How To Measure Vinyl Straps
Vinyl strap is cut 10% shorter than the width of the chair and stretches when installed. As the strap is stretched, its width shrinks about a quarter-inch. When ordering vinyl strap, select a measurement one-quarter inch wider than currently on the furniture.
Step 1: Measure Width
Measure the width of the strap in the middle (Figure 1), not on the ends where it is attached to the frame. If it measures approximately 1 3/4", order 2" vinyl strap. If it measures approximately 1 1/4", order 1 1/2" vinyl strap.
Step 2A: Measure Length for Single-Wrap Method
Place the tape measure at one hole and measure over the frame to the hole on the opposite bar following the placement of the strap. (Figure 2)
Measure Length for Double-Wrap Method
Place the tape measure at one hole and wrap the tape around the bar once (Figure 3). Let out the tape to the other side and wrap once around that bar following the placement of the strap.
Measure Length for Clip Method
If using metal clips, place the tape measure where the strap attaches to the clip on one bar. Measure to the corresponding clip on the opposite bar.
Step 3: Calculate the Length to Cut Each Strap
Reduce the length of the strap measurement by 10%.
23" length x .90 = 20.7" length to cut the strap
29" length x .90 = 26.1" length to cut the strap
Multiply the “length to cut the strap” by the number of straps for the total amount of vinyl strap to order. Length accounts for position of holes; do not add to compensate.
If ordering pre-cut straps and the length to cut the strap is not a half inch or whole inch, round up. For example, if your calculation is 20.7", order pre-cut length of 21".
Selecting a Vinyl Color
Vinyl strap is available in assorted colors and widths as well as 50-, 100- and 200-foot rolls and pre-cut/hole punched. Please go to Colors for availability. Because computer monitors are notoriously inaccurate for color, Patio Furniture Supplies recommends you order color samples before ordering vinyl rolls or pre-cut straps.