How To Measure Slings
Slings change shape over time so it’s unwise to measure an old sling to determine the size of its replacement.
Our slings are to be installed into sling rails attached to the sides of the frame; the top and bottom ends of our slings have no pockets and are not installed in or onto a rail. Our slings are not screwed or riveted into the frame. Email Patio Furniture Supplies photos of the front, side and back of all the furniture, and we’ll confirm we make your slings. Do not order if your slings attach at top and bottom or are screwed/riveted to the frame.
Step 1: Before Measuring
Email photos of the front, back and side of each piece, and we’ll confirm it’s a style of sling we make. This measuring method does not work for all constructions/styles of patio furniture.
Make sure all bolts are tight, and measure as closely to the bolts as possible. The most accurate measurement is taken where the sling rail is secured to the frame because this is the most stable part of the frame. If the sling measures other than a quarter-inch, half-inch, three-quarter-inch, or inch, then round up to the next quarter-inch.
Step 2: Measure Width
Ideally, measure with the sling installed:
As closely to the bolts as possible, measure the visible part of the seat sling on the left side (Figure 1) to where it disappears into the sling rail on the right side (Figure 2). In the photos below, the sling measures 20" wide. If the width is not an even inch, 1/4", 1/2" or 3/4", round up. For example, if the width is 19 1/8" order 19 1/4". And having someone assist you in holding the tape measure around the curves can help in measuring accurately. Repeat on the chair back. These measurements are usually the same, but sometimes a chair’s seat is wider than its back.
If the sling is not installed:
As closely to the bolts as possible, measure from the outside of the groove on the left sling rail to the outside of the groove on the right sling rail. Repeat on the chair back. These measurements are usually the same, but sometimes a chair’s seat is wider than its back.
NOTE: Patio Furniture Supplies makes what is called a “tight sling.” The width of the new sling will be the same as the distance between the grooves of the sling rails. Once the sling is installed in the sling rails, the second sling rail is stretched to the frame and reattached.
Step 3: Measure Length
Measure from the top of the chair’s sling rail to the bottom end of the rail, following the contour (Figure 3.) Do not include the sling rail end caps. If the length is not an even inch, 1/4", 1/2" or 3/4", round up. For example, if the length is 41 3/8" order 41 1/2". And having someone assist you in holding the tape measure around the curves can help in measuring accurately.
Don’t Know Your Model?
Patio Furniture Supplies has patterns for most Brown Jordan, Carter Grandle, Winston, Tropitone, Woodard and LLoyd Flanders models. Receipts are sometimes incorrect, so we recommend that you email firstname.lastname@example.org a side-view photo of all your furniture, and we’ll email you the name of the product line. We’ll respond via email; if you don’t receive an answer within a day, please check your spam folder.
Selecting a Fabric
Our slings are all custom-made and available in more than 100 solid colors, stripes and patterns. Please click on Grade A+ Exclusive, Grade A Select, Grade B Premier or Grade C Sunbrella fabrics to view colors. Because computer monitors are notoriously inaccurate for color, Patio Furniture Supplies recommends you order samples of fabrics before ordering slings or umbrellas.