12 best play tents rated for indoor & outdoor use

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  May 17, 2021

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A rainy day or just don't feel like going outside? Building fortresses with pegs, blankets and sheets is fun, but great fun is being able to use your own tent.

Or is it such nice weather that you can play in the garden? Mazzelaar :)

I'll help you choose the PERFECT play tent to turn your space into a nice, cozy play area, because that's the POWER a play tent can bring (and why EVERY CHILD should have one).

Two different styles of children's rooms with a play tent

You may initially choose a play tent by eye, on the style that suits you and the cuteness.

And with the beautiful designs, they won't even look out of place in your living room, but it's good. to think where he will be standing later, it is

  1. a play tent for the living room
  2. a play tent for the nursery
  3. a play tent for outside

We are not going to give an entire interior design course here, but I will discuss colors and coordinate colors later :)

In addition to size, it is one of the most important things when buying a tent that will look cool wherever you put it.

The absolute number 1 is therefore also this one Bandits Indian Tipi play tent, with its classic play tent looks and sturdy stable legs, it is one that you can place anywhere, and most importantly the easy gray color that fits almost everywhere (but there are also 6 other colors available).

The teepee theme cannot actually be improved in my view, even though we have also found many nice other play tent variants.

And Bandits & Angels is a great brand for kids with safe and well-made products.

It is also a safe tent that can be built very stable.

This is what it looks like:

Below we give a more extensive look at the wonderful world of play tents!

There are so many out there that I have divided this article into different categories for convenience.

I will discuss these different types of play tents and explain what to look for when purchasing a play tent for your little one.

Best play tentImages
Best cheap teepee play tent: Bandits & Angels IndianBandits & Angels teepee tent outside

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Best luxury teepee tent: WigiwamaTwo luxurious Wigiwama play tent colors
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Best play tent for baby & toddler: LittleTom Mini Ball Pit PlayhouseBest play tent for baby & toddler - LittleTom Mini Ball Pit Playhouse

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Best play tent for toddlers: OldPapa Play Tent with tunnelBest Play Tent for Toddlers: OldPapa Play Tent with tunnel
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Dear princesses play tent: Tiny LandBest princesses play tent: Tiny Land

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Best play tent castle: Imaginarium UnicornBest castle play tent: Imaginarium Unicorn

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Best large play tent: Maxxhome Mega TipiBest large play tent: Maxxhome Mega Tipi
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Best pop-up play tent: Retr-oh! Pop it Up with LEDBest pop-up play tent: Retr-oh! Pop it Up with LED

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Best outdoor play tent: Hörby Bruk Swing Tent
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Best under-bed play tent: REKE Tent Eveline
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Best tablecloth tent: Table play tent Pet Hospital
Best tablecloth tent: Pet Hospital table play tent
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Best kit to design a tent anywhere: PLUGDifferent ways to attach the PL-UG tent kit
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What should you pay attention to when buying a play tent?

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In addition to considering what kind of tent your son or daughter would like and your disposable budget, you should of course pay attention to safety and whether the tent is practical in use.

Also pay attention to the standing height within the tent and the dimensions of the tent if you give the play tent a permanent place in your house. 

Do you want to use the tent outside? Then see if there is a bottom cover that is water-repellent to avoid damp clothes from your child.

In addition, it is important for outdoor tents that there is sufficient ventilation. Certainly on hot summer days, your child must get enough fresh air in the tent.

The right play tent color for your interior

Choosing the right color for your play tent is easy if you follow one of the interior design rules.

These tried and true guides will help you find the best coordinating colors to match the play tent to your living room or nursery.

60-30-10 rule

Perhaps the oldest interior design rule, the 60-30-10 divides a color scheme into percentages of use of color.

60% Main color

The main color should represent 60% of the color used in your room design. This usually includes the wall color, floor color (either carpet or a rug) and a piece of furniture or two.

These don't all have to be solid colors, but the main color should always be prominent.

30% secondary color

The secondary color represents 30% of your decor's color scheme. With only half the amount of color saturation as the main color, the secondary color doesn't compete for attention in your overall design.

Instead, it should contrast with the main color. Since it is a different color, the secondary color will create depth in your decor.

10% accent color

The last color is one third of the secondary color and one sixth of the main color. This color is referred to as the accent color.

The goal is to add more interest and contrast to your color scheme. It should be used all over the decor to draw attention deeper into the room design.

Example from 60-30-10

An example color scheme using the 60-30-10 rule includes:

Since a play tent is quite large, you could choose the color as the main color, or as a secondary color.

A good way to combine the play tent is as a contrasting color in your interior, or as an analog color.

Use contrasting colors

Use contrasting colors

Color wheel analog color combinations

Use analogous colors

Together with the play tent you can then take some other elements with the same color to reach the 60-30-10 rule with your interior.

Here's a play tent in a room with green and orange analog colors:

Play tent in a room with green and orange analog colors

Or a play tent in a room with yellow and purple contrasting colors:

Play tent in a room with yellow and purple contrasting colors

Best play tents rated

Best cheap teepee play tent: Bandits & Angels Indian

The teepee is a pointed tent with long poles, which is easy to set up and dismantle

Bandits & Angels teepee tent outside

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Dimensions: Size: 120 x 120 x 160 cm

A teepee has been traditionally used by North American peoples with a nomadic lifestyle. So here is a piece of history and culture for your child!

But it is just a tent shape that is extremely practical, and it is not for nothing that the two top play tents on my list are both teepees.

Typically something for me to pick out the most practical kind.

Good price / quality ratio with this tipi from Bandits & Angels

My first choice in this category fell on a teepee tent that received a lot of positive feedback.

The Bandits & Angels gray teepee tent does well with children, but also with parents because of the price-quality ratio and the design.

This fun play tent made of cotton has a lockable opening at the front, a fabric window at the back and divisible poles.

And although the tent is easy to set up and break down, a teepee is more suitable for setting up and leaving it in one place.

It is therefore mainly an inner tent, and because the tent is made of cotton, it is less suitable to set up on wet fields outside.

Nice to complement with the same colors

And if you really like the black and white design, you can go further than just matching the accessories.

Plus, you can perfectly match gray with some more pink or dark blue colors:

Play indoors in the Bandits & Angels teepee tent

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For this price a cotton tent (where most are made of cheaper polyester) is the reason it tops the list!

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Best luxury teepee tent: Wigiwama

The real Rolls Royce of tents

Two luxurious Wigiwama play tent colors

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Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 120 cm

A luxury brand from Latvia that now makes a lot of super trendy children's room accessories, but they started with these Wigiwama play tents.

Really, really a feast for the eyes, I think that these images (although I also want my interior styled so perfectly!) Do the quality even too short.

The legs are the sturdiest of all the tents on the list, other teepees can shift a bit, like those of Bandits & Angels, but you put this one in its place, and it stays there.

Furthermore, the tent made of ECO cotton is also good for the environment, and that is also the vision of the Latvian couple who make these materials.

I bought a soft mat for the Bandits & Angels tent that we have for our son and placed it in it (** why do those things always just don't fit?!? **) but these Wigiwama's just built them in.

And including a matching cushion to finish it off completely.

These tents are perhaps the most designed to be super cool in your room, completely styled, but they are also very pleasant and soft for your child to play in.

It is also slightly smaller than that of Bandits & Angels, making it easier to fit into your room.

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Best play tent for baby & toddler: LittleTom Mini Ballenbak Playhouse

A play tent without attributes is not that interesting for the smallest children. That is why I looked at this tent that is multi-purpose

Best play tent for baby & toddler - LittleTom Mini Ball Pit Playhouse

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Dimensions: 90 x 90 x 90 cm

I took a good look at the stability and safety of the tent.

A multifunctional baby playpen

Safe, fold-out box that can be used as a play box, but also ideal for use as a ball pit and it is also a pop-up model (just like the one from Pop it Up, which I will come back to later).

The tent is essentially a collapsible playpen that you can easily take with you in the supplied carrying bag, making it ideal for creating a safe play area with your baby wherever you go.

And this box is also fun for slightly older children, because it can then serve as a ball pit!

With this tent we mainly think of use on, for example, the beach, camping or on holiday.

But you can use the tent both indoors and outdoors; on nice days, put it up under a parasol in the garden and if the weather is not so good, use the tent indoors so that your child can rummage around in a safe environment.

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Best Play Tent for Toddlers: OldPapa Play Tent with tunnel

Toddlers crawling or walking and exploring can have fun with this tent with tunnels

Best Play Tent for Toddlers: OldPapa Play Tent with tunnel

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Dimensions:

They are increasingly involved in role-playing and playing together more and more.

A somewhat larger play tent is great fun so that they can discover and possibly crawl in together.

The tent has a small garden at the front and in this way also becomes a real ball pit (or look at this one here) if you want, or just give them one ball so they can practice a little bit of aiming into the basket.

You do need some space for it because in length the total colossus is almost 3,5 meters!

Well, you have to give something for your children of course!

That is why it is especially nice to occasionally set up outside on the grass (perfect fabric for it too!) Or in the living room.

If your child has such a large playroom, my son is certainly very jealous! Oh, and congratulations on your beautiful home :)

It is also a safe tent.

Especially with balls you should always be careful with smaller children and thanks to the mesh walls, this should not be a problem here.

All kinds of play options with this play tent

This is really a tent to rage in and lose energy.

Do you put all the balls in the smallest place (as in the picture) and do you use the tent as a ball pit?

Or do you let the children carry out assignments by, for example, getting all the blue balls from one tent to another as quickly as possible (via the tunnel!).

This is a challenge for older children and teaches them to work together, but also to perform under pressure.

For an extra big challenge, keep a timer and turn it into a competition. So you see, tents really aren't just for the youngest children.

It is easy to fold and you can therefore put it in the garden in good weather and quickly remove it when necessary.

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Best princesses play tent: Tiny Land

A great pink princess tent with glitter and all

Best princesses play tent: Tiny Land

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Dimensions: 104 x 104 x 140 cm

Do you also have a daughter who wants everything pink and who prefers to go outside with a crown on her head?

Then this pink princess tent might be something for her! The tent is suitable for indoor and outdoor use and comes with a handy storage bag.

With this play tent, your daughter can play with her friends for hours as if they were princesses.

And if they can also dress up as a princess, then their day can't be broken! Or have fun playing with princesses Duplo.

I have seen quite a few “princess tents” and usually it is just a kind of pink castle, but this tent full of glitter and a more Eastern design is a much better match for the princess theme.

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Best castle play tent: Imaginarium Unicorn

brave knights probably don't want to be seen in a pink princess tent

Best castle play tent: Imaginarium Unicorn

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Dimensions: 90 x 90 x 135 cm

That is why this gray and blue play tent that resembles a castle is ideal for tough boys and girls. He has a Unicorn door that will appeal to every child.

This play tent is also suitable for outdoor use because of the moisture-repellent and UV-protective material.

The tent has a standing height of 135 cm and will be a good place for princesses and knights to play.

Do you also want to have the tent inside? That is of course possible and the design of the tent is also suitable for use in a bedroom or play corner to have standing.

Maybe the combination of castle and unicorn can even make siblings play together like the inspiring picture!

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Best large play tent: Maxxhome Mega Tipi

If you have a lot of space or if there are several children playing with the tent at the same time, you might want a more spacious tent like this one

Best large play tent: Maxxhome Mega Tipi

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Dimensions: 110 x 106 x 107 cm

I consciously chose this tent because it feels very spacious because it is not inclined on all sides, but therefore does not take up much space.

View this play tent with a real pointed roof. A chic playground for your children! And it is a tent that most closely resembles a real house.

This of course combines very nice with all kinds of toys that you can place in the tent.

It is good for children to be able to engage in role play. They prefer to imitate what they have seen around them.

Playing father and mother, using little sister or brother as a baby and being busy all day long, is a very natural way of playing for a child.

With this, a child develops its own idea of ​​how the world works.

Maxxhome is a brand that specializes in safe and stylish products for children in and around the house.

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Best pop-up play tent: Retr-oh! Pop it Up with LED

What is a pop-up tent you ask? This term refers to the ease with which you can set up the tent. You take it out of the bag and it immediately “pops” into the right shape

Best pop-up play tent: Retr-oh! Pop it Up with LED

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No hassle with sticks and try to get the sticks through the slots and into the correct picks.

Storing such a pop-up tent, on the other hand, may not be that easy. The tent is more difficult to fold, because it naturally wants to unfold.

Keep the manual or, for example, a YouTube video at hand the first time!

There is a huge selection of pop-up tents available, but the quality of the Retr-oh! tents is extraordinary and they come in different themes.

The best part is the built-in LED lighting, something that you might otherwise add yourself to create a nice cozy place for your child.

You have them in a rocket and in princess castle, and the reason I put this tent at number 1 of the pop-up tents is because it comes with an LED light that you can:

Perfect for hours of fantasy play!

The play tent is made of 100% polyester and has a special throw-up technique that makes the tent easy and quick to set up.

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Best outdoor play tent: Hörby Bruk Swing Tent Summer Blue

What you see is not what you get. This tent has a surprise inside.

It is a tent that can be set up outside for the summer and when autumn arrives you can easily store this tent.

Blue play tent with swing

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Play tent with swing for outside

But what is that surprise? A swing! Yes, this cool blue tent initially looks a lot like a tent in the most classic sense of the word.

Point at the top and a guy line at the front. But this is not a tent for camping.

This turns the Cancan swing into a real tent, with excellent quality anchor rings, ropes, windows, Velcro fasteners and ventilation window.

Dimensions: 1,85 x 2,15 m

You can get this versatile tent through Blokker. This ensures that your child can play in the garden with friends this summer.

They can therefore use the tent to play in and if you remove the canvas they can swing nicely.

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Here you read everything about playhouses and other fun outdoor toys!

Best play tent for under the bed: REKE Tent Eveline

Is your child already ready for a larger bed and is he or she allowed to sleep in a loft bed? Then it is very nice to hang a tent under the bed.

Some brands have a tent that goes with the bed. For example, the Reke brand has beautiful wooden loft beds and then sells accessories such as this tent for under the bed.

Turn the semi-high bed into an extra special bed with this fabric tent, available in blue, pink and black. Dimensions: 154cm x 73cm x 63cm (L x W x H)

play tent for under the bed

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It is of course super nice to have a cozy corner under the bed to play in, read books or chat with friends.

You do have to pay close attention to the size and you are therefore wise to buy the under tent of the brand of the bed to ensure that the tent fits well with the bed.

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Best tablecloth tent: Pet Hospital table play tent

Do you not want a permanent tent in the house and do you not feel like setting up (or folding) a tent?

Then you can still purchase a nice play tent for your child, as long as you have a dining room table at home.

Best tablecloth tent: Pet Hospital table play tent

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These play tents are actually an overhanging tablecloth but with a nice print on it.

All sorts of themes can be thought of, such as an animal hospital or fire station. Pay close attention to the dimensions of this play tent. Does the tent fit well over your table?

And take a look under your dining table in advance. For example, if your dining table has the ability to slide out, there are often iron knobs under the table that can be dangerous and painful for children's heads.

Transform your kitchen or outdoor table into a fire station with this table tent. Dimensions: 90 x 70x 140cm (L x W x H)

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Best kit to design a tent anywhere: PL-UG

We think another very nice play tent option this Tent kit that you can buy via Bol.com.

This is actually building fortresses, but without pegs and sheets, so mothers don't have to get angry when the clean laundry is back on the ground.

This kit has special accessories for endless design and creation, movement, construction and play

Different ways to attach the PL-UG tent kit

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Why is a play tent so much fun? 10 reasons:

  1. A tent arouses the curiosity and imagination of your child.
  2. It offers your child the opportunity to play and keep them away from their iPads and other devices.
  3. If you have a child who is struggling to take a nap, a tent may be more attractive to do this.
  4. You can take the tent with you to the park. pool, lake and beach for shade.
  5. You can have a picnic in it.
  6. You can hide their toys in it.
  7. It is the nicest place to read books with your child.
  8. Your child can use it indoors and outdoors all year round.
  9. Your child can invite friends, brothers and sisters to the tent.
  10. Your child can organize a sleepover in the tent.

Conclusion

We hope that you can choose a nice play tent for your child with these tips. We wish you a nice summer!

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child, he came into contact with everything around games when his mother started the Tin Soldier in Ede. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.