We are Majestic Canvas Studio,
the creation of Marcin Trojanowski who is passionate about the design and manufacture of luxury yurts and tipis.
Together with a ''small team'' of creative people, we supply the best yurts and tipis for gardens, camping, festivals, parties and other events.
We want you to appreciate the beauty and design of our products just as we do, and that is why we are always here to listen and discuss your ideas and plans with you.
Whether you require several tipis or yurts or just one for your garden, we can give you expert advice that comes from our long experience of design and craftsmanship.
Our standards are high and our products really are made with love and care!
Our team is made up of a dynamic group of
-carpenters and craftsmen.
General Tipi Questions
Can tipis be left up year ’round?
Absolutely. Our 16oz or 20oz canvas is your best choice if you are planning on making your
tipi a “permanent” structure. From a maintenance perspective, after your tipi has been up for
a few months, go inside and push out all of the poles except for the tripod poles. This will
keep your tipi cover tight and prevent flapping and wear in the wind.
How long will a tipi last?
The tipi poles will easily last a decade or more. The canvas tipi cover is a bit more variable. It
could last just a few of years or nearly as long as your poles. The life of the tipi cover is
highly dependent on the climate your tipi is located in, how long your tipi is left up and how
well you store it when you put it away. Your tipi cover will last longer if it is not in a high
UV area or an extremely wet area. It will also last longer if it is not left up year round, but
you must be careful to store it completely dry and in a moisture-free area.
How do you store a tipi?
Take down the tipi cover and fold it neatly when it is completely dry in a moisture-free area.
Mice and other rodents can make a feast of a stored tipi. You can protect the cover from those
little critters by storing it in a good quality plastic trash can with a tight fitting lid. When you
store your poles, lay them flat on several boards so they have good air circulation around
How long does it take to put up a tipi?
It depends somewhat on the size of tipi you choose, but allow at least 1/2 day to a day with a
few friends when you pitch your tipi for the first time. You’ll be able to get it down to a
couple of hours after you’ve done it a few times. Manual instruction and video will be
provided when order placed
Weather and Warmth
Is a tipi waterproof?
Although a tipi is not completely waterproof, the fabrics we use make the tipi cover
waterproof. Our 16 ounce canvas and our 20 ounce canvas are treated to make the tipi highly
water repellent. There are a few things you can do to keep things dry. Adjusting the smoke
flaps to close or minimize the smoke hole will prevent most rain and snow from entering.
Adding an ozan and a wall lining will divert rain out of the tipi if you need to keep the smoke
Will the tipi withstand strong winds?
The design of the tipi and properly pitching it is generally enough to make sure the tipi stands
strong against the wind. The back of your tipi should be pitched into the prevailing winds,
typically to the west. The backside of the tipi has a steeper angle–this design creates a brace
against the strong winds. If you are in a very exposed area with severe wind, there are a few
other things you can do. When you tie the poles together allow the left over rope to dangle to
the ground and stake this rope down. You may also want to drill a hole at the bottom of your
tipi poles about six inches from the ground. Then drive steel stakes through the holes and into
Can I have a fire pit in the tipi?
Definitely! A firepit should be located just forward from the center of the tipi, so it is under
the smoke opening. You will learn to adjust the smoke flaps (more open or closed, more into
the wind or away from it) to draw the smoke best. Think of the smoke flaps like the collar of
a coat and angle them to best shelter the opening from the wind. If you plan to have a fire in
your tipi, a wall lining is essential. It works with the outer tipi cover to create a chimney
effect to draw the smoke up through the smoke flaps.
Parts of a Tipi
What is a wall lining?
The tipi wall lining is an interior cloth wall that insulates and controls airflow in the tipi. A
tipi cover alone provides sufficient mild weather shelter but in cool or hot weather a liner is
essential. A properly pitched tipi cover is staked a few inches off the ground. The liner hangs
from the inside of the poles and extends onto the ground, sealing the bottom of the lodge.
Cool outside air is drawn under the cover and channels up through the smoke flaps, taking the
smoke out with it.
What is an half ozan and full ozan?
The half ozan is an interior drop ceiling or inside rain cover that forms a canopy over the
back third of the tipi behind the fire. It holds in heat and shelters the living area below. In the
back, it drops down behind the liner to divert moisture out of your tipi. An extended ozan
which reaches all the way to the front of the tipi is also available.
The full ozan is an interior drop ceiling or inside rain cover that forms a canopy the entire
interior of the tipi.
How do the smoke flaps work on a tipi?
Both of the smoke flaps have a pocket for the tip of a tipi pole to fit into. These poles may be
moved around the edge of the tipi on the outside. This moves the smoke flaps into a position
which will enhance airflow up and out of the tipi. You will want to adjust the smoke flaps so
that the wind is not blowing into the smoke flap opening of your tipi. So if the wind is
coming from the back of your tipi, the smoke flaps and tips of the poles in them should be set
so your smoke flaps are open in the same direction as the door. If the wind is coming from
the side of the tipi, the flaps should be adjusted to the right or the left so that the wind slides
over the flaps instead of directly into the smoke hole.
What kind of wood and how many poles do I need for my tipi?
* type of wood (fir, spruce, pine)
* quantity: 14 - 17 pieces
* length: at least 1,5m - 2 meters longer than a tipi diameter.
* poles need to be straight and as thin as possible (diameter in its thickest point should have
about 8-14 cm)
* poles need to be peeled, tapered and smooth to the touch
Should the tipi poles be treated with anything?
Treating the tipi poles may extend the life of the poles somewhat. Some people also prefer
the look of treated tipi poles. Any commercial wood preservative can also be used to preserve
the tipi poles. Some customers like to sand their poles before treating them and smoother
poles are better in rainy climates.
Can the tipi cover be painted?
Tipis are often painted with interesting or authentic Native American designs. Please contact
us for more details
What do you do for a floor in a tipi?
Many tipi owners prefer to set their tipi up on a deck or with a wood floor inside.
How much does it cost to ship a tipi?
The cost of shipping a tipi is dependent on the tipi size you choose and the distance your tipi
will be shipped. Please contact us for more details.
How long will it take to get my tipi after I order?
Average time between when you place your order and the time we ship the tipi to you is
about 3-4 weeks.
General Yurt Questions
Who installs my yurt?
Most Majestic Canvas Studio customers enjoy the satisfaction of setting up their yurt
themselves with a group of friends and family. You will receive an easy to follow instruction
manual and video when you place your order. It takes you step by step through the setup
process and lists lots of helpful tips. Phone support is also available Monday through Friday
should you have questions. If you are within 400 miles of our office in Glastonbury,
Somerset we have an installation crew that can fully install or help you install your yurt
How long does it take to set up a yurt?
It depends on the size of the yurt and options you’ve selected. Generally speaking, once you
have your platform finished, the actual yurt installation takes from less than a day.
How long do yurts last?
The wooden framework of the yurt will last indefinitely. The fabric cover of the yurt will
generally last eight to fifteen years depending on the severity of UV rays in your climate and
the exposure of your yurt to these UV rays. Extreme moisture and humidity are also
environmental elements that may need special consideration. However you will receive 24
months of canvas warranty.
How do I care for my yurt once it is up?
You may want to occasionally wash the walls and roof with a very mild soap and a garden
hose. We recommend a mild detergent such as Ivory Flakes which can be found in your local
grocery store. Never pressure wash the fabric cover of your yurt as this will cause irreparable
damage. Especially in harsh climates, it is a good idea to recoat the outside surface of the
doors every few years with a wood stain or polyurethane for protection against the weather.
Are yurts eco-friendly?
Fabric yurts leave a very light footprint on the earth making them extremely environmentally
friendly. The simple design of the yurt also requires far fewer of the earth’s resources than a
traditional stick built home. Yurts are a very eco-friendly alternative for those resolved to
living a more sustainable and simple lifestyle.
Can yurts be connected together or with other structures?
Some customers choose to locate a bedroom, bathroom or office in a second yurt or other
wooden structure. Attaching these to the main yurt can be as simple as building a breezeway
between the two. This may also be accomplished by building a hallway between door frames
of both structures.
What about a bathroom and a kitchen in my yurt?
Many customers choose to partition off a section of their yurt for a bathroom. This can be
done by studding up a wall like you would in a traditional house. The kitchen can be located
on the opposite side of this stud wall, so the water source can be shared and there is a flat
surface for hanging cabinets. Venting is in most cases directed through the yurt wall.
Plumbing lines are generally brought up through the floor. Special care (the capacity to drain
the line, wrapping it with heat tape or using a constant heat source with a thermostat) must be
taken in freezing climates to protect the above ground plumbing components. Some
customers utilize a composting toilet. Occasionally yurt owners will choose to put their
bathroom in a second attached or detached yurt or even in a separate wood frame structure.
Can I install electricity?
If you have access to electricity on your property, the electrical lines can be run to any
location under your yurt and brought up through the floor. Outlets and light switches may
then be placed wherever convenient. If you do not have access to electricity we recommend
How do I heat my yurt?
Heating a yurt is most often accomplished with a wood or gas stove vented through the yurt
wall. It is important to know the square footage of the area you will be heating when you go
to purchase your stove. Radiant in-floor heating is also becoming popular and is an efficient,
even way to heat the yurt in a fairly mild climate or with a supplemental heat source such as
electric baseboards or ceramic heaters.
Can interior walls be built in my yurt?
Yes, walls can be built to section off areas within your yurt. They are framed up after the yurt
is erected just like walls in a traditional house. The internal walls should not attach to the yurt
walls as this may effect the structural integrity of the yurt. Bathrooms and bedrooms are the
areas for which walls are most often built.
What kind of platform or deck does my yurt require?
Your yurt is designed to be built on a circular, raised platform that is the same diameter as
your yurt. The walls of the yurt connect to the floor of the platform with L brackets, eyebolts
or metal pegs. This platform may stand alone or may be placed on top of an oversized deck
giving you room on the outside for sitting areas and making it easier to roll up the window
flaps. This platform allows you the flexibility of placing your yurt on uneven terrain since the
surface of the deck can be levelled by adjusting the height of the posts underneath. If your
landscape is fairly level, a concrete circular platform is also an option. You are responsible
for building the platform.
Will my yurt come with a floor?
You are responsible for the flooring in your yurt. Tongue and groove wood flooring is most
often used, however other flooring materials such as tile or linoleum can be installed if a
subfloor is laid first. If keeping the cost down is a concern, a simple plywood floor is a good
How much will it cost to ship my yurt?
Yurt shipping costs depend on many factors including your shipping location, size of your
yurt and options selected. Please contact us for more info.
How long will it take to get my yurt?
Your yurt will usually be shipped from our shop 3-6 weeks after you place your order.
Returns of custom built yurt not accepted.