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Two kids enjoying a finished beach tent in situ

Overview

Safety note: Our beach tent is made for fun rather than shade protection, so don’t forget to follow the Cancer Council’s advice to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide when the UV is 3 or above! If you want your tent to provide a degree of sun protection, swap the curtaining for shade cloth or fabric that is rated for sun protection. Simply loop over the top and sew in place or secure with cable ties.

Steps

1Make the uprights

Measure and cut the pine in half with a mitre saw to make four 1500mm lengths. From the top of each, centre and mark 150mm and 1350mm to make holes using a 25mm spade bit with a drill press.

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Tip: Prevent breakout by drilling halfway, then flipping to finish from the back. If you don’t have a drill press, clamp the timber securely and use a drill, holding it at 90° to ensure the shafts of the holes are straight.
The uprights of a beach tent being made

2Secure the uprights

On pairs of uprights, centre and mark 300mm from the top to position the parts of the cabin hook at 45°, with the hook plate turned anti-clockwise on the left upright, and the eye plate turned clockwise on the right, using a drill to secure with the supplied screws.

A brass cabin hook secured to two lengths of timber

3Construct the rails

Measure and cut the dowel to 1600mm lengths with a mitre saw. Measure and mark 25mm from the ends (to make holes for the lynch pins) using an 8mm bit with a drill press. 

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Tip: Set the depth of the press to drill through the dowel and into an offcut, avoiding the plate below.
The rails of a beach tent being drilled

4Join rails with uprights

On one rail, measure and mark 70mm from the ends to make holes using an 8mm bit with a drill press. Dab adhesive onto two dowel connectors and slot them in. Sand all over the uprights, rails and into the 25mm holes with 180-grit abrasive paper.

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Tip: This is the top rail, the remaining rails form the base.
A dowel connector being joined with a piece of timber

5Sew together the cover

Along one 2000mm side of the fabric, fold a hem of 10mm and iron. Fold again to make a 40mm loop. Iron, then machine or hand sew to secure, leaving the ends open (the base rails are threaded through the loops to hold down the sides). Repeat for the second piece.

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Tip: If you don’t sew, you could use iron-on hemming tape.
A sewing machine being used to sew together the tent cover

6Stitch the seam

Position the fabric together, loop sides facing out and at the base. Measure along the top, 120mm down, and pin. Sew along the pin line, then repeat to reinforce the seam. Trim away the excess fabric with scissors, cutting along the outside of the seam closest to the join. Butterfly the seam to iron it open, which will help position the cover along the top rail.

Excess fabric being cut away from a beach tent

7Put the tent together

To assemble the frame, position pairs of uprights onto the ends of the top rail, sliding on the left sides first, with the hooks facing outwards. Add lynch pins to the outside holes and stand the frame up, holding it in place with the hooks. 

To assemble the cover, thread base rails through the curtain hems, then position the cover over the frame. From the inside of the uprights, push the rails into the base holes, securing with lynch pins through the outside holes.

Dig the feet into the sand for stability, spread the gathers of the cover out evenly and avoid using the tent in a strong breeze.

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Note: Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.

8Love the boho look?

Take inspiration from our guide to achieving this relaxed style in your home.  

 

Photography credit:  Sam van Kan, Belinda Merrie  

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.