How to Make the Most of the Interior Space of a Bell Tent?
Bell Tents, with their distinctive conical shape and spacious design, have become a popular choice among campers and glampers alike. Their vintage charm combined with a roomy interior offers a unique camping experience. However, to truly maximise the benefits of a Bell Tent's interior, it's essential to organise and utilise the space efficiently.
In this article, we'll share tips and tricks on how to make the most of the interior space of a Bell Tent.
- Consider Available Headroom
- Low Furniture: Due to the shape of a Bell Tent, with the walls standing at 60cm and the ceiling climbing up from that point, you have the least amount of headroom around the outside of the tent. Make the most of the available headspace by placing low furniture, such as low beds and futons, around the outside of the Bell Tent, leaving the inner area free to stand and manoeuvre around easily.
- Low Beds: Keeping the above in mind, avoid high beds with headboards as this will take up too much space in your Bell Tent.
- Use Multi-Purpose Furniture
- Folding or Stackable Tables and Chairs: Opt for furniture that can be easily stored when not in use. This allows for flexibility in arranging the interior based on your needs.
- Optimize the Central Pole: The central pole is a defining feature of the bell tent. Instead of seeing it as an obstruction:
- Hang Lights: The pole's height is perfect for hanging a lantern, fairy lights, or one of our Tea Light Chandeliers, providing central lighting for the tent.
- Create Zones: Divide the interior into specific zones for different activities:
- Sleeping Zone: Place mattresses or beds furthest from the door.
- Dining Zone: Set up a small folding table and chairs for meals.
- Relaxation Zone: Create a cozy corner with cushions, blankets, and a small table for relaxation or reading.
- Add an Inner Tent: An Inner Tent is a great way to create a sectioned-off area with additional privacy and insulation. They do, however, physically divide the space, so keep this in mind when planning your set-up.
- Keep the Entrance Clear: Avoid cluttering the tent entrance. It should be kept clear for easy access and to prevent tripping hazards. Consider placing a shoe rack or mat near the entrance of the tent for footwear (this will also help with stopping muddy footprints!).
- Opt for a Stove with a Chimney: If you're camping in colder months, a stove with a chimney can be installed in Bell Tents. It not only provides warmth but also saves space as it can be placed close to the tent wall with a protective heat mat underneath.
- Use Rugs and Mats: Lay down rugs or mats to define areas within the tent. They add comfort underfoot and can also be rolled up when not needed.
A Bell Tent offers a spacious canvas (literally) to set up a comfortable and organised living space. With a bit of planning and creativity, you can make the most of its interior, ensuring a memorable and hassle-free camping experience. While planning your set-up, do consider how you will be transporting all of your glamping gear and furniture, before you suddenly find yourself needing to buy a van, or at least a roof box!
Whether you're out for a weekend getaway or an extended glamping trip, these tips will help you optimise the space inside your bell tent.