Safari Glamping Tent

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Backyard, garden fun can not be complete without fireplace and something to dwell in, invite friends to sleepover, read your book and for fathers - to hide away after lunch. A glamping tent. This summer we have decided to add this one to our garden. The project can be made in 2 weekends if you have all the supplies. Lets go.

Supplies:

  • 6-9pcs metal anchors (here 7pcs)
  • wooden beams ideally 4x6 (here 5 pcs)
  • leftover deck planks (here 9m2, 3x3m)
  • wood impregnation
  • varnish
  • nuts and bolts
  • screws for the deck planks
  • screws for the construction (150 mm, here 10pcs)
  • 2 bags of concrete in a bag
  • construction posts (here 8cm round 4m long posts, total 8pcs)
  • tent (of course)
  • 10mm natural rope
  • furniture to suit
  • christmas lights

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Step 1: The Place the Size

After carefull selection of the place in the garden (the tent can be centerpiece of your garden as well as it can hide some of the less appealing places), the first is to make your plans. Our is on the picture. It is of quite generous size 3x3m (10x10 feet), it would be enough to have 2,5x2m as well. But we wanted something to get later equiped with vinil player and the other old school gadgets, so we went for 3x3m. The other dimensions are shown on the picture.

Step 2: Construction of Deck Frame

The deck is simple flat structure made from two sets of beams. First set (3pcs) is screwed to the anchors (each 2 pcs on sides, one in the center of the deck so total 7 pcs of anchors), the second set (5pcs) run crosswise. Crossbeams are screwed to the first set.

First step here is to screw the metal anchors to your beams. Than you temporarily place them to the final position and mark the places where you need to dig holes. Marking is easily done by wooden sticks or spray paints. Than you dig your holes for the anchors so that their bottom is flat and they are not too big as there were only 2 bags of concrete on the list :-). Support and temporarily fix the beams with wood pieces and wedges leveling the beams during concreting just a bit above ground to prevent the wood from rot. Check your measurements. Than you pour your concrete into the holes around anchors and wait at least 2 days. After the concrete sets, remove temporary supports and put second layer of beams crosswise and plumb it to the anchored beams. Empty spaces on the sides of the frame are just closed with cutoff beams for better look.

Step 3: Deck

The next is to use your lefover planks (here 2,5cm thick, various widths, cut to 150cm lenght or according to your frame layout). We have used 9m2 of leftovers from our earlier projects and screwed them to the major beams by 50mm deck screws (2 inch). We have used basically all available screws we had in our shop. Planks will help with stifness of the deck.

We have treated the deck with wood impregnation against mold and gave it 2 layers of varnish (sanding in between) for bare feet comfort and safety.

Step 4: Poles

Poles of 8cm diameter (3 inch), 4m lenght were used, but any wooden poles can be used and do not need to be perfectly straight. They keep right angle (90deg.) on the top and are fastened together with heavy screws of 150mm (6inch) and bolts. We thought we will put them to concrete as well, but that s not necessary. Right now they are just standing on the ground.

To make it more stable we have added braces on the side and fastened them also by long screws.

Step 5: Tent

Making the tent is a project by itself (and future instructable?). Its construction is however very easy. It is made from natural 8oz (200g) per sqm canvas and that can be delivered already with hydrofobic treatment. The fabric is sold in 145cm width. The tent is sewn from easy shapes (triangles, rectangles) as you can get from the dimension drawing. Double folded seams are necessary as the weigh of the tent is afterall something like 30kg. Good thread is also necessary. Metal eyelets are hammered through the fabric on the top of the tent and also at the end of the upright sides. Ropes and eyelets are used as a closing mechanism for the front doors which I have seen on some very old tents and it works well, better than knobs. No windows, pockets or other bells and whistles were made. The tent has no floor obviously.

We have put hooks on the upper pole and hang the tent on it. The reason not to use rope here is to keep smooth surface for the top rainfly without waves. It was somewhat easier to put it up as well than to use rope there. Upraight walls of the tent are wound up to the horizontal poles by linen rope. This makes it easier to have the right tension in the tent for good look.

On the top of the tent we have put up a rainfly (separate piece of fabric) that has rectangular shape and it is made from the same hydrofobic fabric as the tent. So you actually have 2 roofs at the end, see the pictures. The rainfly is 3,5x6m extending a bit around the tent on all sides hanging over the upper pole. Sides of the rainfly are also equiped with brass eyelets every 30cm (1 feet) and nicely tight to the same horizontal poles as the tent. That is making a lot of rope which is practical and nice :-). The rainfly to our surprise works well also as heat protection during hot days.

Tent skirt is hooked to small hooks on sides of the deck to prevent cats to enter without a ticket.

Step 6: Final Touches

The tent just must be equipped with christmas lights, some beds or matraces, pillows, vinyl record player, long wave radio and books. It is great for kids to play, hideaway, read and listen to the rain, enjoy the night creepy sounds.

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    sheripres

    26 days ago

    Beautiful! I am curious; are those apartments that it butts up against or is that your house? I only ask because I would think you are covering a window behind it.

    I love it though! Great job!

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    koubissheripres

    Reply 26 days ago

    These are sport hall windows leading to some technical rooms. So it is OK.

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    sheripreskoubis

    Reply 24 days ago

    Thank you for replying. I felt like I was being nosy asking that question! ha ha How nice to have that "wall" as your own fence.

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    maslo

    25 days ago

    Ha! Po více než dekádě odběru newsletteru Instructables konečně potkávám českého autora! :-)

    [ENG] Ha! After more than a decade of Instructables newsletter subscription, I finally meet a Czech author! :-)

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    koubismaslo

    Reply 24 days ago

    Nazdar máslo! Good to hear and see that makers of different nationalities unite on such inspirational website :-) Keep up the good work!

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    koubisjessyratfink

    Reply 26 days ago

    Thank you! It is nice to feel like 100years ago somewhere in the wild but comfy :-)

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    koubisjessyratfink

    Reply 27 days ago

    Thank you! Next is outdoor shower for those in need :-)

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    LeslieGeee

    26 days ago

    A wonderful build and I bet could be used for a regular camping trip minus the platform, but I bet one could be made portable with a little thought and the use of large diameter bamboo poles. I also would think a regular tarp could be used as the flooring and can be hooked onto the sides, front and back of the tent fabric to make a tub shape to keep water out. I await your instructable on the tent fabric pattern itself. I also wish you had more pictures of the set up of the cross beam and how you attached the tent to the cross beam the frame and side horizontal poles. Thank you for sharing.

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    koubisLeslieGeee

    Reply 26 days ago

    Hi LeslieGeee, I have uploaded some pictures for you. Hope this helps. The tent is hanging on small hooks on the top pole and sides are wound up with linen rope. see the pictures.

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    LeslieGeeekoubis

    Reply 26 days ago

    Koubis, Thank you for the additional pictures. I thought the tent was all one piece but it is two. The main tent which includes an attached roof with grommets on the top and sides to attach to the top and side poles, and a separate "roof" that covers the whole thing. In Step 5 the first picture it looks like you attached the peak of the roof with a rope but I can see adding hooks and screw eyes to the roof pole. Might make it easier to hang. I will await your instructable on the tent construction :)

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    koubisLeslieGeee

    Reply 25 days ago

    Yes! True! I will put that detail to the description. Thank you.

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    Piscivore

    26 days ago

    How long after you built this did Wes Anderson show up?

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    koubisPiscivore

    Reply 26 days ago

    Yesterday he came asking for big pot of tea and box of biscuits. He said he’s going to write something new :-)

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    Pavlo6666

    26 days ago

    What a great idea! People usually use the tent to go away from home but this is even better!

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    koubisPavlo6666

    Reply 26 days ago

    Yeah, sort of crazy, I know. You want to get away from house and end up having comfy tent :-)

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    PitStoP

    26 days ago

    Great looking tent. That would fit in good in my yard. How do you treat the fabric to keep the water out? Do you have a diy for that treatment?

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    koubisPitStoP

    Reply 26 days ago

    Hi, thanks! There is actually quite a lot of ready-made chemicals that you can use for cotton/canvas tents as impregnations. I have also seen a mixture from acetic acid, sodium/potassium sulphate, sodium carbonate, soap. You put your fabrick in the solution and let it dry. But that was like 30 years ago...

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    bohobabe13

    26 days ago

    This is so cool! I wish I had a back yard!!! I wish I could live in that all the time!