For camping and outdoor recreation, tarps are cheap and incredibly useful. Tarps can be hung to protect you from the sun and other elements by providing a little shade on a hot day to serve as a lightweight shelter to replace a conventional tent. Although it shouldn’t be utilized as a permanent fixture, it can help to make heat waves more bearable. 

Hanging it is a quick and easy way to keep yourself and your stuff cool while outdoor camping. This article will teach us how to hang a tarp for shade. Depending on the structures available to support the material, there are numerous arrangements for hanging a tarp, so select the one that works best for you.

  1. Hang a Tarp Without Knots

This quick and simple knot-free method can be used if you’re in the wilderness and want to lay up a tarp to provide shade for your camping place. Here are the instructions to take to hang a tarp without using knots:

  • Look for two trees in the area that are spaced properly apart. From one tree to the next, tie a rope. This rope should be tied at roughly the same height as where you want the top of your tarp to hang. The main rope line, the ridgeline, should not be tied too tightly because you will need a little extra slack to finish the task.

  • Create a little loop by pinching the rope together (at a point where the edge of your tarp will go). Take this little rope loop, and insert it through a grommet on your tarp (the metal rings along the edges).

  • Pick up a strong branch from your surroundings, and then thread it through the loop to keep it in place. This seemed to tie your tarp to the string without needing any knots when pulled tightly.

  • Continue doing this at the other corner of the tarp. Put a second rope loop through the grommet, then fasten it with a sturdy stick. The rope should be reasonably taut between the two trees once both grommets have been attached. You’ve now successfully secured the top of your tarp. This might be plenty for you if you’re not near a windy location. 

  • Grab two more strong, robust poles and tighten the tarp more firmly. These can be used as stakes by driving them into the ground through the bottom grommets.

  • To offer the best defense against the weather, fix the bottom of your tarp at an angle. The location of the bottom grommets can be changed to provide the best arrangement for you and your surroundings. 

This method is useful as it is simple to make preparations. As the day wears on and the position of the sun shifts, it is relatively simple to move your tarp. You can just slide your tarp down the rope without tying any knots

  1. Hang a Tarp With Corner Poles

You can still set up your tarp successfully without any nearby trees if you wish to hang it for shade. You should use four corner poles to hang your tarp in this case.

You might be able to utilize tent poles for this configuration if you have them. If you don’t have any resources on hand, you can scavenge some long sticks or branches from the campsite to serve as corner poles. The following describes how to hang a tarp using corner poles:

  • At the tarp’s four corners, firmly insert four poles. Each corner grommet can be fastened to the pole’s top with a little rope.

  • Orient the poles to be parallel to the ground and securely connected to the tarp’s corners.

  • No ridgeline exists to prevent a drooping or sagging shade tarp, so fasten everything tightly. 

  • If you have a longer pole available and need a little extra support, put it in the middle of your shade tarp. It will elevate your tarp’s center higher than its corners because it is taller than the others. In addition to providing shape and sun protection, it also helps if it starts to sprinkle lightly. 

  1. Hang a Tarp in an A-Frame Shape

An A-Frame has exactly the shape it sounds like: two sides of a capital letter A are created by draping a tarp over a line. This tarp form is quite protective and works well for shade as well as wind and rain protection. The procedures to hang an A-frame tarp are as follows:

  • Maintain the ridgeline. Run a 100-foot-long rope across your camping space, attaching it to two accessible trees at either end. Hang the tarp as high as you can from both of the trees, making sure the rope is taut enough to support the weight of the tarp without sagging. The middle, where the tarp will be, is where the rope will inevitably be pulled down. 

  • Over the ridgeline, hang a tarp. Be cautious to position the tarp appropriately if you want to cover a picnic table or any specific area. 

  • Connect the tarp’s grommets to the ground stakes using the four shorter ropes (each about 15 feet long). Check to see if the rope is taut. The slope of the A-Frame will be more gradual the longer the rope and the farther out you position the stakes.

  • If rain protection rather than shade is more important to you, tighten the ropes and move the ground stakes closer. This will increase the A-slope frame’s and improve your protection from the weather.

  1. Hang a Tarp Overhead

Once you’ve set up the A-Frame, you can take a simple step to enhance the A-Frame shape and provide a little more space beneath your tarp. An overhead tarp is great if you require direct protection from the midday sun. Out of all the several setups we’re looking at today, this offers one of the most comfortable shade selections. Here’s the method how to hang a tarp:

  • Hang up your tarp as an A-Frame, according to the instructions.

  • Use four long stakes to support the tarp’s corners. These can be made by oneself out of long branches or nearby camping-area sticks. The size of these stakes will depend on the height you want your tarp to be. They should be approximately an inch or two taller than you, allowing you to move freely under the tarp without worrying about hitting anything.

  • These larger stakes should be placed under the tarp’s corners and eased into an upright, downward position. To ensure that the rope and ground stakes are secure enough to support tensions without obstructing the addition of the taller stakes, you can modify them. 


In conclusion, hanging a tarp is necessary to protect you from the sun’s heat for a while. Depending on the available area and resources, there are different ways to put tarps together. After reading this post, we hope you now have more knowledge about how to hang a tarp for shade.