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The 5 Best Dream Tents | Fun Styles

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Even children sometimes need a space to get away and have some privacy. A space they can really call their own, and have some peace and quiet to read or play a game on their tablet.

Dream tents are a simple solution to this problem, with quick pop-up and fasten features that even a child can handle by themselves; and it even has built-in privacy drapes (Source).

With this inexpensive solution, any child can have a tiny world of their own, and get away from siblings for some quality me-time.

The best part is, when a child gets to embrace the joys of being alone, parents can only relax with solitary activities.

Comparing The Options

SaleBestseller No. 1
Ontel DTSA-CD12 Dream Tents Space Adventure
474 Reviews
Ontel DTSA-CD12 Dream Tents Space Adventure
  • POP-UP TENT: Your child can live in fantasy land with their own colorful canopy tent that fits over twin beds & some bunk beds. The glow in the dark tent is perfect as a secret hideout & reading nook with a built-in night light.
  • CHILDREN'S PLAY TENT: This bed canopy tent for children easily pops open & fastens to beds so kids can make bedtime fun. It folds away with ease for storage & transport to slumber parties.
Bestseller No. 2
DreamTents Fun Pop Up Tent - Dinosaur Island
65 Reviews
DreamTents Fun Pop Up Tent - Dinosaur Island
  • DreamTentsTM are easy to set up and easy to store. They instantly pop open and they fasten to the bed in just seconds. They work on all twin beds, even bunk beds! To store them, you just fold, and put away. It's that simple!
Bestseller No. 3
Yeahs Shop Dream Tent Winter Wonderland Pop-up Play Tent Playhouse Castles Kids X-mas
  • Yeahs Shop Magical Winter Wonderland bedding tent for kids creating magical imagination.
  • Made of washable polyester, breathable, lightweight and durable, environmental friendly.
Bestseller No. 4
Velocity Stores Dream Tents Glow Space Explorer - As Seen On TV
19 Reviews
Velocity Stores Dream Tents Glow Space Explorer - As Seen On TV
  • Velocity Stores Dream Tents Glow Space Explorer - As Seen On TV
Bestseller No. 5
Dream Tents Glow - Space Explorer - Twin Size - Glow in The Dark
2 Reviews
Dream Tents Glow - Space Explorer - Twin Size - Glow in The Dark
  • STIMULATE IMAGINATION - Turn your bed into a magical dream world
  • EASY INSTALL - Pops open and fastens to the bed in just seconds

Unboxing A Dream Tent

The Secret Life of Vivian YouTube channel unboxed this popular ‘as seen on TV’ product:

Buyer Feedback

We researched buyer feedback on a couple eCommerce sites to figure out best buying practices.

  1. Right Style? Some buyers mentioned that they received the wrong style of tent, but it was too close to either a birthday or Christmas to return it for the proper item. Be sure to buy ahead of time to give yourself some wiggle room in case a return is necessary.
  2. Mattress Fit Issues: Heed the advice of many buyers, and “make sure the tent will fit the mattress” before buying one. Different variables like bed size, frame, and bunk beds can have an effect on how the cover fits and stays on.
  3. Mail-In Rebates? If you’re shopping for a dream tent, you’ve probably seen the advertisement that the cover comes with a free reading light with a mail-in rebate. Many buyers were frustrated because the advertisement makes it seem as if the light comes with the cover, when it’s actually something you need to send in a rebate form to receive. However, one buyer did go through the process of filling out the mail-in rebate, and said that their rebate was denied, and another buyer claimed that there was no rebate form in her packaging for the dream tent.

What is a Dream Tent?

A “dream tent” is a small tent that covers the head of a child’s bed to give them a fun and private space to read or play games.

These bed covers can help children feel more safe and secure if they normally have trouble sleeping in their own room, or in their own bed.

Two curtains are attached to the sides that can be closed for privacy, or opened and secured off to the side.

They’re so easy to install onto a bed, that kids can do it all by themselves. Simply slide a U-shaped plastic anchor under each side of the bed, and then attach both sides of the pop-up cover. When you’re done, it folds up easily into a disc shape and can slide into small spaces out of the way, such as under the bed.

If your child is rough on their belongings, it’s no problem. These pop-up covers are very durable. They come in lots of “different themes” (Source), so there’s something that every child would love. Pop-up bed covers are very popular right now.

These would make for a great Christmas or birthday gift, or simply a surprise!


The company Dream Tents also makes a separate line of covers that are advertised to glow in the dark.

At this point, it looks like they might be discontinued, as they’re very hard to find online and many say they are out of stock. Some reviewers also report that the glowing tents don’t actually glow as advertised, so this may be the reason the company is phasing them out.


Most dream tent sellers advertise a free clip-on book light that kids can attach to their pop-up cover.

However, it requires ordering the cover itself, filling out a rebate form and mailing it in, and then waiting for the light to arrive.

Since the book reading light they advertise is just like any other book light, you could simply order one online at the same time you order the cover so that there’s no waiting around.

– Target sells a great Energizer great “clip-on light”.

– Walmart has a “flexible led book-light” that attaches with a clip.


The most sought-after sleeping cover features a hooved mythical creature, and is every girl’s dream. Can you guess what it is- it’s a unicorn style, as you can see with this option:

Target offers the popular “unicorn theme” online, and also sells them in store. Although Bed Bath and Beyond is out of stock online, you may have luck at your local store. Several websites claiming to be the official Dream Tents website also sell the covers online, but be cautious when ordering anything online from a website you’re not sure of.

Full-Size Bed

Some of the same unverified websites claiming to be the official website of the company are also advertising covers that will fit full-size beds. This seems to be a ploy to get people onto their site because all of the full-size products are constantly out of stock. It appears that dream tents are only available for twin style beds right now.

However, if you’re looking for a camping experience for a full-size bed, Pacific Play offers a full mattress tent:

Unlike the pop-up tents, it covers the entire mattress, giving even more privacy, and a cozy feeling.

It does cover a much larger area than a standard dream tent and on a much larger mattress. Even adults can enjoy the cozy feeling of a bed cover with this option.

Regional Popularity

We used Google Trends to take a look at where these fantastical tents are most popular- check it out below:

Regional Popularity 
Regiondream tent: (11/29/17 - 11/29/18)
West Virginia95
New Hampshire66
Rhode Island64
New Mexico64
New Jersey54
North Carolina52
District of Columbia49
South Carolina48
New York45
South Dakota
North Dakota
  • November 29, 2018
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