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How to Repair Patio Chairs

Patio chairs are built with materials meant to survive through extreme weather conditions, including harsh UV rays, freezing cold, temperature fluctuations and rain. But over time, the materials can become damaged. Replacing the chairs may seem like the only option, but some patio chairs can be salvaged by replacing integral parts. Brittle vinyl straps can be replaced with new straps, reviving the old chairs back to life.


Repair Patio Chairs
  1. Remove the old straps by cutting them in the middle with scissors. Pull out the straps from the metal frame.
  2. Clean the chair's frame with a rag and mild detergent.
  3. Measure the length of the new vinyl straps with a cloth tape measure. Use the cloth tape measure to mimic the way the vinyl strap would wrap around the frame to get an exact measurement. Then take the measurement, multiply it by .85, and add 1 inch. The resulting measurement will be used to cut new straps. The measurement is reduced because the vinyl straps are designed to expand when heated.
  4. Cut new sections of vinyl straps using the measurement from step 3.
  5. Drill a hole 1/2 inch from the ends of the straps using a 3/16 drill bit. Cut 45-degree corners on the ends for easier insertion into the frame.
  6. Boil a pot of water, and let the vinyl straps soak in it for 5 minutes. Remove with tongs. The straps are now ready for stretching.
  7. Attach plastic rivets into holes at the ends of the straps, and insert them into the frame. Wrap the straps around the frame. An extra pair of hands may be needed to assist in stretching out the straps into place.

Things You Will Need

  • Scissors
  • Detergent
  • Rag
  • Cloth tape measure
  • Drill
  • 3/16 drill bit
  • Tongs
  • Plastic rivets

About the Author

Nikki Cash graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's in film/TV, where she won an MPAA Scholarship. Since graduating, she has written and produced an independent feature film starting her career as a writer in 2005. Cash enjoys writing eHow articles with topics ranging from home improvement to crafts.

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