Frame Tent Vs. Pole Tent
What Is The Difference Between A Pole Tent & Frame Tent?
A Pole Tent is anchored in the ground by
staking. This maximizes the tension and creates a
nice, taut appearance.  Within this category are also
found the dramatic, sweeping tents with taller poles.
These are sometimes called high-peak tension tents,
and offer customers wonderful interior views as well
as strongly engineered tents capable of handling
substantial wind, rain or snow loads.
Frame Tents are advantageous for
applications that require the maximum usage of space
under the tent top. The vinyl tent top is secured to a
tent frame, jointed together by steel fittings, which is
erected and supported by frame legs around the
perimeter eliminating the need for center poles.  A
frame tent is more self-supporting, but the biggest
misconception is that a frame tent doesn't need to be
staked.  While this can be accomplished with a few
well-placed stakes, more often than not, it is
accomplished with concrete blocks -- creating a far
greater eyesore than the stakes.  Another significant
difference between frame tents and pole tents is the
price. Frame tents are more time-consuming to install
and often cost more. Another major difference -- and
one of great concern to the client -- is the aesthetics.
A pole tent has classic lines, graceful peaks and dips.
It is unfettered and clean underneath. Frame tents
may eliminate the need for center poles, but looking
up from under a frame tent, one sees a mass of
aluminum piping. On the other hand, frame tents
allow for greater interior decorating.