Purchasing a marquee for the first time can be confusing. What size marquee should you get? What accessories do you need?

Because informed customers make smart investments, we have decided to create this simple guide that will teach you everything you need to know before you buy your marquee.

If you have more questions please explore our FAQ page or call us on 1800 331 722.

Here are some key questions to think through...

1. What size marquee are you after
The first step when planning the acquisition of a marquee is to determine the size that would best suits your needs.

BigTop Shades’ marquee range comes in 5 different sizes.

  • The 2.4M x 2.4M is our smallest marquee. It is perfectly adapted to anyone looking for an easy-to-transport, affordable marquee. This size is particularly recommended for market stalls.
  • The 3M x 3M is our most popular size marquee. It strikes the perfect balance between size and cost, and can be used for various purposes. Whether you are looking to promote your organisation, participate in an exhibition or organise a family barbecue, the 3M x 3M will have you covered!
  • The 3M x 4.5M is the perfect compromise between surface coverage and transportability. It is particularly adapted to anyone who needs an easy-to-transport, decent-sized marquee with a large frontage.
  • The 4M x 4M is our largest square marquee. With a total surface area of 16 square meters, this marquee is our most spacious four-legged marquee.
  • The 3M x 6M is our largest marquee. This size marquee will provide extensive surface coverage and is therefore recommended to sport clubs, schools and organisations that want to accommodate for a large number of staff and guests.
2. What frame material should I choose?
  Our frames come in powder coated steel (32 Steel series) or aluminium (40 and 50 series).
  • The 32 Steel series is an affordable level-entry product that will satisfy customers in need of a robust product. The 32 Steel Series features 32mm powder-coated steel square leg frame. The 32 Steel Series frames are perfect for occasional use in normal weather conditions. Schools, clubs, charities and entrepreneurs often select this cost-effective and quality product.
  • The 40 Aluminium Series Frames offer a durable solution of superior quality. The 40 Aluminium Series is our commercial grade marquee and is designed for regular use in adverse weather conditions. The 40 Aluminium Series features a 40mm square leg frame. Sturdy and rust-resistant, the 40 Aluminium Series will give corporate customers and marketing agencies the support they need for their promotional efforts.
  • The 50 Aluminium Hex Series frames are our strongest frames and will bring you peace of mind in the most adverse weather conditions. The 50 Hex Aluminium Series features a 50mm hexagonal leg frame. The 50 Hex Aluminium Series is a favourite off industrial and hire companies, fire brigades and emergency services.

3. What fabric should I choose?
BIGTOP Shades offers a choice of 2 fabrics. Both fabrics offer the highest standard available to protect you from the elements and greatly reduce the risks from the sun. Both fabrics are:
  • Made for Commercial use
  • 100% waterproof
  • Sturdy
  • Provide high UV protection
The 600D PVC Coated Polyester is the most popular choice, as it is lighter and more cost-effective than the PVC fabric. It is the recommended fabric for customers who want to use their marquee in normal weather conditions.

The 580GSM PVC fabric offers great resistance to UV exposure and extreme weather conditions. It is therefore perfectly suited to cafés, restaurants or any other type of customers that want a semi-permanent shelter solution.
4. Should you get custom printing? How does it work?
Branding your marquee will maximise your organisation’s exposure and increase brand awareness in consumers’ minds. Because we have adopted a flexible, budget-friendly and customer-focused approach, we are able to meet all requirements and budgets.

We recommend to customers with a limited budget to opt for custom printing on the front panels, or on the valance panels only. Indeed, these are the most budget-friendly options available.

  • We can print any logo. We can match any colour.
  • We can print your logo, text or picture anywhere on your marquee, even on the walls.
  • We print direct to the fabric, not on a separate patch that is sewn on.
  • Our full colour digital printing process guarantees the highest level of quality.
  • A canopy top is made of 4 roof panels and 4 valance panels. All you have to do is advise the number of roof and valance panels you would like to have printed and we will make it happen! Visit our dedicated Custom Printing page for more informations.
5. How do I store and transport my marquee?
Our BigTop Deluxe Rollabag will make it easy for anyone to transport and store their marquees. Our Rollabags are equipped with wheels, allowing you to transport your marquee in the most remote location. The purchase of a Deluxe Rollabag is optional, but strongly recommended.
6. What other accessories could be useful?
When choosing add-on accessories, consider the type of surface you will be using your marquee on and the weather conditions you will be facing.
  • Walls will provide great protection from rain and wind.
  • Anchor systems, such as weight bags or weight plates, will help stabilise your marquee in windy weather conditions.
  • If you have purchased two or more marquees, a rain gutter system will allow greater coverage with complete protection from the rain by diverting water away from adjoining canopies.
7. I want to wow my audience
This is it, the last step. You are almost ready to browse our website and search for the perfect marquee! But before we let you go, we simply want to remind you that our product catalogue includes other items specially designed to make you stand out from the crowd. Do not forget to have a look on our banners, tablecloths, and displays!