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How To Patch A Rush Chair

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My rush seat was perfect, and then it wasn't.
Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $0 Difficulty: Easy
  • how to patch a rush chair
At first I was miffed, but since I have repaired other kinds of chairs before with a simple DIY trick and gotten fabulous results, I decided to try again myself before I tossed this one.
  • how to patch a rush chair
One of the pieces on the chair had snapped and the seat was beginning to unravel. The shop wanted $200 to fix it (more than the chair cost) so I decided to try DIY.

The process wasn't complicated, but it was a bit tedious. What I did was flip the chair over to find the other end of the torn rush. I cut it and planned to use it as a patch on the top of the chair.
  • how to patch a rush chair
I cut it to size, I glued it in place and then took the loose rush pieces on the top of the chair and wrapped them around the new patch piece to make it look like it had been woven in.


  • how to patch a rush chair
I used a hot glue gun to secure the pieces in place and cleaned away any extra very gently with a razor blade.

The chair sits at my DIY farmhouse kitchen island. It's been back there in its repaired state for just about a year now and it's still perfect.

For more photos, tips and tricks on this process, you can visit my site.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Mini Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks

To see more: http://www.exquisitelyunremarkable.com/2016/07/how-to-repair-rush-seating.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Jeanettejuniel
    Jeanettejuniel Richmond, CA

    I wish I could thumbs up this 1000 times.

    • Norris720
      Norris720 Houston, TX

      Just a hello. i use to live in Richmond and worked at Home Depot in El Cerrito .

  • Janie Monroe
    Janie Monroe Mountain View, CA

    Yes. I definitely will. I have a chair that I paid $5 for. It has been hiding out in my bedroom under a pillow. Certainly gonna try it. Thanks.

  • Norris720
    Norris720 Houston, TX

    KimHometalker - Thank you. Your repair photos are what D.I.Y.-ers on this site need to add to their repair request, because it is valuable to receiving information solutions to their repair problems. Please use your SmartPhone to up load photos

  • Carol
    Carol San Dimas, CA

    Even if you have to re-do an entire chair seat, weaving rush is not difficult. I'm sure youtube has instructions. I once did a rocker seat and found it to be an enjoyable task.

  • Lynne
    Lynne Detroit, MI

    lovely work restoring the seat!!

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