How To Hang a Teepee liner.
(These instructions are for people with their own, or interested in getting their own tipi, for our hire business your tipi will come already set up)
Your tipi liner should have loops at the bottom which can be pegged to the ground. Start by entering your tipi and laying the tipi on the ground around the inside edge of the tipi, from door pole to door pole. You will notice that there is some excess liner left over (providing you have got the correct sizer liner for your tipi) do not worry about this for now.
Now go outside your tipi and starting from outside the door, reach under for a liner loop pull slightly outside the tipi and peg it too the ground. If your tipi will be up for a Long period you should use heavy duty wooden pegs, if you are using your tipi for a short trip to save time you can use standard metal tent pegs, these cannot be seen so will not spoil aesthetics. (If we have a weekend hire we tend to use metal pegs for a a season hire when one of our tipis is on loan for a whole summer to a campsite we use heavy duty metal pegs)
Go around the outside of your tipi pegging each loop to the ground. Ensure that you pull the canvas tightly from peg to peg, this will reduce sag in the liner.
Once the liner is pegged down you need to measure the height that the lining rope needs to be hung at. Go inside the tipi and from one of the door poles lift the liner up to rest against the poles. The height that the liner reaches is where you will need to hang the rope.
Hang the rope by first tying it to the door pole, then go around the tipi wrapping it once around each pole. Ensure that the rope is wrapped around the outside rather than the inside of the pole (IE there should be a gap of a poles width between the tipi canvas and the liner rope, if the rope is laying flat against the canvas this is incorrect)
Keeping a consistent height run the rope around every pole until you reach the other door pole and tie the rope off by wrapping it around the pole two or three times and securing it with a knot.
During the process of hanging the lining rope it is a good idea to measure the height of your rope now and again to ensure that it remains the correct height. Simply pull the canvas up, if you are able to hang it too the rope and there is no slack it is a correct height. If there is slack increase the height.
Once the rope is hung you then need to tie the liner to the rope, lift it up and using the ties attach it to the rope. It is a good idea to use a bow (shoe lace knot) as this will save a lot ot time when un doing the liner and this knot is more than sufficient.
Follow the rope around the inside of the tipi tying to each tie to the rope. Once you have reached the opposite entrace to the tipi you will notice there is excess liner.
Tuck this liner behind the door pole. On a cold night you can then use this excess liner to put in front of the entrance to completely seal the tipi.
All liners will have either excess canvas or excess PVC that is in contact with the floor, this is called the liner skirt (many British makes of tipis will have a PVC skirt due to our wet climate, this prevents the liner that is in constant contact with the ground rotting)
The tipi skirt should be folded towards the centre of the tipi, the ground sheet then sits on top of this skirt and then the flooring sits on top of the grounds sheet.
What this does is completely seals any drafts and aids the process of the smoke drawing to the top of the tipi.
Once you have done all these steps your liner liner is hung.
For a hassle free tipi experience (where we come and set the tipi up for you) we can deliver across the whole of the UK. You can view our stunning tipis on our hire photos page
Throughout the year we are constantly taking down and setting up our hire tipis. If the canvas is not dried and stored correctly it will rot, the following page details drying and storing your canvas tent.