Redo Patio Sling Chairs for Under $25

Angie Forte
by Angie Forte
I rescued this 3 piece patio set from someone that was throwing it away. It's a Martha Stewart Everyday and has nice lines so I thought I could do something with it.
Here's an easy patio set redo that you can finish in less than a day and for less than $25!
This is the set before I redid it. The original color was a sage green but had faded. The seat fabric was a woven nylon fabric that had become brittle from the sun and elements. Rips were beginning to appear in the fabric.
There are several online tutorials that show you how to redo the fabric without removing everything from the frame. However, I wanted to change the frame color as well so I removed all of the tracks from the frame for better paint coverage. It was simply 2 screws in each piece.
Using the old fabric as a pattern (basically 4 rectangles) I cut out the new pieces using this outdoor fabric. I sewed double-fold hems around all 4 sides of each rectangle, creating a channel on the 2 sides. The channels allow you to insert the nylon rod from the old fabric and gives strength to the fabric once installed on the frame. The fabric panel simply slides back into the tracks and everything is reattached to the frame. It took 3 cans of spray paint and about 1.5 yards of fabric. I was able to purchase everything for under $25. I had several projects going at once but you could complete this easily within a day.
Angie Forte
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  • Ericka Ericka on Sep 23, 2019

    Hi Angie forte. I have some chairs similar to yours and the original fabric is very old even some chair the fabric is broken then I ordered this type of fabric (Sunbrella Sling Augustine Pewter 54 "Fabric). Do you think it works with this fabric?

  • Sindy Miller Re Sindy Miller Re on Apr 06, 2020

    Where did you get the fabric?

  • Lora Bilotta Lora Bilotta on Jun 29, 2020

    Is there any other way to reinforce lounge chairs that have dry rotted without sewing?

    mine have canvas vase that are topped with cushions.

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  • Lora Bilotta Lora Bilotta on Jun 29, 2020

    Canvas base

    • Mam52325943 Mam52325943 on Jul 12, 2022

      Hi Lora,

      Did you ever replace the fabric on your chairs? I do not have a sewing machine and my chair fabric is developing holes. The frames are solid but I need to change out the webbing. Did you have any luck changing yours? I know this is a 2020 post but I was needing help. Thank you 😊

  • Judy Gotz Judy Gotz on Sep 10, 2020

    Very inspired, so much so that I took the torn material off my six chairs and now searching for a floral pattern! Thanks!