People frequently ask whether they should be looking at buying a 4 metre bell tent or the larger 5 metre bell tent. In fact some people have turned up to view our display tents already ‘convinced’ that they require a 5 metre – only to ultimately decide that a 4 metre bell tent is the best option for them. That is a decision that only they (and you) can make… but we can hopefully help a little with the following sample Qs and As … (maybe!).
Q How much floor space is there in a 4 metre bell tent?
– The floor space of a 4 metre bell is around 12.5 square metres and although when pitched alongside a 5 metre the 4 metre bell may appear a lot smaller, it is actually deceptively spacious inside.
Q How many of you would be camping in the tent?
– If you are likely to be camping alone most or all of the time, then a 4 metre would be perfect for you.
– If you are a couple, or two singles, or two people with a small child a 4 metre is a good size tent for you. Remember you have 2.5m headroom in the centre of the tent and the 60cm side walls make a big difference to headroom.
– If you are a couple with two kids a 4 metre may still be appropriate as you can fit one double and two single mattresses in a 4 metre bell (double mattress behind the pole with the two singles on either side).
Q How much space do you need?
– With both of the above two scenarios you would still have space in your 4 metre bell for ‘stuff’. With a double mattress behind the pole you have more than half of the tent free. With a double and two singles you still have space above/below the two singles, as well as in the front/centre portion of the tent.
Q Do you want/need a lot of ‘living’ space?
– With just one double mattress behind the centre pole a lot of couples find the remaining space in a 4 metre bell is perfectly adequate for their needs – giving them enough space to be comfortable and cosy, especially if they’re outside during the day.
– With a double and two single mattresses the living space in a 4 metre bell tent will be less than in a larger 5 metre (which is more like a living room than a tent) – but the space is still ‘doable’. Plus if you stack the two single mattresses during the day you’ll free up a lot of useable floor space.
– If you are only going to use the tent for ‘sleeping space’ then the 4 metre bell tent would of course be perfect!
Q Do you camp all year round?
– If you camp (out of season) in colder weather as well as during the late spring/summer months, a 4 metre will be easier to keep warm than a 5 metre since it’s smaller with less headroom.
– A 4 metre is quicker and easier to dry than a 5 metre since there is less canvas to deal with.
– If you camp frequently, for example, every other weekend or more, then you may prefer a 4 metre since it will be quicker and easier to deal with than the heavier 5m option.
– If your camping trips involve moving around from site to site then you may prefer to be dealing with the smaller 4 metre bell tent.
Q Can you stand up in a 4 metre bell tent?
– Yes you can! In fact the interior of a 4m bell is surprisingly spacious.
See our video of a Pukka 4m bell tent interior here (there’s also a 5m video):