Getting the Perfect Fit: Choosing the Right Tarp Size


So, you've decided you need a tarp, but you want to ensure you get the perfect size. You might think, "Measuring the length and width of what I need to cover should do the trick, right?" Well, that approach works well if you're dealing with flat surfaces like walls or floors. But when you're trying to cover a three-dimensional object, it's a bit more nuanced than that.


Estimating for 3D Objects

When estimating the size of a tarp for a three-dimensional object, start with the basic concept of measuring the length and width of the top of the object you want to cover. However, if your object isn't flat on top or has parts that jut upwards, you may need to make some estimations. It's advisable to overestimate at this stage to ensure your tarp covers the entire object adequately. After all, it's better to have a little extra coverage than to come up short.

For example, let's say you want to tarp your lawnmower, which isn't perfectly flat on top due to the handles and other protrusions. Begin by measuring the length and width of the lawnmower's top surface, accounting for any raised elements.


Draping Down the Sides

Now, consider how far down the sides of the object you want the tarp to drape. In some cases, you may only need to cover the top of the object, similar to the example of a trailer top. However, for objects like lawnmowers or furniture, you might want to drape the tarp all the way down to the ground.

To calculate the right size, measure from the top of the object down to your desired drape length. Double this number and add it to both the length and width measurements. For instance, if you want the tarp to drape down 2 meters on all four sides, add 4 meters to both the length and width dimensions. It's a straightforward method to ensure comprehensive coverage.


Cut Size Considerations

One more critical factor to bear in mind is the concept of 'Cut Size.' This term is an industry standard that refers to the size of a tarp before it's seamed, hemmed, and eyeleted. This means the final size of the tarp can be up to 30 centimeters (about 1 foot) shorter than the size stated when you order. So, when choosing your tarp size, factor in this extra 30cm. Once again, it's wise to be on the side of overestimating to avoid ending up with a tarp that falls short of your needs.



By following these simple yet essential tips, you can be confident that you've ordered the ideal tarp size for your specific needs. Whether it's protecting your lawnmower or covering any three-dimensional object, proper measurement and consideration of drape length and cut size will ensure your tarp fits like a glove, giving you the peace of mind you need to safeguard your valuable possessions.

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