This tent appears to need just 2 diagonal poles. How do I figure out what length diagonal poles I need for an 8 foot x 10 foot (footprint) tent, taking into account the radius of curvature?

Tent image one

Tent image two

  • Can you explain, via editing the question, wht those poles are, lying by the tent?
    – Martin F
    Commented Sep 22, 2018 at 1:16

1 Answer 1


Okay, it is a bit hard to tell the model, so here is the process you'll need.

  1. Stake the tent out. Any old stakes will do.
  2. With a semi-rigid pole (see below) push this pole through the loops/guides until it is taut.
  3. Mark and measure.
  4. Once you measure you can order poles from any of a number of sites that sell custom poles.

Semi-rigid poles that can work (depends on tent and diameter of pole)

  1. Ratan/Bamboo
  2. Fiberglass - You can buy very inexpensive fiberglass rods, just google around.
  • Thank you! I will do what you suggest. We also have some extra poles with no tent, and they're not a ready fit, but I can cut the length down a little for the right tension. You can put me on inactive, or whatever. Thanks again!
    – carma
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 21:43
  • Shouldn't you state that you must actually have "a semi-rigid pole" lying around, and that it is at least as long as the required missing pole?
    – Martin F
    Commented Sep 22, 2018 at 0:32

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