How to Fix a Broken Camping Chair – The Easiest Ways in Two Parts

If you’re thinking, “how to fix a broken camping chair?” then this article is perfect for you! Camping chairs are not ever-lasting. They will wear out as time passes. And eventually, you have to throw them away, even if it’s your favorite one.

But we got a solution for your broken camping chair. Repairing a chair not only extends its service life it also makes you satisfied. You can repair and reuse it following just a few simple guidelines. So, what’s the wait for? Let’s jump into the main part.

How to Fix a Broken Camping Chair

It’s an easy and inexpensive procedure. Therefore, you’ll need just a few items to repair a torn camping chair.

However, In the first part, we’ll discuss how to recover a ripped camping chair; in the second part, there will be a discussion on how to repair folding camp chairs.

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Part 1: How to Fix a Ripped Beach Chair

This part discusses how you can reuse a canvas chair that is ripped in different areas.

How to Fix a Ripped Beach Chair

Things you’ll need-

  • Matching fabric
  • Needle (big size, not the usual one) and thread
  • Thimble to protect your fingers from pricking
  • A pair of scissors


  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary blade
  • Square ruler
  • Sewing machine (you can hand sew the fabric, though a sewing machine will do it a lot faster)


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Step 1: Proper inspection

Look for the wear and tear in the chair’s fabric. A proper inspection would reduce the workload at great potential.

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Step 2: Measure the affected area.

Soon as you get the idea about where the chair needs to be repaired, move to the next stage.

You need to measure how much you need to patch and how long of the fabric you need. Use a scale or a measuring tape to measure the torn part because you’ll have to cut the fabric accordingly.

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Step 3: Apply a sturdy fabric patch.

As you’ve found the torn parts, now it’s time to give it a new look. Take a high-quality, rigid fabric matched to the camping chair’s fabric color. You can use old denim as well. Yes! The main thing is to cut and patch, but you need to get the things done correctly.

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  • Mark with a fabric marker on the fabric. Leave about half-inch space for sewing.
  • Cut the fabric according to the size of the torn part keeping about half-inch extra fabric from the edge. You need to cut separate pieces of fabric for different parts of the tears. Make additional pieces for more than one tear.
  • Cut off the corners at a 45° angle if you have cut the fabric in a square or rectangular shape to reduce bulk. Make the corner cuts outside the markings.
  • It would be best if you took a strong needle that would go through the stiff chair material.
  • Fold the sides inward and sew them. You can hand sew it or do it by machine.
  • The seams you’ve made are not weight-bearing. Therefore, do not hang them or use them in a place where it needs some support.
  • Place the fabric on the ripped area facing the folded side. Then sew again in the top layer. If the rip is in the middle or there is any hole, place the patch on the damaged area and sew on the sides.

That’s how to fix ripped camping chairs. And when the chair fabric is destroyed, replacing camping chair fabric would be the best thing you can do.

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Part 2: How to Fix a Broken Camping Chair

How to Fix a Broken Camping Chair

No, you don’t need a camping chair repair kit to do the mending. However, you may need some basic household tools, like- a wrench, screwdriver, drill machine, Dremel tool, riveter, etc, to fix the broken arms and legs of the camping chair. In this part

Things you’ll need-

  • Screwdriver,
  • Wrench,
  • Nose pliers etc.


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Step 1: Check the damages

Whether it’s broken from an accident or negligence, you need to find the damages first to repair them. A camping chair can be broken in many ways and areas.

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Step 2: Repair the broken parts.

When you use the camping chair, it may lose its sturdiness and become unstable. If the folding camping chair has an affected limb or leg, it’s better to remove it altogether.

The rivets and screws in the camping chairs might not be removable with bare hands. Use appropriate tools to do so. You can use a Dremel tool also to cut the broken chair leg or limb. To remove the rivets, drill them in the center.

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Step 3: Tighten the joints.

Once you’ve repaired the broken limbs, now fix the rest of the parts of the affected chair. A camping chair may lose the steadiness it used to have. Therefore, you need to check all the nuts that need to be fixed.

If the joints are not broken, you can fix them with epoxy glue.

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Step 4: Fix broken back rails and braces

Sometimes, the folding camp chairs are broken in such a way that they cannot be repaired. They might miss some vital parts to work again. However, if there is still a chance to fix it, you should take the chance.

Folding chairs have braces that keep them in place. When repeatedly used, they may bend or break. Thereby you need to replace the broken part with a new one.

Though this is not something that you can do yourself, you can take the help of a professional metalworker to weld the broken piece together. It not only will save money; moreover, it’ll save the environment. However, if you can do it yourself, then go ahead!

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Step 5: Reattach the removed parts.

You have done all the repairing work to fix the broken camping chair. You now have to rearrange and reattach all the parts. Put new rivets to fasten the chair. If the chair requires to get a patch in the ripped places, then do that as described in the first part. After putting back the removed parts of the chair, give some trial sitting with proper caution. And if it needs additional mending, do that also.

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Final Words

Now you’ve learned how to fix a broken camping chair. You can mend any unused, broken camping chair that’s sitting in the garage. To keep the world liveable, you should only leave a footprint behind.

Repair and reuse all the broken things. And if you can’t, then recycle them. But never leave things unattended, and don’t ignore the fact that we human beings are only responsible for our deeds.

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