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The Stripes Company Australia FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How much deckchair fabric do I need to cover a standard folding deck chair?

There are so many different sizes of deckchair - some are larger than others, so 1.5 metres of Deckchair Canvas will cover most deckchairs and in some cases there will be a little spare.
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Do I need to do anything to my old deckchair before replacing the old canvas as it is looking very sorry for itself?

When removing the old canvas, it is useful to keep it as a guide to measure how much fabric you will need. All old rusty nails must be removed and any rough wood sanded down and checked for loosened joints. It should be scrubbed with detergent and allowed to dry before treating with a proprietory wood treatment to vanquish any trace of worm and protect it in the future. It is then up to the individual to put a protective finish on the wood such as teak oil or even varnish or paint.
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Are the fabrics and products weatherproof - can I leave them outside?

Our fabrics are 100% strong cotton canvas; they are not weatherproof. Most deckchair canvas was never treated and was an affordable commodity - after being stored in a garden shed all winter, most people used to buy replacement canvas from a local hardware store. This is sadly no longer the case but never fear, Deckchairstripes are here and can now solve that problem. Most of the products made from our Interior Stripe Fabrics are not weatherproof. Treat as you would interior furnishing fabrics.
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How do I fix the fabric to the deckchair?

We have found old deckchairs where the canvas has been nailed on and the nails have gone rusty, making them difficult to remove and damaging the wood. We suggest upholstery nails, which are similar to drawing pins but longer with domed heads. The fabric is turned over at the ends, wrapped around the wood and tacked on at intervals of approximately 10 centimetres.
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Is the fabric sewable?

Because our fabric is 100% cotton, it is sewable using a domestic sewing machine and normal sewing thread.
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The edges of the canvas look uneven with a 'frilly' appearance which was not obvious on the website pictures - will it fray?"

As a 'utilitarian' fabric, the 'frilly' appearance of the edges of the fabric is a charming characteristic of the weaving process (similar to hemps, tickings and hessians)- these edges are finished and will not fray, nor is it necessary to sew them.

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Can I buy these products in the shops?

At the moment, all our products are exclusive to us and accessible directly to the public online via our website, but soon we will be selling our products through selected retailers in the UK.
Please watch for details!
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My deckchair is wider at one end than the other - how do I make the fabric fit?

All deckchairs are slightly wider at the top than the bottom to accommodate the supports when folded. If the narrower end is too narrow for the fabric, then a small corner may be tucked in on either side and then tacked. It does not significantly alter the appearance of the deckchair - if we made the fabric any narrower, on some wider deckchairs there would be significant gaps around the sides!
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I want to order two deckchair slings - do they come ready cut or in one continuous length?

Fabric ordered in the same pattern is sent in one complete length, so if you order 2 x 1.5 metres it will comes as one 3m length
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Is there any sewing involved?

For deckchairs there is no need to sew as it can be tacked on almost any deckchair top and bottom. The sides are 'finished'. In the case of a folding Directors or 'Club' chairs, then some sewing may be necessary, as the seats and backs are usually narrower than our 45cms widths.
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How much fabric is needed to cover a directors chair?

Approximately 1.5 metres - It is important that the stripes are 'slung' horizontally across the seat and back of the chair so that the warp and weft or the 'grain' of the fabric is not compromised.
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What is the best way to cover a directors chair?

The seat needs to be measured and the fabric narrowed if necessary by sewing a hem front and back to the correct depth. Our canvas fabric is 45cm wide with selvedge edges so the seat depth from the back of your chair to the front can only be 45cms or less. It is then fixed by upholstery nails into the wood underneath the side supports of the seat. The back is sewn as before to adjust the size to the narrow back (it may be simpler to double the fabric over) and either tack on as before around the two wooden back supports, or make a 'sleeve' which may be easily removed.
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Fading - Will the stripes fade in the sun?

All our fabrics are 100% cotton with no synthetics and as with all natural fabrics fading will occur if exposed to sunlight.

All our fabrics are dyed using permitted chemicals which are azo-free - they include no dangerous chemicals which were widely used up until quite recently. These made the colours vibrant and long lasting, but at the expense of the environment and the health of the workers handling the products!

This is why we recommend not leaving the fabric outside unless being sat upon, but to treat it as an indoor fabric - this is why deckchairs fold up so easily and quickly and were never meant to be left outside for sustained periods.

Pinks and reds are more vulnerable to fading so avoid these if you wish your colours to remain brighter.

Historically, the reason that deckchair covers were so brightly coloured was that they were made with 100% cotton like ours and were only taken outside as easily erected extra seating when the weather was fine. The stripes were bright enough to allow for fading, and as a utilitarian fabric, was usually replaced each year.
Some time later, synthetic fabrics crept in, which did not fade as much, and although not at all pleasant to sit on, the plastic was forgiving in all weathers.

So it gives you a good excuse to replace your deckchair canvas often, to have a change of colour and a different stripe which is why we offer a large choice of Deckchair Canvas.
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Should our deckchairs all have matching stripes?

We are of the opinion that the more different stripes the better and traditionally two deckchairs were never the same - people get attached to their own preference of deckchair ! They all 'clash' in a very attractive way...
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Are Deckchairs safe to sit in or will they collapse easily?

Deckchairs are a type of foldable, temporary portable seating that has been in use since the late 18th and early 19th century in its present form. It is a tried and tested design which is perfectly safe if properly set up and used correctly.
To make the deckchair secure, the deckchair supports MUST be properly inserted into the deep grooves and checked by an adult before applying weight to the chair, and the chair must be set up on a smooth even surface or ground.
Failure to do so may cause collapse of the chair when weight is applied - no matter how strong the chair.
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Can I leave my deckchair outside in all weather?

Unfortunately, both the wood and the fabric would be damaged by excesses of weather - our cotton canvas is not  strictly outdoor fabric and any dampness should be dried off thoroughly before storage. Your deckchair should be put under cover in adverse weather conditions and recovered annually, it will last a lifetime.
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My deckchair sling is tapered - can you make a replacement sling for it?

As the measurements of our canvas is approximately 45 cms in width, when we occasionally receive customers covers that are tapered, our fabric does not have the width to include the wider tapering at one end.
We clearly state the fabric widths on each canvas fabric page, and if your covers exceed this width then we make the covers with a straight angle from top to bottom as normal. This will not affect the look or safety of your chairs, it is merely aesthetic, and the covers do not have to match the originals identically as long as they fit at both ends, which yours should..
See Replacement Deck Chair Slings
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Do the stripes run vertically or horizontally down the roll?

ALL our stripes run the length of the roll - they do not go across from selvedge to selvedge.
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What is the difference between Water Repellant & Oilcloth Fabric?

Water Repellant fabric has a light almost invisible coating on one side repelling any spilt liquids by forming droplets which are easily shaken off - perfect for tablecloths etc.

Oilcloth is a much heavier PVC which is impervious to liquid for much heavier duty use - perfect for use with childrens painting or clay modelling sessions!

May be used outdoors but not for prolonged periods in the sun.
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Is the striped fabric suitable for Upholstery?

Our Interior stripes have been used for many upholstery projects by Interior specialists, Architects and is suitable for contract use. Deckchair canvas is a slightly looser weave and only 45 cms wide - as such it has limited upholstery use - perhaps small chair seats and stools but is used widely for smaller projects!
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You mention that all your fabrics are made from woven cotton - what is the difference between printed and woven cotton?

Printed cotton is where a pattern is printed on to a fabric, usually a plain colour, which has already been woven. The printing methods vary from block printing, transfer or digital printing. Woven cotton is dyed prior to the weaving process which give a more natural look with the pattern usually showing on both sides of the fabric - stripes, ginghams and ikats are primary examples.
Woven cotton fabrics made of natural fibres often have little ‘slubs’ throughout the weave which are a characteristic of the yarn and which give a more organic look and feel to the fabric. This is widely accepted throughout the industry, and these little ‘imperfections’ are considered part of the charm which modern synthetics or polyester fabrics lack.
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Are the colours true on the website?

On some computers there is a small degree of colour distortion which we cannot predict, but we recommend requesting sample swatches for colour matching purposes and other testing.
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Colour Matching when ordering more of the same fabric. We have previously bought this fabric, will the colour be exactly the same? Do we need to get another swatch?

Before purchasing any fabric we would advise ordering a recent swatch from the product page on website if you have not already done so.
It is important to note that fabric batches may be subject to change if there is a significant time gap between previous samples and fabric purchased. With ongoing factory production there may be some tonal (1-2 shades darker or lighter) difference in colour and fabric weight (+/- 10%).
Please see more detailed information on Swatches
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Are your stripe fabrics washable?

If you purchase our fabrics to convert into decorative and home projects, we suggest specialist dry clean only - for most of our made-up products, there are individual care instructions attached, although we are unable to guarantee the results in different circumstances. If in doubt, wash on a cool wash and avoid tumble drying.
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Is there much shrinkage?

All yarn dyed 100% cotton has an 'allowable' shrinkage rate which is hardly noticeable in most of our our ready made products. If products are tumble-dried, this could be greater which is why we advise line/air drying if possible, but turn inside out if outdoors to prevent fading. If making up loose covers for example, these would have to be specialist dry cleaned if the necessity of accurate fitting were to be maintained.
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Do you sell Deckchairs?

We now sell our Premium Teak Deck Chairs in Australia.

The deck chair frames are shipped directly to the customer from within Australia and in order to offer a large choice of covers, we make the slings to order in the UK. These are shipped separately for you to attach, with the dowelling rods (included with the frames) slipped through each end of the chair. These have the added advantage of easy replacement.

Each deck chair has three different reclining positions and is probably a more practical option for your outdoor/yard area than static or Adirondack chairs, as they are easily folded, moved and stored and may be used for spare seating for guests!

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