DIY Tent Stakes

If you’ve lost your tent stakes put them away or just need to anchor your tent to the ground, without staking it We have some alternatives for you.

We asked tent campers with experience what their most popular tent stake alternative was and found 3 of the most effective ways for securing your tent.

Let’s go!

Ways to Secure a Tent Without Stakes

To ensure that your tent is secured without stakes you can weight the tent down using logs or rocks, or secure your tent with a branch or other heavy object, or even make your own stakes for your tent using sticks.

The choice you make will depend on the options at your disposal while camping.

Let’s take a look at these options and discover how best to use each.

Use Heavy Objects to Weigh the Tent Down

The first, and most frequently asked question we received from our fellow campers was to put a tent on the ground.

In general, you’ll need collect logs, rocks, or firewood close to the campsite, and make use of them to serve as camp weights to anchor the tent against the earth.

The same principle is employed to attach a canopy tent gazebo, or tent indoors when a stake isn’t necessary. Only difference that in the latter cases, they generally make use of special weight bags for tents or sandbags. We use the materials we see in the natural world.

There are several ways to make use of these objects to keep the tent:

  1. If the length is long enough you want, you can attach stake loops around the log or rock. My experience is that, however stake loops aren’t often long enough for this.
  2. Set the logs or rocks around the outside that is the outside of your tent. This can be a bit more difficult on the tent’s material, but it’s efficient. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t sharp or pointed edges on the rocks or logs which could cut the tent’s body.
  3. The logs or rocks should be placed in the tent on its perimeter (or at the very least, at those corners). Make sure that the weights of your tent are of regular shape and don’t have sharp or pointed edges. Also, make sure they’re free of dirt and bugs if you bring them into your tent.

The most appealing aspect of this method is that it needs nothing more than the basics you will find in the natural world.

And it can be applied to any surface from cement to sand.

A tent’s weight is the most effective way to ensure that a tent is secured on concrete or other hard surfaces since it permits you to anchor the tent without damaging the floor. If you have enough weight the tent should be able to remain in place during high winds or bad storms.

Secure the Tent Tie the Tent Down

Secure a tent with no stakes is also possible by anchoring the tent to a larger object such as trees, bushes or even your car in the event that you are able to park your vehicle close to your campsite.

This is my favorite method for fixing a tent onto decks, since it is easy to attach each stake loop onto the deck board.

Ways to Tie a Tent Down

  1. At least two anchor points in order to securely secure your tent. It is recommended to have more. If you only tie the tent’s corner to a tree, it could nevertheless blow up and tear.
  2. Use your stake loops on your tent as tie points to secure your tent. Also, the higher the amount of tie-points that you utilize it will make your tent more secure.
  3. If you are able to locate only one anchor point, place your tent in the closest position to it. The less distance between the tent and the anchor point, the more secure the tent will be.

The disadvantages of this method are that one) you’ll require rope and two) you’ll require several anchor points. If you’ve got both this is an efficient method.

Make DIY Tent Stakes

Another option for securing your tent when you don’t have stakes for your tent is to build your own wooden stakes for your tent!

How do you build an erecting stake for a tent?

  1. Gather and collect some sticks. The ideal length for your sticks should approximately a foot long and you’ll need at least one for each stake loop in your tent for camping.
  2. Utilizing a knife, you can whittle the point at one edge of the stick.
  3. On the other side, carve out a notch that you can attach the guy line.
  4. Then, at the end that is pointed, make multiple cuts into the stick. This will allow the stake to stay in place in high winds.

Is It Necessary to Stake Your Tent?

It is not necessary to stake a tent during moderate weather conditions. However, winds are unpredictable and can cause damage to your tent in the event that it’s not staked, or burdened. Therefore, even though stakes might not be required however, they’re an excellent option to protect your tent from getting damaged or destroyed by wind.

Read the guide we have for the best way to utilize stakes for tents for suggestions on how to secure a tent various types of ground (sand snow, sand soft soil.). Make sure you have the correct stakes by following our guide on the top stakes for your tent for every scenario.

By Anthony Paton

Anthony Paton, the outdoorsman who loves to report all sorts of interesting stories about camping in Great Britain. He's based out London and doesn't get much time for himself these days because work commitments keep him away on occasion but does what he can with what little free time there is.

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