Tie down webbing straps are best known for their usefulness in securing cargo during transit. The webbing part is what keeps the cargo in place, which can be especially important for large, bulky or irregularly shaped loads. The tie down part is what secures the cargo, held within the webbing, to the platform or loading surface.
Also called ratchet straps, lashing straps or simply tie downs, these handy, durable and strong straps have a multitude of uses besides the traditional transportation of vehicles, mobile homes or cargo.
Depending on the brand purchased, tie down webbing straps can come with lots of extra useful properties, including UV resistance, water resistance, abrasion resistance, break strength ratings and built-in stretch for different load weights. In this post, learn 3 savvy alternative uses for tie down webbing straps that you might not have thought of.
Use 1: Secure Pet Crates and Carriers
The Center for Pet Safety (CPS) conducts regular safety checks to determine whether manufacturer claims regarding pet crate and carrier crash tests can really perform under pressure. Most can’t.
However, the CPS number one rated crate, made by Gunner Kennels, uses tie down straps to hold the crate in place. Crash test ratings show the presence of tie down straps makes all the difference in how safe your pet will be during an auto accident.
Use 2: Hang heavy stuff.
If you haven’t been paying attention to the industrial chic movement, now is a good time to start. The look mixes textures and styles, such as utilitarian tie down webbing straps with plush cushioned furniture, to create a sparse yet comfy look.
Whether you use the tie down straps to hang light fixtures, cooking pots and pans, paintings or even an indoor hammock, the industrial look and feel of the webbing plus your creative use of fixtures will be a sure conversation starter during parties!
If your house is already furnished to your liking but you are running out of space, you can also use tie down webbing straps to hang even the heaviest extras from the rafters in your garage or storage space. Have an extra chair you need tucked away? Use tie down webbing straps to lift and secure it right to the garage roof! You can do the same for the familys bicycles, summer camping gear, winter skiing and snowboarding gear and more….you get the idea.
Use 3: Make cool stuff.
Today’s tie down straps can lead very interesting lives. This is called “up cycling,” and it is becoming very popular in today’s planet-centric, eco-friendly, green-friendly culture. Some may be turned into the next generation of recycled clothing and accessories, including purses and bags, belts, suspenders and even whole outfits.
Other used tie down straps may serve as a handy replacement for adhesives in making furniture, whether as part of the finished product or as a substitute for too-small clamps during the building process. You can also hang a full sheet of tie down webbing straps on the wall and use it to clip family photos to for a wall-sized memory book (which basically means you’ll never again have to make small talk during cocktail hour at your place0.
Still other recycled tie down webbing straps can be repurposed to serve as a roof rack if your vehicle didn’t come with one. Or you can make them into a a fun day ladder for kiddos to climb (while being well supervised of course) for your child’s next birthday party.
It is also worth mentioning that tie down webbing straps are a safer and stronger alternative for anything you are currently using bungee cords to do. In other words, anything a bungee cord can do, a tie down webbing strap can likely do both better and safer.
It can be fun to put your creativity to work in figuring out how best to use tie down webbing straps. By learning about all the tasks they can handle for you, you maximize your family’s safety at home and on the road. Shipper’s Supplies said, “By upcycling gently used tie down straps, you keep them out of landfills and give them a second useful life.”