Marquees vs Stretch Tents

By wpadminbyPS / 

Posted on May 9, 2016

Freeform® modular stretch tent

8 Reasons why stretch tents win!

It’s not just the special ‘stretch and recover’ feature of stretch tent fabric that makes our tents the preferred choice over more traditional cover options like marquees.

Here are a few more reasons stretch tents have won the event cover space race:

It’s not just the special ‘stretch and recover’ feature of stretch tent fabric that makes our tents the preferred choice over more traditional cover options like marquees.

Here are a few more reasons stretch tents have won the event cover space race:

1. Stretch tents offer greater flexibility

Unlike marquees which are free-standing structures, stretch tents can be rigged off architectural structures such as walls and buildings. This means that they can be attached to an existing venue to extend or maximize a particular space. They can also be rigged as a fully closed-down structure to protect against the weather, or with one, two, or all sides up to open up the ‘venue’ to an available view.

2. They can be rigged off and around existing structures

Unlike a traditional pole marquee tent (which consists of a roof canopy supported by tall center poles and tensioned using side lines secured by stakes driven into the ground and smaller side poles), a stretch tent is a ‘free form’ fabric structure erected under tension. The tent itself is a single square or rectangular piece of specialized fabric. The fabric is rigged by pushing poles of various heights into the fabric under tension. The poles are then pegged into place. When the poles are removed, the specialized fabric automatically recovers its original shape. Effectively, this means that a single tent can be rigged in a variety of configurations, depending on the event requirement or venue. This makes the stretch concept the most versatile event tent option ever!

3. Stretch tents are not stuffy

Our specialized waterproof stretch fabric is more breathable and sound absorbing than the PVC materials usually used to construct modern marquees – making for a less stuffy and less noisy venue than maarquees in warmer weather.

Freeform® modular stretch tent
Freeform ® tents create an electric atmosphere Shimmey Beach Bar, Loeries event.

Freeform® modular stretch tent

4. They pack down relatively small

Even the largest stretch tent stores down to a relatively small stuff bag and a pile of articulated poles (poles breakdown to 2m and 1.5m lengths) when compared to the storage and transport requirements of a traditional marquee. Stretch tents are easily transported on the back of a small utility van or truck and do not require a great deal of storage space, making them the obvious choice when it comes to hiring event tents.

5. You need a relatively small team to rig stretch tents

By the same token, a Stretch Tent requires relatively little manpower to rig than a traditional marquee. An experienced rigger can quite comfortably rig a 50m2 tent on his own if necessary, while larger tents require a team of no more than 5 riggers.

Freeform® modular stretch tent
Freeform ® tents create an electric atmosphere Shimmey Beach Bar, Loeries event.

Freeform® modular stretch tent

6. They go up and down more quickly

Yet, a stretch tent goes up far more quickly than a marquee. Set-up time at large events is usually 6 hours before the event kick-off. Dismantling the structure takes around 2 hours.

7. Stretch tents come in a greater variety of sizes and colors and modular sizes can be linked together

Stretch tents offer a greater size variety than marquees. This has created a large but niche market in the event industry. Where before, private parties held at home were the exclusive domain of those with very large properties, the stretch tent with sizes ranging from 50m² up to 630m², has brought the party back to the people. Now the smallest suburban garden or courtyard can be transformed into an atmospheric party venue.

8. Bedouin stretch tents can be linked together to create a larger space

Stretch tents are modular. This means covering an area of more than 630m² is simply a matter of rigging two or more tents together.

Freeform ® tents create an electric atmosphere Shimmey Beach Bar, Loeries event.

Freeform® custom-fit stretch tent / canopy

Freeform® custom-fit stretch tent / canopy

9. The atmosphere beneath a Bedouin stretch tent is electric!

But perhaps the greatest comparison that can be drawn between a marquee pole tent and a Freeform® stretch tent is the atmosphere experienced beneath them. Gone are stuffy white interiors draped in voile and flowers. An event held beneath a Freeform® stretch tent holds a different kind of romance. Available in a wide range of colours like hot pinks, blues, greens, oranges, and yellows or stylish neutrals like white, taupe, platinum and black, our stretch tents make a dynamic graphic statement in any landscape. The atmosphere beneath these tents is spectacular. The gentle undulating curves of the fabric create a voluminous and impressive interior that requires little or no dressing. During the day, the diffused light is soft and inviting. At night, the addition of lights or graphic light shows bounced off the fabric brings everything to life.

What’s not to love!

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