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How to Choose the Right Size Grow Tent

I’m not a big fan in putting holes in my walls (I had a different attitude in my prepubescent years, but that’s another story) and if you’re like me, it is not worth destroying your home for exhausting air from your grow room. If you know what to look for when buying a grow tent, then you know the next step is choosing the right size grow tent for your indoor grow. The first steps are figuring out your space– which is the hardest part.

Your grow space must include all the equipment and accessories to fully use your area the right way. You have to keep in mind the position and location of where everything will be, whether it is your carbon filter, your intake and exhaust fans, your tools, nutrients, and other misc. parts. Everything else (grow lights, plants, pots, etc.) should fit inside your grow tent. Granted, it doesn’t take a lot of space to store your equipment if it’s not already inside your grow room but that that is usually not the case. Here’s why:

Prior to setting up your Grow Room

Before setting your dream grow room for your future harvests, you need a blue print and equipment list to become successful. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but a nice visual always helps with the setup process. Here’s mine for example:

blue print diagram grow tent setupAlso make sure you know how much electricity you need to run your room. A standard home breaker has 15 amps and you should never max them out. Only use 80% of the breaker for electric surge prevention. Check the breaker for that room and make sure there are no useless appliances attached to it. You should have that breaker exclusively for your grow room. Consider purchasing a separate 100 amp sub panel if you need extra amperage for your setup. This is not only safe, but smart.

The last thing to consider before setting down your equipment is making sure you know what you’re going to do with your water run-off (soil) or refilling reservoirs for hydroponic systems. If you already have a sink in your grow area, consider installing an industrial sink. If your water is going to be supplied in another room, make steps to turn the process for throwing water waste and refilling easy on you.

Setting up a Grow Tent Area | Step by Step

Once you chose your location, dedicated an electric breaker, and figured your watering process…

  • Calculate the materials and costs for equipment and accessories (reference your blueprint).
  • Make sure the room is clear of anything you’re not using for your grow area. This means any furniture, curtains, pets, rugs, desks, etc..
  • Whether hydroponics or soil, set up the system and determine the spacing for your pots or buckets. Make sure you leave yourself enough room to work in and around them.
  • Designate a location for nutrients, spare grow light bulbs, pruning shears, and other accessories. I like to keep mine in a plastic storage container.
  • Find a spot in your grow area to put the grow tent. If you’re planning on exhausting or pulling air from an outside source (or both), consider a window or a crawl space from the roof. Place your grow tent near the exhaust/intake locations, this is an important thing to consider when you start installing your grow tent equipment.
unorganized grow tent
Don’t do this– Keeping a dirty Grow Area

What NOT to do in your Grow Area

It’s important to know what can punish your grow room. These are things that you should avoid at all cost to keep you from getting a headache during your grow season:

  • Keeping your grow tent and grow area dirty. Any trash and litter should be off the floor and away from your grow tent. Trash is a hotbed for potential pests to find a home in your grow tent and on your plants. Prevent any pest infestation by keeping a clean and tidy space.
  • Not being organized by cluttering your equipment and accessories. Cross contamination is a very common issue and you can be transferring some bad stuff if your used ducting touches your pruning shears that you use to snip off leaves. Do not leave clutter and junk laying around. Remove empty boxes and designate your grow equipment to keep things organized and safe.
  • Bringing outdoor equipment inside your grow tent. This means ladders, hoses, trash cans, or anything that’s stored outside. Keep it out of your grow area. You give outdoor pests, like spidermites, a chance to find its way into your grow tent and feasting on your plants. A common infestation that’s extremely difficult to destroy and manage are aphids. Don’t do this to yourself– keep outdoor equipment where it belongs, outdoors.

Once you decide on how you want to use your space, the next step is figuring out which grow tent will help you move forward into setting up the right grow tent.

The Small Square Base (32x32x63)

32x32x63 Yield Lab Grow Tent for Indoor Grows and Grow Light Systems
Check out the full specs at GrowAce.com (Click me!)

 

I love this grow tent, especially when you’re starting small (whether you want to or for necessity). It gives you more than enough venting options and can grow two mature plants which is roughly 4-5ft tall from the top of the grow pot. It has double line zippers for zero light leaks giving you complete darkness for your night time schedule.

From the diagram above, this grow tent includes the following:

  • 5x 6in. duct ports for intake and exhaust options.
  • 2x 4in. duct ports for cable, pipes, and wire management.
  • 3x streamlined rectangular air vents for easy air exchange and humidity control.
  • 1x pocket poach for easy access to common accessories like pruning shears, meters, and sunglasses.
  • 1x sealed window to watch your plants without disturbing the grow tent environment.
  • 3x beam roof supports for grow lights systems, carbon filter attachment, and any nice goodies you like to hang.

The 6″ ducting includes double draw string vent and duct holders. The top 6″ duct hole are usually used for exhausting. You either attach a fan at the top or run ducting through it from a fan that’s inside the grow tent. If you have an air cooled hood that you would like to run with an additional exhaust fan, you have the two 6″ duct holes at the top to do so. Just attach ducting on both sides of the air cooled reflector and install a fan on the other side.

Here’s a video that shows you how it looks to scale as well as setup. Keep in mind, this is an older grow tent that we used to carry, but most of the descriptions are still the same.

 Small Rectangular Base (48x24x60)

closet grow grow tent used for indoor gardening and hydroponics
Full specs for the Yield Lab 2ft. x 4ft. x 5ft. grow tent at GrowAce.com. (click me!)

Because it is so slim, it fits better in wide closets (like ones with sliding doors). This particular grow tent is 48 inches wide, 24 inches in length, and 60 inches in height. With this grow tent, we recommend either fitting three full sized plants or 8 small plants (clones, herbs, early vegging growth, etc..).

diagram of 48x24x60 small grow room grow tent for hydroponics and grow light kits

From the diagram above, this grow tent includes the following:

  • 3x 6in. duct ports for intake and exhaust options.
  • 2x 4in. duct ports for cable, pipes, and wire management.
  • 3x streamlined rectangular air vents for easy air exchange and humidity control.
  • 1x pocket poach for easy access to common accessories like pruning shears, meters, and sunglasses.
  • 2x sealed windows to watch your plants without disturbing the grow tent environment.
  • 4x beam roof support for grow lights, carbon filters, and other goodies you like to hang.
  • 2-Door front entrance to support the wide size.

I have personally used this grow tent for mothers and clones and it’s a solid addition to a grow room. As a standalone, you do not have as much customization because it only comes with 3x 6in. duct ports and none of them are towards the bottom for better intake quality.

 Medium Rectangular Base (48x48x78)

48x48x78 Medium Grow Tent Perfect for Indoor Grow Light Systems
Full Specs at GrowAce.com (Click Here for Details!)

This grow tent is quite bigger than the previous two grow tents we went over. This grow tent is basically 4x4ft in length and 6.5ft tall. For this size grow tent, we recommend fitting 4 full size plants giving you room to work around. You can also fit 6, but that will be a snug fit. You can also fit 16 small sized plants that will grow no larger than 2 feet tall.

 Diagram of the 48x48x78 Grow Tent Yield Lab

From the diagram above, this grow tent includes the following:

  • 5x 6in. duct ports for intake and exhaust options.
  • 2x 4in. duct ports for cable, pipes, and wire management.
  • 3x streamlined rectangular air vents for easy air exchange and humidity control.
  • 1x pocket poach for easy access to common accessories like pruning shears, meters, and sunglasses.
  • 1x sealed windows to watch your plants without disturbing the grow tent environment.
  • 4x beam roof support for grow lights, carbon filters, and other goodies you like to hang.
  • 2 side doors (left and right) to easily work around your grow tent. Also works for optional entrances.

This is one of the most popular grow tents ever. The size is perfect for medium sized grow areas and plenty of customization to optimize your growing space. This is a popular grow tent because of the size. It’s not too small and not too big. The two side doors are an added bonus to the whole setup because it allows you to work on your plants without having to go through the front.

You can see it in action in this promo video we made for Yield Lab grow tents:

Large Rectangular Base (96x48x78)

two door 94x48x78 large grow tent for indoor hydroponic grow lights
Full Specs available at GrowAce.com (Click the Image for Details)

This is one of the largest grow tents GrowAce.com has. This is a commitment for guaranteed larger yields. It’s basically 2x 48x48x78 Yield Lab Grow Tents rolled into one. Serious and dedicated growers know that it will take up most of your room in your grow area so prepare for it. This is 4x8ft in area and 6.5ft in height. For this monster sized grow tent it’s optimal for you to fit 8 full sized plants (4-5ft tall) comfortably. This will provide room to work in and around them. Or if you’re doing a SOG grow or smaller plants, you can fit about 25 small sized plants.

diagram for the yield lab 96x48x76 large grow tent 2 door

From the diagram above, this grow tent includes the following:

  • 4x 8in duct ports for larger intake and exhaust options.
  • 2x 6in. duct ports for intake and exhaust options.
  • 4x 4in. duct ports for cable, pipes, and wire management.
  • 6x streamlined rectangular air vents for easy air exchange and humidity control.
  • 1x pocket poach for easy access to common accessories like pruning shears, meters, and sunglasses.
  • 2x sealed windows to watch your plants without disturbing the grow tent environment.
  • 4x beam roof support for grow lights, carbon filters, and other goodies you like to hang.
  • 2-Door front entrance to support the wide size.
  • 2-Door back entrance to easily get to all your plants.

This massive grow tent comes with maximum customization. You have way more duct ports to allow huge exhausting with 8in high output fans and large carbon filters. Huge open doorways to get to all your plants with no fuss. This is easily one of the best grow tents on the market for serious growers.

BONUS: This next video encompasses all the design options you can do in your grow tents. These are just what we recommend and are definitely not the end-all-be-all of setting up the perfect grow tent. Learn to experiment and have fun with it because it’s your grow room and you know what’s best for your plants. Enjoy!

We hope this post has helped you decide on which grow tent is best suited for your growing needs. Share this if you think it was helpful.

Do you have any suggestions on grow tents and setups? Anything we missed? Leave a comment and we’ll surely reply.

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