Instruction for Assembling a Tent Awning

Instruction for Assembling a Tent AwningHaving an awning for your tent can come in quite handy, especially when camping in rainy weather or in areas with little shade. Though many tents come with a small, permanently attached awning over the front opening, sometimes conditions require extra coverage. Campers can make their own awning out of a tarp, but they can also purchase one. Most awning designs are sturdy and universally fit most tents. Compare several designs before purchasing, considering the awning's structure and ease of assembly.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Leg poles
  • Roof poles
  • Ferrules
  • Stakes
  • Hammer
Step 1
Set your tent up before assembling the awning. Situate the tent's opening away from the direction of the wind. Facing your awning directly into the wind will weaken its strength and have it possibly blowing away.
Step 2
Assemble the straight leg poles together, ending up with four legs of equal length. Attach the two sections of curved roof poles together, ending up with two curved sections of equal length.
Step 3
Slip one section of curved roof poles through the front sleeve of the awning sheet. Slip the last roof pole section through the sleeve on the back of the awning sheet.
Step 4
Place a plastic ferrule on the end of each roof pole. Attach a leg pole to one of the awning's back ferrules and repeat on the opposite side. The back of the awning should now be standing loosely upright.
Step 5
Attach the side pole clips, which are located on the lower sides of the awning, to the tent poles. These will hold the awning taut against the poles. Repeat this step with the front portion of the awning, until you have all four legs in place and the pole clips attached.
Step 6
Place the awning in its correction position over the tent's front opening. Pull the awning's front center and sides outward to shape it up.
Step 7
Pull the guide lines attached to the bottom corners of the awning toward the ground at an outward angle. Once the lines are tight, stake them into the ground. Stake each corner of the awning down, as the guide lines will help keep the awning in place in the event of strong winds.

Tips & Warnings

Always store your awning away dry. Otherwise, mold and mildew can form on its outside and cause it to deteriorate quicker and smell.
Store the awning by folding it to the size of the longest tent pole's length. Break down all the poles and place them together at the end of the folded awning. Roll the poles and awning up together. This will cut down on permanent creases that can cause the awning to leak.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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