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I'm Spencer King, an ex-marquee erector. This blog is designed to help those running a hire business or thinking of starting. I don't claim to know everything, I'm just trying to help people avoid the mistakes I made! Check out our event planning section for advice on planning your own marquee event. Please contact us if we can help or offer advice in any way.


Larger marquees for sale

A few people thought I went a bit over the top in criticising breathable flooring a couple of weeks ago and point out that there’s a lot of people using it. And that’s true. But I hate it and find it pointless. Carpet is better for single events, matting is better as a long term investment, both will be less of a headache than breathable flooring. Hey it’s my opinion.

I don’t want this to be all about our DIY marquees (despite them obviously being the greatest thing since sliced bread), there are other, larger marquees for sale out there and they have their place in most larger marquee hire companies.

In our company we used our style of marquees for 6m (20ft) wide stuff, and aluminium modular frames for 9m and 12m wide tasks. Any job larger than 12m x 24m (four 6mx12m marquees connected) we’d use 9m or 12m modular kit. We also had some pagoda/witches hat marquees as entrance tents etc.
We needed a 9m wide marquee for this for example:

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So here are some useful tips for when/if you buy some aluminium frame marquees:

  1. Be careful when lifting. I blame my serious back injury purely on lifting 12m frames. Even now I’d happily lift our 6m marquees all day but there’s no way anyone would get me near 12m wide marquees.
  2. Make sure the marquees are completely square, you can tell this by looking at the scalloped trim from a distance. It should be perfectly straight all the way along. If it’s not square your marquee will leak. We found this out the hard way, if the roofs aren’t on square the keader must be buckled slightly and it allows water in -this is why we designed our DIY Marquees to have roofs all in one piece.
  3. When pulling the roofs on (using two ropes) clip a third rope on that gets pulled back over the marquee with the roof. This means the two pulling ropes can be clipped on to it and pulled back rather than throwing them again and again. Not sure I’ve explained this one too well but this saved us a LOT of time (ropes would get stuck round purlins regularly).
  4. You shouldn’t need to use steps for these marquees: gables (pvc & uprights) can be put on and lifted with the frame, ropes should be put through the apex pulleys while down on the ground and lighting can be attached to the lining poles before they’re pulled in to the ceiling. The only reason we took steps was in case the roofs got caught when feeding over the apex. I’ve heard some people (braver or more stupid than me) actually climb up the frame when this happens! S*d that!
  5. Be careful when strapping the roof beams on to a roof rack or trailer. It’s very easy to bend the beams doing this which weakens the structure and can result in them staying bent out of place.

There’s probably loads of other things that I’ve forgotten that we took for granted. If I remember any more I’ll post them.

Thanks for reading

Spencer.

  • dorothymulwila

    I am starting a marquee hire business. I intent to target those with 200-1000 guests. I intent to put up a concrete floor on a little piece of land where the marquee could be erected. I thought putting up a concrete floor would be cheaper and help me to clean it better after use than growing a lawn.

    Could you please advise me how to go about this and how much such a venture would cost.

    Regards – Dorothy

  • Hi Dorothy, from the sounds of things you'll be renting out your own site for use rather than going round putting up marquees in other peoples gardens? In which case building a concrete base would be very good, the only drawback is in heavy rain (on any hard surface) the water can come down the side of the marquees and back under the flooring. The solution is to build the concrete floor to the exact dimensions of the marquee slightly raised off the ground so that the marquee sides hang down over the concrete slightly. That way the indie stays dry no matter what the weather is like. I hope that makes sense. If you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask.
    Spencer

  • dorothymulwila

    Thank you so much Spenser. Indeed I want to start my own business on my own plot of land – meaning I wish to put up the marquee permanently on this land – and maybe get one or two which I can rent out.

    Could you please give me the range of prices for marquees sitting 400-1000 people for the above purposes?

    Thanks again and regards

    Dorothy A.K. Mulwila (LLB – UNZA)
    CHIEF EXECUTIVE
    BIMM TRAVEL AGENCY, SAFARI TOURS, BUREAU AND CAR HIRE
    Luangwa House, Shop No. 3
    Opposite ZNBS House, Cairo Road
    LUSAKA 10101
    ZAMBIA
    Tel: +260-211-220647; 234372/3; 227839
    Cell: +260- (0)97-7772725; (0)955-764300; (0)966-764300
    Fax: +260-211- 229149
    E-mail: bimm@microlink.zm
    Website: http://www.bimmtourszambia.com
    Website: http://www.zambiahunt.com
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    Hi Dorothy, from the sounds of things you'll be renting out your own site for use rather than going round putting up marquees in other peoples gardens? In which case building a concrete base would be very good, the only drawback is in heavy rain (on any hard surface) the water can come down the side of the marquees and back under the flooring. The solution is to build the concrete floor to the exact dimensions of the marquee slightly raised off the ground so that the marquee sides hang down over the concrete slightly. That way the indie stays dry no matter what the weather is like. I hope that makes sense. If you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask.

    Spencer

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  • Larger marquees for sale…Amen to that….

  • We also had some pagoda/witches hat marquees as entrance tents etc.

  • great information.Thanks.

  • Carpet is better for single events, matting is better as a long term investment

  • Carpet is better for single events, matting is better as a long term investment

  • Carpet is better for single events, matting is better as a long term investment

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