How to Anchor a Party Tent

by Alane Michaelson
Circus tents are large party tents that can hold many people.

Circus tents are large party tents that can hold many people.

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Party tents are large canopies, usually without sides, that can be used as shelter from excessive sun or rain during a gathering. Party tents commonly are used during outdoor gatherings, such as corporate picnics, summer weddings, graduation parties and garage sales. Anchoring a tent properly is important to keep the tent erect for the duration of your party, even if someone bumps into a support post. Rope anchors are the most common, least expensive and oldest system for anchoring large tents.

Items you will need

  • Party tent
  • 1 anchor rope for each wall support pole
  • 2 anchor ropes for each corner support pole
  • 1 stake for each wall support pole
  • 2 stakes for each corner support pole
Step 1

Erect the tent, following the manufacturer's instructions, but do not fully erect the side support poles.

Step 2

Drive stakes into the ground 3 to 4 feet from each support pole. The stake for each wall support pole should be positioned straight out from the tent, not at an angle. The two stakes for the corner support poles should be positioned at a 90 degree angle from each other, about 3 to 4 feet from the corner support pole. For each stake, tie one anchor rope securely to the top of its support pole. The anchor ropes should each be about 10 feet long.

Step 3

Starting with a corner support pole, loop the end of one of the ropes twice and rotate the second loop you make behind the rope end and the first loop to tie a clove hitch knot. Place the loops over the stake and tighten with the loose end of the rope. The rope should have a little bit of slack.

Step 4

Straighten the pole and tighten the rope or ropes tied to it. If there is excess rope, tie the loose end around the anchor rope.

Step 5

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for the corner opposite, and then do the remaining two corners. When all four corner anchors are in place, anchor the wall support poles.

Tips & Warnings

  • This job is best done by two people, with one person tightening the rope while the other straightens the support pole.
  • Improperly anchored party tents can lead to a collapse of the tent and injury.

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