Ultimate Guide for Custom Tents

Ultimate Guide for Custom Tents

Custom event tents are a great way to attract attention and help your company stand out from the crowd. They also provide shelter from the elements, ensuring a more enjoyable experience for your team and your visitors alike.

With so many different types of custom canopies, however, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the available options and take the guess work out of choosing the right custom tent for your needs.

1. Types of Custom Tents

1. Types of Custom Tents

When it comes to trade shows and other marketing events, it’s all about making a strong brand impression.

Custom tents are among the most popular event displays available. At MVP Visuals, we offer a wide variety of options to suit all of your custom tent canopy needs.

For instance, if you prefer something that is easy to set up, an inflatable dome tent is the ideal solution. For those who prefer something with more structure and protection, our star shaped Summit tent is your answer. Then, of course, there are traditional pop up tents as well. We’ll go into more detail on each of these options below.

2. Printing and Customization

2. Printing and Customization

One important factor to keep in mind when shopping for custom tents for events is how much flexibility you will have in terms of printing. For instance, many custom canopy providers price their products based on individual design features, such as color or artwork placement. This can significantly drive up the costs and make the process of ordering a custom tent complicated and downright frustrating.

To prevent this, look for a supplier that offers transparency and provides flexibility with their printing options. For example, at MVP Visuals, we offer unlimited printing on all four peaks and valances of the tent, as well as just about any color option imaginable. We even offer color matching with Solid Coated PANTONE® colors, ensuring your brand look stays consistent across all of your marketing materials.

3. Types of Pop Up Tents

3. Types of Pop Up Tents

There are three main factors to consider when comparing custom pop up tents. These factors include its:

• Size (typically either 10’ x 10’ or 10’ x 20’)

• Denier (strength and thickness of the canopy)

• Material from which the frame is constructed

The good news is, there are custom pop up options available to suit just about any need and budget.

As an example, MVP Visuals offers three different tent models to choose from. Our Spark tent is the most economical design with easy setup, a light square leg steel frame in either white or black, and a water-repellent, flame retardant, and UV resistant 600 Denier printed canopy.

Our best-selling Flash model features the same 600 Denier protection, but with a tougher hexagon leg steel frame that also comes in white or black. This mid-tier option comes with a two-year warranty and a deluxe rolling bag.

Lastly, our premium Forever Flash custom tent features full 600 Denier protection against all elements (water, flame, and UV) like the Spark and Flash, but with a lightweight commercial grade aluminum hexagon leg frame. The best part? The Forever Flash frame sports a lifetime warranty - so you’ll be covered for all of your busy event seasons to come. All three of our custom pop up tent models come standard with unlimited printing on the entire canopy, as well as the option to add branded accessories.

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4. Pop Up Tent Size Options

4. Pop Up Tent Size Options

As mentioned in the previous section, one of the main features to consider in a custom canopy is its size. Getting this right is important for the comfort of your guests and to ensure a smooth flow of traffic through your display area. The standard size options for pop up tents are 10x10 and 10x20. Determining which size is right for you will depend on four key factors:

• How much space you’ll need to effectively showcase your products or services

• How much space will you be allotted at the event

• How many people you hope to accommodate during the event

• What kind of budget you are working with

Take, for instance, our most affordable option, the Spark custom tent canopy. This model is only available at the 10x10 size, whereas the Flash and Forever Flash models come in both the 10x10 and 10x20 size. Keep in mind that while the 10x10 is certainly a great choice, investing in a 10x20 tent offers more flexibility for your event tent setups—especially where space for merchandise and foot traffic are concerned.

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5. Pop Up Tent Accessories

5. Pop Up Tent Accessories

Another important thing to think about when deciding which custom pop up is right for you is whether or not you plan on accessorizing. A few of the more common types of pop up tent accessories include:

• Backwall/Sidewalls

• Rail skirts/Half-walls

• Weight Bags

• Storage/Carrying Bags

These accessories can be incredibly beneficial, particularly when it comes to factors such as wind and weather. For instance, sidewalls can help protect against the elements while anchoring options ensure that your tent will stay put, even on a breezy day.

All of the custom pop ups from MVP can be accessorized. For example, the Spark model comes with a free zippered carrying bag for ease transport and storage, while the Flash and Forever Flash tents offer a deluxe rolling carry bag for even easier transport. Backwalls and rail skirts are also available, each with the option for single or double-sided, full-color digital print.

6. Pop Up Tent Kits

6. Pop Up Tent Kits

Are you looking for a more dynamic setup, but not sure what accessories will best complement your new custom tent? Oftentimes, you can actually save when you buy a tent and accessories together instead of ordering a-la-carte over time. That's why we’ve put together some options to cut your browsing time in half!

The Pro Event Kit includes the 10x10 Flash custom tent and deluxe roller bag, alongside a custom Outdoor Table Cover.

The Tent Event Kit features the Flash tent, deluxe roller bag, a 10’ printed backwall and two 3’ printed rail skirts, which are also commonly referred to as half walls.

Finally, our MVP Event Kit includes the Flash tent, deluxe roller bag and Outdoor Table Cover, as well as two large feather flags with ground stakes for outdoor use. To really rock out your setup, add on the printed backwall and rail skirts from the Tent Event Kit.

Of course, these kits are available as pre-made suggestions. You can mix and match any type or any quantity of branded display to pair with a custom tent! There are nearly endless customization options to create a dynamic and eye-catching event space.

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7. Star Shaped Tents

7. Star Shaped Tents

If the size and durability of pop up tents aren’t suitable for your needs, investing in a higher grade custom canopy tent may be a better choice. Again, there are plenty of options available to consider, like large star shaped tents. Take, for example, our Summit tent models, all of which are designed to offer optimal space and maximum protection from the elements while promoting your brand in a big way.

Most star shaped tent models come in single or double pole options, based on the area size you are looking to cover, altering the base and shape of the tent. Our Single-pole Summit tents cover areas from 26’ – 52’, while double-pole Summit tents offer up to 72’ of coverage!

Each Summit tent includes the necessary aluminum poles, measuring rope and steel pegs for assembly, along with a convenient PVC zippered carry bag. Best of all, they can be set up in as little as 30 minutes, making them an easy and convenient option for all of your promotional event needs.

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8. Sidewalls for Star Shaped Tents

8. Sidewalls for Star Shaped Tents

As with pop up tents, the option to accessorize is also available with larger custom tents. Not only are sidewalls practical in that they prevent wind and rain from disrupting your display, but they also provide additional space for marketing your brand.

For example, our fully customizable sidewalls offer single or double-sided digital printing options and come in three styles – solid, door, or window. The sidewalls attach to the canopy with buckles for easy set-up and are available for both the single and double pole Summit custom tent models.

9. Inflatable Dome Tents

9. Inflatable Dome Tents

For those interested in a custom canopy that offers fast and temporary set up, an inflatable dome tent is a great option. These quick-and-easy custom event tents come in a wide variety of sizes and style options, offering maximum flexibility for your event needs.

The inflatable dome tent selection at MVP Visuals is available in sizes that range from 10’x10’ all the way to 23’x23’. We also offer a number of kit packages, including our Starter Kit, which features standard legs and printed canopy cover; our best-selling All-Star Kit, which adds a printed wall for greater branding and shelter opportunities; and the MVP Kit, which includes a printed awning and its own banner for even more graphics exposure.

Finally, whether you opt for a simple set-up or fully loaded kit, every inflatable dome we produce comes with its very own deluxe rolling storage bag, electric blower, tie-down ropes and stake kit.

Inflatable dome tents are the perfect way to uniquely showcase your brand and save set-up time!

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10. Inflatable Dome Accessories and Add-Ons

10. Inflatable Dome Accessories and Add-Ons

One of the nicest features of inflatable dome tents is how much they can be accessorized. Adding custom accessories to your inflatable dome gives you the chance to create a striking and memorable event space for your guests and customers to wow over.

For instance, you can customize your inflatable dome with everything from printed sidewalls to awnings to LED lighting and more. If you have more than one dome tent, you can attach them using connecting cloths to create a stronger and more consistent brand presence at your events.

You can even add solid-color or printed water ballasts to increase your tent’s stability while adding a little bit of extra branding. This is a great option for when your tent is going to be installed on surface where staking isn’t an option, such as a driveway, deck, turf or cement.

11. The Best Use For Each Custom Tent

11. The Best Use For Each Custom Tent

The next important point to consider is what type of custom tent canopy is best suited for which purpose.

For instance, if you only plan on participating in one or two events per year or the events you’ll be attending will be mostly indoors, choosing a more basic option may make the most sense.

Pop up tents, like our Spark and Flash models, provide cost-effective, traditional display settings with basic protection against the elements, and can be used indoors or out.

For more frequent and/or extended outdoor use, it’s probably a wise idea to invest in a sturdier model, like our Forever Flash custom pop up tent, which provides extra protection with its element-resistant coating and lifetime frame warranty.

Inflatable dome tents are great for easy installation and a temporary setting at events where you want to stand out from the sea of traditional pop up canopy tents.

Lastly, for larger-scale events or those that require a stronger structure and maximum protection from the outdoor elements, choosing something along the lines of our Summit tent would likely be the best option.

Determining which of these types of custom event tents is the right option for you will ultimately depend on what you plan on using it for, how frequently you plan to do so and what type of durability/protection you will need.

Still not sure what's best for your brand or event? Get in touch with our team of display experts and tell us about your next project.

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12. The Benefits of Add-Ons and Accessories for Custom Tents

12. The Benefits of Add-Ons and Accessories for Custom Tents

As mentioned earlier in this guide, there are a number ways to accessorize your custom canopy tent, and each of these accessories can provide additional benefits. For instance, including sidewalls, rail skirts and awnings can increase the protection inside your custom event tent while also maximizing your brand exposure.

It’s important to consider investing in utility accessories, like weight bags or water ballasts add stability to pop up tents and inflatable domes to make windy days a worry of the past. Meanwhile, carrying bags make transportation and storage of your custom tent a breeze.

Lastly, special LED lights allow your inflatable dome to boost your impact after dark, providing an easy and convenient way to stand out and attract more attention for your brand.

There's so much more to custom tents for your brand than just a canopy and a frame. Ready to amplify your tent experience?

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