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Lawn Chair Repair:

This site is devoted to informing the average consumer about materials used and instructions for replacing the mesh, known as webbing, and repairing patio furniture.

Webbing to Repair Lawn Furniture

Webbing, also known as strapping, is loosely defined as strong, closely woven fabric used for straps, belts, etc., and for supporting the seats of upholstered chairs. As time goes by, the webbing material on your lawn furniture may stretch, warp, discolor, or even break and fail completely. For these reasons, it is suggested to replace all the material on a piece of furniture. This will ensure that any old webbing will not continue to stretch, discolor, or fail, and will look uniform as you will be using all the same color or pattern to replace the old webbing.

Most commonly used replacement materials are blends of Polypropylene Webbing, and Polyester Seatbelt webbing. As more materials are becoming more available to consumers, there are many folks that have branched out to use military spec (Mil-Spec) webbing, as Mil-Spec webbing is highly durable and resistant to the elements of the outdoors.

Common Materials

polypropylene webbing

Polypropylene

Polypropylene webbing is great for outdoor applications, as it has excellent UV protection, and it does not absorb water, giving it resistance to mildew and rot. It has low stretch, especially when wet. Polypropylene does not have a high abrasion resistance, so it is not recommended for use around rough edges. This webbing is good for medium duty applications, and is probably the most widely used material for lawn chair repair and replacement webbing. Polypropylene comes in Heavyweight and Lightweight weave options, both with a myriad of colors to choose from.

polyester webbing

Polyester

Polyester webbing is ideal for heavy loads with high abrasion. Polyester webbing has the same soft, smooth feel, and shiny appearance of Flat nylon. It also has the benefits of Polypropylene; low water absorption, and excellent mildew and rot resistance. Only Polyester allows custom color, patterns/designs, and logos and images to print using a process called Sublimation; a printing process and permanently "tattoos" the polyester. Common Polyester weave types are Utility, and Picture Quality; where utility has the same look and feel of most standard everyday webbings, though still printable via sublimation, and Picture Quality is smooth to the touch, and will leave a beautiful, near digital print of color, pattern, or logo.

seatbelt webbing

Polyester Seatbelt Webbing

Polyester Seat belt weave webbing is lighter in weight than the regular polyester, but close in strength. Low stretch, low absorption rate, non-porous fiber, and high strength makes this an excellent choice for outdoor furniture repair. Because the seat belt webbing is made from a polyester weave, sublimation print is also available for this type. Because of the durability and ability to customize color and print, Polyester Seat belt webbing is quickly replacing Polypropylene as the standard for lawn furniture repair.

Mil-Spec 17337 Webbing

Mil-Spec Webbing

Military webbing, otherwise known as Mil-Spec webbing, is typically composed of high-tensile strength, woven narrow fabrics such as Nylon, Cotton, and Polyester. It is recommended to use Polyester Mil-Spec as it is more resistant to UV, water, rot & mildew, and has low stretch. As with Seat belt polyester and other polyester weaves, Polyester Mil-Spec can be printed as well.

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materials

Materials You Will Need:

  • Your choice of colored or patterned Replacement Webbing
  • Flexible Fabric Tape Measure
  • Grommet & Die Set
  • A Hammer
  • Wrenches, Pliers, or Socket Wrench Set
  • Nut and Bolt/Machine Screw, and Washer Fasteners

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vertical horizontal and webbing width
  1. Take note of the width, and how many Vertical and Horizontal webbing strips you are replacing.
  2. Remove old webbing, including the fasteners.
How to measure required webbing lengths
  1. Using Flexible Fabric Measuring Tape, wrap measuring tape around 1 support of the piece. Measure across to opposing support, and wrap around opposing support and note this measurement as a Horizontal piece. Repeat this step for the Vertical pieces.
how to install grommets
  1. Cut your webbing pieces to the length of your measured horizontal distance, as well as your vertical.
  2. Fold the ends of the webbing into a triangle point. Punch a hole in the center of the triangle, and follow the instructions on your grommet & die set to install the grommets. Repeat for opposite end of the webbing.
how to fasten webbing to support
  1. Wrap webbing triangle tip around furniture support and install using your choice of fastener.
how to fasten webbing to opposing support
  1. Span the attached webbing across to opposing support. Wrap the triangle tip around the support bar and install with fastener. Repeat for the other horizontal pieces.
completed repair
  1. Just like the horizontal pieces, repeat the grommet and installation steps for the vertical pieces, weaving them through the horizontal pieces in an under-over pattern. And you are done!

Technical Specifications:

    Heavyweight Polypropylene

  • Thickness of 0.060
  • Breaking strength range of 675 to 1800 pounds
  • Melting point of 330 degrees Fahrenheit
  • UV Resistant
  • Water Resistant

    Seatbelt Polyester

  • Thickness of 0.030 to 0.050 of an inch
  • Breaking strength range of 3000 to 6000 pounds
  • Melting point of 480 degrees Fahrenheit
  • UV Resistant
  • Water Resistant
  • Custom Print Available!

    Utility & Picture Quality Polyester

  • Thickness of 0.04 to 0.08 of an inch
  • Breaking strength range of 1500 to 6500 pounds
  • Melting point of 500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • UV Resistant
  • Water Resistant
  • 5 Times the abrasion resistance as flat nylon webbing
  • Custom Print Available!

    Mil-Spec 17337 Polyester

  • Thickness of 0.030 to 0.045 of an inch
  • Breaking Strength
    • 1 inch: 2000 lbs.
    • 1½ inch: 3000 lbs.
    • 2 inch: 4000 lbs.
  • Melting point of 500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • UV Resistant
  • Water Resistant
  • Custom Print Available!

Disclaimer & Restrictions:

To Calculate how many feet of webbing you will need by multiplying your horizontal measurement by how many horizontal pieces you need. Do the same with the vertical calculation. Add your overall horizontal to your overall vertical.

It is good practice to order more feet of webbing, as mistake can happen when measuring and cutting are a necessity.

Any place where you will be cutting the webbing or punching holes in the webbing should be sealed with a direct heat source like a lighter.

When heat sealing webbing, use proper ventilation for noxious fumes.

Aluminum and other metal frames have a tendency to "flex" when pressure is placed on web seat, where wooden frames have very little "flex". This "flex" gives the illusion that the webbing has stretched.

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Thank you for reading my guide! If you have any further questions, please contact me at
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