Bell tents are a little more glamorous (Ok, a lot more glamorous) than your standard every day tent and create a perfect space for any glamping adventure. Being a lover of home comforts, I wanted to make our tent cosy and it really is a game changer in the camping world.
In our transition from camping to glamping, our Bell Tent really has enhance our camping experience. Here are my tips for becoming a seasoned glamper!
Our four meter Bell Tent slept the two of us and the dog comfortably. We used under the bed to store all our crap out of the way. One thing I hate about camping is all your stuff everywhere. Having the under bed storage keeps the Bell Tent clear and clutter free, making more space for rugs, sheepskins and textiles to make our trip more homely.
You should consider when buying your Bell Tent the size and the style of tent you want. We brought ours from Bell Tent UK and there is plenty of information on their site to help you choose. Ours is the 4m Deluxe Bell Tent.
Here are my reasons for going for a Bell Tent over any other;
They are much quicker and easier to put up than any other traditional tent and they avoid the arguments and threats of divorce and murder.
You can buy them in different sizes from 3m-8m. I know I sound like your Dad now, but stick with me; It has to be 100% dry before you pack it away or it will rot.
Our Bell Tent offered the thickest ground sheet. This is important for keeping the stuff inside the tent nice and dry. Ours has an integrated ground sheet which was important to us. Having a dog, we didn’t want Toby escaping in the night as he has a tendency to get up and walk around and the slugs to not get in!
Once your Bell Tent is up, you'll notice how nice and quiet it is compared to any traditional nylon tents - no rustling or flapping noises which is actually quite calming and feels different.
As Outwell tent users for 8 years, we were sceptical about how dry you'd stay in a bell tent and how difficult they'd be to put up but our worries were unfounded on both counts. If you like the sound of bell tents, then you're ready for stage 2
Designing the interior of your Bell Tent with rugs
Que the husband eye-roll! Rugs in a nylon tent would be ridiculous because they'd get damp from the condensation. However, because of the way that modern canvas bell tents are waterproofed, you don't get condensation- BOOM. You might still think rugs are ridiculous in a tent but read on and allow me to convince you!
Adding rugs makes your tent instantly look more glamorous and cosy. I brought mine from H&M home and The Range of all places. I was super happy with the result and will add to the rug collection. They all roll up tightly inside each other for packing and take up hardly any space.
You can buy natural coir round rugs which look beautiful. I did, but unfortunately I made a massive error thinking it would be light weight and easy to transport. When it came it was bigger than the rug in our lounge and weighed 45kg. It had to go