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HOW TO MEASURE STRAPS
Very Important: Please carefully read the instructions
About Custom Straps:
Custom order Straps are non-returnable and non-refundable once they are made to your measurements because they cannot be reused. Please make sure you measure your straps twice before placing your order. Follow our instructions on measuring straps below and follow exactly as we describe.
About Placing Your Order:
When measuring round to the closest 1/8”. DO NOT add or take away to your measurements as this will cause your straps to be too tight or too loose.
Please, follow the exact measuring instructions.
The following pictures will guide your steps in how to measure your straps properly and submit your order to PatioChairSupplies.com
If our guidelines are not followed, it may cause your straps not to fit properly.
HOW TO MEASURE SINGLE WRAP STRAPS
Step one:
Identifying if it is a Single Wrap Strap.
The Single Wrap Strap is identified by the location of the holes. They are located on the inside portion of the chair frame.
Step two:
Measuring the width of the Strap.
Using a flexible cloth or a plastic tape measure, measure the strap width. If it measures approximately 1 ¼”, order 1 ½”. If it measures approximately 1 ¾”, order 2”.
Step three:
Measuring the length of the Single Wrap Strap.
Measure the distance from the tip of the left outside frame (pic.1) to the tip of the right outside frame (pic.2). And, we show you the full length (pic.3)
HOW TO MEASURE DOUBLE WRAP STRAPS
Step one:
Identifying if it is a Double Wrap Strap.
The Double Wrap Strap is identified by the location of the holes. They are located on the bottom portion of the chair frame.
Step two:
Measuring the width of the Strap.
Using a flexible cloth or a plastic tape measure, measure the strap width. If it measures approximately 1 ¼”, order 1 ½”. If it measures approximately 1 ¾”, order 2”.
Step three:
Measuring the length of the Double Wrap Strap.
Place measuring tape at center of the bottom hole on one side of the frame wrap around once and over the frame (see pic 1, 2, and 3)
Measure the length to the tip of other side of the frame (see pic 4, and 5).
HOW TO REMOVE STRAPS
If possible take a few digital pictures of your chair before the removing process. You will see that will be very helpful when installing the straps. It is a very simple process. Using a pair of scissors or a utility knife cut off all the old straps and remove the fasteners.
HOW TO INSTALL SINGLE WRAP STRAPS
Tools needed for the job:
  • Pot of boiling water
  • Utility Knife or Scissors
  • Gloves
  • Towel
  • Tong
  • Rubber mallet
  • Step one:
    Heat the vinyl straps.
    Heat a pot of water to just under boiling point. Place your straps in the pot and wait about 2 minutes to start installing. The hot water will make it easier to install your straps. We recommend that you wear gloves to protect your hands. When you’re ready to start remove one strap using a pair of tongs and dry it with a towel.
    Step two:
    Inserting Rivets
    Insert rivets into both ends of the vinyl strap.
    Step three:
    Installing the straps
    While the strap is still hot attach the rivet to the hole on one side of the frame (Pic.2)(If necessary use a rubber mallet to tap in the pin) and wrap it around the frame (Pic.3).Using one hand to hold the chair, grab the end of the strap with the other hand (Pic. 4)
    and stretch it over the top of the other frame and push the pin into hole (Pic.5), if it is necessary use a rubber mallet or hammer to tap in the rivet (Pic.6).
    HOW TO INSTALL DOUBLE WRAP STRAPS
    Tools needed for the job:
  • Pot of boiling water
  • Utility Knife or Scissors
  • Gloves
  • Towel
  • Tong
  • Rubber mallet
  • Step one:
    Heat the vinyl straps.
    Heat a pot of water to just under boiling point. Place your straps in the pot and wait about 2 minutes to start installing. The hot water will make it easier to install your straps. We recommend that you wear gloves to protect your hands. When you’re ready to start remove one strap using a pair of tongs and dry it with a towel.
    Step two:
    Inserting Rivets
    Insert rivets into both ends of the vinyl strap.
    Step three:
    Installing the straps
    While the strap is still hot attach the rivet to hole on one side of the frame (Pic.2)(If necessary use a rubber mallet to tap the in the pin) wrap around the frame once so the pin is covered (Pic.3). Using one hand to hold the chair, grab the end of the strap with the other (Pic.4)
    and stretch it over the top of the other frame (Pic.5) to the corresponding hole (Pic.6) and wrap it around the bar once (Pic.7 and 8) and push the pin into hole.
    If necessary use a rubber mallet to tap in the rivet (Pic.9). Last adjust the strap in place. (Pic.10)
    If you have any question regarding these procedures please email us
    HOW TO MEASURE SLINGS
    Very Important: Please carefully read the instructions
    About Custom Slings:
    Custom order slings are non-returnable and non-refundable once they are made to your measurement because they cannot be reused. Please make sure you measure your slings twice before placing your order. Follow our instructions on measuring slings below and follow exactly as we describe.
    About Placing Your Order:
    We recommend taking the measurement while the old slings are still on your Chair, Chaise, Loveseat, Ottoman, or Bar Stool. Measure the visible sling only. Please measure from the front of the furniture.. Make sure all the bolts are tight. When measuring round to the closest 1/8”. DO NOT add or take away to your measurements as this will cause your slings to be too tight or too loose. Please follow the exact measuring instructions.
    The following pictures will guide your steps in how to measure your slings properly and submit your order to PatioChairSupplies.com
    HOW TO MEASURE A ONE PIECE SLING CHAIR OR CHAISE LOUNGE
    Step one:
    Measuring top width.
    Most patio sling chairs have a rail on each side of the frame with an opening for the sling to slide into. Using a flexible cloth or a plastic tape measure, locate where the top bolts are on each sling rail frame and measure from the edge of the sling on one side of the frame rail to the edge of the sling on the other side of the frame rail. As indicated on Pic.1 and Pic.2
    It is very important to measure your slings exactly where the top bolts are. If our guidelines are not followed it may cause your slings not to fit properly. Remember to measure to the closest 1/8” and do not add or take away from the exact measurements.
    Step two:
    Measuring bottom width.
    NEVER use the top width measurement for the bottom width of sling as they could be different. Using a flexible cloth or a plastic tape measure measure from the edge of the sling on one side of the frame rail to the edge of the sling on the other side of the frame rail as indicated on Pic.3 and Pic.4
    Remember to measure to the closest 1/8” and do not add or take away from the exact measurements.
    Step three:
    Measuring the length.
    When measuring the length of sling use the sling rail as your guide not the sling fabric. Start your measurement at the top of the rail Pic.5 to the bottom of the rail Pic.6, following the chairs contour as we show in Pic.7
    Remember to measure to the closest 1/8” and do not add or take away from the exact measurements.
    HOW TO MEASURE A TWO PIECE SLING CHAIR OR CHAISE LOUNGE
    Two piece sling Chair or a two piece sling Chaise Lounge is very simple to measure. Just follow step one, step two and step three from How the Measure a One Piece Sling Chair for the top and for the bottom sling measurements.
    Back Sling:
    Step one is measuring top width of your back sling, step two is measuring bottom width of your back sling and step three is measuring the length of your back sling.
    Bottom Sling:
    Start at step one, step two and step three for the bottom or seat sling.
    You should have 3 measurements for the back sling and three measurements for the seat sling.
    When placing your order you will need 6 separate measurements for your Chair or for your Chaise Lounge sling order.
    Remember to measure twice so we will cut them only once.
    INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO INSTALL SLINGS
    DO NOT apply any product to your sling. It will not make it easier to install them and you might ruin the slings.
    If your slings came with wrinkles, don’t worry, after installed they will work themselves out over time.
    If possible take a few digital pictures of your chair before the installation process. You will see that will be very helpful when putting all the pieces back together. If you do not have a digital camera take notes of how your chair comes apart.
    Tools needed to complete the task: See Pic.1
  • Flat Head Screw Driver
  • Utility Knife or Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Ratchet, Sockets or Allen wrench
  • Step one:
    Removing End Caps.
    Using a flat head screw driver remove both end caps from the top of your chair and both end caps from the bottom of your chair. Be very careful when removing the end caps, they could be very dry and brittle since they are exposed to outdoor elements. Pic.2
    Step two:
    Cutting your old slings
    Using a utility knife or a pair of scissors cut the sling fabric down in two. As shown in Pic.3 and 4. If you prefer to keep your old sling skip this process and go to Removing the Sling Rail.
    Step three:
    Free slings from rail
    After a period time the sling rod will get stuck inside the rail and one way to loosen it up is to spray dish wash soap on all the sling rails (Pic.5), wait 2 minutes then push down the sling rod using a flat head screw driver (Pic.6). Don’t pry open the sling rail because it will damage the frame.
    Step four:
    Getting the sling out.
    Hold with one hand the frame and with the other hand using a pair of pliers grasp both sling fabric out of the frame as shown in (Pic.7)
    Step five:
    Removing the bolts.
    We recommend spaying all bolts with any penetrating oil (WD 40) one hour before removing them. (Pic.8)
    Step six:
    Installing the fabric Sling
    Slide the Sling fabric on one side ONLY into the sling rail. Make sure to keep the Sling tag at the top of the chair as this would differentiate the top from the bottom dimension of your sling. As shown in (Pic.9) and (Pic.10)
    Step seven:
    Removing bolts on one side.
    Using a ratchet remove the two or three bolts that holds the sling rail in place of the same side of the chair that you just installed your sling.(Pic.11)
    Step eight:
    Installing the sling at the other side.
    You should have one loose sling rail inserted to one side of sling. Go ahead and slide the other side of the Sling fabric into the sling rail that is attached to the chair. (Pic.12) and (Pic.13)
    Step nine:
    Installing the sling rail.
    You should have the fabric inserted to one side of the sling rail that is attached to the chair. Place the loose side of the sling rail onto the chair frame. Line up the holes and insert the bolts and any spacers or washers that you had and tighten the bolts using your fingers for now. (Pic.14) and (Pic.15)
    Step ten:
    Pulling the bottom sling.
    Using a pair of pliers pull the sling at the bottom of the chair until it is even with both ends of sling rail (Pic.16). Using a ratchet tighten only the bottom loose bolt.(Pic.17)
    Step eleven:
    Pulling the top Sling.
    Position yourself behind the chair and pull the sling upward until it is completely stretched and most of the wrinkles eliminated (Pic.18). You can clamp the fabric down to rail to hold the fabric in place while you tighten the remaining loose bolts (Pic.19). Don’t worry if there is still a few wrinkles, they will stretch out after some usage
    Step twelve:
    Installing the spreader bar.
    If your chair has a spreader bar on the back of your chair, now it is time to re-install it, if not skip this step and go to step fourteen. Try do re-install the spreader bar back. (Pic.20) if it is too long, try bending it with your knee just enough to fit into place. (Pic.21)
    Step Thirteen:
    Tapping the spreader bar.
    Using a towel or any other fabrics that will protect your chair from scratching flip your chair upside down. Using a rubber mallet tap the bar very gently until it’s in place and the rails are stretched. (Pic.22),and (Pic.23)
    Step Fourteen:
    Cutting the retaining rods and installing the end caps.
    Using a utility knife or a wirer cutter cut any excess of length from the plastic rod. (Pic.24). Re-insert the end caps back into the slings rails. (Pic.25)
    Step fifteen:
    Use of a rubber mallet for end caps
    Using a rubber mallet gently tap the end caps back into the slings rails.(Pic.26)
    Very Important: Please read
    PatioChairSupplies.com is not responsible for any damage caused to your sling frames or to sling fabric. Those using the information in this guide do so at their own discretion.
    Can I get strap samples?
    Yes. We understand that it could be difficult to select vinyl strap colors just viewing on your computer monitor. We would prefer to send you samples if you are not sure about colors and avoid returns and restocking fees. You can order up to 3 free samples. We'll get those out to you by US Mail in the order in which it has been received.
    How do I replace my old straps?
    Please check our “How to install strap” section on this page by selecting tab #2
    Can I measure my old strap?
    Absolutely not. Used vinyl straps will stretch and over time will lose its original form. They do not offer an appropriate ordering length.
    I need to order new straps. How do I measure them?
    Please check out our “How to measure straps” section on this page by selecting tab #1
    Why can’t I get them clean?
    A combination of a few things could have damaged your straps. Here are a few of them: Fungus, Chlorine, Bleach, Suntan oil, UV Radiation.
    I don’t see my type of straps. What do I do?
    If you don’t see your strap on our website, you can either convert it to a single or double wrap strap using rivets or convert it to aluminum clips. If you want to convert your straps to single or double wrap using rivets check the next question
    What should I do if my straps are inserted into a slot?
    Most of our customers will convert these type of attachments to a single or double wrap strap. For a single wrap drill a 7/32” hole into the center of each slot. For a double wrap drill a 1/4” hole into the center of each slot.
    My straps measures different than yours. What size should I order?
    Vinyl straps are cut shorter than hole to hole measurement on your chair. When the vinyl straps are HEATED and STRETCHED onto the frame, it’ll narrow down a bit. Knowing that, you must order a wider width. If you have 1 3/8” wide vinyl you will need to order 1 ½” If you have 1 ¾” wide vinyl you will need to order 2”
    How thick are your straps?
    The vinyl strapping we offer are made in the USA and 100% virgin vinyl. It has no plastic fillers or recycled material. The 1.5" and 2" wide vinyl measures approximate 0.110” thickness. It’s the best Vinyl strap quality you can buy. You will see and feel the difference. You can order FREE samples before placing your order.
    How long does vinyl straps last?
    It really depends on how you take care of your vinyl strap patio furniture and what conditions the vinyl strap material must endure. The worst enemy of vinyl is the UV rays of the sun. The UV rays of the sun will cause the vinyl strapping on your patio chairs and chaises to fade and become dry and brittle. You also need to keep the vinyl clean. Body oils and suntan lotions in combination with the UV rays of the sun will stain your vinyl. Over the last 10 years we have seen our customers get 5 - 15 years out of their vinyl depending on conditions
    Why are your straps shorter than my straps?
    Vinyl straps should be installed shorter than hole-to-hole measurement. They are cut shorter due to being virgin vinyl and if it’s not shorter it will loosen and become baggy on the frame. They will stretch at the first time weight is applied on it. The vinyl strap will be placed in boiling water to make it soft and stretchable like a rubber band. After the vinyl strap is installed on the frame and has cooled down, it contracts to make it firm and tight on the frame. Please check our installation guidelines.
    Can I install vinyl straps myself?
    Replacement vinyl strap is really not that difficult to install for the average home owner. Single wrap vinyl strap installation is a bit easier than the double wrap vinyl strap installation method. PatioChairSupplies.com provides you with detailed instructions on how to measure and install your vinyl strapping no matter if it’s a single or a double wrap strap.
    What rivet should I order?
    For most of the frames we recommend 30-516 for a single wrap strap and 30-512 for a double wrap strap. You will only need to order a different rivet if your frame is made out of PVC. As these frames have a thicker wall and you’ll need a longer rivet to pass through the thickness of the PVC wall. For single wrap strap use 30-515, and for the double wrap use 30-513.
    Why do I have to submerge my straps in a hot pot of water?
    The vinyl straps must be hot to make it pliable or you will never stretch it onto the furniture frame. The water should be almost to a boil point. When you start to see small bubbles coming up from the bottom the water should be hot enough. If you have a problem and can't get the strap installed while the strap is still hot, just toss it back into the water. The straps will not be harmed if they sit in the pot for a while. Don’t forget to use protective gloves while installing your straps.
    How can I clean my patio furniture?
    Never use bleach based products on your vinyl or dip the chairs in your swimming pool to clean them or clean your furniture with a pressure cleaner. The chlorine will cause your vinyl to fade and dry out prematurely. You should use a mild cleaner/degreaser such as Fantastic, 409 or Simple Green. PatioChairSupplies.com offers a really great cleaner called Casual Clean that is specifically made to clean vinyl. You can find this on our website in the other parts.
    Can I match my old vinyl strap color?
    NO! 2 reasons: 1- Once the vinyl strap has discolored, there is really no matching color. Body oils, suntan lotions and the UV rays of the sun have permanently stained the vinyl. Using bleach-based products will only make it worse. 2- If you purchased your furniture from one for these stores such as Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Target and Costco to name a few, most likely you won’t be able to match these straps because they bought their Patio Furniture from outside the US. These companies use their own color pallet. Our color pallet is made in the US for patio furniture assembled in the US.
    How quick can I get my precut straps?
    They can take up to 5 days to be shipped. Then add the transit time you’ve selected.
    Can I use slings to replace my straps?
    There is no way to convert your vinyl strap patio chair frame to a sling chair frame.
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