Any ideas on how I can fix a patio swing?

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The material that holds the cushions and that you sit on is weathered and torn. There is now nothing stable there to hold you up! I don't have the money to have it professionally fixed, but want to do something so I can keep using it! My husband wants to throw it out! Any ideas? Thanks!
patio swing broken fix ideas, outdoor furniture, outdoor living, here is a photo of the swing
here is a photo of the swing
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  • Evey's Creations Evey's Creations on Jul 25, 2014
    can you post a picture...I'll try to help that way.
  • Hannah V Hannah V on Jul 25, 2014
    Hi Shelly! I agree a pic would be super helpful! That will make it easier for other hometalkers and myself to give you better answers and ideas! You can add photos by clicking the upper right drop arrow and select "edit" (see screenshot). Hope this helps! :)
  • Lori Jackson Lori Jackson on Jul 25, 2014
    I have no idea if this would help, but I bought a lovely chaise lounge for a whopping buck at a garage sale. It was super cheap, but the webbing was shot. After realizing what a pain and expense it would be to repair, I got a suggestion from my son. He came home with a load of old belts and used them to recreate the webbing. On year four now..they don't show under the cushion and work like a charm.
  • Susanne Susanne on Jul 25, 2014
    our fabric rotted out..used replacement webbing and some metal screws to attach it and put a new cushion on it...it was .pretty cheap..a nice feeling knowing you can reuse and fix it yourself
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    • Zelecea Whiting Zelecea Whiting on Mar 16, 2018
      Do you have contact info.?
  • Kathy Roach Kathy Roach on Jul 25, 2014
    I would think you could get fabric at a craft store and recover the swing or if you are in an area with amish they can usually fix that type of stuff.
  • Kitty Kitty on Jul 25, 2014
    cloths line rope
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    • Shelly C Shelly C on Sep 10, 2014
      @Kitty how do you do that???? Is it pretty simple?? I'll have to try & explain to my husband lol anywhere I can see a diy video of this?
  • Shelly C Shelly C on Jul 26, 2014
    I will post a picture later today!! Thanks so much everyone!!
  • Evey's Creations Evey's Creations on Jul 30, 2014
    I'm not seeing the picture....
  • Cindie Taylor-pamula Cindie Taylor-pamula on Feb 22, 2015
    I have that same problem. I was going to this place that makes boat canvas covers and I was going to so it myself and make three channels for the poles to go through
  • your swing looks exactly like mine and ours had rotted also. We purchased webbing at Menards and did seat and back with webbing that we weaved both ways. Time consuming but easy. Did this last spring and has worked out great. Also was able to purchase a new canopy online for the top and it fit perfect.
  • Doreen Albee-Snider Doreen Albee-Snider on Apr 20, 2015
    I have the same problem and wanted to think of a way to re-string it with rope of some sort so Thank you for the information. Will give it a try.
  • Kitty Kitty on Apr 21, 2015
    wood mak a seat of wood and sand it then the seat on it works for frount and back fine some pellets im sure you well figure it out and have the swing for a long time
  • Doreen Albee-Snider Doreen Albee-Snider on May 26, 2015
    I went and got clothes line and restrung it and pulled it as tight as I could and it came out GREAT! Now I just have to make cushions and it will be even better. I sat on it and it didn't move or sag at all. I am HAPPY! :)
  • Dee Bennett Dee Bennett on Apr 10, 2017
    Do you have pictures of how you secured the rope?
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    • Michael Acerbi Michael Acerbi on May 19, 2020

      how did you secure rope to the bars

  • Kelly Limbocker Kelly Limbocker on Apr 22, 2017
    Or, have one custom made to fit your swing. Go to swingcushioncovers.com. They make slings (seat, cushion support) made to the size you need. $69 to $92.
  • Jennifer Maddox Jennifer Maddox on May 21, 2017
    i have done ours and in the process of doing 2 more swings....we disassembled the swing and carefully removed the cover so a pattern can be made .... bought some outside sunbrella type fabric cut it out sewed it up and reassembled it......my latest patten i made from a large vinyl tablecloth so i have a forever pattern for when i need it again....
  • Judy Judy on Jun 16, 2017
    Find some material that you like ( weatherproof -ish if keeping in the weather) and make slip covers like pillow cases. My cushions had several until I found a set at Garden Ridge that I loved.
  • Lina Medeiros Santos Lina Medeiros Santos on Jul 02, 2017
    Hi I used a tarp
  • Ruth Wieler Ruth Wieler on Jul 17, 2017
    very good tutorial using wood instead of fabric
  • Erin Clanton Cupp Erin Clanton Cupp on May 29, 2018
    Could anyone tell me the manufacturer of the original poster's swing? I just found one on a swap page and I'd love to find the original schematics on it. It, too, has the sling torn out of it. I was told by the original owner that it had a canopy to it, too, but it tore apart long ago, and they did not remember the brand or store from which it came from. This threads picture is the only one I've found that looks like it could be the same model as mine.
    The photo I've included is the swing that we just picked up. It was free! If it's not second or third hand, we don't get it. ;)
  • Michele Michele on Aug 31, 2019

    My swing did the same thing, so I asked my cousin to make it wood, he laughed because he didn’t understand what I meant. So I ripped off the fabric went into the garage got some wood and showed him what I wanted. I spray painted it black and made my own red cover and used pool noodles for arm rest added some cushions and everyone loves it. Most importantly it is extremely sturdy. We only had to buy nuts and bolts.

    • Annie Goh Annie Goh on Jan 17, 2020

      Can you help out. My swing has a broken canvas. How do I go around fixing it?

  • Michele Michele on Jan 17, 2020

    So sorry I thought the pictures were uploaded.

  • Mamalesja Mamalesja on Mar 18, 2020

    I have that exact swing in the same shape . Worn and weathered seating. It’s called a universal swing sling. It is sold at Garden Winds . You’ll need 2. They cost 45.00 each. YouTube will show you how to install it. This year I’m also gonna invest in a cover to protect it longer. Hope this helps and glad to know I’m not the only one with that proble

  • They do sell replacement slings, just make sure you measure to confirm the "universal" part. Otherwise if you do sew, you can use the old one as a pattern to make new. Sunbrella fabric is waterproof and fade resistant and made for this type of application.

  • Recover it with some outdoor fabric or dropcloth fabric. after removing the old cover, use it as a pattern.

  • Maura White Maura White on Jun 18, 2021

    I am the one who used the plastic re-webbing material. You can read my full post over here: https://happydealhappyday.com/fix-broken-canvas-porch-swing/

  • Annie Annie on Jun 20, 2021

    Those plastic re webbing materials that Maura posted about would work great and shouldn't be an expensive fix either.

  • You should be able to find replacement fabric covers already pre-made online but you can likely DIY up a cool replacement using wood, outdoor fabric, webbing, or other sturdy outdoor material. In the end you'll have a custom piece all your own!

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