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How to Fix a Wicker Chair

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 in Patio Furniture Sets

Patio furniture sets can be extremely expensive, especially if you want quality furniture that will stand through the years and could also face nature’s caprices. Wicker furniture has to be the most popular choice for patio furniture, because it looks natural, it is appealing and resistant, and reasonably priced. However, after a few years of use, even wicker furniture starts to show signs of wearing off, so you either throw it away, or choose the more practical road and fix it yourself. In what follows we are going to show you how to fix a wicker chair; you don’t need to many tools and materials in order to do it, and once you get the hang of it you can fix other pieces of wicker furniture as well.

Before learning how to fix a wicker chair, you have to get all the necessary tools: a cutter or knife, a pair of pliers or tongs, some special glue, and caning, which can be found in stores specializing in repairs. Take the chair out, or into your work space, the garage or whatever. Give it a good clean if it’s dirty, using a brush and even a damp sponge. When the chair’s caning is ruined on the leg, remove the parts that are torn; we forgot to mention that you have to start by putting the caning in water, so it becomes soft and malleable. This should take about 30 minutes, after which you can take a piece of caning and gluing it where the original weaving ends; you can fix it even better by attaching a tack, or a small nail. Now you take the caning and wrap it tightly around the leg, as similar as possible with the original caning.

At the end, you add some more glue and secure it once more with tacks. If you can’t do this on the first try, just have some patience and it will work out eventually; learning how to fix a wicker chair is not difficult at all, which is why you shouldn’t throw away the furniture just because of a few blemishes. So, if the chair is torn in the body, like the backrest, first try to understand how the weaving was done in the first place; remove the strand of caning which is torn, and cut of any loose heads that hang out; you can also use glue to secure them further if they don’t need to be removed.

Take your moist caning and glue it to the end of the strand which is broken, and then start weaving over the empty space, following the pattern; if it’s difficult use pliers to get the caning in and out. Finally, when you’re done, remember to give an overall look at the chair to see whether you can fix it here and there with glue or tacks, and then let it dry for a while. If the chair was painted, use spray paint to cover the pieces you replaced, and you’ll hardly see any differences.