Canvas tents have been gaining popularity in the recent years for a number of reasons. First of all, they are more breathable than tents made of synthetic materials, providing a much more comfortable environment in summer. Second, canvas tents tend to be more reliable, with some models being so sturdy they can probably last you for a lifetime. Third, canvas walls isolate sound much better than their nylon counterparts, so you’ll likely feel more comfortable sleeping in a canvas tent. Finally, most canvas tents are compatible with heating tent stoves straight out of the box, which is not true of most nylon tents.
We have compiled a list of the 14 best canvas tents that will protect you from the elements and help you enjoy the outdoors. Below, you will find canvas tents that are suitable for single campers or large families, backyard-friendly tents, portable tents, and even a tent for your pickup truck bed.
If you’re serious about camping and/or hiking, this White Duck tent could become your home away from home for years to come. With a range of accessories available from the manufacturer’s official website, this canvas tent can easily be customized and molded into exactly what you need.
The White Duck tent is made from high-quality, 100% cotton army canvas, which makes it extremely durable and reliable. The aluminum poles that come with this tent make sure that the whole structure remains stable even when exposed to strong winds. The tent comes with a groundsheet made from sturdy PVC, so you won’t have to buy one separately.
All windows, as well as the door, come with detachable bug mesh so that you can protect your tent from unwanted inhabitants. One of the walls can be rolled up in case you need maximum ventilation or simply want to admire the view. The door is equipped with extra flaps to prevent water and sunlight from getting into the tent.
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Large families or groups of friends who want to share a tent often find that large camping tents tend to be either not very well-designed or extremely expensive. Fortunately, you can get a fairly affordable canvas tent for 6 to 10 people from TETON Sports, a manufacturer that produces a wide range of high-quality outdoor gear.
This tent comes with carbon steel poles that may be on the heavier side, but they’re very durable and can be installed on virtually any terrain. The tent itself is very easy to set up once you’ve installed the poles, so you can have your temporary outdoor home ready in just about 20 minutes.
Inside, you’ll find four spacious pockets that are very handy when it comes to storing your gear and personal belongings. Those who don’t want to part with their devices even when camping will be pleased to know that the tent has easy access ports for extension cables.
Sometimes, you just need a quality compact tent for a couple of people, and that’s when the Kodiak Flex-Bow 4-Person canvas tent really shines. We probably wouldn’t recommend this tent for four people unless you’re comfortable with minimal personal space, but it is a great option for 2-3 campers enjoying the great outdoors.
The high ceiling (6 feet 1 inch) is what makes it stand out from many other canvas tents we’ve seen. For taller people, this could be a major selling point since it’s nice to be able to stand in the tent without having to bend your knees or keep your head down.
The Flex-Bow was designed to resist the elements, so you can safely use it in all kinds of weather. It won’t give in to pouring rain and it surely can withstand a storm without as much as going slightly off-balance. Thus, it is a very good option for campers and hikers who will not stay home even in the coldest and wettest months.
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When it comes to tents, Kodiak Canvas obviously know what they’re doing, so it should come as no surprise that we’ve included another Kodiak Canvas product on our list. This one is definitely going to be up your alley if you drive to all your favorite locations in your trusty pickup truck.
In this design, the truck bed serves as the floor for your tent, so you don’t have to sleep on the cold, wet ground. Because of this, you’ll have to make sure that the tent is compatible with your truck model. However, it works well with most pickups made by Nissan, Ford, GMC, Chevrolet, Dodge, and Toyota, so you should be good to go.
Of course, you can’t stand up in this tent, and it can only comfortably accommodate two people, but it’s extremely easy to set up, durable, and won’t cost you a fortune. It can be a good alternative to your main tent for shorter trips or your entry point into the world of canvas tents.
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Elk Mountain is a small company that’s focused on making canvas tents, so if you want to get a well-designed tent with excellent customer service, take a closer look at the Elk Mountain Standard Model tent.
Ideal for beginner and seasoned campers alike, this tent offers everything you’d want from your temporary outdoor shelter, and possibly even more. It has two doors, both of which are equipped with zippers and detachable mesh screens to protect you from bugs. With six windows, it is very easy to keep this tent well-lit and ventilated so that you feel comfortable inside even in the hottest of summers.
The Elk Mountain Standard Model tent is very spacious and perfect for a small group of campers who don’t want to tiptoe around each other inside the tent. However, because of its sheer volume and high ceiling, it can be rather challenging to set up, especially if you don’t have any prior experience with tents.
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Are you looking for a tent to take your whole family camping? Well, then you may find that many options only give you enough space to cram the sleeping bags and some personal belongings inside. This is not the case with the Canvas Cabin.
Designed by Trek Tents, a company with years of experience and thousands of satisfied customers, this tent comes with all the features coveted by experienced campers. The heavy-duty, 100% cotton canvas that’s used for these tents is coated in vinyl to achieve maximum resistance to the elements. In addition, the Canvas Cabin is also fireproof, so your family is safe and sound inside no matter what nature may be throwing at the tent outside.
The large windows come with detachable storm flaps to allow for extra flexibility and comfort. The door also has a storm flap, along with the bug mesh, so the inside of the tent can be well-ventilated and bug-free all at the same time.
Did you like our previous entry but happen to be looking for an even larger, multi-room tent? Fortunately for you, Trek Tents do offer a more spacious tent that shares all the great features with the Canvas Cabin.
The Four Season canvas tent offers three rooms and multiple storage pockets to comfortably accommodate up to 10 people. If your group only has 6-8 people, you’ll be able to fully enjoy just how spacious this tent is. The high ceilings in all rooms make it perfect for longer camping trips when you don’t want to just spend the night in your tent and immediately get going in the morning.
The built-in floor is made of high-quality PVC, protecting you from water and low temperatures wherever you are. That being said, this tent is probably not your best bet for long trips in extremely cold environments, as the breathable canvas doesn’t isolate warmth well enough.
You may be into exploring the outdoors on your own, so all you need from a tent is portability. In that case, you may want to give this 1-person tent from Kodiak Canvas a shot.
Designed to comfortably accommodate a single camper, this tent is extremely spacious, especially considering how compact and lightweight it is when folded. At 6 feet 8 inches, it is enough for even the tallest people, and at 3 feet wide, it provides enough room for you not to feel crammed into your temporary sleeping arrangements.
The sleeping pad is already included with your purchase and consists of a high-quality 2-inch mattress with a flannel cover that’s quite nice to the touch. To make things even better, you don’t need to worry about storing and transporting the sleeping pad separately; just roll it up with the tent, and you’re good to go!
Bell tent designs may not be for everyone, but if you do like them, you can’t go wrong with this one from Danchel. Available in three sizes, the Danchel Cotton Bell is a good option for campers who want to get the best value for their money.
The tent comes with everything you need to set it up, as well as detachable mesh screens for the door and all windows to make sure that insects won’t get into your shelter. The Cotton Bell is made from high-quality canvas that does a great job at keeping the insides of the tent cool in summer and warm in winter.
If you need to use a tent stove, this one is a great option because it comes with a stove window. Of course, it is fireproof and heat retardant, so you do not need to worry about the stove accidentally setting the tent on fire. The stove window can be covered up with special flaps when not in use.
We decided to feature another bell tent model on our list because of how multifunctional this tent can be. Its roomy insides make it a great tent for backyards and lawns, easily allowing for cots, camping chairs, small tables, and other kinds of outdoor furniture to be placed inside. This way, the Dream House Bell Tent can double as a nice spot to have dinner, read a book, or simply have a good conversation outside.
If you choose to use it as a camping tent, it is still going to do an amazing job. Despite how spacious this tent’s insides are, it is actually not too heavy and surprisingly easy to set up. The downside to this is that the Dream House bell tent is not to be used in stronger winds (more than 30mph), as it is not stable enough. Other than this, this tent is a great product with a PVC floor, detachable mesh for all windows and doors, and a stove window for cold winters.
Oztent is a small, family-owned company with a focus on reliable outdoor tents. The Second Expedition model comes in a number of sizes depending on how many people the tent should house. If you’re big on personal space, it is a good idea to get a tent that’s supposed to accommodate 1-2 people more than your camping party has.
Other than the obvious size differences, all Second Expedition tents share the same features. The heavy-duty PVC floor does a great job at isolating water and warmth, creating a comfortable environment inside these four-season tents. The windows as well as the door come with detachable mesh. We do wish the side windows were a bit larger, but that’s not a major concern.
All Second Expedition models come with a large awning that can provide a lot of shadow in summer and protect the entrance to your tent from snow and rain in winter. Bear in mind that you’ll need to purchase the poles for the awning separately.
You’ve likely never heard of Lotus Belle before, and the company name doesn’t really suggest they have something to do with tents. Still, their Hybrid Deluxe tent is one of the best canvas tents we’ve reviewed, even if it is going to cost you significantly more than most other tents on our list.
The unique design of this product makes sure that you can make good use of every square inch inside the tent. This is particularly useful if you want to install the tent in your backyard, as it is spacious enough for a family to comfortably dine, chat, or even do yoga inside! You can go all out and invest into various outdoor furniture to make the Lotus Belle Hybrid Deluxe a place where your family and friends are going to spend unforgettable evenings and weekends.
Of course, you can also use the Hybrid Deluxe as a camping tent, although it is kind of bulky and is best set up by 2-3 people. On the plus side, it is surprisingly lightweight, looks great, and can accommodate a large group without forcing everyone to give up their personal space.
Whether you only use your tent in summer or throughout the year, large awnings are always a nice feature to have. The Springbar Classic Jack 100 comes with an impressive awning to protect you from the elements, but you can invest into even more awning goodness with the Springbar Portico Awning Kit (available as a separate purchase).
The Jack 100 is a sturdy, reliable tent you can count on to get you through the coldest winters. The walls of the tent are watertight, and it goes without saying that the same is true for the PVC floor. It is also remarkably stable and thus able to withstand strong winds, a feature that can come in very handy in certain climates.
Springbar has been coming up with successful tent designs since the early 1960s, so you can be sure that you and your family are going to feel comfortable and safe in the Jack 100. The tent can accommodate up to 6 people, but we find that it provides optimal comfort for 3 to 5 people.
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We decided to finish our list with a compact, affordable canvas tent that did not compromise the quality to achieve a lower price tag. The Robens Klondike tent has been a popular option among campers for years now, and we can easily see why.
First of all, the functionality and quality you get for the price are unmatched. The bell design means that the tent offers more space than you may think it does, and indeed, the Klondike can accommodate up to 6 people. Of course, the insides of the tent are going to feel pretty crammed in that scenario, but it is acceptable for shorter or infrequent trips. A party of 3-4 people is going to find the Robens Klondike spacious and convenient.
The tent has a stovepipe port and two top vents that can be opened and closed from the inside. You can also unzip the PVC floor from the tent and temporarily roll it to the side while you’re installing the stove. In the summer, you can unzip the floor altogether and use the tent as a canopy.