How to Properly Place Your Tent Stake

Staking

Stake holding power is directly related to the stake depth, stake width, and stake angle. This is because holding power is directly related to the surface area of the tent stake and the soil around the stake. Thin tent stakes have less holding power than wide tent stakes because they provide less surface area to grip the soil. Stakes placed halfway in the ground reduce the stakes contact area with the soil. The additional stake height protruding out of the ground also increases the torque on the stake. Because of this additional torque, a stake halfway in the ground has less than half the holding power of a stake placed all the way into the ground. Any angle in the soil reduces the grip of the stake in the soil.  A tent stake placed at an angle can drastically reduce the holding power. It is important that tent stakes are properly placed into the ground to maximize holding power.

different tent stakes in the ground showing their holding power at different angles

Summary

To get the maximum holding power from your stake place it all the way into the ground with no angle. A tent stake placed at an angle can reduce the holding power. It is important that tent stakes are properly placed into the ground to maximize holding power.