How to Replace Vinyl Straps on Patio Furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

Although patio furniture is designed to last for many years, it can become damaged or cracked. Vinyl strap patio furniture is one of the most affordable and versatile types of outdoor furniture; however, the vinyl does not withstand major temperatures changes very well. As a result, the straps often break prematurely, causing the chair to be unusable. However, replacing the broken straps on patio furniture is relatively easy using a strap repair kit that's available at most home improvement stores.

Locate the broken straps on the furniture and use gardening shears to cut off as much of the broken straps as possible.

Clean the furniture thoroughly using a sponge and liquid dishwashing detergent. Pay special attention to areas of rust or mildew. A piece of steel wool can be used to remove rust.

Use a garden hose to thoroughly rinse off all of the soap residue from the furniture.

Use a measuring tape to measure the exact length of the vinyl strap. To do this, place one end of the measuring tape on the outside of the furniture frame where the metal divot is located. Wrap the tape over the furniture and across to the other side. Bring the tape measure up around the outside of the furniture to the metal divot and mark the measurement.

Place a single vinyl strap, taken from the vinyl strap repair kit, on a flat surface and use a tape measure to mark the correct length of the strap. Subtract 2-1/2 inches from the initial measurement and cut the strap using the gardening shears.

Use the gardening shears, cut off the four corners of each strap at 45 degree angles to improve the appearance of the strap.

Use a drill with a 3/16-inch drill bit to create a hole in the centre of the strap 1/4 inch from the end. Repeat on the opposite end of the strap. These holes are where the metal divots are inserted.

Insert a nylon fastener, included in the vinyl strap repair kit, into each of the holes on either end of the strap.

Place a large pot filled with water onto a stove and heat to boiling. Insert the straps into the water and reduce the heat to just below boiling. Leave the straps in the water for two minutes and remove with tongs. Dry the straps with a towel.

Press one of the strap's fasteners into the hole on one side of the furniture.

Gently stretch the strap over the furniture and around the outside of the metal bar on the opposite side of the frame. Use your finger to press the second strap fastener into the hole.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shears
  • Sponge
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Steel wool
  • Garden hose
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • 3/16-inch drill bit
  • Vinyl strap repair kit
  • Large pot
  • Stove
  • Tongs
  • Towel
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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.