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Pole Tent vs. Frame Tent: Which Is Best For Your Event?

Planning an event and need to rent a party tent? If you're new to this, which we will assume is the case, you'll quickly come across the frame tent versus pole tent dilemma. For anyone stuck on which type of tent to choose, this overview of the pros and cons for pole tents and frame tents may help sort it out for you and get you closer to making a final decision.

Pole Tent Pros and Cons

A pole tent is a tent canopy supported by tall poles which hold up the center of the tent and shorter poles around the perimeter of the tent. The tent is secured in place with anchor ropes and stakes. Pole tents are also known as Tension tents, due to the canopy being tensioned over the support poles.

Pole tent rental
The soaring peaks of pole tents create a high-ceilinged, airy space under the tent and a storybook appearance from the outside.

Frame Tent Pros and Cons

A frame tent consists of a tent canopy stretched over an aluminum frame and support legs around the perimeter of the tent. Although frame tents are free-standing, they are often secured with weights or even anchor ropes when on grass.

 Frame tent on parking lot
 These frame tents are secured against heavy wind with sandbags in boxes.

Can’t Decide Between A Frame Tent and A Pole Tent?

Still not sure which style of tent is going to work better for you? Perhaps we can help. If you can provide us some information on the type of event you’re planning and how many guests you’ll be hosting, we give you our recommendation. Feel free to contact us at the location nearest you.

Madison Party Rental serves the Madison area and surrounding cities, including:  

Cottage Grove, Dane, Deerfield, Dodgeville, Cambridge, Fitchburg, Fort Atkinson, Janesville, Kegonsa, Lake Mills, Middleton, Mt. Horeb, McFarland, New Glarus, Pine Bluff, Spring Green, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Oregon, Paoli, Verona, Vermont, Waterloo, Waunakee, Whitewater, Wisconsin Dells

Fox Cities Party Rental serves the Fox Cities and nearby areas, including:  

Allouez, Appleton, Ashwaubenon,Chilton, De Pere, Door County, Grand Chute, Green Bay, Greenville, Kimberly, Kaukauna, Little Chute, Manitowoc, Menasha, Neenah, New London, Oshkosh, Stockbridge, Winnebago, Winneconne, Wrightstown

Brookfield Party Rental serves the greater Milwaukee area, including:  

Brookfield, Bayview, Brown Deer, Delafield, Elm Grove, Fox Point, Franklin, Germantown, Glendale, Grafton, Greendale, Hales Corners, Lannon, Menomonee Falls, Mequon, New Berlin, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Port Washington, River Hills, St. Francis, Shorewood, Sussex, Wauwatosa, Whitefish Bay

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