How to Connect Tents Together

Rilor Staff
Update: April 12, 2021
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How to connect two tents together?

Well, you might not have thought of this question at first. But sooner or later, you've realized that two is better than one. 

If you think about it, tents are actually designed to be stand-alone. Hence, the concept of connecting them together does not actually expand their space. You are just affixing the tents so that you can minimize the area you are occupying. It benefits families and groups of friends who don't want their outdoor shelters to be apart from one another.

If you connect two 2-person tents, you don't get a single 4-person tent. Instead, you only have two 2-person tents that are attached together.

How To Connect Two Tents Together

There are multiple ways you can piece two tents so that you can combine them into a unified shelter. Some of these methods are plainly ingenious and crafty, so learning them is quite fun.

Method 1: Clipping The Doors

One of the most reliable ways of affixing two tents is by clipping their doors. It is an easy approach, especially if the tents have the same door sizes. After all, you don't need to make adjustments anymore. 

Therefore, if you are aiming to connect two tents right from the start, then it is better to bring similar tents or those that came from the same brand. Of course, both of the tents should have two doors. In this way, you still have a separate entry and exit point in your tent while its other door is attached to the door to another tent. 

You can clip the excess materials of the doors' edges so that you can tie them together. 

Binder clips are incredibly essential in this attempt since they are effective linchpins for tents. Even if the doors are not of the same sizes, these clips can still glue things like magic. 

However, keep in mind that these clips can leave gaps between the doors, causing precipitation and insects to come in. To deal with this issue, you simply have to get an overlapping rainfly and erect it on the overhead of the tents.

Method 2: Creating A Makeshift Hallway

Connecting two tents doesn't require you to bind them together. You can be extra creative in this process. One way of doing so is by making a makeshift hallway between the doors of the tents. 

To do this, you simply need rugged cords, stakes, and a camping tarp. The larger the tarp, the better. 

The first thing that you need to do is to place the tents opposite of one another. They should be at least 6 feet apart to create a decent hallway. 

Once you have the right or ideal distance, you can already start punching the stakes on the ground. They will serve as the supporting posts for the line or cord. Attach the cord to the stakes and make sure that they are tied tautly. 

Once the "pillars" are in place, get the tarp and hang it over the cord. You can also stake the tarp so that it doesn't get blown by the wind.

Do you want longer hallways but don't have enough stakes? Use sturdy and equally long branches as alternative supports. 

Method 3: Using The Bigger-To-Smaller Approach

This option is quite the unorthodox one, but it is definitely an amusing way to connect tents. This particular method requires you to bring tents of differing sizes. There should be a bigger one, and then the rest would be the smaller ones. 

You don't need special tools to attach them to one another. However, you will need the tents to have removable walls so that you can achieve this feat.

Place the smaller tent inside the wall of the bigger tent. Use a rainfly or tarp to cover the entry points from the elements. Use clips and binders to secure the tarp. 

You can repeat the aforementioned procedures if you have other smaller tents. As long as they have draping walls, you can easily make connections. You can create a small community with other campers, making your adventure fun and exciting.


As you can see, the process of connecting two or more tents is not that complicated. In fact, you can try multiple methods and see which one is the most suitable and least complicated for you. 

However, let me inform you that there are tents that are designed to be connected with other tents. Brands like Coleman, for instance, have these particular tents that use special mechanisms for hassle-free attachments. You are free to choose them. But at the same time, keep in mind that they do come with a cost. But if you think that the price is just right, then go for them!

I hope that you find this guide useful. For inquiries, feel free to ask me in the comment section below!

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