# Measurement Tips

Video Tutorials

Click on the shape of your tub below to view a video on how to measure your tub. If you have any questions after reviewing the video, do not hesitate to call us at (954) 925-3455 before placing your order. These videos will demonstrate how to measure your existing spa cover.

As you measure your spa for a new cover, remember: the new cover must be large enough to fit so pay careful attention in particular to the corners.

 Square or Rectangle Square with Rounded Corners Square with 1 Cut Corner Square with 1 Cut Corner, 3 Rounded Corners Square with 2 Cut Corners Square with 3 Cut Corners Square with 4 Cut Corners Round Hexagon Octagon

Measure carefully

MEASURING ROUND CORNERS

To accurately measure a rounded corner, you need to determine the radius of the curve. Measure too large a radius and the cover won't completely extend over the corners. Too small a radius and the cover simply overhangs a bit. If in doubt, always go with a slightly smaller measurement. The cover may be slightly large and overhang the corner a bit, but it will cover the entire spa. Here are two easy, accurate ways to measure the radius, using the existing cover or the actual spa.

METHOD #1 USING THE EXISTING COVER:

If your existing cover fits properly, set it upside-down on top of a large square piece of paper. Line up the edges of the paper with the edges of the cover. Use a pencil or marker to trace the curve of the corner onto the paper. The distance from the corner of the paper to where the curve just starts on either edge is equal to the radius.

METHOD #2 USING THE SPA

This method uses a framing square to measure the radius of your spa corners. Set the square against the edge of the spa as shown. The radius of the rounded corner is the distance from the inside corner of the square to where the spa just touches the square. You may also use two rulers, anything that has a straight edge. You only need to measure between the two blue lines in the image to the right. Start your measurement at where the corner just starts to go into the curve, straight across to the intersecting straight edge. A builders square is not necessary. This measurement will be your "C" dimension when placing your order.

This diagram shows the pitfalls of mis-measuring a radius. The yellow line represents a measurement too large, while the red line represents a measurement too small.
With too large a radius, the cover won't completely cover the spa. Too small a cut-corner and the cover overhangs a bit. If in doubt, always go with a smaller measurement. The cover may be slightly large and overhang the corner a bit, but it will cover the entire spa.

MEASURING CUT CORNERS

To measure a cut corner, just measure the total length of the corner itself. This is your "C" measurement. Your "A" and "B" measurement is the overall length and width of the tub.DO NOT send us a measurement that is between the two cut corners, this measurement will be TOO SMALL. Measure the OVERALL length and width at the center of the tub.

MEASURING AN OCTAGON

When measuring an octagon spa, it is extremely important to measure all sides of the tub. This example shows an octagon (eight sides). Its length & width measurements (A & B) are equal and the side measurements (C), are also equal. If they are not equal, it is not a true octagon, but more than likely a cover with cut corners.

FINAL DECISION -- TO COVER THE SPA SHELL ONLY OR COVER THE CABINET EDGE.

We can make you a cover in one of two styles. The most popular style is to cover only the acrylic shell of your spa. If your spa resembles the diagram below with a cabinet edge on the outside of the acrylic shell, and you would like your new cover to extend over edge, measure from the outside of the cabinet.

• C - Outside dimension of the acrylic shell (standard cover size).
• D - Outside dimension of the cabinet.
• S - This is the height of the acrylic lip, determining the covers skirt length

"Cabinet Size" covers may require a longer skirt. There is no difference in spa cover performance. It is simply your preference.

More Measuring Tips:
1. If possible, measure both your spa and your old cover.
2. Measure all sides of the spa.
3. Measure the overall length and width of the spa.
4. Make sure the measurements are big enough. If the cover is too big, it will still do its job. However, a cover that is too small will never do the job it is supposed to.
5. Be careful when entering the dimensions in our order forms.
6. Specify hinge direction.
7. If the online order form is not flexible enough for your needs, give us a call at 954-925-3455.

## Testimonials

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