Layflat Tubing – Easy and Economical

By August 17, 2023layflat tubing
image of bags on roll as an example of simple poly packaging

What is Layflat Tubing?

Wrapped around a core for continuous use, layflat tubing is easy to use and very economical. With two open ends, you have the option to use it as such, or convert it into a plastic bag. 


So what are the specific characteristics of layflat poly tubing?

  • elongated shape
    image of layflat tubing

    tubing for water flow

  • it is packed flat on a roll
  • there’s no seams
  • made of polyethylene

How to Use Plastic Tubing

perforated layflat tubing

perforated tubing

By all means, consumers are able to cut plastic tubing to any desirable length. 

Additionally, you can convert it into a custom-sized bag with a heat or tape sealer. Simply close one side or both sides; it’s pretty easy.

However, in other cases we need poly tubing with both sides open. For instance, tubing used to protect a poster from dust, or if it acts as air duct or for controlled water release.

Link to video: Make your own Bags using Plastic Tubing >>>

Benefits of Layflat Tubing

Bottom Seal Bags

bags for parts made from tubing

To sum it up, here are some benefits of polyethylene tubing:

  • It’s very simple to use
  • Can be cut to any desired length
  • Sealable on one end, both ends, or no seals at all
  • Very economical in purchase
  • Flexible material is bendable, lightweight, and durable
  • Eco-friendly: it take less energy to produce and it’s recyclable
  • UV-resistant polyethylene that is FDA-approved

Industries and Examples

Undoubtedly, flat poly tubing is widely used in many industries. Here are some examples:

image of clear, layflat tubing around an art poster

plastic tubing for protection

Food industry – poly tubing converted into bags to store food items of varying shapes

Agriculture – plastic tubing with vent holes to release air, or water for drip irrigation

Medical industry – layflat tubing that serves as a temporary air duct 

Retail industry – flexible tubing with tugged-in corners to protect art posters

Construction – tubing to protect goods from debris or leaking during transfer

Measurements for Layflat Tubing:

Once you’re ready to place an order, it’s important to get the right measurements, so your product will fit. This can be tricky with plastic tubing, because it’s not just measuring any width.

In this case, you will need to measure the diameter of the item that goes inside at its widest part. For example, a bread loaf might have different diameters if calculated at different spots.

So here is the formula to get the correct width measurement:

phi for diameter calculation of layflat tubingMultiply Diameter x 3.1416 (pi) x .5

For instance, if the diameter of a product at its widest part is 5 inches, then the width of the flat poly tubing needs to be greater than: 5″ x 3.1416 x .5 = 7.87″

It’s important to keep this formula handy, to obtain the size you need.

Custom Layflat Tubing from TDI

Here at TDI Custom Packaging, we manufacture quality plastic tubing that is specifically customized according to your needs. Some of the options include:image of rolled-up, red layflat tubing

  • unique vent holes or perforations
  • different sizes and gauges to chose from
  • all FDA-approved resin material 
  • various types of resin materials and blends thereof
  • custom prints, including logos, up to 4-ink colors

If you have questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 714-751-6782 or fill in the contact form. Our friendly sales team is here to give you all the help you need.

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