DIY Deck Platform For A Belle Tent (Or A Yurt)

In the past, people haven’t really viewed tents as a viable option for full time living. High quality canvas tents such as the Lotus Belle Tent are changing that perception and we are really excited to have the opportunity to test out this form of simple, low-impact living. Already these tents are incredibly popular as part of the ‘glamping’ movement, but we are keen to show that they can be much more than just a camping tent!

The Lotus Belle Tent

Mel and I will be moving into our Lotus Belle tent and living in it while we finish building our Tiny House. We’ve decided to do this for a number of reasons that we will cover in more detail in a future video, but the nutshell version is that it means we will be located much closer to our Tiny House build site, we will be saving money on rent, and we will be able to bring you lots more awesome downsized living videos (with a bit of a different perspective) while our own tiny house build is being finished.


Over the past few weeks we have been constructing a platform for our Lotus Belle tent. Our method of building the platform is very similar to how you would build a base for a Yurt. In the video above we show you in detail how we have tackled this project. We are also building supporting structures that will become a surrounding deck and a tree-house style bathroom hut. Watch this space, because it really is a unique design!

The Build Team

We want to take this opportunity to give a huge shout out to our friend Dylan, who has given a lot of his time and expertise to help out on this build! We couldn’t have done it without you buddy!

Posted on by Bryce Posted in Living in a Lotus Belle Tent

About Bryce

Bryce Langston is a New Zealand based actor, musician, filmmaker and environmentalist who has spent the past five years travelling the globe exploring the Tiny House movement as the creator and host of the popular online web series Living Big in a Tiny House

14 Responses to DIY Deck Platform For A Belle Tent (Or A Yurt)

  1. Colin J Williams

    I am looking into get one of these tent and building a platform for it.

    Approximately much much did the whole project cost? Including the deck and solar panel and outhouse. Everything

  2. Pat Darrah

    Hey Bryce love what you are doing here.
    I myself live in an extremely small space it’s an iPod from little guy. (Think Teardrop trailer) and yes I’m full-time in it.
    Just wanted to say hi.

    • Bryce

      Hey Pat! That’s awesome! I would love to know more about your living situation. Can you e-mail me with more details about your teardrop home please?

  3. Lisa

    Thank-you for sharing your lovely journey with us!
    We just purchased a Lotusbelle tent and I would very much like to build a deck like yours!. I looked through your site and am wondering if you have a PDF list of the building materials and dimensions? Would be very grateful as that would help me make a budget. Hope you post more updates and Best Wishes! 🙂

  4. Lisa Adriana

    Thank-you for sharing your lovely building process with us so we can all learn! We just bought a 16′ Lotusbelle as well. I would like to build a deck identical to what you have made and would be very grateful for a PDF of materials and dimensions. I looked through your site but couldn’t find anything, could you point me in the right direction? Thank-you so much 🙂

  5. Annette

    Hi, how did you figure out your solar system and what was your solution for a one room tent starting from scratch. Its 9 by 12 old school canvas tent, and very cute. Love your platform I have to do that next.

    • Bryce

      Hey Annette. We will be doing a video on the solar system that we’re going to be using in the tent. It’s going to be a very simple set-up. We don’t have a lot to power in the tent, so we are able to get away with quite a small system.

  6. Kai

    Hi Bryce,
    Looks to me as you have built the base of a dome. A pacific dome. I think you plan on living in a lotus belle first and then you ll move in the dome. Am I right?

    • Bryce

      I really love geodesic domes! I’m sure that one day I will do a geo-dome project too. There really is something quite amazing about them. Right now I’m very excited for the Belle tent though. When I was a teenager I dreamed of living in a Tipi and this really takes me back to that. 🙂

  7. Kurt Shellenback

    OK seriously is there anywhere in NZ that is not paradise? Good job on the platform. It has given me guidance for my really small (but not quite tiny!) home. I also looked at the Lotus Belle site and it got the wheels turning….can you envision a (almost) instant treehouse?!

    • Bryce

      Exactly! It really will have an amazing tree-house like feel to it. Especially with the bathroom hut and the rope bridge! 🙂

  8. Tony Haystead

    Really excited about what you are doing. We already have the tiny house on Waiheke but we need a belle tent as a fun zone and for guest accommodation. I will follow your progress with great interest.

    • Bryce

      Hey Tony. I would love to hear more about your Tiny House. Could you e-mail me some photos please?

    • freedomyurtcabins

      I visited Waiheke in September and was absolutely blown away by its beauty. I’d love to start a Yurt Cabin community or even a hotel/hostel which utilizes our Yurt Cabins on Waiheke one of these days.

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