The Importance of Precision-manufactured Stretch Tent Fabric


Stretch Tent Fabric Manufacturers

Modern-day stretch tent was inspired by the lightweight, waterproof and temperature-controlled tents used by nomadic tribes in the early 1900’s, and enhanced through technological advancement in the 21st century.


An integral component of stretch tents’ technological advancement is, of course, the fabric. Stretch tent fabric is quite unique in the tenting world; firstly because it is double-layered: The first layer is a backer fabric, which gives the material its stretch characteristic, and the second is a polymer, which makes the fabric watertight.

The backer fabric is unique in its own right. Backer fabrics are knitted while the fabrics used for traditional canvas or PVC marquees are woven. It’s this knitted construction that allows the fabric to stretch, giving the structure its unparalleled strength and one-of-a-kind shape.

Waterproof Stretch Tent Fabric

The quality of the backer fabric is crucial to the lifespan of the structure. Tentickle Stretch Tents UK, one of the leading tent manufacturers, produce stretch tents globally.

Reliabe tent manufacturers use circular knitting machines with different circumferences and knit density. Building our own machines meant we could choose the exact knit and fabric properties required for optimal durability and return on investment for our tent rental partners.

The amount of stretch in our fabric is carefully dialed in and maintained. The modulus of elasticity (how stretchy) is continually monitored and checked and we use this in our engineering calculations.

Stretch Tent Fabric Knitting Machine

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Stretch tents for weddings: The perfect event tent

After making their mark as the preferred choice for brides looking for a striking alternative to the standard draped white stretch marquees, stretch tents for weddings have grown to be regarded by the industry as the best tent for a wedding reception, especially in the UK.

The early 2000’s saw the rise of Moroccan-themed weddings, with stretch tents perfectly complementing the low tables and floor seating. Add lights with hues of amber, ample fairy lighting covering the edges of the tent and guide ropes, and the space effortlessly transforms into a Moroccan fairytale. It’s these themed weddings that uncovered the enormous potential of stretch tents.

Why stretch tents?

Fast-forward ten years and the demand for stretch tents is ever increasing. The majority of brides and bridegrooms want a wedding that is “different”, “spectacular”, and this is easily achieved with a stretch tent – either by choosing a unique colour as opposed to conventional white, or by the way in which they can be set up in different ways.

Stretch tents have the unique ability to compliment both a formal white-wedding as well as add a funky edge to less traditional receptions. Their sexy, curvy lines and natural affinity to light create the perfect ambiance for an after-party.

Stretch tents can be used in more that one area of the celebration:

  • Form floating backdrops at the ceremony that add to the atmosphere without blocking out vistas or gorgeous landscapes.
  • Shade the pre-drinks table from the sun with a smaller tent.
  • Create intimate lounge areas where guests can mingle away from the noise of the main party.

Suffice it to say that the constant demand for stretch tents by brides-to-be has lead to numerous wedding venues and hotels investing in their own stretch tents for sale from Tentickle Stretch Tents UK, enabling them to offer clients a complete package.


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How to choose stretch tent sizes and colours

Are you are a newcomer to the stretch tent hire industry and looking to invest in your first stretch tent? Or are you an experienced tent manufacturer and rental company, like Tentickle Stretch Tents, looking to expand your existing fleet?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this article is for you.

20m x 15m open canopy formal seating

Choosing the right stretch tent sizes and colours for your fleet can be perplexing (even for experienced professionals!), which is why we’ve put together this guide discussing all the factors you need to consider when buying a stretch tent.

This article covers:

  1. Understanding the market and event type
  2. Modular design
  3. Climate

Understanding the market and event type

It is important for individuals and companies alike to understand the market you will be servicing, as this is a determining factor of the tent size and colour.

Due to the surge in interest when stretch tents are introduced to a new market, companies end up servicing markets they didn’t plan on, and organically grow their fleet of stretch tents accordingly.

Private functions in people’s homes will generally require a small to medium size tent: 5m x 6m – 10m x 15m. Colour won’t be as important for these types of functions as it would be for, say, weddings, when more sophisticated colours like white or platinum are popular.

Corporate functions will generally require catering for a large number of guests, requiring a combination of medium to large size tents: 10m x 15m – 20m x 25m.

For festivals you may need a combination of small, medium and large tents, and variations of colour will be in demand, like red and black.

Multiple modular tents: three 15m x 10m’s

Modular design

Some stretch tents are modular in design. This helps buyers enormously, especially if it’s their first purchase. Once you’ve decided on the type of events you plan to cater for, and how many people you’ll be catering for at those events, you can invest in three or four small to medium size tents that can link together. This way you can service both large and smaller types of events.

15m x 10m three sides closed


Rental companies operating in hot climates with little to no wind concerns tend to set up tents with the sides open in “floating” configurations, compared to colder climates when the sides will be closed.

When calculating how much floor space is needed, it is important to note that you lose around 1.5m of usable space along the sides of the tent that are closed to the ground.

We hope that you found this guide useful in helping you choose the size of your next stretch tent purchase! Please refer to our handy tent size calculator for an easy reference to tent sizes.


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The Complete Guide to Rigging a Stretch Tent Safely

As a stretch tent manufacturer that complies with international safety regulations, we recommend that our tent rental partners, too, follow the minimum safety guidelines when erecting and dismantling a temporary stretch tent structure.

The commitment to safety is especially important when taking into account that some stretch tent manufacturers, like Tentickle Stretch Tents, supply tents to various countries around the world and operate under their own unique health and safety executives.

Who is this guide for?

  • Stretch tent rental companies (contractors)
  • Event organisers and venue owners


Prior to an event, the stretch tent contractor needs to define the respective areas of (health and safety) responsibilities between him or her and the event organiser or venue owner. This aspect is normally standard throughout the industry and set out in the contract between the contractor and event organiser.

It is the contractors’ sales staff’s responsibility to make the client aware of his or her responsibilities.

The erection of a temporary structure is ultimately put to the test in the case of fire or adverse weather conditions. Procedures need to be in place to safeguard event-goers and staff if a fire were to break out, or if wind speeds were to unexpectedly increase.

Which brings us to the first part of this guide: Inspections.

Part 1: Inspections

The first part of this guide explains how to do a thorough inspection before and after setup.

The inspection process

  1. Examination of stretch tent components.
  2. Checklist inspection upon completed assembly.
  3. Inspection before handover to the client.

1. Examination of the stretch tent components

Fundamental to stretch tent safety is ensuring that the tent itself and all rigging components are maintained on an ongoing basis and are in good working condition. The stretch tent rental industry is seasonal of nature, and, as such, the off-season is used for inspecting, repairing and refurbishing equipment.

Special attention should be paid to the components that are critical to the structure of the stretch tents. It is also advised that records be kept of such inspections and of any repairs or maintenance carried out to critical components.

2. Checklist inspection upon completed assembly

This inspection should be conducted by the head rigger.

  1. Check ropes for fraying; ropes with more than 20% fraying should be replaced.
  2. Check tent membranes for tears and repair in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  3. Check lugs and patches and repair in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  4. Check seams of the tent membranes and repair in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  5. Check stakes/ pegs to ensure they’re straight.
  6. Check poles for kinking or bowing.

3. Inspection before handover to the client

Before the erection is signed off and handed over to the client, it should undergo a thorough inspection.

Once done, a report can be issued that will incorporate a checklist carried out by the head rigger.

The head rigger, who acts in a supervisory capacity, should have training in or be thoroughly familiar with the particular structure type and size.

  1. All aspects of the final structure are at a safe distance from power lines and other possible hazards.
  2. Anchorages are suitable for the purpose and soil condition and are holding fast.
  3. All anchorages are fitted with a protector.
  4. All ropes are sound.
  5. The tent is properly tensioned and not prone to ponding in rainy weather.
  6. Emergency exits are in place, operating correctly and are without obstruction.
  7. Escape routes are clear of obstruction.
  8. Exposed ropes and stakes adjacent to exits and entrances are marked and/or roped off.
  9. All structural supports are sound without cracks or significant dents and not overstressed.
  10. All wooden uprights (if used) are free from splits that are likely to cause failure.
  11. No fabric tears are present.
  12. The main centre uprights are straight and sound.
  13. A final all-round visual check to satisfy that the tent is securely erected.

Part 2: Stability

Stretch tent structures should be able to completely close when they’re not in use, also when extreme weather conditions are expected. Raising and lowering the sides of a stretch tent is something that can only be carried out by the contractor. If the sides are raised then the contractor must have the required systems in place to continuously assess wind conditions at the site and must take preventative action to lower the sides if necessary.


  • Clients should be informed of the design wind load of the stretch tent and provide instructions for evacuation should this be reached. A wind monitoring plan that incorporates wind action levels should be developed and provided to the client.
  • Roof panels/ canopies should be sufficiently tensioned to avoid ponding.
  • When there is a chance of snow, clients should be advised of the requirement to heat the structure to prevent snow build-up which could endanger the structure’s stability. This is a particular danger where adjacent structures form a valley. In saying that, rigging a stretch tent should be avoided when snow is expected.
  • Continual reference should be made to weather forecasting services, especially when stretch tent structures are erected during winter or on exposed sites. With more complex structures, on-site wind monitoring devices should supplement information from remote weather forecasting services.
  • If fabric structures cannot be protected or strengthened to withstand the forecasted wind speeds, they should be made safe by lowering or removing the covers, which can be reinstated when winds have died down. In carrying out these measures, no member of the public or work crew should be put at risk.
  • It is the stretch tent contractor’s responsibility to agree with the client at the outset what surveillance/ maintenance will be required after the fabric structure has been handed over. This determination should be made on the basis of a risk assessment which takes all relevant factors into account, including the use to which the structure is put, the security of the structure, the weather conditions, time of year, and so on.
  • The contractor should provide the client with an “after- hours” emergency telephone number(s).

Part 3: Client Communication

The stretch tent contractor should make the client aware of the following factors when considering a site and using a stretch tent structure.


  • No dangerous, combustible or toxic gases or other allied product such as aerosols, explosives or pyrotechnics should be stored within a fabric structure.
  • To prevent the risk of fire, the client should ensure that the grass and vegetation within the footprint of the fabric structure have been cut and clippings removed prior to setup. This includes an adequate working area around the footprint and the access route to and from it (including emergency access)
  • The site should be a reasonable distance from over-ground services, like overhead power lines, and the client should provide information to the contractor prior to installation of the location of underground services as stretch tents generally require pegging of at least one meter in length.
  • Stretch tent structures don’t have the snow-load capacity, so if snow is a possibility the structure must be heated in order to maintain a minimum temperature of 12ºC to prevent a build-up of snow on the roof. ‘Valleys’ between stretch tents or buildings can be a particular problem when snow builds up and clients should be made aware of the danger and the need to remove excess weight from the roof.
  • Persons other than the contractor’s staff or those under their supervision should not be admitted to a fabric structure during erection or dismantling.
  • Exit routes should be kept free from obstruction at all times.
  • When any person is inside the stretch tent, the exit doors should not be securely closed.
  • The client should be informed of the maximum design wind load.
  • Ongoing reference should be made to weather forecasting services, particularly in winter or if the tent is erected on an exposed site. Contingency plans should be in place to evacuate the tent in the event that wind speeds should approach the maximum service gust speed.
  • The client should be made aware that, once the structure has been handed over, it is essential that they make no modifications to it, in particular, structural components or the number and positioning of exits. These changes can only be made by the contractor.

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Whether you are planning a wedding reception, family reunion or a corporate event, it is essential to have the right supplies and equipment to make sure that everyone attending the festivities has a great time. There are various suppliers who can provide everything you could ever need for your party.


No event is complete without tables and chairs. Some party rental companies have a wide range of table and chair rentals on hand to meet the aesthetic and capacity needs of your party. From elegant choices for your intimate wedding to economical options for your corporate event, it’s all out there!



From pole tents that will shield your attendees from any possible bad weather to freestanding tents that provide an area for guests to eat and mingle, we have got it all. Knowledgeable event specialists will help you determine the right event tents for your needs and ensure that it is delivered and properly set up in advance of your event.



LED furniture rentals provide the perfect decorative element for dance floors, dining halls, lounge area, bars, and pools. Not only do LED furniture rentals create the right atmosphere, but they are also functional. Some party rental companies have a wide selection of LED furniture and decor elements including bars, tables, cubes, and floating globes.



Pipe and drape rentals are an inexpensive way to add excitement to an event while also organizing certain areas. They can be used for a variety of different events and special occasions including weddings and corporate events.



The right type of lighting can completely transform an event. String lights and other lighting fixtures can create a warm and intimate atmosphere that comes alive at night. If you are planning a wedding, consider getting a wedding tent with lights like chandeliers for an elegant look or mason jars for a rustic feel.



Nothing gets a party started like music and a dance floor. Spice your event up and add some flare with our black and white, marble and wood dance floor rental options.



Tentickle Stretch Tents is an international rental company, providing clients with a wide range of event tents for hire. Their team is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service when it comes to  party stretch tent rentals. They know how important your event is not only to you but also to your guests and that is why they go out of their way to make sure you are getting superior party rental products.


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Ideas Why You Should Use A Stretch Tent For Your Next Activity

Looking to throw a classy, elegant outdoor event but unsure of what shelter to use?

Throwing an outdoor event can prove to be tricky do to the many variables that have to be considered. Certain variables are out of your control, such as the weather. The weather can change at any moment and could be the breaking point to what would have been a marvellous occasion outdoors. This is why using some form of a shelter is a necessary requirement for any outdoor event.

Tentickle Tents UK recommends the use of stretch tents in many types of outdoor occasions, this style of tent is very different to traditional cover options such as marquees. Aside from looking absolutely elegant, here are a few more reasons as to why you should utilise a stretch tent for your next outdoor event!

Stretch tents offer great flexibility, a single stretch tent can be positioned in a variety of different configurations make it an ideal fit for just about anywhere.

Traditional pole marquee tents generally consist of a roof canopy, supported by tall centre poles and tensioned on the side lines that are secured by stakes that are driven into the ground. When using a stretch tent, these constraints found in the traditional marquee tents are not found. A stretch tent is essentially a “free form” fabric structure that has been erected through tension. The stretch tent itself is a single square piece or rectangular piece of specialised fabric. The fabric is set up and then manipulated into the desired position through the use of various lengths of pushing poles. These poles are pushed into the fabric and then secured in place to give of the desired pattern. Once the tent has been deconstructed, the square or rectangular piece of specialised fabric returns to its original state (size). This basically means that a single tent can be rigged into multiple configurations depending on the venue, this effectively means that a stretch tent is the most versatile tent option available!

Stretch tents can be erected off and around existing structures within a venue. Unlike traditional marquee tents which are independent structures, a stretch tent can literally be attached to any existing venue and used an extension. These stretch tents are also able to be erected as a fully concealed venue to protect against harmful weather conditions, or erected with either one or two sides up, allowing open access and viewing to the venue.

Stretch tents offer comfort, these tents are made from a specialised waterproof stretch tent fabric that is also highly breathable and sound absorbing when compared to the traditional PVC materials used to construct marquee covers. The more breathable material means a less stuffy and less noisy venue, especially in summer months.

Another great feature of these tents is that they generally pack down to a relatively small size and a pile of articulated poles. The poles generally also breakdown to 2m and 1.5m lengths. When comparing the storage and transportation of a stretch tent to a traditional marquee, the stretch tent is a winner yet again. Stretch tents can easily be transported on the back of a small utility van or small truck.

A traditional marquee requires an entire team to assemble it, a stretch tent however requires very little man power to assemble. An experienced individual will be able to comfortably rig a 50 square metre tent on his own if really necessary. Larger stretch tents require no more than a team of 5 to assemble.

Another winning feature of a stretch tent is the setup time involved when erecting one of them. The actual setup time at large events are usually around 6- 7 hours whilst dismantling is completed in a mere 2 hours!

Stretch tents also come in a vast range of colours and like sizes are able to be linked together they are also available in many sizes as compared to traditional marquees which are generally manufactured in set sizes.

Having a private party at home used to exclusive to those with larger properties, however with stretch tents, the party has been spread to anyone and anywhere, from a small garden to a simple courtyard, any area can be transformed into a party venue.

The atmosphere beneath a stretch tent is electric! Perhaps the biggest deciding factor between a traditional tent and a stretch tents would be the vibe and atmosphere experienced beneath them.

Gone are boring white interiors draped in fabric and flowers. Stretch Tents hold a different kind of romance. The atmosphere beneath these tents is spectacular. The gentle curves of the fabric create an impressive interior that requires little or no dressing. During the day, the light is soft and inviting. At night, the addition of lights or graphic light shows bounced off the fabric brings everything to life.


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Flawless outdoor weddings made easy

Expert manufacturers of an assortment of highly in-demand tent types, including peg and pole tents, frame tents, alpine tents, military tents, canvas tents, pagoda tents, stretch tents and, a crowd favourite, wedding marquees. Our wedding marquees and tents for sale or hire are undoubtedly one of the top-selling products, while the event add-ons seal the deal when it comes to the hiring or purchasing of tents.

Purchasing your ideal wedding tent

Tentickle International’s wedding tents for sale are manufactured with the best quality products on the market today, producing an exquisite product that is durable, robust and long-lasting. They take pride in all the tent products they manufacture and have come to develop a trusted reputation throughout the continent.

The popular stretch tent

This Bedouin style tent has become extremely popular for the hosting of spring and summer outdoor weddings, providing a relaxed yet perfectly elegant atmosphere. Quality stretch tent material is light-weight yet sturdy, allowing for the perfect amount of coverage and shelter for an outdoor wedding. One of the main reasons stretch tents are so popular is due to their unbelievable versatility – where you are able to stretch and form them into any shape you wish, while still offering the perfect amount of shelter for your special day. Host an intimate wedding or up to 200 people with our highly affordable, dynamic stretch tent.

Stretch tents to suit your budget

Hosting a modern wedding with the décor and styling to match is achievable, but you will need the right professionals by your side – and this is where our stretch tent rental comes in! Tent rental offers an elegant and practical solution to finding the ideal venue for your modern wedding, with some of the best stretch tent prices available to perfectly suit your budget. World-class wedding tents are some of the most on-trend on the market today and make for an outstanding venue in which to host your dream wedding.

The benefits of our stretch tent rental

  • Stretch tents are elegant yet robust- ensuring you and your party are fully covered, no matter the weather
  • You are able to transform a large amount of space into your ideal wedding set-up, allowing for larger wedding parties
  • Stretch tents can also be perfectly styled and sized to cater to smaller, intimate weddings
  • Many stretch tents are highly affordable, especially in comparison to venue hire.
  • Stretch ents are simple to construct – no mess, no fuss!

Practical tips for hosting the ideal outdoor wedding

When choosing your tent, you will then need to decide how you want to decorate it. Stretch tent material is so versatile that you are able to host your wedding reception exactly as you please – the tent can be stretched into a number of different forms to accommodate your layout, décor ideas and up to 200 guests at a time. Once the tent is set up, the possibilities for different adornments are boundless. You could drape fabric, hang lights, include plants or blossoms and so forth.

Outdoor weddings are a lovely way to entertain and celebrate with guests, but they also pose potential challenges. That being said; strategic planning is important. Here are a few key things to consider before your stretch tent rental:

1. Don’t forget about the wedding staff

It’s important to keep in mind where the catering staff and waitrons will change and what restrooms they will use. If you are hosting a wedding of 200 guests, you could potentially have up to 30 additional staff who are working at the event. One easy solution is to rent some coat racks and portable lockers for the catering tent so that staff can hang or store their things away.


  1. Keep your florals shaded

Your pretty floral arrangements shouldn’t sit in direct sunlight for more than an hour before guests arrive. A practical solution is to leave your wedding florals under the shaded stretch tent fabric and any other outdoor arrangements tucked inside the tent until 30 – 60 minutes before guests arrive

3. Supply adequate lighting for your guests throughout the evening

Eliminate tripping hazards as the afternoon light fades into the evening with standing lanterns or lighting wrapped around tent wires and poles to illuminate the outside of your stretch tent. If you plan on making an exit dash through sparklers, you may also want to use lanterns not only indicate to your guests where to stand but also to light their way to the exit after the festivities are over!

4. Keep your seating cards weighted down

If you plan on using seating cards for your tables, prevent them from flying away if the wind picks up! Use ribbon, rocks, or even tie them onto your table decor – there are lots of pretty ways to use display card and keep them in place. The beauty of a freeform tent is the open, free-flowing space, but make sure to accommodate for your décor!

5. Find the shade in summer

Even though our stretch tent material is robust and will provide adequate shelter from the elements, it’s still recommended that you try to position your ceremony and reception in a shaded area.

6. Supply refreshments

For a lovely and thoughtful gesture, have water or a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage available for your guests. Offer them pre-ceremony and post-ceremony if possible so that they can stay hydrated in the heat, and keep beverages shaded underneath your stretch tent rental.

7. Prepare the area adequately

Depending on the region you plan to host your wedding, in some areas it may be essential that you have a professional company come in and spray to keep the bugs at bay. Just be sure to do so well in advance of any tableware being set-up!

Avoid the stress and the exorbitant costs by purchasing one of our wedding tents for sale and keep in-line with your budget!

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