Tent Glamping Done Your Way

 

DIY Glamping Tent

Some folks have the money to put together a fantastic glamping tent with luxurious furnishings and all the bells and whistles. For many, however, budget constraints won't allow for such extravagant purchases. Not all at once at least. That is the beauty of putting together your own tent glamping package. Most items are one time purchases, so once you own it, you own it, and you can add to your set up and upgrade over time. You can put together the majority of your glamp (that's camp with a G) for under $650. With most glamping resorts starting at $200 per night, you can see how purchasing your own swag pays for itself by day four.

You are going to need some basics to get you started though. Call it the framework for your future creativity! However, there are some similarities between camping and glamping. For example, as much fun as it is to add throw pillows, you still need food, water, and shelter for your weekend outing. I don't know about you, but I'm not a fan of eating throw pillows.

For this reason, we have separated this post into sections to help you along the way and created a shopping list at the bottom. Ready to get started? Let's do this!

Shelter

A shelter is essential for keeping the bugs away as well as the elements as you are trying to sleep. It also is a great place to secure items and stay dry. Once you get past the necessities, however, then we can get started on some tent glamping basics. I.E., the tent and all the cool stuff to put in it!

The Tent

It is safe to say it wouldn't be tent glamping without a tent. Brilliant right? The tent will be your most significant investment when you are first starting out. Especially if you have to have a canvass one. Our suggestion is starting with a lower end cabin tent though and upgrade it later if you so desire. Getting a tent under $200 frees up funds towards other necessary items you will need.

A cabin tent is an excellent start due to its headroom. Additionally, the straight lines lend themselves to hanging LED lights and other decors. This blue cabin tent can be found on Amazon for under $100, and can quickly be turned into a glamping tent with ease. Just imagine some nice lights, a couple of plants and a few chairs out in front. Yes Please!

If you prefer a more traditional looking glamping tent and have a few more bucks to spend, you may look into the Northwest Enterprises wall tent. It looks more like a canvas tent but is still made out of lightweight tent material. It's 20'X10' size also means you have room for days for your decor and bedding. It is more expensive though, hitting the checkbook at around $210.

If your budget allows for a canvas tent, you have options there as well. Just know when tent glamping, anything you want in your tent you have to transport somehow. Unless you are setting it up in your backyard of course. Point being, canvas is a heavy material, so canvas tents way substantially more than regular tent fabric. But man they look cool!! Take the canvas yurt which can also be found on Amazon. Although it weighs in at over 90 pounds and cost $550, it does have that authentic look about it. We would suggest, however, starting with something less expensive unless your budget allows for it.

Tent Amenities

Once you have a tent sorted out, the next step is sleeping comfort. As impressive as it would be to bring a king size residential bed, it would be impractical to pack to the glamp site. This is where a quality air mattress and bedding set come into play. You can save some money here if you already have some bedding you can bring from home. If not, there are some options.

The King Koil air mattress is an excellent option for your mattress. It is high off the ground giving you the "I'm sleeping in a real bed" feel, and keeps you far out of the dirt. We are glamping after all. The King Koil comes in a few sizes, but the queen size comes in at about $120. The twin size is around $95. It also has the inflator pump built into the mattress, but it requires a 120-volt outlet. Grabbing a battery powered pump would be a good idea when you are camping off the grid.

For bedding, you could bring your own along, but some folks like bedding which they use exclusively for glamping and camping. The Insta-Bed bedding set is a great option if you want a matching set that is a little more refined than a sleeping bag. It comes with two pillows, the comforter, and fitted sheets for around $38 on Amazon.

Lastly, we should mention temperature control. When it gets cold at night, wouldn't be great to have a little space heater that would set your tent on fire or suffocate you? We say yes. The Mr. Heater Buddy automatically shuts off if tipped over or if it senses oxygen levels get too low. With the ability to heat up 225 sq feet, it is perfect for a glamping tent. Additionally, it runs off the same propane tanks as most portable grills and lanterns.

Food And Water

Preparing food is one of the best parts of glamping. It is your chance to express your culinary prowess a bit or dip into more rustic food options. Preparing meals ahead of time is always a good idea, but you will most likely need a way to heat up said food. Oh and coffee. We need hot water for coffee!

An excellent entry-level stove is the classic two burner Coleman. It runs off your standard propane canisters and only requires a striker lighter to get going. Easy to use and very dependable. As it comes in with a price tag of around $45 it is pretty tough to beat on price point. To save some money, we suggest bringing some old pots and pans from home versus purchasing an exclusive set right away.

If you want something with a little more flexibility and have a few more dollars to spend, we would suggest the Camp Chef Camp Oven. Coming in at around $150, it has the two burner options also allows for oven cooking and baking. A great addition to any glamping kitchen!

Water

Now we like beer and wine as much as the next person, but water is also critical. We typically bring a couple of cases of bottled water and a couple of gallons for dishes and food prep. Staying hydrated is very important, especially when the temps start rising in the afternoon.

Glamp Amenities

Let's talk about the rest of your camp set up. Once again there is form and function to take into account when purchasing amenities. A nice table made out of English oak would be nice, but hard to transport. We need something that is easy to carry but can be decorated to suit the atmosphere. We also need to remember we are on a budget here.

Folding camp chairs come in different shapes and sizes, and have a range in price. For starter chairs, it is hard to beat Quick Chair folding chairs. At under $20 a piece, they won't break the bank and are easy to transport. Plus they have a cupholder...so there is that. You can always upgrade to better chairs down the road when our budget permits.

You will also need a table unless you are tent glamping in a park which has one already. We found this lovely table and chairs combo on Amazon. I'm sure the chairs aren't the most comfortable, but getting four chairs and a table for $65 is hard to pass up.

Additionally, the table and chairs fold up nicely which makes them easy to transport and set up. The less room they take up in the car, the more room there is for other stuff like drinks and such. Just purchase a lovely tablecloth or bring one from home to cover it and boom! Your dining area is ready!

Solar Is Our Friend

When tent glamping out in the boonies, it is hard to beat the convenience of solar charged devices. Nowadays you can purchase solar-charged lanterns, LED lights, and power banks at low cost. Take, for instance, the CMB rechargeable lantern. For under $11, this lantern doubles as a flashlight and can charge USB devices. All you have to do is set it in the sun and let it charge, and it is ready for night time storytelling.

 

Rope lighting is always a nice touch to a glamping party. LEDs have become much more affordable and due to their low volt consumption, can be purchased in a battery-powered form. LED rope lights can be found on Amazon for $12. An affordable way to take your glamping to the next level!

The Call Of Nature

The not so fun part of tent glamping can be when nature calls. Not everyone is hip to digging a hole in the woods somewhere, and some vaulted toilets can get pretty rank. If you are privy to (see what we did there) portable toilets, then there are some options. Take for instance the Palm Springs Portable Toilet.

With its five gallon capacity and ability to flush, it is a cut above a Home Depot bucket with a lid. It is a little more expensive at $65 than some other options out there, but some things are just worth spending a little extra for. You can also purchase inexpensive pop-up tents if you would like some privacy without walking 100 yards to find it.

Final Thoughts

Tent Glamping can be a fantastic experience. You get to experience nature without leaving all of the comforts of home behind. As much as some folks would love to visit lavish resorts to go tent glamping, the capital needed can be out of reach for some. These types of situations are why DIY was invented!

This post is not an all-inclusive list of every little thing you will need. There will be things you will want to add as you glamp a couple of times and your budget allows. Items like lights, banners, throw pillows, and rugs. At that point, you will not just be tent glamping; you will be tent glamping your way!

Tent Glamping Shopping List

Find all of tent glamping items below and much more in our Amazon Glamping List!

$149.99 - Ayamaya Camping Tent

$119.95 - Kink Koil Air Mattress

$38.99 - Insta-Bed Bedding Set

$69.84 - Mr. Heater "Buddy"

$45.00 - Classic Coleman Two Burner Stove

$17.97 - 16oz Propane Tanks - 2 Pack

$17.80 - Quick Chair Folding Camp Chair

$64.99 - Redcamp Folding Table W/ Four Chairs

$9.99 - CMB Rechargeable Solar Lantern

$11.99 - Yihong LED Rope Lights

$19.99 - Speedwolf Power Bank

$64.99 - Palm Springs Portable Toilet

Grand Total = $631.49   Compared to a three-day stay at Under Canvas at $209 per night=$627.00

1 thought on “DIY Tent Glamping On A Budget”

  1. Wow, that Camp Chef Camp Oven is awesome, I’ve been camping a long time and thought I knew every gadget out there, but that’s one I’ve never seen before. And a pretty reasonable price point for what it is. Most of the time what we do when we want gourmet food in the outdoors is we cook most of the stuff ahead of time and seal it in Foodsaver vacuum bags. Then we can just heat it up at the campsite, even in the bag, boil-a-bag style (Millenials and younger who didn’t grow up without microwaves will probably have to look up “boil-a-bag”). Makes cooking and cleanup in the outdoors a lot easier.

    I recently bought a Barebones Forest Lantern, that really upped my family’s glamping game. It has a significantly warmer, softer light than most LED camping lanterns, and it’s dimmable, plus its old-fashioned styling looks really nice.

    We also bought a little $12 Persian rug from a big box hardware store to put on the floor of our tent, gives it a warmer, more homey feel. I also have an afghan throw blanket with rainbow and cutthroat trout on it, adds some color and rusticity to the inside of the tent, not to mention added warmth.

    A few caveats about buying taller, more expensive inflatable mattresses with the pump built in. The first you already partially addressed, the need for 120VAC limits where you can use it, a mattress that can be filled by an external battery-powered or rechargeable pump is more versatile. Also, such a big mattress is going to be heavy and bulky. Last, those big expensive mattresses are meant for indoor use, as a spare guest bed, they aren’t meant to be lugged around in cars all the time, taken out into the great outdoors and dragged through parking lots, campsites with gravel, sharp rocks and sticks. They will get holes in them, not to mention just the weight of two humans pushing 250-350 pounds on them will stress the seams over time. I understand the appeal of being higher up off the ground, but better to buy a cheaper, lower air mattress and put it on top of folding cots.

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