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Can You Buy a Custom Blackout Canopy Tent?

Andy Belanger /// 02/17/2022

As an innovator in the custom canopy tent space, we hear from a wide range of customers who hope to use our tents and structures for a host of applications — they can be used for WAY more than just a shelter from the sun!

Over the last year, we’ve heard from a handful of customers who inquired about purchasing black-out canopy tents.

My name’s Andy Belanger, a product specialist at TentCraft who answers countless tent-related questions every day, including ones about blackout-style tents.

Before we jump into specifics, it’s important to note the difference between a blackout tent and a dark-out tent — we deal with both. A blackout tent is a single wall of black Duranti 600D Polyester fabric, which is thick to block out light, but it’s still going to allow in some light. A dark-out tent requires us to double-up our walls, which does a really good job of preventing any light leak inside the tent. Customers tend to use the words blackout and dark-out interchangeably, so I’ll shed some light on both options — no pun intended!

Why do customers want a blackout canopy tent?

Customers want a blackout canopy tent for two main reasons: Aesthetics and very specific applications.

The completely blacked-out look — especially when combined with a black anodized aluminum frame — looks really nice. This is a great option if you showcase a product and don’t want the tent to distract from the product itself.

Customers looking for a tent that’s completely dark inside (a dark-out tent) typically have a specific application they’re looking to accomplish. We worked with a company that needed a mobile solution for testing LIDAR technology. Video gaming businesses have worked with us to develop blacked-out solutions for video game streamers.

I can imagine trade show vendors showcasing glow-in-the-dark products or who want to create a more dramatic setup for their customers.

If you need a mobile solution that needs to be dark inside and can be set up and taken down in under 10 minutes, a blackout canopy pop-up tent is the perfect option.

What are some benefits of a blackout tent that aren’t as obvious?

Many people don’t realize that blacked-out tents are easier to keep clean than white tents.

But the biggest benefit is the tent’s ability to stand out. Most pop-up tents at events have white canopies with a logo on them, so it really pops when you see a blacked-out tent with a black frame.

Are There Any Downsides of a Blackout Tent?

One downside of a completely dark blackout canopy tent is its weight. Since the walls are doubled up to prevent light from leaking in, it is slightly heavier than a standard pop-up tent with walls.

How Do You Make a Blackout Canopy Tent?

A close-up of TentCraft's blacked out 600D Polyester canopy fabric.

A completely dark blacked-out tent requires double-sided walls and roofs. In between the two wall layers, we also add a liner that helps keep light out.

Our largest challenge with blackout tents is the production time because it doubles fabrication time for our sewers.

Can you truly blackout a tent?

Yes and no. A blacked-out tent will still have some light come through; a dark-out tent will do a really good job at achieving that pitch-black sensation.

How much does a blackout canopy tent cost?

Your final price is going to depend on the size of your tent, any additional printing, and if you opt for double walls for a dark-out tent. Expect to pay between $3,000-$5,500 for a 10x10 MONARCHTENT, which is our heavy-duty pop-up tent.

Learn More About Custom Blackout Tents

Ready to explore a custom blackout tent solution? Reach out to TentCraft today to learn more.

About TentCraft

We’re more than just custom pop up tents — TentCraft is a premium fabricator of all things experiential marketing and outdoor advertising. If it combines metal, fabric and print our team of skilled craftsmen can transform any napkin sketch or wild idea into a fully realized project. Serving the biggest brands on the planet as well as your local High School, if you want the perfect blend of quality and American craftsmanship, we’ve got you covered.