Current shop : Europe
Current shop : Europe
Is there a showroom for viewing purposes?
Our products can be viewed and collected in the CanvasCamp showroom at Industriepark 16 - 9031 Drongen, Belgium.

The showroom is open from 1 March to 31 July:

  • Mon-Fri..: 09.30 - 17.00
  • Sat: 11.00 - 15.00

The showroom is open from 1 August to 28 February:

  • Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri.: 9.00 - 16.00
  • Sat.: by appointment.

The showroom is closed;

  • 1 January 2016
  • 28 March 2016
  • 5 May 2016
  • 6 May 2016
  • 16 May 2016
  • 21 July 2016
  • 15 August 2016
  • 11 November 2016
  • 26 December 2016

Note: We can send our tents to basically anywhere within 7 business days. The delivery fees are very reasonable and include:

  • A 14 days “not happy = money back” warranty
  • Fully insured parcels
  • Tracking numbers
Standard vs Deluxe vs Ultimate vs Pro vs ProTech 
Our Standard Sibley tent range has a unique and very popular selling feature: You can roll up the tent walls in order to see everything around the tent and find some shade while enjoying a summer breeze. The 'standard' groundsheet is not attached to the tent wall and is made from Oxford polyester, 180 g/m² ( similar to the type of groundsheet attached to a regular igloo or tunnel tent.). This 'regular' groundsheet cannot be permanently attached to your tent. Our 'standard' Sibley tents have been provided with a 1 feet wide PVC strip/flap to stop water and insects from coming in.

The Deluxe range comes with a very heavy-duty groundsheet which is permanently attached to your tent. The Deluxe groundsheet is a lot thicker, heavier (PVC 540 g/m² = 0.995 lb/SY), more comfortable and durable than any other groundsheet you may have seen before. Water, insects and bugs do not stand any chance as the groundsheet comes 5 inches up the side. The groundsheet is very luxurious and soft to touch, so there is no need for putting any other carpets down. However, the tent walls of a Deluxe tent cannot be rolled up.

The Ultimate range resembles the Deluxe range, with the extra feature of a zipper sewn into the edges of the groundsheet. Our Ultimate tents are provided with a heavy-duty groundsheet that comes up 5 inches all the way around to avoid water from entering the tent, but still leaves you the option of rolling up the walls on a sunny afternoon.

Both our Standard and Ultimate tents can be pitched without their groundsheets.

Designed for the professional user or those aiming to use their tents for longer spells, the Pro and ProTech models are provided with an integrated mesh door, heavier pegs and guy ropes and made out of highly mould resistant cotton canvas (360 g/m²) and a heavy-duty PVC groundsheet (650 g/m²). In short, these are the most comfortable, durable and mould resistant Sibley tents on the market. The only difference between the Pro and ProTech range is that the ProTech is equipped with a mesh wall all around the tent, which allows you to raise the outer walls to enjoy your surroundings while still being protected from insects.

NEW: Specially designed inner tents which can be added to your Sibley tent and allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds.
How much useful space do I have in a Sibley tent?
Figurative comparison: A Sibley 300 is the perfect love nest and the Sibley 400 a bedroom, while the Sibley 500 and the Sibley 600 Twin tents are studios and the Sibley 600… a small house.

Sibley 300:  

  • 1 king bed + luggage
  • 4 kids on sleeping pads

Sibley 400:  

  • Fits:
  • 1 double bed + room for luggage, table, chairs, etc.
  • 2 double air mattresses
  • 8 kids on sleeping pads

Sibley 500:  

  • provides twice as much space compared to our Sibley 400
  • Fits:
  • 1 double bed + extremely comfortable and luxurious glamping
  • 2 double beds + room for luggage, table, chairs, etc.
  • 3 double air mattresses comfortably + luggage, etc.
  • 12 kids on sleeping pads

Sibley 600 Twin:  

  • 2 double beds + extremely comfortable and luxurious glamping
  • 3 double beds + luggage, table, chairs, etc.
  • 12 kids on sleeping pads
  • You can add a 500 to the side creating a separate room.

Sibley 600:  

  • it's a ballroom!
How do Sibley PRO and non-PRO tents differ?
Apart from ‘basic’ Sibley tents, CanvasCamp sells Sibley 400 PRO, 500 PRO and 600 PRO DD tents. Our PRO tents have been designed for the professional user, as they are equipped with heavier-duty cotton canvas that is thicker and has a higher mould resistance than the basic Sibley tents. Moreover, they are provided with a removable mesh door and heavier tent pegs and guy ropes. Consequently, they can be left outside for longer spells. Since our basic Sibley tents are mostly used for recreational purposes – which implies shorter periods of use than our PRO tents- they are provided with standard tent pegs and guy ropes. Furthermore, these tents have not been equipped with toggles nor velcro tabs to attach the mesh door to the tent. However, you can fix a separately bought mesh door yourself by sewing velcro tabs or loops into your basic Sibley tent.
Shipping cost

Are you curious about how much it would cost you to have the products of your interest delivered at home? Add the products to the shopping cart, fill in your country, city and postal code and the website calculates the cost for you. Easy peasy!

What's the difference between UPS Standard and UPS Express Saver?

We ship via UPS Standard or UPS Saver. You decide what type of shipment method we use. The difference between UPS Standard and UPS Express Saver lies in transit time. UPS Standard always uses road transport and a foreseen delivery date (which is NOT guaranteed), while UPS Express Saver uses air transport (if faster) and guarantees the foreseen delivery date. It goes without saying that there is a price difference between the two shipment methods. If you're located in Europe, you can choose between UPS Standard and UPS Express Saver. Outside of Europe, we always use UPS Express Saver.

Life span of your tent

All cotton CanvasCamp tents are four-seasons tents, but in our opinion, only our PRO and Diamond Fire tents can be used as a permanent shelter. All other cotton tents are intended for regular, light, leisure use. If they are treated with care, the average CanvasCamp tent lasts up to 15 years.

The life span of a tent is influenced by many factors:

    • Natural dirt: tree resin, bird droppings, sand, salt, ...
    • Domestic dirt: cooking stains, wine, sun cream...
    • Terrain in which it is used
    • Weather conditions (air pollution, ultra violet radiation, weather)
    • The manner in which it is pitched
    • The frequency of use
    • The manner in which your tent is cleaned, dried and stored
    • We advise you to store your tent when it is dry to extend its life span.
    • ...

We advise you to store your tent when it is dry to extend its life span.

Can CanvasCamp Tents be left up during an entire year?

CANVAS TENTS

  • Sibley tents

Although all our tents are four-season tents, only our Sibley PRO and Diamond Fire tents can be used for longer spells. The warranty is not valid when you live inside your tent or when you use it for commercial applications, although we will try to prevent and correct any problems that may arise under those circumstances as well. Our PRO tents have been equipped with heavier-duty canvas, a mesh door, heavier-duty guy ropes and pegs and have been treated more thoroughly against mould. Consequently, these tents can be used throughout the year in all possible circumstances. Our Sibley PRO Tents are equipped with an Ultimate groundsheet, which is a luxurious 540 g/m² groundsheet that is attached to the tent by means of a heavy-duty zipper.

The Sibley Diamond Fire Tents can also be used more intensively for longer spells. The manner in which the cotton has been woven and the products with which it has been treated add to the durability of the tent. However, this heavy coating causes the fabric to be coarser and breathe less. The Diamond Fire Tents come with a Deluxe groundsheet, which is a heavy-duty groundsheet of 540 g/m² that is permanently attached to the tent.

Please note that the manner in which you treat and pitch the tent, the place where it is pitched and the weather conditions strongly affect the durability of your tent. We thus recommend you to retreat the tent with Ultramar Protector after about 3 months of use and to sufficiently ventilate it.

EVENT TENTS

  • Flex Tents

We advise against customers leaving the Flex Tents up throughout the year. However, the Flex Tents can be used semi-permanently because of their heavy-duty fabric with heavy PVC coating.

  • StarShades

Thanks to to their windproof design and Oxford Polyester fabric, the StarShade Tents can be used for longer spells as well.

The advantages of a cotton tent
When being well-maintained, cotton tents have a much longer life span than their nylon or polyester counterparts. The cotton canvas itself can be easily retreated for water repellance, mould resistance and ultraviolet radiation. There are plenty of easily applicable products on the market today.
Contrary to igloo or tunnel tents, it never feels damp or moist inside a cotton tent due to its breathing quality. At CanvasCamp, we don't aim to sell you the latest model each year. Our tents are based on tried and tested designs which are here to stay. We want your CanvasCamp tent to last year after year. By comparison, many nylon tents we see today are practically disposable and totally unenjoyable and comfortless.
Heavyweight Canvas

Since cotton shrinks when it gets wet, the tent becomes waterproof when it is pitched in the rain. Cotton breaths and regulates humidity, which makes cotton tents a better alternative to nylon or polyester tents. Moreover, cotton tents have a longer life span than their nylon or polyester counterparts.

Cotton, however, dries more slowly than nylon or polyester and is more sensitive to dirt and fungus. Nevertheless, the canvas of our tents has been impregnated to protect it from dirt, ultraviolet radiation and fungus, while nylon or polyester tents are known to corrode within 2 to 3 months as a result of ultraviolet radiation.

Cotton tent canvasses can be divided into three different types: lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight canvas:
    • Lightweight canvas weighs between 130 and 180 g/m² and is suited for lightweight expeditions on foot.
    • Middleweight canvas weighs between 180 and 240 g/m² and is used for tents designed to remain in one place for longer periods of time.
    • Heavyweight canvas weighs 240 to 450 g/m². It is used for the production of bungalow tents, group tents and army tents.
All of our tents are made out of heavyweight canvas of 320 g/m², 360 g/m² or 450 g/m².
Cotton vs polycotton/PU-coated cotton
  • Cotton vs Polycotton
It is praised by many tent businesses as the best possible fabric for the production of tents, and yet polycotton cannot match up to cotton when it comes to quality and weather resistance. Although the production costs of polycotton tents are considerably lower, they are more likely to leak and to corrode when exposed to rain and sunlight. Made out of 60% polyester, polycotton tents are less waterproof than their cotton counterparts, as the fabric does not expand when it gets wet. Mind that a tent’s quality not only depends on the fabric. If a polycotton tent is produced properly and treated with care, its quality can in fact be compared to a cotton tent.

  • Pure Cotton vs PU-Coated Cotton
Besides 100% cotton Bell tents, there are plenty of Bell tents on the market which have been PU-coated in order to be rendered waterproof. That plastic layer has an adverse effect on the natural look and feel of the tents and causes condensation to form on the inside. CanvasCamp tents have been treated to be waterproof without the need of an additional coating, leaving their ability to “breathe” intact. CanvasCamp’s 100% cotton Sibley tents are not only completely waterproof, they also look natural and ventilate properly, so you do not have to worry about moist accumulating in the tent.
My tent is leaking
When it is brand new, cotton may let some air through and leak between the seams. Once the tent has been wet, the canvas expands, rendering the tent 100% waterproof. It is possible for very light stains to appear on a wet tent. Yet this does not cause any problems. After a while, rain and ultraviolet radiation will wear down the protective layer of the tent, causing your tent to be no longer waterproof. It is thus vital that you re-impregnate your tent regularly.
 
Before the European legislation of 1995, tent producers often used potentially dangerous chemicals to make their tents permanently waterproof. This is no longer possible. We see this as a positive evolution and even decided to take it one step further. Our impregnator is 100% environmentally friendly, non-toxic and biodegradable. You can apply the sealer yourself, or have the kids do it, without either of you having to wear protective clothing and without allergic reactions or odour nuisance.
Maintenance
The cotton must be dry before it is stored. Never store away a wet tent for longer than two days; otherwise fungus may affect the canvas and cause little black unremovable dots. The canvas has been impregnated with an antifungal product, but you should re-impregnate your tent on a regular basis if you use the tent often or pitch it in a harsh environment.
Maintenance starts when you pitch your tent. If the tent has not been erected properly, uneven forces will pull on the canvas. This could eventually lead to damage. It is in your own interest to keep the canvas as clean as possible and remove stains when they should appear. Dust can best be wiped off the canvas with a soft brush.
When do I need to re-impregnate my tent?
Solar radiation affects the waterproofness of your tent. After 12 to 25 weeks of use the fabric will be less waterproof. This can easily be resolved with an impregnation agent.
How to clean and impregnate your tent
The canvas has been impregnated with anti-fungi but when using the tent often or in a harsh environment this process should be repeated on a regular basis, for solar radiation affects the waterproofness of your tent. Applying a new coating with care demands time and effort, but extends the life span of your tent considerably.  Before EU rules and regulations were applied, chemical products were used to impregnate tents. Although these products lasted longer, they were harmful to the environment. The products we use are 100% biodegradable and can be applied by you without protective clothing.

The easiest way to impregnate is:
  1. Pitch your tent and make sure the tent is completely dry.
  2. Remove dust and dirt with a hard brush.
  3. Apply the impregnating agent with a gentle brush. The cotton needs to be soaked properly.
  4. You can also apply the fluid with a pressurized garden hose and rub it in with a brush.
  5. Let your tent dry in the wind, preferably not in the sun.
If the cotton has been affected by fungi, algae or weather conditions, do as follows:
  1. Moisten the cotton.
  2. Dissolve 1 unit of bleach into 10 units of water.
  3. Apply the solution to the wet canvas and let the canvas absorb it for about 30 minutes. Prolong the absorption time if necessary.
  4. Rinse the canvas with plenty of water.
  5. Clean the canvas using Ultramar Shampoo, so there is no bleach left on the canvas.
  6. Let your tent dry properly.
Use Anchor Extra or Ultramar Protector to protect the cotton against fungi, algae, filthy water, etc. A perfect impregnating agent to make cotton tents waterproof is ANCHOR EXTRA®. It is an environment-friendly product, non-toxic and biologically degradable. Tent rental places and army tents have used it with excellent result since 1943. The product is water based, without solvents or hydrocarbons. The usage varies between approximately 8 m² and 12 m² per liter. It is possible for a gray shine to appear on dark-coloured cotton after treatment; however, after a few downpours this will disappear.  Some companies industrially impregnate cotton in case you don't want to do it yourself. The cotton is first cleaned and then impregnated under high pressure. This, however, is quite expensive.
Fungus

Before 1995, potentially harmful chemical products were often used to render cotton tents waterproof for life. However, the European legislation banned these products, no longer enabling tent manufacturers to render the canvas of their tents completely water- and mouldproof. Although our tents have been treated to be waterproof as well as mould resistant, they need to be reproofed in due time to ensure they stay that way.

Mildew has an extremely adverse effect on cotton canvas.  It breaks the fibers and forms black stains that are very hard to remove. Additionally, it spreads quite rapidly once the first stains have appeared. It is therefore of vital importance that you protect your tent against fungi in any circumstance.

General tips to avoid mildew on a cotton canvas tent:

Mildew is caused by moisture. It is therefore sure to form on the canvas of your tent if you store the tent when wet. Moreover, mould stains often appear on canvas tents if they are no longer waterproof, for they then lack an important protective layer which would otherwise keep off moisture and mould. To avoid mould and mildew, wipe down the interior and exterior of the tent with clean water before you leave it to dry and store it in a dry, well-ventilated area. Also, reproof the tent in time to ensure it stays mould resistant and waterproof. For more tips & tricks, check out the list below:

  • Do not roll up or store a wet tent. When you are left with no other option than to store it wet, be sure to remove any mud or dirt from the groundsheet and bottom strip and pitch your tent again within 36 hours, allowing it to properly air-dry.
  • Dry off the tent and clean it before you store the tent in a dry, well-ventilated space.
  • Ventilate the tent, especially when you do not use it. That way, you drive out moisture, preventing mould to affect the canvas.
  • Do not hang your tent to dry, as mould could form in the folds.  Instead, set up the tent outside or in your garage and open the doors and windows to ensure that it is being well ventilated. If possible, pitch the tent in the sun, for sunlight may help you in your fight against mould and mildew. 
  • Clean and reproof the tent periodically in order to ensure it stays waterproof.
  • We advise you to store the tent in a cotton bag which breathes and does not contain surfactants. A plastic bag may impede ventilation and transfer plasticizers to the canvas.
  • Do not store rings, guy ropes and groundsheet together with your tent, but keep them in a separate bag.
  • Make sure the tent is pitched perfectly, so water can easily glide off the canvas.
  • Avoid touching the tent when it is raining.
  • Be careful with creams, lotions, tanning oil, etc. Greasy hands may affect the tents waterproofness adversely.
  • Ventilate the tent well when cooking, for condensation may cause mould to appear on the canvas.
  • Do not do the dishes in the tent, for dish water is one of the main enemies of the canvas.
  • Do not hang a kitchen rag over a bar in the tent, as the soap residues may affect the canvas.
  • Do not clean the groundsheet with water which contains soap. Use a dry piece of cloth and a sponge to clean it.
  • Re-impregnate your tent after 12 to 25 weeks of use to protect your tent against solar radiation and extend its life span.

If your tent is no longer waterproof and/or if black stains have formed on the canvas, you need to dry the tent completely and treat it with specialized products such as Ultramar Shampoo and Ultramar Protector. Set the tent up outdoors or in your garage and open the doors and windows to ensure that it is being well ventilated. If possible, pitch the tent in the sun, for sunlight may help you in your fight against mould and mildew. Avoid pitching the tent in your living room, as mildew can trigger allergic reactions. Do not apply laundry detergent, dish soap, all-purpose cleaners, or neat bleach to the canvas, as they will damage the canvas treatments. Dirt or mud can be dry-brushed off with a very soft brush.

The washing and reproofing process is simple and similar to hand-washing your car:

  • Moisten the tent.
  • Apply Ultramar Shampoo and rub it in with a soft brush.
  • Let the canvas absorb the solution for about 10 minutes and then rinse it using plenty of water. Prolong the absorption time if necessary.
  • Allow the tent to air-dry completely before using Ultramar Protector to re-impregnate the fabric.
Wind resistance
Our Sibley tents have been tested extensively, for instance at the Burning Man festival. This Nevada desert-based festival is well known for its wind gusts and dust storms. The strong winds and dust storms did not affect our Sibley tents at all, while regular igloo tents literally flew away. Sibley tents are thus not only durably built, but also extremely aerodynamic. If you leave your tent standing outside in very windy conditions without taking care for it, adjusting the guy ropes or properly pegging down your tent, the central pole may break. We advise you not to use our Sibley tents in harsh weather conditions with wind gusts over 80 km/h (50 mph).
What type of pegs do I need?
An important question for campers is ‘Where do I pitch my tent?’. Pegs are not designed for a particular type of tent, but for different types of soils. In most regular tents, a set of standard pegs of average quality is included. Even though they may be fine if you are going camping in a pasture, you will not be able to drive them into the hard soils of the Rocky Mountains. Therefore, always try to find out in advance on what type of soil the tent will be pitched, for it will save you a lot of annoyance. Pack different types of pegs (especially if you're going on a hiking tour), and always pack some spare ones. A wooden or rubber mallet usually suffices, but only a steel hammer will get your pegs into rocky grounds.

Most suitable pegs by type of soil:

Sandy, loose soils:
If you are going camping in the dunes, on the beach or on marshy soils, make sure to use wooden pegs. You can buy them in different sizes, from 25 to 50 cm (8-20 in).

Grass, forests, heathlands, clay:
For 'soft' soils with few pebbles, twigs or tree roots, campers relied on the traditional half-round peg for decades (they are sold with every CanvasCamp tent). 

Pebbles, roots, hard soils: 
If you come across pebbles, roots or hard clay you will have to use more robust material. Jagged pegs have a lot more grip than half-round pegs.

Rocky soils: 
Get yourself a good set of Tyrol or Tarzan pegs, which are made out of steel and have reinforced heads.

Other:
Planning to leave your tent outside for a whole season? In that case, the steel T-peg provides the most reliable anchoring. A heavy T-profile holds every tent firmly in place.

Spare parts
CanvasCamp always stocks a large amount of spare parts to be able to ensure a perfect after-sales service. Contact us and we will be happy to help you.
Repairs
We have a specialised repair service for customers whose tents need repairing. As they have more than one repair task on their hands, the average repair time is about a month after reception of the damaged goods. We therefore recommend you to drop off or send back the damaged item well before you leave on holiday, if you want to have it repaired before you take off. You can find a concise overview of the complete procedure below:

1) Send us an email

Notify us by email of the damage before sending the item back. We immediately provide you with an estimated price quote for the repair service. The clearer the email, the more exact the estimate of costs. Photos definitely help.

If the warranty applies, both the repair service and return shipping of the repaired item are at CanvasCamp’s expense. The only thing you need to do in that scenario is send back the damaged goods or drop them off at our showroom.

2) Mark the damaged spot

Mark the damaged spot with coloured tape or add a doodle to the package, clearly indicating where the tent needs repairing. If you don’t, more time is spent locating the damage, causing the repair costs to add up quickly. 

3) Send the item back

Pack the tent in a cardboard box, preferably the original packaging, and send it to the address below:

CanvasCamp
Industriepark 16
9031 Drongen
Belgium

We are also more than happy to organise the return for you and have UPS pick up the package. We then send you a return shipping label once we’ve received your payment, which you are to stick to the package before contacting UPS. You can either drop off the package at the nearest UPS pick-up center or ask them to pick up the package at your place.

4) Keep an eye on your mailbox

We will quote you for the repair service as well as return shipping as soon as the tent’s been repaired. Once we’ve received your payment, we will email you the tracking details, enabling you to follow the delivery online.

Returns

Should you receive your tent and establish that you ordered the wrong size, you have 14 days from the day you received it to begin the exchange process. In the event of an exchange, the buyer shall be responsible for the shipping fees as well as the return shipping fees*. Please do not return your product until you have received authorization from CanvasCamp to do so.

You will be issued a full refund if the returned goods are still in an undamaged, unused state, they are complete and wrapped in the original packaging. If there are signs of use, CanvasCamp will refund 75% of the purchase price. This percentage is reduced to 50% if the returned product not only has signs of use, but it is also (slightly) damaged, dirty and/or the original packaging is missing. Custom-made products as well as maintenance products are exempt from the refund policy.

A clear overview:

  • 100%:

The goods are returned in an unused, undamaged state, they are complete and wrapped in the original packaging.

  • 75%:

Although the goods have signs of use, they are complete, intact and are returned in the original packaging.

  • 50%:

The goods have been used and are incomplete and/or the original packaging is missing.
The returned goods are damaged.
The returned goods are dirty.

The goods are still usable

  • 0%:

You either returned a maintenance product or the returned goods have been custom made.

The product you have returned is damaged beyond repair.

*As the delivery service has already been rendered when you return the goods, CanvasCamp does not refund any shipping fees.

Your project
CanvasCamp likes to get involved in all kinds of events and projects. Are you getting married, organizing a company camp or street animation? Whatever you aim to do with your CanvasCamp tent, contact us and our experienced team will gladly discuss the possibilities and options with you.
Discounts
We can provide you with a generous discount, depending on the number of tents you aim to buy and their intended use. Each project is considered in isolation and awarded a discount based on its own merits. We're a generous and trusting team, but in some cases we will need to see proof of your plans/organization. Contact us for more information or with a proposition.
Groundsheet

A groundsheet has two main purposes: provide comfort and impede moisture from entering your tent. About 60% of the moisture in your tent enters through the ground, not through the canvas. Strictly speaking, you could use a simple polyethylene groundsheet from a hardware store, but a groundsheet from heavier material feels much nicer and is much more durable.All our Deluxe and Ultimate models are equipped with a luxurious groundsheet. This groundsheet is made out of PVC and weighs more than one pound per square meter (540 g/m²). This extremely durable shell feels soft to touch, does not squeak, is easy to keep clean and looks very nice. Strongly recommended for those who frequently use their tent during winter or people who primarily use their tent as a very safe and enclosed sleeping area.

Do all CanvasCamp tents come with a groundsheet?

Every Sibley tent comes with a groundsheet which is or isn’t connected to the tent. As you could read under 'Standard vs Deluxe vs Ultimate Sibley', both the Deluxe and Ultimate version are equipped with a groundsheet which is attached to the tent. Only the Standard tents come with a separate groundsheet. The Swag tents come with an integrated groundsheet as well. All group tents are provided with a groundsheet. The UNHCR BaseCamp tent comes with an inner tent to which the groundsheet is sewn. Classic Cotton tents are never equipped with a groundsheet. Given their design and the different purpose they serve, Event tents are never equipped with a groundsheet.

Zippers
Zippers sometimes have to endure extreme tension caused by wind gusts, pressures caused by people or objects leaning against the tent.

Tips to avoid zipper corrosion:

    • Close all zippers before pitching your tent.
    • Handle the zippers with care.
    • To protect the zippers, treat them with silicones once in a while.
    • Verify zippers before using, no insurance on zippers once used.
History of the Sibley tent

Conical, or “cone-shaped” tents are not unique to the Native Americans. Conical tents have been in use by Native peoples around the Northern Hemisphere in varying designs for thousands of years. Whether you call it a Tipi, Chum, Goahti, Lavvu, Kohte, Nentsi, or any other number of names, a conical shape is the most aerodynamic in terms of shedding rain, snow, and wind. These shapes are also the most heat, space, and weight efficient designs, offering the highest margin of tensile strength with the smallest amount of structural support.

The “Sibley tent” was patented in 1856 by a Federal Army Colonel, Henry Hopkins Sibley. While stationed at the Texas frontier from 1850-1854, Sibley developed an apprecation for the Native American tipi after visiting a Comanche village. Understanding the importance of tents in military campaigns, his original interpretation of the tipi had no side walls, a single center pole, and a vented “cap” from which smoke could escape, similar to the Scandinavian Lavvu. Possibly unknown to Sibley, a similar single-pole conical tent called a “Bell tent” (after it's bell-shape) was also in use by British Calvary in 1855 during the Crimean wars, and can be dated as far back as the 9th century in Europe.

In accordance with an agreement made with the Department of War, Sibley would have received $5 for every tent they made. However, Sibley joined the Confederate States Army after the outbreak of the American Civil War and did not receive the royalty. The Federal Army had used almost 44,000 Sibley tents by the end of the war. After Sibley's death, his relatives attempted unsuccessfully to collect the royalties.

The Sibley and Bell tents continued to evolve over time. Proportion, pole arrangements, arched entrances, side walls, and vents were experimented with to give the design increased functionality. With the advent of synthetic materials, floors and windows were added to meet the needs of a modern canvas camping tent. Since 2005, CanvasCamp has pioneered the evolution of this unique design with elegant design features, advanced canvas treatments, and innovative accessories to make the finest modern canvas tent currently conceived of, the “Sibley/ Bell tent”. 

Can I turn my Sibley tent into a double roof tent?
You can now turn every Sibley tent into a double roof tent by adding the appropriate inner tent. Just like with any other tent it is the outer sail that keeps you dry and protects you from the sun. The inner tent is there to create separate spaces inside the tent, in order to keep them bug-free and to provide a little more insulation to retain the heat.
Colour
Given that the typical sand colour creates a warm and romantic vibe inside the tent when the sun hits the canvas, our Sibley Tents are always produced out of sand coloured canvas. A Sibley Tent in any other colour would not look nor feel alike.

Note that some tents that can be viewed on our website appear to be whiter than normal because they had already been used intensively when the photo was taken by our customers.

How to pitch the tent
You can pitch a Sibley tent in about 10 to 20 minutes - depending on the size of the tent - thanks to the simplicity of its design: Sibley Tents consist only of canvas, an A-frame and only one central pole (with the exception of the Sibley 600 Twin Tent, which has two central poles).

Note that you will need more than 10 to 20 minutes if you pitch your tent for the first time, due to your lack of experience. Every product description on our website mentions the time and number of people required to pitch the tent.

Heat and cool down the tent

Have a look at our wide range of tent stoves. You can perfectly heat any of our tents with one of the handmade tent stoves, a Katmai Portable stove or even an electric heating system. Moreover, we sell heat proof rubbers which are placed in between the canvas and the stove pipe to protect the canvas when you use a tent stove.

All our tents are equipped with mesh windows, window screens and ventilation holes. Moreover, cotton has the ability to breathe, which has a positive effect on the temperature inside your tent when it’s hot outside. On hot summer days, you can even roll up the sides of the Sibley Standard or Ultimate tents and catch every possible rush of air. Additionally, our Tipi tents have been equipped with a removable top, which allows you to properly ventilate the tent.

Delivery
95% of our tents are delivered within 5 working days after we have received the customer’s payment. The remaining 5% applies to distant destinations such as South Africa, in which case delivery can take up to 10 days.
Fire resistance

All our tents comply with the European BS5852 rule, which states that the fabric will not ignite when burnt by the likes of a cigarette. Although all our cotton tents are fire resistant, only the Sibley Diamond Fire tents are completely fireproof. We recommend you to opt for a fireproof tent only if your insurance company requires it for a certain event or if you live in one of the eight American states where you need a fireproof certificate. In any other circumstance, our range of regular Sibley tents undoubtedly suffices.

There is no need to buy a fireproof tent if you plan on using a tent stove, for we provide heat resistant rubbers which protect the tent canvas and makes it quite impossible for the canvas to ignite.

Can tents be connected together or to other structures, such as shelters?
You can perfectly connect a Sibley 600 Twin or a Sibley 600 Ultimate PRO Double Door tent to any other CanvasCamp tent and create a two-tent structure, since both tents are equipped with two door openings.  The doors of these tents are 185 cm high, just like the door of a Sibley 600 tent. Since the doors of the other Sibley tents are a little smaller, you can use a shelter to make up the difference and create a covered space in between both tents.

Moreover, you can connect a Classic shelter to your tent to create a covered area in front of the tent for your shoes, dining table, cooking gear, etc.

Even Event tents can be connected together. By using the waterproof coupling system you can connect two Flex tents together without the risk of water seeping through.

Our ethical policy
CanvasCamp is committed to core values such as integrity, respect and quality, not only in regard to our products but also to the customer service we provide. Unethical pratices such as child labour, unethical working conditions, the use of dangerous chemical products, etc. are banned throughout the production process. To guarantee that the core values of integrity and quality are lived up to, CanvasCamp factories must ensure good working conditions and are required to apply the latest techniques. To that end, the CanvasCamp factories have technical devices at their disposal, such as coating, water pressure and fibre test machines as well as rain rooms and lightboxes to examine the fabric, many of which our competitors lack.
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