How to Replace Vinyl Chair Straps

Patio chairs that have vinyl straps come in many colors and designs.

Although the straps are fairly sturdy, after years of exposure to the outdoors they crack and break. Replacing damaged straps on the chair is a very basic process that homeowners can tackle themselves. The necessary replacement straps and fasteners are available at home supply stores often in the same colors that match the existing chair straps.

Identify any straps that broken or cracked and cut off as much of them as possible using scissors. Then grasp the remaining strap portions with pliers and pull firmly until the straps and fasteners pop out of the chair.

Locate the hole in one side of the chair frame and place the end of a tape measure directly over the hole. Wrap the tape measure around the outside of the chair and then over the top to the other side. In other words, mimic the same wrapping technique that the strap will be installed in. Take note of the measurement.

Multiple the measurement by 0.85 and then add 1 to the resulting number. Cut each replacement strap to this number of inches, making the cuts one at a time.

Place each strap on a piece of scrap wood and install a 3/16-bit into a drill. Drill a hole in each end of each strap 1/2 inch from the end.

Look at one end of the strap and use scissors to cut each corner off at an angle, so it is no longer square. Repeat on all other strap edges.

Fill a large pot half to three-fourths full of water and place it on a stove burner turned to high. Wait until the water boils and then insert the straps into the water. Wait five minutes and remove the straps using tongs.

Insert a plastic faster into the holes in both ends of each strap. Press the faster into one of the holes in the chair until you hear it click. Wrap the strap under the chair frame and back over the top. Stretch it to the other side and wrap the fastener under the frame before pressing it firmly into the other hole.

Things You Will Need

  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Tape measure
  • Replacement chair straps
  • Scrap wood
  • Drill
  • 3/16-inch drill bit
  • Stove
  • Pot
  • Water
  • Tongs
  • Strap fasteners
  • Rubber mallet (optional)


  • You may need to use a rubber mallet to push the fasteners into the holes.
  • Plastic fasteners typically come in three sizes, so take the old ones with you to the store when you purchase the straps to locate one that matches.

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.