How do I Repair Coleman Lawn Chairs?

Fixing your outdoor chair may be as simple as tightening and replacing hardware, or may involve repairing or replacing the fabric, which is considerably more involved.

Fixing the Chair Frame

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Fixing some less expensive chairs with extensive damage may not be worth the time or effort involved. The Coleman Co. does not offer any replacement parts for chairs. You'll need to get any replacement parts from your local hardware store or order them from an online retailer.
Tighten loose hardware

Inspect each point where the chair fabric is attached to the frame, and wherever two of the supporting tubes meet. There should be a fastener at each of these points. Jiggle the connection to see if the fastener is loose. If it is, turn the screw with a screwdriver, or bolt with wrench until the connection is tight.

Replace missing hardware

Replace any missing hardware with parts from your local hardware store. If you have trouble finding a specific piece of hardware, there are online businesses that specialize in replacement hardware for outdoor furniture.

Patch holes or tears in fabric

Apply a high-quality fabric patch if the chair fabric is torn or has a hole. Instructions for various patches differ---please refer to the manufacturer's directions. If the fabric is detached from the frame, use caution as a patch may not be strong enough to support your weight.

Attach fabric binding to finish the raw edges of your new seat

Replace the entire fabric seat if it is badly damaged. Remove the old seat by unfastening the connecting hardware from the chair frame with a wrench or screwdriver. Set aside the hardware for use with the new seat. Once the fabric is detached from the chair, trace its shape onto your replacement fabric with a permanent marker. Cut out your new seat along the marked line with scissors. Sew the fabric binding to the cut edges. Reassemble your chair.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Replacement hardware
  • Fabric patch
  • Outdoor fabric
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Fabric binding
  • Sewing machine


  • Make sure your repairs are sturdy before sitting in the chair.


About the Author

Ruth Otterstein-Mueller has been a professional writer since 2006. She has worked as a copy writer for L.L.Bean and Outdoor Gear. Previously, she served as a teacher. Otterstein-Mueller holds a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Grinnell College and a Master of Arts in applied linguistics from Hamline University.