We get it – you don’t see Tipis every day, so you need to know exactly what to expect for your big day! That’s exactly why we have made a comprehensive list of all the important parts that make up a tipi, with full dimensions and tips on hangings and decorations!

EXTERIOR

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One Big Hat Tipi
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Link between two Tipis
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Smoke Hood
4
Main Entrance
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Low festoon walkway
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Chill-Out Tipi, with side windows
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Chill-out Linking Tunnel
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Big Hat Tipi

10 meters in diameter, and 8 meters high. It takes 1 day to build 1-4 tipis, and each individual hat can host up to 50 people seated and 70 standing. More space is created as more tipis are connected, so 2 tipis can seat up to 110, as the connecting space (2) between tipis creates more head space.
2

Link

The tipi canvass overlaps to connect 2 or more big hats. You do not have to think about this at all, our team will connect your tents in the appropriate way for the configuration that you choose.
3

Smoke Hood

The hood that is opened (usually by us) to allow ventilation of air for the fire pit if you have one.
4

Entrance

High, open and welcoming, this is the standard entrance. Depending on the shape and number of tipis that you choose, your entrance will look somewhat like this. If you are worried about the weather, it can be closed off and a wooden door or weatherproofing kit put in place. Your coordinator will let you know where the doors can be placed.
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Festoon Walkway

Festoon walkways give a real wow-factor to your entrance, and come as standard with middle and full works packages. It can be upgraded to tall walkways, in which the festoons zi-zag above head height!
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Chill-out Tipi

The chill-out is 6m in diameter (in comparison to the 10m big hat), and comes as part of any ‘full works’ Tipi package. What you use it for is up to you! Some like to have it as a bar, others use it as a relaxing space with soft furnishings, and we have even had a few parties where it was the designated kids tent!
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Tunnel

The Chill-Out tipi is connected directly to the main tents using a linking tunnel, so you are always under cover!

INTERIOR

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Main Beams
2
Ridge Pole
3
Perlins
4
Central Hanging Spot
5
Fire Pit Location
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Chill-out Linking Tunnel

Image credit: Photography by Vicki

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Main Beams

The main beams support each individual tipi canvas. When connecting 2 or more tipis, their feet line up on the floor. The diagonal distance of the beams, from the floor to the purlins (3) is 3.8m.
2

Ridge Pole

This pole support the connection between tipis, and is placed at the central point between the front and back of the tipis. You can safely hang things from here, if they’re not too big or low. The Ridge Pole is usually 6m in length, however this can vary depending on the tipi configuration.
3

Purlins

These struts keep an even distance between the beams. You can safely hang things from these. Each purlin is 1.8m long.
4

Central Hanging Spot

The central point of each big hat is where the big pieces (flower hoop, ladder, mirror ball) can be hung from, provided there is not a fire pit within that particular tipi! If you want something hung from the very top of the tipi, you will have to let us know before we build, so that we can put in a pulley system for you to lower and raise things at your will!
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Fire Pit Location

Fire pits may only be placed within the middle of each individual Hat, with the smoke hood open. You cannot hang things straight above the fires.
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Chill-out Tunnel

The tunnel leads to the chill out tipi. You can let your coordinator know which tipi you want to be connected to the chill out before we start building!
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