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How To Pick The Ideal Stingray Skin For Your Next Furniture Project

Posted by Abram Mendal on Oct 31, 2012 11:11:00 AM

Choose The Right Dimension, Grade And Number Of Stingray Skins You Need

The guiding principle in determining the right stingray skin to upholster your furniture is this: the usable surface area on a stingray skin is typically a square panel, two inches less than the width of the skin. For example, the usable surface area of a 10” stingray skin is approximately a 8” x 8” square. So with that in mind, any panel 11” x 11” or smaller can be covered by one skin. Finding stingray skins larger than this can be difficult because the market for defect-free stingray skin larger than 13” is scarce.

Stingray Skin For Furniture

Now, if either the length or the width of your panel is larger than 11 inches, the panel will need to be broken into four quadrants. Each quadrant is then covered by four separate stingray skins.  The size of the skin you will need will be one-half of the largest dimension, plus an additional two inches. For instance, if you need to cover a panel that is 14” wide x 8” long, you divide 14 by 2 and add 2 (14/2+2=9). As a result, you need four nine inch skins to cover that panel.

Stingray upholstery typically requires only the grade 1 skins. Make sure you always insist on this, otherwise 20-30 percent of your stingray skins will likely have holes.

We can assist you with any questions you might have regarding the specific grade of stingray skin you will need for your project.  Call us today for a free project evaluation and consultation.

The 5-Point Checklist For Buying Stingray Skins For Luxury Furniture Designs

Here is a quick step-by-step summary of how to select the right stingray skin and how much to purchase so that you cover each panel:

  1. What are the dimensions of each panel?
  2. For panels with both dimensions 11” or smaller, you will need one skin 2” larger than the largest dimension.
  3. For panels with either dimension larger than 11”, you will need four skins 2” larger than half of your largest dimension.
  4. Add up all stingray skins in each size to place your order as stingray skin is priced by size.
  5. Remember to ask for grade 1 skins only.

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Topics: stingray skin, interiors