Teepees for sale- leather or canvas - Nomadics

Phone: 541-389-3980

The tipi design we use is the basic Sioux design explained in the Laubin's book, The Indian Tipi. Drawn from our tipi living experiences in snow and below zero temperatures, coastal rain forests and hurricane force wind storms, we have added (1) greater reinforcing, (2) more durable and weather resistant fabrics, and (3) design variations such as the Blackfoot lift pole flap and the Cheyenne extensions on the smoke flaps.

The center point for the pattern is located at the very top middle of the smoke flaps. The dotted lines represent 36" wide strips of canvas. Notice that the bottom of the lift pole flap is 36" below the center point of the tipi when measuring along the radius down the middle, or backbone, of the outspread tipi cover. When set-up, the back of the tipi will be 3' shorter than the front side where the door hole is. This difference causes the tipi to tilt to the rear rather than being a perfectly symmetrical cone. As a result of this tilt, the floor of the tipi is egg shaped. The tipi will therefore be longer from the front door to the middle of the backside than it will be from side to side. Tipi floor spaces are shown in the graph below.

pictograph tipi photo - Nomadics


The size of our tipis, stated in feet ( e.g. 14', 16', 18' etc.), refers to the floor diameter measured from below the door hole to the center back of the tipi. Various dimensions for all our tipis are given below, with an approximation of the head room at 5 feet of height.

Tipi Size in feet ( 1 ft = 30 cm / 1 m = 3.3 ft )
 14'  16' 18'  20'  22'  26'
Head-room at 5' of height (A to B) 8' 10' 12' 13'4" 15'6" 19'
Distance up the back (D to C) 11' 13' 15' 17' 19' 23'
Distance up the front (E to C) 14' 16' 18' 20' 22' 26'
Height - ground to top (F to C) 11'6" 13' 14'6" 15'6" 18'6" 20'8"
Floor diameter - front to rear (E to D) 14' 16' 18' 20'6" 22'6" 26'
Floor diameter -side to side 12' 14' 16'6" 18'6" 20'6" 24'
Square feet of floor area 113 175 243 300 366 490
Suggested no. of occupants for permanent living 1 or 2 1 or 2 2 or 3 4 5 or 6 6 to 8
Suggested no. of occupants for short-term camping 3 5 6 to 8 8 to 10 10 to 13 15 to 18
Maximum no. of people sitting in a circle 12 16 20 24 28 38
Weight of tipi cover (13 oz.) 30 lbs. 39 lbs. 50 lbs. 62 lbs. 78 lbs. 98 lbs.
Weight of tipi cover (18 oz.) 42 lbs. 54 lbs. 70 lbs. 85 lbs. 108 lbs. 115 lbs.
Weight of 6 ft. tipi liner (10 oz.) 16 lbs. 17 lbs. 19 lbs. 23 lbs. 27 lbs. 38 lbs.
Most tipi covers fold up to about the size of a full back pack.