Steel Tab Clip Installation

Many types of outdoor furniture with vinyl strap used a steel tab clip to capture and hold the vinyl strap in place. We have instructions to help you install this type of vinyl strapping.

How To Install Vinyl Strap Using Steel Clips

This is a typical vinyl strap installation using the steel tab clips that are found on certain types of vinyl strap outdoor furniture. Installation of vinyl is not without risk. Injury may occur during an installation or furniture may be damaged in the process. For this reason we recommend professional installation as the best option when at all possible. Before beginning, make sure that you have the following items on hand:.

  • Scissors
  • Drill
  • Gloves
  • Large Pot of Boiling Water
  • Towel
  • Tongs

Click Here to download a PDF version of the How To Install a Vinyl Strap Using a Steel Clip listed below.

Click Here to download the Adobe Acrobat reader.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 1 Cut Off The Old Straps

Using scissors or garden shears cut all the existing vinyl straps that need to be replaced. Once all the vinyl straps are cut, remove the vinyl strap from the chair frame by pulling or twisting until the vinyl strap breaks loose from the frame.

Once all the vinyl straps have been removed, we highly recommend cleaning the chair frame with a mild detergent. Cleaning the frame will ensure that your new vinyl straps will not become dirty during installation.


Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 2 Measure The Frame

Using a cloth measuring tape, measure the distance from hole to hole on the chair frame. Make sure to wrap the cloth measuring tape around the chair frame exactly as the vinyl replacement strap will be installed. (For detailed measuring instructions, read the How to Measure instructions found on this site).

Take the hole to hole measurement and multiply by .90 (90%), then add one inch.

Example:
Hole to hole measurement = 28”
Hole to hole measurement x .90 = 25.2”
Add one inch.
Cut Length = 26.2”

Please remember that vinyl replacement straps will always be cut shorter than the hole to hole measurement due to the fact that they must be stretched over the frame while hot. Heating the straps prior to installation will allow the vinyl replacement strap to be stretched across the frame.

Note: Do not cut all of your vinyl replacement straps at once. We highly recommend cutting and installing one strap before cutting all of the straps. This allows you to make any adjustments to the final strap length before cutting all of the vinyl straps.

 

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 3 Cut Strap

Using a measuring tape and scissors, cut the vinyl straps off of the roll at the desired cut size. Be sure to cut the vinyl straps as straight as possible.


Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 4 Drill & Trim

Once the vinyl straps have been cut, holes must be drilled into the strap. Using a drill with a 3/16” drill bit, drill a hole on each end of the strap ½” from the end. After drilling, trim the corners on both sides of the strap using scissors. Trimming ensures that the corners of the vinyl strap will not protrude from the underside of the replacement strap when installed. .


Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 5 Heat Vinyl Straps

Boil a pot of water using a hot plate or heat source. Once hot, insert several straps into the boiling water and wait at least five minutes before removing them. Leaving the vinyl straps in the water a little longer will not hurt them.

Note: We recommend that gloves be worn at this time before proceeding.

Using tongs, remove the vinyl strap from the boiling water taking care as the vinyl straps will be very hot. Once removed from the boiling water, the vinyl strap should be noodle-like and flexible.


Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 6 Attach Steel Tab Clip & Pull

Attach a steel tab clip onto both sides of the chair frame with the clip facing inward. Carefully slide the hole of the vinyl strap over the steel tab.

Wrap the vinyl replacement strap around the outside of chair frame and across the top. Using one hand to detain the chair frame, use the other to pull the vinyl replacement strap steadily across the chair frame.

Be sure to pull the vinyl replacement strap by the very end to avoid uneven stretching of the strap.


Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 7 And Wrap

Once stretched across the frame detain the vinyl replacement strap using heavy thumb pressure and slip the hole of the vinyl replacement strap over the steel tab.

Release the vinyl strap and adjust as necessary. The vinyl replacement strap will contract as it cools.


Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 8 Repeat

Repeat the process for the remaining vinyl straps.

Note: Please try to install vinyl strap, per these instructions, before calling. It will take one or two straps to get the hang of it and the rest will go quickly.

How To Install Vinyl Strap Using Steel Clips

This is a typical vinyl strap installation using the steel tab clips that are found on certain types of vinyl strap outdoor furniture. Installation of vinyl is not without risk. Injury may occur during an installation or furniture may be damaged in the process. For this reason we recommend professional installation as the best option when at all possible. Before beginning, make sure that you have the following items on hand:.

  • Scissors
  • Drill
  • Gloves
  • Large Pot of Boiling Water
  • Towel
  • Tongs

Click Here to download a PDF version of the How To Install a Vinyl Strap Using a Steel Clip listed below.

Click Here to download the Adobe Acrobat reader.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 1 Cut Off The Old Straps

Using scissors or garden shears cut all the existing vinyl straps that need to be replaced. Once all the vinyl straps are cut, remove the vinyl strap from the chair frame by pulling or twisting until the vinyl strap breaks loose from the frame.

Once all the vinyl straps have been removed, we highly recommend cleaning the chair frame with a mild detergent. Cleaning the frame will ensure that your new vinyl straps will not become dirty during installation.


Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 2 Measure The Frame

Using a cloth measuring tape, measure the distance from hole to hole on the chair frame. Make sure to wrap the cloth measuring tape around the chair frame exactly as the vinyl replacement strap will be installed. (For detailed measuring instructions, read the How to Measure instructions found on this site).

Take the hole to hole measurement and multiply by .90 (90%), then add one inch.

Example:
Hole to hole measurement = 28”
Hole to hole measurement x .90 = 25.2”
Add one inch.
Cut Length = 26.2”

Please remember that vinyl replacement straps will always be cut shorter than the hole to hole measurement due to the fact that they must be stretched over the frame while hot. Heating the straps prior to installation will allow the vinyl replacement strap to be stretched across the frame.

Note: Do not cut all of your vinyl replacement straps at once. We highly recommend cutting and installing one strap before cutting all of the straps. This allows you to make any adjustments to the final strap length before cutting all of the vinyl straps.

 

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 3 Cut Strap

Using a measuring tape and scissors, cut the vinyl straps off of the roll at the desired cut size. Be sure to cut the vinyl straps as straight as possible.


Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 4 Drill & Trim

Once the vinyl straps have been cut, holes must be drilled into the strap. Using a drill with a 3/16” drill bit, drill a hole on each end of the strap ½” from the end. After drilling, trim the corners on both sides of the strap using scissors. Trimming ensures that the corners of the vinyl strap will not protrude from the underside of the replacement strap when installed. .


Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 5 Heat Vinyl Straps

Boil a pot of water using a hot plate or heat source. Once hot, insert several straps into the boiling water and wait at least five minutes before removing them. Leaving the vinyl straps in the water a little longer will not hurt them.

Note: We recommend that gloves be worn at this time before proceeding.

Using tongs, remove the vinyl strap from the boiling water taking care as the vinyl straps will be very hot. Once removed from the boiling water, the vinyl strap should be noodle-like and flexible.


Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 6 Attach Steel Tab Clip & Pull

Attach a steel tab clip onto both sides of the chair frame with the clip facing inward. Carefully slide the hole of the vinyl strap over the steel tab.

Wrap the vinyl replacement strap around the outside of chair frame and across the top. Using one hand to detain the chair frame, use the other to pull the vinyl replacement strap steadily across the chair frame.

Be sure to pull the vinyl replacement strap by the very end to avoid uneven stretching of the strap.


Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 7 And Wrap

Once stretched across the frame detain the vinyl replacement strap using heavy thumb pressure and slip the hole of the vinyl replacement strap over the steel tab.

Release the vinyl strap and adjust as necessary. The vinyl replacement strap will contract as it cools.


Install custom made chaise lounge slings.

Step 8 Repeat

Repeat the process for the remaining vinyl straps.

Note: Please try to install vinyl strap, per these instructions, before calling. It will take one or two straps to get the hang of it and the rest will go quickly.