How To Hang String Lights In A Camping Tent

How To Hang String Lights In A Camping Tent

Last Updated: May 14, 2022

String lights are a great way to add ambiance to your tent when camping, but how to hang them is the biggest problem. 

When hanging string lights inside the camping tent, two things to keep in mind are the length of the string lights and the power source. 

You can hang string lights in several places – above your tent door or window area, hang them from the ceiling of your tent, or fix them on the sides using Velcro tape, duct tape, or magnets. 

In this article, we will share some tips and tricks to properly hang string lights in your camping tent like a pro.


4 Ways To Hang String Lights In A Camping Tent

There is no right or wrong way to hang string lights in a camping tent. 

You can use one of the following methods, or you could come up with one of your own.

  1. With S-hooks, J-hooks, or Carabiner Clips
  2. Use Duct Tape Or Velcro Tape
  3. Use Magnets And Metal Tape
  4. Hang Some Ropes Or Zip Ties

Let’s look at them in detail.

With S-hooks, J-hooks, or Carabiner Clips

The easiest way to hang string lights in a camping tent is with hooks that come with the lights. 

If your string lights do not come with hooks, you can buy S-hooks, J-hooks, or carabiner clips that can withstand a weight of at least 5 pounds per hook. 

Make sure you have enough hooks for the length of your string lights (you’ll need one hook every 2 to 3 feet) so that the lights do not fall after a few days due to windy weather conditions or other factors outside of your control.

Before fixing the hooks in your tent:

  • Take one end of the string light
  • Put it against the sidewall of your tent
  • Mark with a pen where you want to attach the hook 

Move upwards towards the tent ceiling while repeating this process until you reach the opposite sidewall of your tent where the power source is placed. 

Once done, use duct tape to attach the hooks to the marked areas and place the light string wires on the hooks. 

Ensure that there is enough room between each bulb so that they don’t touch each other when they hang from the hook.

Secure the ends of your string lights around the hooks by wrapping them around once with a thin rope or duct tape so that they do not come off quickly when you’re moving them around or adjusting the string lights.

Using hooks is one of the best options to hang string lights in a camping tent.

Use Duct Tape Or Velcro Tape

If you do not have hooks, you can use duct tape or velcro tape to attach string lights inside your tent. 

The duct tape or adhesive velcro tape works great because it is easy to remove after use and does not leave any sticky residue behind. 

First, you need to find a place to hang your lights. You can use the roof, the walls or both. 

If you’re using a dome-style tent, use the ceiling for mounting purposes. If your tent is rectangular, use the walls of your tent for mounting purposes.

Next, measure how much string light you need to cover your entire tent with lights (tent sides and ceiling). 

Mark where you want the strings to go by using a pen. 

Place the string lights against the tent wall to get an idea of where the LED lights will be so that the marks do not fall right over the lights. If it does, you will have to repeat the whole process.

Once you are done, cut pieces of duct tape about 2 inches long and start attaching the string lights as per the pen marks.

In case of adhesive velcro tape, finish fixing the hook side over the marked areas. 

Once done, start placing the string wire on the hook side and secure it with the loop side of the velcro tape. You can also glue the loop side of the velcro tape to the wires.

If you go camping frequently, you can detach the loop side of the velcro tape and leave the hook side attached to the tent so that you can use the string lights for your next camping without having to repeat the whole process. 

Use Magnets And Metal Tape

Another way to hang string lights inside the tent is to use magnets. 

Buy small magnet bars that are strong enough to hold the weight of string lights. 

Decide where you want to hang the string lights and make a note of the length of your string lights.

Now place the string lights against the tent walls from bottom to top to mark the areas in the tent and the wires of the string light where you want to attach the magnets.

Once done, use duct tape to fix each magnet bar in the marked area of the tent.

Count the number of magnets you have fixed on tent walls and cut 2 inches of adhesive metal tapes for each magnet.

Stick the metal tape on each wire mark and place it on the magnets. 

Hang Some Ropes Or Zip Ties

Nowadays, most of the tent comes with straps to hang items inside the tent. 

If your tent has straps, you can hang some ropes or use zip ties to hang your string lights.

If your tent does not have straps, see if there is a gap between the tent fabric and the frame and if you can pass the rope or zip ties from the openings. 

If yes, then you can tie the string lights to the tent frame.

Don’t try to create a gap between the frame and the fabric, or you will damage your tent.

Use any other methods to hang your string lights if this does not suit you.  


Points To Keep In Mind Before Hanging String Lights In A Camping Tent

  • You need to determine the length of the string lights and how many strands of lights you’ll need. 
  • After that, you need to decide where you will hang these lights. You can place them vertically or horizontally around your tent. 
  • The next important thing to think about before placing your lights is where you will put the power source inside your tent.
  • Check that all the lights are working so that you do not have to take down the whole setup and start again.
  • And finally, you also need to ensure that the string lights do not obstruct your headroom or accidentally get pulled by your hand.

Final Thoughts

String lights are a great way to create ambiance at your campsite. 

There are various ways to hang string lights in a camping tent – String them along the perimeter of the tent, or hang them from the roofline by attaching S-hooks to the top of each string light or using magnets or velcro tape to attach the lights to the tent walls.

String lights don’t have to be used exclusively on patios or in backyards; you can bring them to the woods too.

What creative ways have you used to hang string lights inside the camping tent? Do share with us. 


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