De Boer was founded in 1924 in the town of Hensbroek, the Netherlands, by Klaas de Boer, who owned a local bar "Het Springend Paard" and a grocery shop. Klaas de Boer devised a sheltered cafe using poles and tarpaulin for the annual village festival. Soon after, Klaas de Boer was asked to serve at more festivals, and he bought a second-hand Italian circus tent to provide a better accommodation.
During the 1930s, his son Jan de Boer joined the business and a sowing machine was bought to produce their own tents. After the Second World War, De Boer also arranged the catering and music for the events, now also further away from Hensbroek.
In the 1950s, De Boer introduced wooden halls, a major advance at the time. In 1963, Klaas de Boer died, and his son, Jan de Boer, took over. In the decades that followed, Jan's five sons started taking part in the company as well, and new offices were opened in surrounding countries.
The company has since grown into a supplier of professional temporary tensile structures, constructed using extrusion aluminium profiles, pvc roof covers and sides, glass panels and other structural elements.
With these types of temporary quick-to-build structures, De Boer builds event and hospitality accommodations, temporary storage facilities, warehousing, short-term office and retail facilities and emergency accommodation, supermarkets and airport baggage handling.
In 2002, the family sold the majority of its company shares to 3i. In 2005, NPM Capital, part of SHV Holdings, became the major shareholder as the de Boer family sold its last remaining shares and 3i sold its shares as well.