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The 6 Best Custom Canopy Tent Companies of 2022

The 6 Best Custom Canopy Tent Companies of 2022

Andrew Dodson /// 02/15/2022

There’s no shortage of companies to choose from when shopping for a custom canopy tent for your next event. Search engine results show you everything from the big box stores, like Amazon and Wal-Mart, to companies like us — TentCraft — specifically focused on professional custom tents and structures.


If this is your first time shopping for a custom-branded tent, the experience can feel a bit overwhelming. You’re bombarded with technical specs and tent lingo that likely means nothing to you, and all you want to know is which tent company is best for me and my business?


We get it. And we want to help.


With more than 15 years in the tent industry under our belts, we know a thing or two about this industry and what the different companies offer. And as the only company that solely manufactures the actual tent frame in the U.S. — Traverse City, Michigan, to be exact — and using raw material sourced from the U.S., we feel like we bring an expertise in highlighting our fellow competitors, all to help you make the best possible purchase.


It’s important to note that a majority of the pop-up canopy industry imports its frames from overseas — mostly from China. TentCraft is the only company that manufactures its tent frames in the U.S. and follows a build-to-order business model. That commitment to American manufacturing and producing high-quality, durable solutions that last a REALLY long time is a big reason why so many businesses trust TentCraft.


But TentCraft isn’t a good fit for everyone. Sometimes our prices don’t fit your budget. Or our solutions might be overkill for what you’re trying to accomplish. That’s OK! We’re more concerned about finding a good fit than we are landing a sale.


When that’s the case, we’re asked, “If I don’t go with TentCraft, who would you recommend?” Well, in no particular order, here’s who we would point you toward:


ExtremeCanopy




  • Founded in 2003 (19 years)
  • Headquarters: Huntington Beach, California; Australia, New Zealand
  • Frame manufacturing base: China
  • Tent Products: Pop-ups, frame tents, inflatable tents, shade umbrellas

Extreme Canopy is part of Extreme Group, which is in California, New Zealand, and Australia. The group manufactures its tent frames in China inside a 75,000-square-foot production facility named Extreme Tent Technology Co. and then imports frames to Europe, Australia, America, the Middle East, and Asia. The custom-printed canopies are printed in-house in California for those ordering in the United States.


Extreme caters to a wide array of customers, from recreation consumers to commercial clients. Their recreational pop-up tents use steel hexagonal leg profiles and come in three sizes. Their commercial and professional models utilize a stronger and lighter aluminum framework (see steel vs. aluminum frames) and start at about $1,275. Extreme pop-up tents come in eight different sizes.


In addition to a lineup of frame tents geared toward larger events and inflatable tents in a bevy of designs, Extreme is also a big seller of shade umbrellas. That lineup includes consumer umbrellas for patios to custom-printed commercial options.


Ins’Tent




  • Founded in 1997 (25 years)
  • Headquarters: Huntington Beach, California
  • Frame manufacturing base: Overseas
  • Tent Products: Pop-ups, frame tents, inflatable tents, shade umbrellas

Ins’Tent is a business-to-business custom canopy seller based in California. Since 1997, this family-owned business has offered four main pop-up tent frames. The company imports its tent frames and assembles them at their California production facility. An in-house graphic design and sewing team handles the fabrication of the custom canopy material.


The company’s “good” model is made from powder-coated steel, while its “best” model uses a 2mm-thick anodized aluminum frame with a 50mm diameter hexagonal leg. The frame comes with a 5-year warranty.


Ins’Tent only offers three sizes of pop-up tents, according to its website: 10x10; 10x15; and 10x20. The sizes can come with various configurations of walls, tables, and flags.


Ins’Tent also offers custom-printed frame tents (The Marquee) for larger events.

The company also runs a wholesale business, giving distributors access to a wholesale portal to expand their reach.


Mastertent




  • Founded in 1993 (29 years)
  • U.S. Headquarters: North Carolina
  • Frame manufacturing base: Europe
  • Tent Products: Pop-up tents, inflatable tents, pavilions

As the former North American partner to Mastertent, we know their products and business pretty well. Manufacturing is done across Europe; their U.S. business is handled out of North Carolina.


The company offers a bevy of professional pop-up canopies for the event industry that come in 12 different sizes.


The S1 is the company’s heavy-duty model, utilizing a full aluminum frame and joints, 2” leg diameter with 2.5mm aluminum walls, and stainless steel footpads. The tent comes with a 5-year warranty. The company offers less heavy-duty models as well. The Series 3, for instance, uses a square leg profile with a thinner aluminum wall.


Mastertent doesn’t sell frame tents, but does offer custom-printed pavilions with a handful of design layouts, including hexagonal and octagonal. It also sells a lineup of inflatable tents.


KD Kanopy




  • Founded 30+ years ago
  • Headquarters: Denver, Colorado
  • Frame manufacturing base: Overseas
  • Tent Products: Pop-up tents, frame tents

KD Kanopy sells everything from recreational pop-up tents (10x10 steel frames) to aluminum frames with hexagonal leg profiles for commercial clients. It also sells a frame tent model that ranges from 10x10 to 20x50.


The company prints and fabricates its canopy material in Denver, but imports its frames from overseas.


There isn’t much information about the company on its website.


E-Z UP


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  • Founded in 1983 (39 years)
  • Headquarters: Huntington Beach, California
  • Frame manufacturing base: China/Overseas
  • Tent Products: Pop-up tents

When it comes to the pop-up tent industry, there’s no name bigger than E-Z UP. What started as a small business in a California garage has grown into a massive, worldwide business. The company has such great name recognition that people often use the word pop-up tent and E-Z Up Tent interchangeably.


The company manufactures most of its pop-up tent products in Hong Kong, China.


While the company is primarily geared toward consumers looking for a cheap shelter (for their backyard or at the kid’s weekend soccer tournament), it also makes a number of pop-up tent models designated as “business solutions” that can be custom printed.


In terms of price, E-Z UP is the cheapest option on the market since they focus more on high volume (you can purchase their canopies at big box stores like Walmart and Lowes) instead of build-to-order solutions.


TentCraft




  • Founded in 2007 (15 years)
  • Headquarters: Traverse City, Michigan
  • Frame manufacturing base: Traverse City, Michigan
  • Tent Products: Pop-up tents, frame tents, truss, inflatable, geodesic dome, tent accessories (flags, table covers, etc.)

Oh, hey! That’s us.


We don’t particularly like tooting our own horn. Still, we are confident enough to say we’re a viable option for businesses looking for a company that can deliver high-quality, custom event- and industry-related structures in a really short amount of time.


We’re also confident in the lifespan of our products. Our heavy-duty pop-up tent, MONARCHTENT, comes with a lifetime frame warranty.


And if “made in America” is important to you, we’re a no-brainer.



If you’re interested in learning more about our company, or even want a video walk-through of our production facility with one of our sales reps, send us a note and tell us what you need for your next event. We can’t wait to help.


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.