Our Story

Tentsile is an exciting, award-winning product design brand, with a fast, ever-growing dedicated cult following.

With a mission to conserve the world’s forests and bring attention to their continued destruction, Tentsile invented the Tree Tent concept, a new and disruptive camping equipment category, founded on the principles of ecological respect and improving the human experience in the Great Outdoors.

With our own in-house, top-quality manufacturing capability, Tentsile continues to design, make and sell Tree Tents across the globe, inspiring people to get out and elevate their camping experiences the world over. Unlike traditional tents, which need to be pitched on flat, level, dry ground, Tentsile Tree Tents use a patented three-point anchoring system to suspend tents from trees.

These tensioned, floating shelters create usable camping spaces, both within and below, and, for comfort, remains unrivalled as the way to experience the natural world. The modular system allows for camps to be personalised by extending, stacking and connecting with other Tree Tents, as and when the user wants.

With only an average 10 minute set up time, and the versatility to set up camp above water, on steep terrain, on uneven ground - all with a zero footprint, the sky really is the only limit.

The Tentsile Journey: Portable Tree House to Hammock Tent

Alex Shirley-Smith, Tentsile’s Founder, was born and raised in London and trained as an Architect, specialising in sustainable living and low impact shelters.

In 2013 years ago, still living in the UK, he decided to follow a childhood dream and his lifelong passion for trees by designing and manufacturing the first prototype Tree Tent. Alex founded Tentsile on a simple idea...to create a portable treehouse that could fit in a bag, use minimal materials and that inspires the imagination.

From back garden to backcountry, he wanted to take people’s experience of the outside world to the next level. The first Tree Tent produced was the iconic Stingray design which was picked up, displayed and sold at MOMA, New York. It was an instant hit in both design and camping circles, and very quickly sold out.

It was from here that Tentsile quickly grew and developed a devout following of customers. Tentsile Tree Tents combine the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the security and multi-person functionality of a tent, allowing you and your tribe to camp in more unique places than ever before.

Now in 2019, the team has grown, as has our product offering. We now have a range of Tree Tents from one person to five people, as well as hammocks, insect mesh walls, waterproof walls and ladders which can be used together to create a ‘stack’.

The versatility of a Tentsile, means you can create a multi-story camp ground with friends and family–the possibilities are endless!

We have their own custom-built production and R&D facility in China, employing 20 highly skilled production staff. This allows us to maintain their high-quality standards, which can be attested by their customer feedback and loyalty towards their products.

As we’ve grown, the team have maintained our drive for sustainability and the protection of trees. Since introducing their pledge to plant trees with every tent sold, we've planted over 660,000 trees and intend to reach our goal of 1 million trees planted by 2021.

Please see Our Mission to learn about our commitment to sustainability.

Tentsile’s Tree Tents excite and inspire campers around the world. The Tentsile community want to share their experiences and places they have camped because their Tree Tents allow them to camp in more places, fun and comfort than ever before.