How to Replace Sling Chair Fabric
People use sling chairs around their pools and on their patios or decks all summer long and even during the warmer days of spring and fall. Sling chairs get a lot of use, which can cause the fabric sling portion of the chair to wear out. If you do not want to buy new chairs, simply replace the sling. You can replace the sling even if you are just redecorating your patio or deck and want some new colors. Purchase the sling in a variety of colors and you will always be ready to replace the old one.
Take careful measurements of your chair from the top of the back to the front of the seat. Place the measuring tape directly on the rail and hold it firmly while you work your way down to get a correct length measurement.
Measure the width of the chair from one side of the frame to the other. Take a couple of other width measurement from different parts of the chair as well to make sure you are getting a correct measurement. Take one at the seat and also at the half way point if you have a longer lounge type sling chair.
Use the longest width measurement as your guide since you can trim excess fabric.
Purchase a new sling with these length and width measurements.
Remove the ends caps of the chair using a screwdriver to help you pry them loose if necessary.
Unbolt the side rails using a wrench. Put the bolts in a plastic sandwich bag to use later when adding the new sling.
Remove the old sling. Remove the plastic spine to use with the new sling.
Insert the plastic spine into the casing on both sides of the new sling. Start with one side first and slide the fabric and the sling into the rails. Repeat with the other side.
Replace all of the bolts and tighten them down to keep the sling in place. Replace the end caps.
- Purchase new plastic spine if any of your old spine is broken or seems brittle. It is easier to replace it now than have to take the chair all apart again later.
- Make sure the new sling is taut. If the new sling has too much give, it puts too much pressure on the fabric, causing it to tear.