sleeping bags. If you are setting up a bell tent wedding venue a 4m tent will house a family of 4 easily.
A set-up of this type would consist of 1 x double air bed and 2 x single air beds with additional room for your luggage (hurrah!).
Setting up a canopy outside of the bell tent itself will allow for more room outside for deck chairs and socialising. Just because you opt for a smaller bell tent, this doesn't mean you can't fully enjoy the experience.
Afterall, being in the great outdoors is one of the reasons why many people choose to go glamping.
Which Size Is The Most Popular?
5m bell tents are the most common size amongst most glamping companies, including our lovely Bell Tent Village.
This is because this sizing offers a happy medium between a 6m bell tent and a 4m bell tent when weight and size is concerned.
5m bell tents can sleep up to 10 people in sleeping bags which is great if you're planning a big social occasion!
However, when setting up for a glamping wedding village, for example, you can fit 3 x double air beds or 2 double air beds with plenty of remaining space.
Many of our customers set up 1 x air bed with 2 x single airbeds and still benefit from additional room for chairs, cushions to lounge on, and their luggage.
Weight Of Bell Tents
A 4m bell tent typically weighs 28KG -30KG with all accessories in one bag. For canvas only, the weight is around 20KG. 5m bell tents typically weigh 33KG -36KG with all accessories included. For canvas only the weight is around 25KG. 6m bell tents typically weigh 45KG with the canvas only weighing 35KG.
Best Size Of Bell Tent For Larger Parties
6m bell tents are extremely spacious once set up and kitted out. Those that are staying in this size of bell tent will have plenty of room for living.
You could fit 15 guests in sleeping bags or 4 double air beds with furniture!
A 6m Bell Tent is great for glamping companies on the move, however, most only use this sort of tent for premium bookings.
Summary of Bell Tent Sizes
If you are glamping business, opt for 4m & 5m bell tents where possible. You can always choose to have the 6m bell tent as a premium room option.
For glamping companies that are in a set location with decked or hard-standing bases, opting for 5m and our new 5m-XL / 5mXL models is an excellent choice.
2. Prices Of Bell Tents
Prices of Bell Tents vary depending on several factors including the quality of the tent itself.
Many business owners choose fire resistant tents that usually hold a heavier weight of canvas. These extra strong, durable tents come at a much higher price than a standard canvas bell tent, so keep this in mind!
Buying tents from China can be a cheap way of sourcing your new stock at a more affordable price, however, this method can also be very costly in terms of shipping.
It is also worth knowing that here have been many cases of poor quality tents being sent to customers overseas, with the Chinese factories offering little or no after sales support - this is just one of the reasons we recommend buying from a reputable buyer such as Bell Tent Village!
When choosing a Bell Tent for your glamping business, you should be sure to refer to your business model again.
For example, if you plan to offer out a standard tent for accommodation to sleep 2 people it would be wise to consider both a 4m bell tent for £440 or a 5m bell tent for £550.
You can make your decision based on how much you can rent out standard rooms vs premium rooms.
3. Bell Tent Quality Factors
The quality of your new bell tent will determine its longevity and how many glamping seasons you can use it for.
Many of our partners who choose to send their old tents into us swap out with new stock yearly to ensure that their room offerings are consistently at a high standard.
When buying a bell tent for your glamping business, it is important that the parts and accessories that are included are also to the highest standards.
Our tents come with solid 9"/12" ribbed steel pegs which hold the guy ropes in place in the most harshest of weather conditions.
On the other hand, buying a cheaper tent can result in running into issues early on. So, always consider this when tempted to pay a lower price!
Thin guy ropes attached with plastic sliders are also a tell-tale sign that quality isn't there.
A quality built bell tent is crafted with care and attention to detail. From the stitching on the seams to the zippers. SBS and YKK zippers are the most commonly used zippers found on premium bell tents due to the durability of the zipper itself.
These zippers can withstand a lot of tension and can be regularly used. They do not tend to break like a regular zipper would.
Canvas is another biggie that should not be overlooked as a factor. Polyester is the cheapest and most used fabric used in tents. Polyester does have its positives, one example being light weight which makes it a number one choice for manufacturers.
Polycotton tents have recently been designed and are growing steadily in popularity. Although heavier than a 100% polyester, polycotton tents are still typically lighter than 100% cotton canvas tents due to the use of the polyester weaved and intertwined with the cotton.
Polycotton tents work, however, they still do not boast the qualities that 100% cotton canvas offers.
With an 100% cotton canvas tent, you know exactly what you are getting. No surprises, manufacturing irregularities or defects are to be expected! Unless in really rare cases, of course.
Canvas tents have been around for thousands of years and are still very much the quintessential glamping tent. Keep this in mind when you decide to shop for bell tents for your business!
Why Choose Bell Tent Village?
We supply every type of bell tent for all types of business owners in the UK. No matter the size of the tent you need, we have a quality option for you at an affordable price. Head to our online store to browse our wide selection of amazing bell tents!