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15 September, 2013

Review - Privacy Pop Bed Tent

Privacy Pop Bed Tents are portable, easy to assemble tents that turn your bed into a privacy zone.  It is available in many sizes - Twin, Twin XL, Twin Bunk, Full, Full Bunk, and Queen, and several colors that would appeal to both adults and children, with more colors coming out as sales improve.  And I'm sure if enough people requested it, they would expand out to King size tents.

I purchased the Queen Size in black.  I know, boring, but hey I like the color black.

This is one of those products that when you see it, you're like "Why didn't I think of that?" and "Where have you been all my life?".  It's perfect for so many situations.

Number one would have to be college dorms.  I would have absolutely killed to have one of these when I went off to college.  Like many colleges, mine had mandatory on-campus living for the first two years and I hated it so much.  I was not used to sharing such a small room with a stranger, have always been very reclusive and anti-social, and dorms were like living in hell.  My freshman year, I'm sure my first roommate caught me in a awkward post-masturbatory situation at least once, since she would live with a guy for weeks at a time and then suddenly just show up without notice.  With other roommates it would have been nice to have a way to block them off and be able to sleep or study or relax in peace.

If you like to use hostels when you travel (I used to, but not as much now that I'm older and prefer more comfort), a Privacy Pop Bed Tent would probably greatly enhance your hostel experience if you struggle to be able to sleep well, fear insect problems, or worry about being robbed or molested while staying there.  While not a solution by itself, it can help.  Even if you're bunking with 5 or 11 other people, you can have your own little privacy bubble.  Because the tent is easy to take up and down and comes with a nice carrying case with shoulder straps, you can travel with it.

this is a Queen size, so if you're just carrying Twin size, it's a smaller, lighter bag (8lbs for Twin)

Every parent, I'm sure, would love to give their children separate bedrooms, but it's not always possible.  If your kids hate sharing, they might feel better about it if they can have their own privacy tent to make them feel like they have their own space.  Even if they have their own bedroom, they might like having a more enclosed space that's just for them, or to feel like they have a "play tent" to have adventures in, pretend they are camping, or turn into an imaginary house or castle.  Or maybe you're sharing a room with them and you want one.

Got a young child that's afraid of monsters?  Tell them the tent is monster-proof, maybe spritz it with a little "monster-repellent" in the form of lavender water or something, regularly, and maybe that will help calm their fears.

Is your child going to summer camp?  Maybe they are introverted or autistic and need a little private space to de-stress at times?

Need to double up bedroom space because you have family or guests staying with you for awhile?  You can still have your private space with a Privacy Pop Bed Tent.

Sharing a Room With Someone? Get Privacy on Demand! The Innovative Privacy Tent - CLICK HERE

Do you have a kid who barges in on you without knocking in the middle of the night or early in the morning and you're afraid he or she will see something you don't want them to?  Zip up your bed tent and you'll have another barrier to protect them (and you) with.

You do not even need to have a traditional mattress to use Privacy Pop - you can use it with sleeping bags or air beds or cots.

The reason I just picked one of these up is not one that Privacy Pop is advertising, but maybe they should.  Despite regular pest control spraying and other measures, I have not been able to totally keep large spiders and scorpions out of my house.  I live in the Southwest, so it's very difficult to avoid them entirely.  We only moved in a few months ago and the house was previously a rental property for the owners, and I highly doubt there was much of a pest control regimen for years, given how poorly the house was maintained in general.  I am, I admit, totally terrified of them, and when I see another one, I am too stressed out to sleep well and feel like I have to be on guard 24/7.  So I feel like with this tent, I can zip it up and feel secure to sleep unmolested by these horrid creatures.  Getting a good night's sleep is very important to one's wellbeing.  If you sleep badly night after night, it will take its toll on your physical and mental health.

Of course, I'm hoping stepping up to stronger (and more) poisons and spraying a little more indoors (which I've been reluctant to do to a great extent because I have a cat that pokes her little nose into every nook and cranny constantly) will greatly reduce my sightings.  With your tent zipped up at night, you are safe from surprise visits from crickets, spiders, mosquitoes, scorpions, or any other pests you may be temporarily plagued by.  Sometimes these things just happen.  I had another house in Texas where I lived for many years where one year we suddenly had a serious plague of crickets and they were getting in the house every day.  After several weeks, they were gone.  Never had that problem before, or since, it was just one of those freak natural occurrences.  Definitely could have used a tent then, since they could jump into our beds.

As you can see from the pictures above, the Privacy Pop bed tent has 4 zipper openings - 2 huge doors on either side, and 2 smaller windows front and back which are actually 3 different modes: solid or mesh or both.  With the smaller openings, you can use them for ventilation, windows to see out of the tent, or to pass smaller objects in or out.  The mesh cloth is so dense that no insect could crawl through, but it breathes very effectively.  The side openings are for getting in and out of the tent yourself or to have a open side with full access.  There is a small square (which you can close off) for cord access (say, for a cell phone or laptop) even with a zipped-up tent.  There is a hook-and-loop system for when you want the zippered flaps to stay up and out of the way.  The fabric is water-repellent.

Assembling the tent was pretty easy overall.  The most difficult part was wrestling my very heavy extra thick queen mattress into the tent.  For the Queen size, it will be a lot easier with two people to assemble.  At Queen size it is quite a big tent and it helps to have one person handle most of the mattress weight and one person steadying the tent.  For smaller sizes, especially the Twin or Twin XL, probably one person can manage it just fine.  I also recommend not assembling with the "help" of a pest of a bengal cat jumping in and out of the tent and attacking your hands while you assemble it.

My husband and I assembled the tent by sliding the mattress off to the side, placing the tent onto my platform frame, and then sliding in the poles which go horizontally along the top and bottom of the tent (the instructions were not totally clear about that, so it took us a minute to figure out that's where they went - there are small zippers where they go in).  Just 4 straight poles, very easy and no struggle.  We got the mattress in by turning it about 45 degrees, then slowly maneuvering it straight again, then making small adjustments until everything was straight.  The tent has a good amount of slack, so it's easy to rock it a little to get it straightened up, and to put your sheets on the bed.  It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be.

Sorry about the abysmal quality of the photos  :( - my phone camera doesn't cope well with low light situations and I still have a lot of crap piled up in my room from trying to minimize scorpion hiding spots.  I will try to retake with some added light and a DSLR soon.

Our ceilings are average height and I have a ceiling fan with lights in the room and still had space for the tent even though the tent is genuinely tall and roomy.  You'll want to be sure to carefully measure your available height clearance before you buy though - the distance from where the base of your mattress sits to as tall as the tent you're interested in is.  Unfortunately, I am now blocked from my ceiling fan, but I could always rearrange my room layout to improve the situation.  I haven't noticed much of a difference so far - the tent breathes pretty well even when totally zipped up for hours, so I still felt cool and comfortable all night long.  I did not feel deprived of oxygen or fresh air.

Getting in and out of the tent is easy.  Admittedly, I am only 5'3", but I had tons of space for access, and when I'm in the tent, I can sit straight up and read or whatever, and still have many inches above my head.  My 5'9" husband had plenty of room to spare too.  I think you would be have to be well over 6" tall to start having trouble with sitting straight up, and if you don't have a extra-deep mattress like I do, or actually have a thinner than average mattress like you may have with memory foam or latex mattresses, then you will have more clearance.  The zippers are not too difficult to zip and unzip and so far, seem heavy duty and like they will stand up to heavy use.

Since this is an adult blog, let's get back to talking sex.  I don't anticipate the tent being too limiting as far as activities and sex positions, at least for me.  I guess it might be slightly limiting for very tall people or a group.  My mattress was already too high up to really work for a lot of standing positions, except for oral sex, so the tent doesn't change that or make that problem worse.  The tent is great for having a private space to masturbate in peace, if you're quiet.  It will help block out distractions.

I would like to note that with the black tent having black zippers, in a dark environment, you might like to plan for putting on neon tape or a bright cord or something along those lines to help you find the zippers a little easier.  I plan on using some neon paracord on the zippers.

Sleeping inside the tent has a nice feel - very cosy and private.  It's like having an adult pillow fort!  I feel really secure and relaxed.  Because of the roomy design, it is not confining or claustrophobic at all.  It will definitely help me sleep more soundly.  The tent blocks light very effectively, so even if you were not getting enough coverage from curtains or blinds, you could sleep in the middle of the day as if it were night.

I'm very happy with the tent for the most part, but there are a couple of things I would like to change.  I would really love if the side flaps were also dual-layered, so I could have it closed against bugs but open for better air circulation.  The "electric cord" portal is not realistically accessible for me at all, certainly not to have cords going in and out of it all the time, it's well under the mattress.  I would like to see it on the side of the tent maybe about 8 inches up from the bottom.  More colors would be great.  The black color creates a very dark atmosphere in a already dark room.  I did not like the pink or tan colors at all, so that's why I got black.  I would like a light purple or a light turquoise color, personally.  The black is good for the sleep itself, but not as ideal for just hanging out inside the tent, unless you have a really bright and lit-up bedroom.  Most of my sheets are also dark colors, so it just adds to the dark cave feel.

Final Verdict - 4/5.  Does what I need it to do, pretty easy to use, overall quite nice and cozy.  Just a few small things that keep it from being perfect.  I have no problem recommending these bed tents.  Click the link below to head on over to Privacy Pop's website and check these out for yourself.

Sharing a Room With Someone? Get Privacy on Demand! The Innovative Privacy Tent - CLICK HERE

Privacy Pop!

Disclaimer - I purchased this item with my own money, have genuinely tested it, and my review is honest and not for compensation.  I do not endorse products that I do not personally believe in.

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