Fixing a Stretch Tent to Concrete and Walls

How hard is it to attach a Stretch Tent to Concrete and Walls?

We all know how quick and simple stretch tents are to set up on grass. Lay your stretch tent out, determine where the pegs go and in no time they’re in the ground and your stretch tent is starting to take shape!


But what happens if it’s on concrete or against a wall?

Well, believe it or not it’s just as simple, all you need is a bracket and some bolts.

Using a 12mm /15/32” size Dynabolt or Sleeve Anchor and a Galvanised steel Angle Bracket is all you need to safely anchor your tent to concrete or brickwork.

Angle Bracket Steel
Angle Bracket Steel

Use the same steps as if you were on grass:

  1. Lay out your tent in the position you desire.
  2. Mark where you want the anchor points.
  3. Drill and anchor the brackets.
  4. Attach a carabiner clip.
  5. Start to erect your stretch tent.
Stretch Tent attached to concrete floor
Stretch Tent attached to concrete floor

You can then apply the same method if you were attaching to a brick or timber wall or a roof!

Stretch Tent attached to wall
Stretch Tent attached to wall

If attaching to timber just replace the Dynabolt or Sleeve Anchor with a Coach screw.

Coach Screw for Timber
Coach Screw for Timber

Once you have finished using your stretch tent, just remove the bracket and bolt and it’s like you were never there.

These methods are fast and strong and will allow you to enjoy your stretch tent in any situation.

Angle Bracket attached to concrete
Angle Bracket


Stretch Tents – Year End Look Back 2017

Super Custom Stretch Tent Projects

With the end of 2017 fast approaching, let’s look back at some of our custom stretch tent projects that left a lasting impression on us!

Custom Stretch Tent for SEAM - School in a box
Custom Stretch Tent for SEAM – School in a box

Read how SEAM created a School-in-a-Box concept – educational resource materials (library, computers etc) are stored in a small central box which is secure and weather-proof. When open, shelving and a fold-out work space for the computers is revealed. And this is where Stretch Structures come in: all school materials are protected by a super-durable, weather resistant tent with retro-fitted guttering system which not only looks good, but works to collect rain water.

Scallywags Custom Stretch Tent used as a Stage
Scallywags Custom Stretch Tent used as a Stage

Read how the ultimate travelling band, The Scallywags run their own event, Field Good Music, as well as appearing all over the UK. And with them all the way is their trusty bright yellow Bedouinflex Stretch Tent attached to their tour bus – their signature draw card!

Wood of a Kind Stage and Custom Stretch Tent Cover
Wood of a Kind Stage and Custom Stretch Tent Cover

Read how Tommy Lyle of Wood of a Kind builds environmentally friendly wooden stages for festival clients and chose Bedouinflex Premium stretch fabric for the custom canopy of the stage in order to insulate and waterproof the wooden structure. The concept: the stage needed to be permanent, but the waterproof canopy would be assembled and disassembled according to the up-coming event.

Custom Stretch Tent & Truss for Jaguar XE launch @ Australian F1 Grand Prix
Custom Stretch Tent & Truss for Jaguar XE launch @ Australian F1 Grand Prix

Read how the Jaguar XE was launched @ the Australian F1 Grand Prix under a Stretch Tent and Truss. The client brief: “the largest, most impactful brand exposure possible – as eye-catching as the car!” The stage truss structure for Jaguar provided dynamic design and the tasteful combination of precision stitched leather, chrome and highly polished alloy surfaces.


Christmas Event Structures and Decor

With Christmas just around the corner here at SMFS we have a great deal of experience in creating innovative and eye catching Christmas products and event structures.  A range always popular is our inflatable snow globes and ever popular stretch lycra Christmas tree.


Inflatable Christmas Present Cube
Inflatable Christmas Present Cube







Christmas event decor and structures
Christmas event decor and structures

With a broad range of standard one dimensional and 3 dimensional designs stretch shapes are lightweight, easy to install and collapsible for easy shipping. Hanging and free standing models are available in a broad range of designs, and you’ll be surprised at how reasonably priced they are.

For more information visit or contact us

(AUS) Tel: +61 2 8916 6231
(UK) Tel: +44 20 3769 5402
(US) Tel: +1 213 401 2531
(NZ) Tel: +64 9 951 9917

Pop up inflatable event structures

Summer months are a key focus for us on outdoor events and structures. The current trend is for pop up structures for outdoor events, expos, shops and restaurants.

However we still find a great deal of excitement in the challenges presented in designing creative, attractive and functional indoor structures. A recent example of this was an updated design for the modular inflatable Health Check booth for the Victor Chang Institute. The Health Check Booth was launched in 2010, and as a community program by the Victor Chang Institute it helps people to focus on and understand some of the basic risk factors that could affect their heart. The modular inflatable booth is a fully mobile and portable service and can be set-up in a range of shapes in any convenient location.

Victor Chang Inflatable pop up booth
Victor Chang Inflatable pop up booth


Inflatable Pop up booth
Health Check inflatable booth


Pop-up booth
CAD design for Inflatable pop-up booth


Inflatable booth for the Victor Chang Health Checks

Further information on the booths and the Victor Chang Institute can be found here

Product Special – Event Inflatable Spheres

Exhibitions, product awareness and the WOW factor? …. if this is what you are after then our inflatable spheres are a great addition to any marketing plan. We can produce a vast range of sizes starting at 600mm and complimented by our easy branding options with your logos or other artwork. Discounts available for 5 or more.

Inflatable event spheres
Inflatable event and promotional spheres

Stretch Tent Setup Instructions

Setup Instructions

Stretch Tents are incredibly versatile, hence there are so many different setup configurations to choose from. This is why they are perfect for any event! Check out our helpful Stretch Tent setup instructions in the below video.

Common Questions

Customers often ask us questions like:

  • What size tent should we buy?
  • What shapes can we create?
  • How many riggers are required to install our Stretch Tent?
  • How many people can be seated vs standing?

The answer to any of these questions depends on the size of your tent and event. We have created various Sizing Graphs in an attempt to answer the majority of your questions, and be sure to visit our Sizing Gallery with ‘real life’ examples of Stretch Tent installations.

For more information please Contact Us

Spooky Inspirations from Stretch Structures

Halloween is a day (and night) filled with fun, plenty of candy and perhaps even a few spine-chilling moments (is that a White-Walker in the bushes?).

People tend to go a little overboard when it comes to decorating – and why not? This is where we can help out and perhaps provide a little bit of structural inspiration.

As you may know, we have a variety of structures at our ‘one-stop-shop:  but we’d like to take this opportunity to show you some structures that may lend themselves to your Halloween celebrations.

These lycra structures reflect any light being cast upon them, making for a somewhat eerie glow.

This bright orange Stretch Tent has been further enhanced with internal lights and spooky, Halloween inspired lights projected on the surrounding trees.

Our AXION range of structures are available in oranges, purples or straight black. Add side walls and print a few ghoulie type images and your set for a spooky night.

Last word: We were talking about structures, yes, but as a parting shot, consider these internal lit airflow inflatable lights. Follow the link for more information:

Custom-made Stretch Tent Services

Stretch Structures have had the privilege of working with amazing clients to design and deliver incredible custom-made stretch tent structures. We thought we’d share a few with you and walk through our process for custom designs. Interested? It’s all about making your dream become a reality – if you dream it, we can build it.

Xstrata SMI - Stretch Tent Custom Pavilion
Xstrata SMI – Stretch Tent Custom Pavilion

For custom design-build projects, we use a 5 stage process:

  • Stage 1 – Engagement and client briefing
  • Stage 2 – Initial design engagement with artists impression to scale with elevations, for client approval
  • Stage 3 – 3D mock-up on the computer and final pricing
  • Stage 4 – Pattern and manufacture
  • Stage 5 – Art work
Wee Green Cinema, Take One Action Film Festivals - Clearspan Custom Stretch tent
Wee Green Cinema, Take One Action Film Festivals – Clearspan Custom Stretch Tent

We provide Stage 1 as a free engagement service to enable us to understand the project, determine if we can assist you and provide a broad-based estimate.  There is then a charge of 10%  to proceed with Stage 2.  Payment terms are then 50% to proceed into detailed design and production with the remainder due prior to delivery and installation.

Larapinta Trail - Custom Shaped Stretch Tent
Larapinta Trail – Custom Shaped Stretch Tent

What is and isn’t included in the estimated price: 

  1. Full design and engineering of concept structure – included in price.
  2. Surveying the site (where possible) – included in price.
  3. Support frame structure manufactured – included in price.
  4. Fabric patterning and artwork – included in price.
  5. Foundation/Staging installed – not included
  6. Installation – organized crew arrive on site to install the structure  – not included

From this information, you should be able to get a good pricing estimate to see if we are in the ballpark. If so – next steps:

  1. A design meeting to set the scope and define the design brief.
  2. Get confirmation of intent through 10% deposit
  3. Start design drawings and engineering and firm up on a fixed price.
Rochford Wine Estate - Custom Stretch Tent
Rochford Wine Estate – Custom Shaped Stretch Tent

There are a broad range of options for structures including but not limited to:

  • Installation Services – Training or Activation (via a third party)
  • Flooring (broad range of options including integrated flooring)
  • Coloured Fabrics
  • Branding – full colour CMYK + White digital printing
  • Internal fit out
  • Truss Support System
  • Ballast Systems – Internal or external options
  • Lighting
  • Blower noise reduction system (for inflatables only)
  • Road cases/stillages

Contact Us to discuss your options.


Our 4 top tips to brainstorming creative ideas for your events

Lycra Exhibition Dome
Lycra Exhibition Dome

Here at Stretch Structures, we always say that your imagination is your only limitation. We love providing our customers with exciting products that are a result of their creativity and vision. It’s always fun to deliver a product that simply started as a seed of an idea!

So let’s have some fun with different ways to brainstorm creative ideas for your next event!

  1. Mind mapping                                                                            

This brainstorming technique has been around for ages and is known as a great way to allow your brain to let lose. Science has proven that the combination of text and pictures is more effective than words alone, plus it provides an easy way to see associations and connections between ideas. Mind mapping begins with a central idea in the middle of the page and then allows your brain to expand ideas from there. For a great explanation of this useful tool, check out the Life Hack blog on mind mapping here.

Shapes for Fashion Show

Halloween done the Stretch Way
Lycra Stretch Shapes

Inflatable Climbing Wall
Giant Climbing Wall
  1. New environment                                      

Switch up your environment to switch up your thinking. Things like sound, smell, and colors can impact our creativity and ignite new centers in the brain. Many companies hold retreats in various locations just for this reason. It’s also why it’s always a great idea to get out of the office at lunch or step away from your desk every hour. So if you’re trying to create something new by sitting in the same old office, get yourself into a new space pronto!

Clear Roof Marquee
Clear Roof Marquee

Stretch tent merchandising booth
Custom Stretch Tent Merchandising Booth

Axion and Inflatable Pool Chill Out Zone
Axion & Pool Chill Out Zone
  1. Group or individual think tanks

Much like changing up your environment, change up how you approach brainstorming with others. If you’re used to having group meetings, try the separate approach this time and see what everyone creates on their own. If you typically go at it alone, get a group together to generate ideas. Again, this is about doing something different so you can produce different results.

Inflatable Flowers
Inflatable Flowers

Columbia University Funnels inflatable funnels
Columbia University Funnels

Inflatable Pink structure with hand bag door
Inflatable Cube & Handbag
  1. Research               

See what’s out there! Check out Pinterest, Google other events, or check out some of the latest projects we’ve created for our customers. Sometimes seeing what’s already been done spurs your brain to expand and see what’s possible. With your new vision and ideas you can create something out of the box and customised that works for you.

Larapinta Trail custom Stretch Tent
Larapinta Trail                   Custom Stretch Tent

Branded Inflatable Misting Tunnel
Lipton Branded Inflatable    Misting Tunnel

Columbia University NY Suspended Cloud
Columbia University NY Suspended Cloud

These techniques will help jump start the creative process again and Stretch Structures can help you take that new idea from dream to reality.