Instructions for Setting Up an EZ-Up Tent

by Michele Norfleet ; Updated September 28, 2017

An EZ-Up tent provides shelter from the elements.

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Items you will need

  • EZ Up frame
  • EZ Up canopy

EZ-Up tents are quickly assembled shelters that are portable and easy to set up. Whether you are setting up a booth for a corporate event, having a family picnic or setting up tables for sporting events, the EZ-Up tent can provide the shelter you need to make your outing a success. Two people can set up the tent without requiring any tools.

Step 1

Place the frame upright in the set up area.

Step 2

Grasp two outer legs on one side of the frame as your partner grasps the two opposite legs.

Step 3

Lift the frame slightly off the ground and walk backwards. Open the frame to 3/4 of the extended size.

Step 4

Place the fabric top over the frame.

Step 5

Match the Velcro strips on the top with the strips on the frame. Pull corners down completely. Press the Velcro strips together firmly.

Step 6

Align grommet holes on the canopy with the bolts located on the frame.

Step 7

Remove the top attachment nuts from their bolts. Place grommets over the bolts. Replace and tighten the nuts securely.

Step 8

Take hold of the diamond shaped trusses on opposite sides of the frame.

Step 9

Lift the structure from the ground. Walk backwards until the structure is completely opened.

Step 10

Push the auto slider on the leg upwards as you hold the top of the leg down to engage the pin into the hole. Repeat at each corner of the structure. Pull the top down over the corner.

Step 11

Twist the center peak pole clockwise to reduce the fabric tension. Twist the center peak pole counterclockwise to increase the fabric tension. Do not turn more than three turns.

Step 12

Lift two outer legs up about 1 inch. Slide the inner leg down until the it snaps in position. Repeat with the other two legs, doing two legs at a time.


  • Attach the top permanently with the first set up. The next time you set the structure up you will not need to reattach the top.

    Stake the structure to the ground for more stability.


  • This is a temporary shelter. Do not leave it up for extended periods.

    Do not use the structure when there is a threat of windy weather or during lightning storms.

    Do not use open flames within the structure.

    When opening the frame watch that you do not pinch your fingers.

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About the Author

Michele Norfleet is a freelance writer who writes on travel, home and garden and education topics. She has coauthored a handbook for teachers on school-wide discipline and has contributed tips for special-needs students in the basal curriculum for RCL Benziger. Norfleet holds a master's degree from Southern Illinois University and has experience as a special-needs teacher and speech pathologist.