Alright, you have a great set of patio chairs, but over the course of a few seasons, the cushions have worn out. You could just throw them out and replace them, but darn, they were expensive and the frames are still great. You tried sitting in them without the cushions but slide through the straps. You could just buy some new cushions, but they are almost as pricey as replacing the chairs. What do you do?
Well, I’ll tell you what I did. I just wove in some paracord and made them comfortable and usable again, for a fraction of the cost of replacement! Plus, paracord will last!!!
This is my Instructable on how I did it.
Step 1: Stuff
Well this is all that is needed:
- Patio chair
- 100 foot of paracord
Step 2: Tie It On
This is pretty self-explanatory. Tie the end of the cord to the frame beneath the seat.
If there is not a support bar just under the seat, tie it to the seat frame itself, but make sure the knot is on the bottom so it does not rub against your inner knee.
Step 3: Begin the Weave
- Loop the cord over the front of the seat.
- Weave the cord over and under each of the seat straps.
- Include any metal frame supports that are parallel to the straps. Particularly where the seat bottom meets the seat back.
- Continue to the top of the seat back.
Step 4: Loop Back
Alright, this is arguably the most difficult part of the entire instructable. Making tight loops at the top and bottom of the frame.
- When the main cord reach the top of the seat back frame.
- The cord goes up behind the frame.
- Next, pull the cord down the front of the frame.
- Then, loop the cord behind the main cord.
- Now, pull the cord up the front of the frame.
- Pull the cord down behind the frame.
- Feed the cord pull back through loop made in substep 4.
- Finally, pull it tight.
Step 5: Continue the Weave
- Continue to weave the cord through all the straps and frame, alternating from the previous weave. Keep the cord tight throughout the process!
- At the front of the seat frame loop the cord back again, just like step 4.
- Repeat the weave until you reach the end of the cord. (Be careful not to let the cord get all knotty!)
- When there is no longer enough cord to make another pass, tie it off to the same frame bar the cord was tied onto.
- Cut off any extra cord.
- Adjust the loop backs to evenly space out along the top and bottom bars.
Step 6: Take a Seat!
There you have it Instructables community! A quick, cheap way to repair your patio furniture with paracord!
Now, get out there and enjoy the summer!
And as always, thank you for checking out my Instructable!