Patio furniture repairs: Install a single wrap vinyl strap

Posted by Oriana Chacon on Wed - May 10, 2017

In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to install a single wrap vinyl strap. It's a cheap and easy way to repair your patio chairs and much less wasteful than buying new ones. Watch the video below or follow our step by step guide.

Step 1: Assemble your equipment

Tools you'll need:

  • Drill with ¼ inch drill bit,
  • Piece of wood to drill on top of to save your work bench
  • Replacement vinyl strapping by roll or precut vinyl strapping
  • Rivets depending on the size of hole in your chair (7/32” for single strap chairs)
  • Cloth measuring tape
  • Tinsnips to cut the vinyl into straps (if bought by the roll)
  • Cotton pair of gloves
  • Boiling water
  • Tongs or a long screwdriver to fish out the hot straps

We have a propane tank hooked up to a turkey frier with a big hot to get the water going but it doesn’t have to be this set up. You could just boil water on the stove though it tends to work better if it’s closer to the area you’re doing the work so you don’t have to run through the house with hot straps.

propane tank to boil waterWe need the hot water because we’re going to boil the straps for a few minutes.

By cutting the straps shorter than they need to be, the hot water will make it more pliable and we can then stretch them onto the frame. This means when they’re cool they’re nice and tight on your furniture.

Step 2: Remove old straps

If the rivets are dry they will peel out quite easily but sometimes you may need to use a pair of pliers or a screwdriver to punch the hole and make sure nothing is going to be in your way.

These chairs already have the hole but if you need to add a strap or if your chair doesn’t have holes now would be the time to drill them to the bare frame on the inside.

measure the sling

Step 3: Measure the sling size you’ll need

After we have our holes in place, take the tape measure and wrap it around in the same place that old strap was lying before. Start at one hole, then wrap the tape measure around to the other hole. Our measurement is 24”. Now we’re going to reduce the measurement by 10% removing 2.5” inches.

We’re reducing our measurement so that our straps fit tight. If we were to cut the strap to the exact size the straps would be loose and blowing in the wind!

Remember to reduce the measurement by 10% or your chair will be loose

snip the edges of vinyl strapStep 4: Make the straps

We decided we’d need a 21.5” measurement. Unroll the vinyl to the correct size and use the tin strips to snip it straight across. Then trim off the excess along the edges so it makes it when we curl the strap those corners aren’t on the sides poking out.

drill holes in vinyl strapNow put them up top on the wood block. Set the drill about a quarter inch away from the edge and double up to save time. Be careful not to drill into your hand. Then install the rivets.

boiling the slings in a panStep 5: Install the straps

Now put the straps into the boiling water using the tongs and cotton gloves on. After 3-4 minutes take them out one at a time using the tongs. Shake to get rid of excess water. I’ve already put the rivets in because you don’t want to be adding them when the strapping is hot.

installing the strap

To install the strap put it around the frame, push the rivet into the hole, pull it to the other side, wrap it, find the hole and plug it in with the rivet. And release. Tip: Pull the strap across the chair with one hand, and plug in with the other. And that’s it, it’s that easy if you know what you’re doing. Need to know how to do a double-wrap vinyl strap? It's just as easy and if you're struggling, we're on hand to help, just get in touch with the team.

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Topics: Do It Yourself Patio Repairs