When the plastic webbing on your lawn chairs wears out, you can replace it with new webbing. You can purchase plastic lawn chair webbing at a hardware store or online, and weave the strips horizontally and vertically. The process is so easy, you could change colors as often as you like to suit your mood. This is also a great way to refurbish chairs otherwise destined for the trash. The plastic webbing rinses off for easy cleaning and will hold up to a summer's use in the hot sun.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- Ice pick
- Wooden block
Measure the distance from underneath one side of the chair, over and around to the other side of the chair. Add one inch. Cut a piece of webbing to this length.
Fold one end of the webbing. Bring one corner over to meet the side, then do the same with the opposite corner, so that the webbing forms a point.
Heat the end of the ice pick in the lighter. Place the pointed end of the webbing on the wooden block and apply the hot tip of the ice pick to the center to melt a hole in the nylon webbing.
Line up the hole in the webbing with the hole in the frame of the lawn chair on the inside of one side of the chair. Fit the screw used to attach the webbing through the webbing, then through the chair. Slip the nut onto the other end of the screw and tighten with the pliers to attach the webbing to the lawn chair.
Bring the webbing up and over the outside of the chair frame, across the seat and around and under the frame once more.
Fold the end of the webbing strip into a triangle as in Step 2. Check the fit. Trim the webbing with scissors, a fraction of an inch at a time, until you achieve a taut fit.
Melt a hole into the webbing as in Step 3 and fasten the webbing as in Step 4. Repeat for each strip, weaving the webbing in a basketweave pattern to form a firm, secure seat.
Tips & Warnings
- Use the old webbing strips as a pattern to cut the new ones.
- The ice pick will become very hot. Use caution when handling it and the lighter. Keep away from children.
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