The 6 Best Canvas Tents

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Good canvas tents are not easy to come by.

Cotton canvas tents are more heavy-duty by nature, and they are the best choice for both comfort and good weather protection. Canvas is naturally thicker and more durable, which is why it does better in bad conditions.

In a way, it’s also the more ‘traditional’ fabric, because it was used before the introduction of synthetic materials. Canvas lost some of its popularity after some time despite being highly functional. This may be because some synthetic fabrics are lighter and cheaper, but they still cannot hold a candle to canvas.

Now that we’ve established what makes canvas so great, let’s take a look at 6 of the best canvas tents out there.

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DANCHEL OUTDOOR 4-Season Roomy Waterproof Cotton Canvas 6M Bell Yurt Tents Heavy Duty for Family Festival Camping Glamping, 20ft
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TETON Sports Sierra 12 Canvas Bell Tent; Waterproof 6 Person Family Camping Tent, Brown, New Sierra 12 Canvas Tent/ 12' x 12' (2012)
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Big Family Camping Bell Tent (Beige, 5 Meters in Diameter)
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#1 Danchel 4 Season Canvas Tent

Easily one of the best canvas tents out there; the Danchel 4 season waterproof bell tent.

There are several sizes available which all come in the color beige:

3 person, with a diameter of 10ft, 6.5ft center height (2ft wall height), and a total area of 79 square feet.

For 5 people, a diameter of 13.1ft, a center height of 8.2ft (2ft wall height), and 125 square feet area. This size also has another option with double walls and a stove jack. The stove jack hole is 4.3 inches in diameter and it can be covered by a flap when not in use. The tent body is made of 300GSM cotton canvas fabric (rather than 285GSM, like the others).

The 6 person tent has a diameter of 16.4ft, 10ft center height (2.65ft wall height), and an area of 211 square feet.

Lastly, there’s the 8 person canvas tent, which is 20ft in diameter, 11.5ft center height (2.65ft wall height), and a total area of 304 square feet.

No matter which size you choose, they are all heavy duty canvas tents for camping which are spacious and durable.

The tents have steel poles, and are made of 285GSM cotton canvas fabric, with a 3000mm rainproof treated surface, and a 540GSM PVC floor. They’re snow proof, waterproof, and windproof. Not only do they stay dry no matter the weather, but they are also very sturdy even in strong wind.

Since they are big canvas tents, they are ideal for families. Having said that, they are no good as backpacking tents, but are manageable to transport.

With four mesh windows and large double doors, the tents are ventilated well while also providing great views. The wall can roll up so that you can have a 360-angle view. Perfect for the summer months when you need as much air circulation as you can get.

This big canvas tent is excellent for both winter and at the beach, since you can ditch the floor and have the ends rolled up, and there’s an option with a stove jack.

With the tent you get a 19mm door pole, a 38mm center pole, 10 guy lines, 20 stakes (ten of which are 7.9 inches, and the other ten are 9.9 inches), a rain cap, instructions, and a 900D Oxford carry bag.

  • Spacious
  • Several sizes
  • Large door
  • Canopy configuration
  • No storage pockets
  • Bulky and heavy

#2 Teton Sports Sierra Canvas Tent

Once again, there are multiple different size options with the Teton Sports Sierra canvas tent.

There’s the Sierra 12 Version 1 and Version 2, the Sierra 16 V2, and the Sierra 20. They all come in the color brown/tan and have steel poles.

The Sierra 12 both have dimensions of 12’ x 12’ x 8’4”, are suitable for 10 people, provide an area of 113 square feet, and weigh 56 pounds. Depending on the size of the people, how everyone is sleeping (sleeping bags or mattresses), and how much gear everyone has, only 6 people might fit inside comfortably.

When packed, the tent bag size is 39” x 11” x 9”, and the pole bag is 36” x 6” x 5”.

The Sierra 16 V2 is suitable for 8-12 people, has dimensions of 16’ x 16’ x 9’5”, and weighs 80 pounds. The tent bag’s size when packed up is 36” x 9” x 16”, and the pole bag is 36” x 6” x 5”.

Lastly, the Sierra 20 can fit 12-16 people inside, has dimensions of 20’ x 20’ x 11’2”, and weighs 114 pounds. When packed, the tent bag is 31” x 17” x 13”, and the pole bag is 36” x 7” x 4”.

All of the waterproof canvas tents are made with 100% cotton canvas, have one large A-shaped door, come with a vertical pole, a door pole, and a weather cap.

The floor is made with super-duty leakproof 19 oz interwoven polymer with sealed seams – welded and not stitched so that any ground water stays on the outside of your tent where it belongs. 

With a two-pole assembly, canvas tents for camping are super easy to set up, and having an oversized door makes unloading gear easier and quicker. The included carbon steel stakes are able to drive through anything, even the roughest of camping terrain.

To assemble, simply start by staking out the tent, put the center pole in place, set up the doorframe, and guy out the tent. The guy lines are equipped with metal friction locks that will hold the tent up even in strong winds.  

There are top vents, which are really high up once the tent is pitched, so make sure you arrange them beforehand. They’re really great for improving vertical air circulation if needed.

These canvas camping tents can be configured into canopy, by unzipping and removing the floor, making them great for camping anywhere – whether it’s on the beach in summer, or surrounded by snow in winter. The ultimate home away from home.

All tents except the Sierra 16 have easily accessible access ports so that you can run a cord through and have electrical power inside your tent.

I love these tents – they are waterproof yet breathable, spacious, and more, but… they do weigh quite a bit and are quite pricey. As long as you can afford it, and have a mode of transport like a car, then these are a great option.

  • Removable floor
  • Single-pole structure
  • Very large meshed door
  • Waterproof
  • Expensive
  • Heavy

#3 Free Space Canvas Bell Tent

Another one of the best canvas tents out there, this time by Free Space.

With a diameter of 5 meters, a door height of 63 inches, center height being 118 inches, side wall height 31.5 inches, one king-sized and 2 twin-sized mattresses can easily fit inside. The stove jack hole’s diameter is 17.7 inches in diameter.

Set up is quite easy but it’s definitely better with two people.

Made with 100% cotton canvas and in the color beige, this winter canvas tent is water repellent. All seams are double stitched, and corners are reinforced for extra strength.

This tent also has canopy configuration; the sides can be rolled up so that you can have more air coming in on hotter days.

There are four windows and four vents with mesh to make sure bugs can’t get in from there. The half-moon windows have zip-up covers so that you can adjust for your desired ventilation and privacy.

The floor is a sewn-in PE groundsheet, bath-tub style to keep water out.

This large canvas tent is very easy to set up, and even easier to clean – simply wipe off or hose down.

Canvas tents are the only ones that can maintain high water-resistance while also being breathable and stable.

The only downside seemed to be the carry bag. It’s very flimsy and of poor quality, as it didn’t last long till getting ripped.

  • Stove jack
  • Durable
  • Easy canopy configuration
  • Poor quality carry bag

#4 Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Tent

Kodiak Canvas quickly earned their reputation for producing tough, durable, and long-lasting tents that are great for any season. Their tents feature Hydra-Shield canvas construction, which lasts for years and protects you in every scenario. 

The Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow tent is available in two sizes: 10 x 10ft or 10 x 14ft (D x W), and both sizes have the same center height, which is 6’6”.

Such a high ceiling and steep walls make it very comfortable to stand and move around inside.

There are two doors and two widows, with No-See-Um-Mesh to keep insects out, and 6-7 people can comfortably fit inside. The doors also have a window each, which can be zipped open or shut from the inside so that you can get as much ventilation in the tent as you need.

Both doors are large and D-style, granting you with easier access.

The 5 x 6ft awning provides shade or extra protection on the door, allowing you to keep windows open without rain getting in.

Made with high quality materials and components, the tent’s body is Hydra-Shield, 100% cotton duck canvas that is durable, watertight, and breathable. The floor is heavy duty, puncture resistant, 16oz Vinyl that keeps water out no matter what.

A tight weave and silicone finish are what makes the canvas super watertight yet comfortably breathable at the same time, minimizing condensation and humidity. Double stitched seams and reinforced corners provide additional strength. You can even touch the walls of the tent when it’s raining, and you’ll notice that this tent doesn’t wick water at all.

All zippers are #10 YKK, which are extremely durable and long lasting.

The flex-bow frame is exceptionally sturdy and can hold up against strong winds, as it has solid spring steel rods made with high tensile that keep the tent taut, and robust 1-inch steel tube poles.

The solid steel 12-inch stakes are amazing, and they do well in hard or even rocky ground.

There are plenty of great features to go with this tent, such as the two funnel-flow vents help with temperature management, as you can zip them open or shut.

The gear loft can be used in attic or sling mode, and there are mesh pockets so that you can keep all your small items organized and off of the floor. The mesh pockets have different sizes, making it very handy.

Although I love the large gear loft, mine did not set up very tightly and when I put a few clothes there, it sagged. This can be quite annoying for taller people. I prefer folding the gear loft in half and hanging it against the wall instead, it was still functional but this time out of the way.

Set up is very easy thanks to a straight-forward design and it can be done by just one person in a matter of minutes. Simply stake down all the loops and assemble the poles. 

It is also effortless to pack away, and it has an amazing carry bag to go with it.

Whether it is summer or winter, or whether you are camping in some sort of forest environment or high up in the mountains, this tent will stand up to the elements.

When packed up, the tent weighs around 79 pounds, including the stakes which weigh 6.5 pounds in total. The size is 30 x 16 inches, with the pole bundle measuring at 48 inches long and 5.5 inches in diameter.

Obviously, this tent is not designed for backpacking. It is best if you have a car to get you to your campground. I can assure you that it is worth it since this really is a home away from home.

Although this one is on the pricier side, it is completely worth the cost.

Like with all canvas tents, it’s extremely important that the tent is completely dry when you disassemble it and pack it away. This is because any moisture trapped will eventually become mold, and therefore ruin your tent. For our full review of this Kodiak tent click here.

  • Spacious
  • Sturdy
  • Waterproof
  • Easy set up
  • Customizable gear loft
  • Heavy
  • Gear loft might get in the way
  • Pricey

#5 Vidalido Outdoor Bell Tent

Although this tent by Vidalido is not actually made of Canvas, it functions similarly to one. It has the signature bell-shape and is made well enough.

It’s made with double layers of anti-tear 190T patterned polyester and 150D Oxford, which ensure long lasting performance. This tent even does well in cold conditions and can be considered a 4 season tent.

There are three colors available: yellow, white, or grey. The dimensions are 12’ x 10’, with a peak height of 8ft, so that even your tallest friends can comfortably stand inside.

This cheap canvas tent is ideal for a family or group of friends of 5-6 people.

There are two things about this tent that I find to be unique. Firstly, you’ve got the flags. You can really make this tent feel like a home and they add some more fun to your camping trip. Sure, it takes a little extra effort put into the awnings, but, it’s worth it. 

The other is unique thing is the door. Not only is it very large, making it easier to get in and out of the tent, but it can be converted. With the use of a pole set at a short distance away from the tent, you can create a sort of ‘balcony’ where you can relax in the shade in front of your tent. 

Keep in mind that it does not have a stove Jack, so this cannot be used as a hot tent and you’d be too cold to use this during winter.

Stitching, taping, and caulking treatment ensure that it is waterproof and tough enough to withstand against strong wind. The premium anti-rust reinforced stainless steel tent poles help a great deal with the latter by providing a sturdy structural support. 

The door and windows are made out of 2000D PU 3000mm nylon and polyester with a high-density mesh design, allowing you to enjoy the views of nature surrounding you without any insects invading your tent. 

The doors, windows, and vent at the peak of the tent help a lot with ventilation so that you have plenty of fresh air coming into the tent at all times and condensation doesn’t build up overnight. 

It’s easy to set up this tent and it can be done in 5 minutes or less. The first time took me more than that, around ten minutes but after that, I was able to get it assembled within 5 minutes the next couple of times I set it up. 

Included with the tent you get a convenient carry bag, 6 guy lines, 12 stakes, colorful flags, and a tarp pole that has extra pieces so that you can increase the length if need be. 

This tent only weighs 6.4 kg because it’s been made purposefully with lightweight materials for your comfort. 

There is a mesh pocket conveniently integrated into the tent’s wall so that you can store small essentials and keep them within reach. Plus, you end up with fewer things on the floor. Also, there’s a handy hook on the ceiling to attach a lantern from and light up your tent at night.

  • Lightweight
  • Unique
  • Good ventilation
  • Awning
  • Not for cold conditions

#6 Free Space Canvas Pyramid Tent

We have Free Space featured for the second time in this list. Even though it is a small canvas tent, it is perfect for 2-3 campers.

Only two people fit if you’re using a mattress, but if everybody has sleeping bags then three people can fit.

The dimensions are 7 x 7 ft, it weighs 12kg, and set up is easy – it only takes around five minutes.

There are two doors, on opposite sides, which are oversized so that it’s easier to get in and out and load and unload your camping gear. They also have sturdy and durable zips.

The doors can also be rolled up to the side for maximum ventilation, making it a great summer tent. The four top air vents also contribute to air circulation.

This canvas cabin tent for sale comes in beige, has strong steel poles, and a thick PVC floor which is water and moisture proof. The tent is also very easy to clean, simply wipe away dirt or use a hose.

The body of this canvas tent is made with unbleached, breathable, high quality cotton canvas that has PU coating and has been treated to be mold, UV, and water resistant.

  • Two doors
  • Thick, durable floor
  • Mold, UV, & water resistant
  • Easy set up
  • Small

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