Inner Tents Buyers Guide - What Are They? Are They Any Good?

If you own an awning, whether it be a fixed or driveaway, one thing you might not think you’ll need is an awning inner tent. But what are they?

An inner tent is a structure that fits inside your awning or bedroom annexe to create an extra room for storage or sleeping in. However, although they are designed to make additional sleeping space, they aren’t 100% essential for nights away. But they do help.




Provides extra privacy

Most, if not all, awnings have see-through panels on them. Adding an inner tent into your awning with add some extra privacy when it goes dark so you can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.


Reduces light

Due to the sheer paneling and overall fabric of an awning, when the morning rolls around, you’ll be greeted by daylight – not ideal when you fancy staying in bed a little longer. Fitting an inner tent in your awning will help block out some of the light


Minimizes draughts

Awnings are the best at insulating and retaining heat, making them not the warmest place to sleep. However, sleeping in an inner tent within your awning can help you stay warmer at night as they add an extra layer of protection from any draughts.


Extra barrier against bugs and pests

When caravanning and camping season is in full swing you are guaranteed to come across plenty of bugs and pests – they must enjoy the hot, summer weather as well. And with the bugs, come the bug bites. But, with the help of an inner tent, you have an extra barrier to keep any insects out. Or at least out of where you will be sleeping.



Types of inner tents 

Just like there are different types of awnings, there are also different types of inner tents. From universal to model specific, from the Quest pop up to the Vango free standing inner tents – there is something for everyone’s need.

Model specific inner tents are those that are designed to fit into a specific awning. Popular model specific inner tents include the SunnCamp Swift and the Starcamp Magnum Air Force. Both types fit perfectly into their matching awning, so you don’t have to worry about measuring for the perfect size.

Pop ups, like the Quest 2-Berth Pop Up Inner Tent, are what basically what they say on the tin. They are quick and effortless to assemble and pack away and are compact and lightweight making them easy to store when not in use.


Free standing inner tents, like the Vango Free Standing Bedroom, are like pop ups as they are also quick and easy to assemble. But free-standing inner tents have a stronger structure and feel more secure.


Tips for buying an inner tent 


When buying an inner tent, it may not be as easy as just picking one off the shelf. There are a few things you need to consider to make sure the inner tent you choose is perfect for you.


Check if your awning has a matching inner tent

Depending on which awning you have, there may be an inner tent that is specifically designed for it. This means they will fit snugly into your awning, and you won’t have to worry about whether it will fit.


Decide how many people will use it

If you are wanting to sleep multiple people in the inner tent, there is no point in buying one that is too small, or too big. You want one that fits the amount of people perfectly. The most common options are two or three berths which give plenty of room for up to 3 people.


Measure your awning and decide which type would best suit you

If you are going for a universal inner tent, you will have to measure to make sure it will fit inside your awning. This will help ensure that the inner tent you are wanting, will be the best for you and your awning.



So, if you are interested in getting an inner tent to add some extra sleeping space in your awning, make sure to do your research into which would be best for you.