How to repair wicker patio furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

Wicker furniture can unravel or unweave, or a spoke may break. If your wicker patio furniture is damaged, you may wish to repair it yourself. Repairing wicker patio furniture does not require extensive skills or tools. Wicker furniture comes in a variety of colours including white and brown. When purchasing the supplies to repair your wicker patio furniture, select wicker in the same colour of your furniture.

Replacing strands

Turn your wicker chair over, upside down. Cut the ends of damaged strand at an angle with your scissors, and carefully remove the strand.

Measure the old strand with your tape measure and add 5 cm (2 inches). Cut a new strand of wicker that you presoaked in water for approximately 20 minutes.

Weave the new strand of wicker on the furniture's underside following the original pattern. Pull the wicker tight as you are weaving it.

Trim the new strand of wicker with your scissors. Butt the ends of the new wicker strand with the wicker on the furniture and apply your waterproof glue. Allow the glue to dry according to the manufacturer's directions.

Replacing a spoke

Cut the spoke with your diagonal-cutting pliers a few strands into the weave pattern on your wicker furniture and remove it. Measure the length of your cut spoke with your tape measure.

Feed the new spoke into place by holding it with your needle-nose pliers and following the original pattern on your furniture. If the dry spoke becomes difficult to work with, you may soak it in water. This allows the spoke to become more flexible.

Apply glue to all ends of the spoke. Allow the glue to dry.

Repairing an unravelled binder

Cut off the old piece of binder cane with your utility knife and remove it.

Glue and gently nail down one end of the presoaked (soaked in water) cane strip where you will start wrapping the furniture. Use your glue, nail and hammer.

Wind the strip of binding tightly and evenly around your wicker furniture. Typically, cane binding is placed on the legs of wicker furniture.

Apply glue to the end of cane binding and gently nail the end with a nail and hammer. This ensures the cane binding does not unravel or remove from the leg of your wicker furniture.

Cut off any excess cane binding with your scissors.


Spraying your wicker patio furniture twice a year with your garden hose keeps it resilient.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Presoaked wicker strand
  • Waterproof glue
  • Diagonal-cutting pliers
  • Dry wicker spoke
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Presoaked cane strip
  • Nails
  • Hammer
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Stephanie Nolan has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles appear on various websites, where she specializes in topics about home improvement, parenting and interior design. Nolan holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.