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LifeInTents Fernweh Canvas Bell Tent


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A Luxury Canvas Bell Tent

LifeInTents has engineered the 16-foot & 19-Foot LiT Fernweh canvas bell tent to be both a beauty and a beast. Quickly pop it up in your backyard or pitch it for a season on your property as a cozy, waterproof cabin tent.
Made with the heaviest canvas on the market, the brute strength of the thick-plied double weave 11.5 oz (390 gsm) Army duck cotton canvas, will hold up in all seasons and last for generations.  The natural light-colored fabric provides an elegance that can’t be matched by another 5M or 6M bell tent in the wild. We like to say it’s adurable (adorable + durable).
Oh, and what’s with the name?  Well Fernweh [PRON “FERN – way”] is German for farsickness – the opposite of homesickness - or a longing to break free and travel.

Learn how to set-up a bell tent.


  • Thickest and strongest 11.5oz (390 gsm) weighted canvas on the market.
  • 360 degree double sidewall can unzip & roll-up to reveal bug-free tent mesh screen for ventilation OR also unzip & roll-up mesh wall to let all of nature in.
  • More interior room around the edges with 29.5” or 31" tall sidewalls.
  • Waterproof & fire-resistant DoekTecTM canvas.
  • Exclusive outer wall poles create greater form, function - reducing canvas wall drooping.
    • Loads of room! The 16’ (5M) diameter provides 212 square feet of space. Room for up to 2 queen beds or 8 sleeping bags. 
  •  The 19’6" (6M) diameter provides 289 square ft. of room. Enough for up to 2 King beds or 12 sleeping bags.
  • Fully enclosed (and removable) bell tent floor keeps you dry in standing water.
  • 4 screened large windows and door can be zipped open or closed.
  • Bring in electrical or solar power through the dedicated rear zippered cord entry.
  • 2 sewn-in interior storage pockets to store your stuff.

East Set-Up

Our bell tents are a breeze to set-up - taking as little as 20 minutes. All you need is a hammer and flat ground (ideally). First stake the ground pegs around the floor, then add the center and door poles, and finally stake out the guy line ropes. Yep, it's that simple.

Size Comparison:

 16 Foot (5 Meter) 19 Foot (6 Meter)
Diameter (unstaked) 16' 4" 19' 4"
Diameter (with ropes) ~23' ~26'
Center of Ceiling 9' 8" 11' 4.5"
Door Height 5' 6" 5' 10"
Wall Height 29.5" 31"
Sleeping Bags 8 12
Cots (comfortably) 4 5
Cots (max) 6 8
Queens (comfortably) 1 3
Queens (max) 2 4
  • Industry leading 11.5 oz. (390 gsm) weighted canvas bell tent!
  • Dye-free, 100% natural cotton canvas - marine boat shrunk.
  • Mildew, UV and rot resistant canvas finish (reapplication likely needed after 180 days of use).
  • Enclosed floor made of a waterproof PVC 19 oz. rip stop material.
  • Built-in 5-inch ceiling stove jack for adding wood stove. You can adjust this yourself fit up to a 6” stove pipe.
  • Withstands wind guests over 50 mph!
  • Treated for flame retardancy to meet CPAO-84 standards.
  • Durable SBS zippers on both canvas and mesh doors.
  • Waterproof storage bag with side straps for easier transportation + durable SBS zipper.
  • Includes Fernweh Field Guide user manual (of course!).
  • Sorry, we do not currently offer in-house tent customizations.

16' (5M) Fernweh Canvas Bell Tent

  • 9'8" metal center pole includes 2 hooks for hanging clothes and gear.

  • 1 x center pole and 1 x door poles made of galvanized steel, coated in brass. (bamboo poles no longer available)

  • 11 x aluminum outer wall poles to help with structural integrity and function of the roof eaves. 

  • 12 x 10" (10mm) powerfully secure rebar stakes - tough enough to penetrate rocks.
  • 12 x 8" (6mm) bell tent stakes.
  • 12 x 6mm thick and reflective guy line ropes include aluminum sliders to tighten the canvas structure.
  • Bell Tent Footprint: 16’4" Diameter. See the floor measurements image.
  • Staked bell tent footprint: 25’-30’ is best for the guy lines
  • Center height: 9’8”
  • Door height: 5’6”
  • Wall height: 29.5”
  • Packed tent bag measures: 45” x 15” x 15”

19' (6M) Fernweh Canvas Bell Tent

  • 11'4" metal center pole has 2 hooks for hanging decor or gear.
  • 1 x center pole and 1 x door poles made of brass coated, galvanized steel. 
  • 3 x aluminum outer wall poles to help with structural integrity and water drainage
  • 14 x 10" (10mm) powerfully strong rebar stakes.
  • 14 x 8" (6mm) metal tent pegs.
  • 14 x 6mm reflective guy line ropes include aluminum sliders to tighten the canvas structure.
  • Tent Footprint: 19.5' Diameter.
  • Staked bell tent footprint: 35’ is best for the guy lines
  • Center height: 11'4.5"
  • Wall height: 31”
  • Packed tent bag measures: 45” x 15” x 15” (with poles removed)


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