Tents For Every Size Garden

When you haven’t got your pick of the pitches or you’re setting up camp in your own backyard, the size of your tent is everything. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying a night under canvas. We want everyone to experience sleeping under the stars, so whether you’re contending with a crowded campsite, an inner-city patch or can enjoy sprawling lawns, here’s our expert guide to finding a tent for every pitch, whatever size. 


If you don’t have the luxury of a large lawn, you might be wondering how you’re going to pitch up in a narrow terrace garden, a courtyard or even your living room! Luckily, we’ve been there, trying to squeeze our tents into the smallest of spaces, so have a few ideas of what might fit best. 


For just one or two people, there are plenty of options for backpacking or family-style camping, perfect for pitching up at home or away. Here are a few of our favourites:

Vango Soul 100 (1 person)

An ideal starter tent that can be pitched in just 7 minutes thanks to its simple two-pole structure. Perfect for campers who want to minimise pitching time and make the most of being outdoors. Total area: 25,000cm²

Easy Camp Comet 200 (2 person)

Lightweight and easy to pitch with sturdy fibreglass poles and a sewn-in groundsheet. Comfortable to live in with a handy hanging point for a lantern and roof vent for ample ventilation. Total area: 28,700cm²

Regatta Malawi 2 (2 person)

Quick to pitch, the Malawi is a great option for festival goers and weekend campers. Features include a durable sewn-in groundsheet and a flysheet made from Hydrafort fabric to keep out wet weather. Total area: 32,200cm²


If you’ve got a bit more space to play with but not enough to host your whole family, try some of these 2 and 3-person tents out for size. Lightweight and easy to pitch, these expert picks from Vango fall into our ‘backpacking’ category but could just as easily be pitched in your backyard.

Vango Soul 200 (2 person)

An ideal starter tent that can be pitched in just 7 minutes thanks to its simple two-pole structure. Perfect for campers who want to minimise pitching time and make the most of being outdoors. Total area: 35,360cm²

Vango Tay 200 (2 person)

Its dome design makes the Tay an easy to pitch but stable tent. Perfect for young explorers or short adventures. Total area: 35,360cm²

Vango Soul 300 (3 person)

Ideal starter tent for those exploring their spirit of adventure. Simple 2 pole construction that’s easy to pitch. Perfect for adventurers who wish to minimise pitching time and make the most of the great outdoors. Total area: 37,800cm²

Vango Tay 300 (3 person)

Simple and quick inner first pitching allows the tent to be used without the flysheet in warm climates. The dome style and gothic arch pole provides strength, stability in adverse weather and spacious headroom. Total area: 54,150cm²


If you’ve got a more generous garden or outdoor space, you can branch out to larger, more functional designs with more features and space too. Great for a bigger family camp out or longer trips away. 

Vango Beta 350XL (3 person)

3-Pole tunnel tent with generous sleeping space combined with a large, functional porch for storing equipment. Feature-packed and ideal as a weekend tent but also for longer trips. Total area: 95,700cm²

Vango Spey 400+ (4 person)

3-pole tent suited to multiple activities with a large porch, perfect for storing kit or relaxing in. Total area: 96,900cm²


If you’re lucky enough to have large garden with ample space to pitch a tent, you’ll have your pick of shapes, sizes and designs to choose from. But, if you’re not sure what to look for or where to start, here are a couple of our expert recommendations: 

Outwell Earth 4 (4 person)

Practical tent that’s easy to pitch and will keep you protected from the elements. Spacious porch for storage and tinted windows let in light yet retain privacy, while great ventilation increases airflow and minimises condensation. Total area: 106,600cm²

Vango Beta 450XL (4 person)

This 3-pole tunnel tent has a generous sleeping space combined with a large functional porch. Ideal for campers seeking space and comfort for the whole family. Total area: 127,200cm²

Finally, here are some top tips on how to make the most of the space you have, straight from our camping experts:


• If you can’t peg your guy lines out, try tying them to weights or large rocks, or even trees or posts – anything that offers a bit of tension 


• If you’re camping in a courtyard or don’t have a lawn, make sure you have a good quality sleeping mat or airbed for a comfortable night’s sleep, and pad the floor of the tent with yoga mats or blankets


• Make sure you know how much space you have available before you try to pitch – get that tape measure out!


• If your garden has a slope, make sure you sleep with your head facing uphill


First-timer? Check out our expert’s guide to pitching up like a pro.

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