We cannot get enough of this gorgeous wedding in Napa. Wine, books, and tents? In.

These pictures feature a few of many different ways in which our Stout Tent Glamping Bell Tents can be used at Events.

Don’t forget, you can book all of your tent rentals and furnishings through us!


Photography Credit: Pepper Nix (@peppernix)

Sibley Tent versus Bell Tent


The history of the Bell Tent is quite a long and interesting story, woven through various continents, time-periods and wars. The Bell tent’s history begins as an adaptation to the Sibley tent.


Serious tent enthusiasts know that the Sibley Tent was originally designed by Henry Hopkins Sibley in 1856 while serving as an Officer of the US Army. He had observed the Native American Tipi’s during Frontier duty in the Southwest and adapted his tent for travel by making a single center pole.

Sibley filed for a patent:

Bell tent sibley tent patent


As you can see from the diagram above, the Sibley tent has no sidewalls and is a more tipi like structure. It features a smoke hole at the top, a smaller entrance and is not defined with any protruding porch. It also has no guy-lines, but uses tent stakes to secure the canvas into the ground.


The above Sibley tent was used exclusively during the Utah Expedition and the US Army agreed to pay a $5 royalty to Henry Sibley for each tent made. However, shortly after reaching that agreement, Sibley resigned from the US Army and joined the Confederate States Army during the Civil War, consequently forfeiting his royalties from his tents. The Union Army proceeded to make over 40,000 Sibley tents during the war.


During this same time period the British Cavalry was using Bell tents, an adapted version of the Sibley tent. The Bell tent is differentiated from the Sibley tent mainly by it’s sidewalls and guy-lines. Bell tents had the same benefits that the Sibley had in regard to canvas and conical shape – able to deflect high winds, set-up and pack down easily with the single center pole, but the adaptations offered additional headroom and breathability due to those side-walls.


Sibley Tent:

  • No sidewalls
  • Low Entry
  • No defined porch
  • Tripod pole
  • Stove hole
  • Fire Pit


Bell Tent:

  • Sidewalls (more headroom)
  • Guy-Lines (instead of tripod pole)
  • No fire pit inside tent



Bell tents in the Crimean War (1855):


Who doesn’t love a good short film featuring an epic road trip up the California coast in a Stout Tent.

Watch, drool, repeat.

Have you had an epic adventure in a Stout Tent? Use #stouttent to share your story with us. We can’t wait.

World’s best stylists use our sweet PRO edition tent with the sides rolled up for a beautiful June bedding spread. Take a page from Nordstrom’s playbook and rent a Stout tent for your event.

A Stout Tent Ultimate 5000 PRO edition is featured in Nordstrom's June 2015 Bedding catalog.

A Stout Tent Ultimate 5000 PRO edition is featured in Nordstrom’s June 2015 Bedding catalog.

Need to add some color and depth at your outdoor dinner, wedding, or gathering?

We’ve created a collage of different ways you can easily integrate them into your outdoor decor.

Outdoor design hack by Stout Tent -Eucalyptus garland DIY

Outdoor design hack by Stout Tent -Eucalyptus garland DIY

Here are a few best practices when using foliage:

  • Wait until just before your event to clip.
  • Keep your clippings cool outside until needed.
  • Use florist wire to keep your unruly trimmings in line.
  • Submerge in a cold bathtub if it’s warm out.


Picking the right trimming can be an exciting and eye pleasing adventure, we’ve had to jump fences for a good clipping of one of  our favorite plants for outdoor use; Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus lasts for weeks, and can be preserved with glycerine to last even longer. It bends easily without breaking, which makes it a great choice for a wreath or bunting. We used florist wire and a nice piece of vintage rope to make the bunting for this event.  A small line of leaves on a thin branch was the perfect garland for this wedding cake, and matched the bride’s natural, earthy vibe. More on that gorgeous inspiring wedding, here.




We were thrilled to be a part of Kelly Kriger, of Whatchawant Design‘s daughter’s birthday party. It was an amazing event! Kelly collaborated with her friend, and neighbor Angela Marie Events, and the fantastic photography is courtesy of Carolynn Seibert.

Kelly styled her Stout Tent as the “Dreamer’s Lounge”  where the girls lounged, had tipi-treats, and giggled…  they also setup a bead bar, with feathers, beads, and stylists braiding hair.

Every detail was covered, from tiny gold figurines, donut arrows, ribbons, and feathers. She used tree stumps as stools, and vintage picture frames for direction. Oh, and the succulents… perfectly placed, in the greatest planters. Look at the decorated stones! Literally, no stone was unturned for this party. It is one of our favorite stylizations of our tent, ever.



We were beyond honored to be a part of Agritopia’s Outstanding in the Field dinner! It was magnificent to see everything come together so flawlessly.

Photo Credit: Siegel Thurston Photography, www.siegelthurston.com

Outstanding in the Field was created by Jim Denevan in 1999. It’s a traveling feast/dinner tour that lands in the best farms in the world, sets up a classically beautiful long table outside, and fills that table with food and drink from the community they are celebrating.  Jim describes it as “A traveling feast with a central vision of farmers, chefs, cheese makers, ranchers, foragers and winemakers in delicious communion with the people they sustain.” http://www.outstandinginthefield.com

October 21st and 22nd, 2014 the Outstanding team diligently setup, cooked, pruned and prepared for Arizona’s Agritopia location. Agritopia, a community in Gilbert, built around a community farm, and charmed with a coffee shop, and the famous Joe’s Farm Grill was the perfect setting. A long table was setup through the orchard, low lying branches trimmed back, free range chickens within ear shot. It was lovely.

Stout Tent provided a lounge tent, furnished with comfortable couches, and lit with candles and lanterns for after dinner conversations.






We thought it was time to share some more Glamping eye candy with you… here is what Fall Glamping in Arizona looks like:

Stout Tent Glamping Shoot - Fall

Stout Tent Glamping



That orange blanket, is a Rumpl Blanket. We’re obsessed. Think of your most favorite puffer vest… turned blanket.


Fall Glamping Photoshoot

Geometric Bunting - Stout Bell Tent

Succulents in Geometric Bunting

The canvas walls and netted walls are both zipped closed.

The canvas walls and netted walls are both zipped closed.

Stout Tent Chandelier


With netted side walls zipped closed.

With netted side walls zipped closed.

Notice something different? The canvas side-walls are unzipped from the groundsheet, and rolled up. They are secured with toggles, and the second netted wall is still zipped into the groundsheet.

Breathability at it’s finest:

Double-wall version, with canvas sides rolled up, netted walls zipped closed.

Double-wall version, with canvas sides rolled up, netted walls zipped closed.

A 4000 model on the left, and a 5000 PRO Edition on the right.

Stout Tent Fall Photoshoot

The campfire is calling.

Stout Tent - Rumpl Blanket

Grab your Rumpl.

Dusk - Stout Tent Bell Tent


Stout Tent - Bell Tent - 4000 Ultimate with Double Wall

This 13 foot in diameter tent has a zippable groundsheet, with a double bottom wall with additional mosquito netting.

Sweet Dreams.


Kim Mance is a travel writer and TV personality, home based in New York. Most recently she co-hosted the Travel Channe;s Destination Showdown as an expert judge, and also hosted Dream It. Book It. Do It! an on-demand show. She’s a contributing blogger for Conde Nast Traveler, Marie Claire, WorldHum, Huffington Post, and is the editor of Galavanting.

What’s next for Kim? A #glamtrekking road trip with her vintage airstream camper, and one of our Stout Bell Tents. She’s writing a book, and traveling from New York to Alaska. Follow her adventure on social media (@KimMance) or check out her website: www.kimmance.com

Here are a couple pics from her first stay in her #stouttent.

Looking out:

I can’t wait to follow her journey.