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Make Some Shade with a Beach Tent

Create your own shade with this simple, sturdy beach tent - and enjoy the surf longer.

Beach Tent

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Masking tape
  • Paintbrush or 3" roller
  • Handsaw
  • 2 sand anchors


  • 2 EverTrue 1" x 6' stain grade full rounds, #12620
  • 4 Four Paws spiral dog tie-out stakes, #319249 (Item not available in all Lowe's locations)
  • 84" Thermal white Walker window panel, #308235
  • Madison Mill 3/4" x 48" poplar round dowel, 19384
  • Blue Hawk 1/8" x 48' braided nylon packaged rope, #349214
  • #2 HM 2-5/8" screw eyes, #332309
  • Gatehouse 3/4" satin-nickel cup pull, #308717
  • 27-pack metal grommet kit, #308798
  • Valspar Signature paint in Classic Red (#1009-2) and Ultra White (#7006-24)

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Create the Base

Step 1

Drill a pilot hole in the end of each 6' pole and twist in the screw eye tightly.

Step 2

Trim a 48" dowel to 40" using a handsaw. Use a hammer and an awl or a screw to pound a hole through the centers of two cup pulls and attach one to the end of the 40" dowel with a screw (drilling a pilot hole in the dowel using a 5/32" or other small drill bit keeps the dowel from splitting). The second cup pull will be added to the other side when you assemble the tent.

Step 3

Paint the 6' poles and the dowel white.

Create the Tent

Step 1

Lay out the curtain panel and tape off seven red stripes. Each stripe should be about 3" wide; leave 3-1/8" of space between stripes.

Step 2

Once the entire panel is taped off, carefully roll or brush on one coat of red paint.

Good to Know

Work lightly with the paint. If you roll the paint on too heavily or try hard to work it in, it may bleed onto the white stripes.

Step 3

Once the curtain panel is dry, add 3/8" grommets to each corner, following the instructions in the grommet kit.

Assemble the Tent

Step 1

Screw the sand anchors into the sand or ground 40" apart, keeping them as level as possible. Insert the 6' poles and tighten the screws on the sand anchors to secure. Thread the 40" dowel through the eye screws on top of the poles to create a crossbar.

Step 2

Beach tent anchor

Add the remaining cup pull to the dowel end. This will create a secure upside-down U structure.

Step 3

Beach tent frame

Drape the curtain over the crossbar. Thread the rope through the grommets on all four corners and tie to the spiral stakes. Twist the stakes into the sand and tighten the rope as needed to secure the tent structure.