How to Repair Patio Lounge Chairs

The basic repair and upkeep of patio lounge chairs can be done by anyone and does not require any specialized tools or previous experience. Most repairs can be avoided completely with a regular maintenance schedule, but the need for others sometimes arise unexpectedly. No matter how the damage occurs, make the repairs as soon as possible to avoid the damage expanding and becoming more difficult to correct.

Common Problems

There are quite a few common problems that occur with patio lounge chairs. Nylon straps fray and tear, screws come loose, brackets bend, and rivets come out. Aluminum tube and strap chairs are notorious for unwanted bends or breaks in the folding legs, a problem that can be easily repaired, despite the fact that most people throw out chairs with bent or broken tube rails.

Regular Maintenance

The best defense against making repairs is to perform regular maintenance. Oil hinges or the pivots of the chairs. To avoid stains and drips, use a liquid dish soap instead of an oil or penetrating fluid. Tighten loose screws, replace missing bolts, and make sure that all moving moving part operate as they are intended. If you keep your chairs in good working condition you will find that they require fewer repairs, and the ones that are required will be less severe.

Repairing Cracks

Depending on where they are, cracks can be repaired with something as simple as duct tape. In other situations, you may have to fabricate a splint and treat a cracked rail or leg as if it were completely broken.

Repairing Breaks

To repair breaks in aluminum tubing, use PVC pipe. Cut a piece of pipe that is 2 inches longer than the damaged area and drill two holes straight through it, one at each end. Place the pipe in a vise and use a jigsaw (or hacksaw) to cut the pipe in half length-wise. Center the halves around the bent or broken piece of aluminum tubing and drill holes through the tubing to match the holes in the pipe pieces. Insert bolts through the holes and tighten them down.

Repairing Straps or Cushions

In most cases, nylon seat straps are easier to replace than to repair. Unscrew the strap at each end and replace it with a new one. Strapping material is available at most hardware stores. If your cushions are bursting at the seams, use an ordinary needle and thread to re-seal them. When stitching a seam, it is a good idea to sew a double stitch by sewing along the seam first in one direction, and then back along it in the other.

Patching Punctures

For burns or punctures, use self-sticking cloth or vinyl patches. Clean the area to be patched thoroughly to remove dirt and dust, and then apply the patch. Be sure that the patch goes on smoothly, without wrinkles or ripples. Rub the patch vigorously with a smooth, curved edge to be sure that the adhesive surface makes proper contact all the way around. To hide a patched area, use decorative patches or add multiple patches.