Gone Outdoors

How to Set Up a Two-Room Cabin Tent

by Anne Baley

Camping is a fun and economical way to have a family vacation, but if you've never set up a tent before, the idea might be a bit daunting. Carefully studying the directions before you set up your tent will go a long way, and a preview in your yard or a nearby park is very important before you go on your first overnight trip.

Choose your tent site carefully. Find a place where the ground is level, and remove any rocks or sticks from the area. If it's warm outside, situate the door toward the way the wind is blowing to make a good cross breeze that will cool the interior of the tent.

Open your tent bag and separate all items onto the ground. Put your tent poles together. Make sure that all poles and stakes are present.

Spread out your tent on the ground at your chosen site. Smooth the bottom as much as you can, then stake down the four corners of the tent bottom.

Slip the poles into the sleeves in the roof. Beginning at one corner, put a vertical pole into the opening of one of the roof poles and raise that corner up. Do the same with the other end of this roof pole. Go to the other end of the tent and do the same with the other two corner poles. At this point, you will have all four corners raised with the middle sagging down.

Slip the vertical pole into one end of the center pole and raise this pole. Do the same with the other end of the center pole. At this point, your tent should look the correct shape. Move the bottom of all six vertical poles slightly outward so that the tent sags a bit. Use tent stakes to stretch and stake down the remaining tent loops.

Move the vertical tent poles back into position to stretch the tent back to the proper shape. If your tent has guy wires, which are additional cords running from the tent corners to the ground, stake them to the ground now.

Go inside the tent and install the room divider. This may be attached by clips, snaps or tie strings. This will turn your tent into two rooms.

Items you will need
  • Guy wires
  • Hammer or large rock

Warning

  • Do not secure the additional tent loops without first loosening the tent fabric by moving the poles. Doing so can result in the loop tearing out of the tent.

About the Author

Working in sunny Florida, Anne Baley has been writing professionally since 2009. Her home and lifestyle articles have been seen on Coldwell Banker and Gardening Know How. Baley has published a series of books teaching how to live a frugal life with style and panache.