READ THIS Before You Buy Replacement Slings for Your Patio Furniture

Let's start with an all too familiar story: you've got a broken patio chair that needs fixing. It's on your to-do list, but you just haven't got round to it, or if you're honest, you've been putting it off! When you finally order the spare part, it arrives and you discover it's the wrong size. How frustrating! Now you have to send it back, order a new one and start all over again.

At SunnilandPatio, we believe that DIY repair jobs should be a rewarding experience that give you a sense of pride at your achievement. This guide will help you order the right replacement sling, allowing you to fix that chair smoothly and with minimum stress.

What kind of chair do you have?

We sell replacement slings to fit four different styles of patio chairs: one piece chairs, two piece chairs, chaise lounges & ottomans. Look at the diagrams below to see which sections of your furniture you need to measure to ensure you get the right repair parts.

One Piece Chair


Two Piece Chair


Chaise Lounge




How To Measure The Replacement Slings Correctly

Next you need to get the right measurements. Here's how:

Measure The Width

First, we'll start measuring horizontally from rail to rail. Start about two inches from the top and take the measurement. Then take the same measurement in the middle of the sling and the bottom.

We do this to compare these measurements and see if the fabric size varies or not.

Sometimes you will find that there's a little more variation between the 3 measurements but as long as it's not more than a 0.5" between them you can just stick to the average. If you do see a bigger variation that is more than 0.5", order it! That's the safest option!

Measure The Length

Now measure the length of the sling which is going to be taken from up at the top edge of the fabric right on the rail and all the way down.

To be safe you can add an eighth of an inch longer than shorter because it's easy to tuck that into the rail.

Measure The Rods

With our new slings, we provide new dowels (a.k.a rods), you also measure these as well, to see what size they are you can compare them to drill bits.

Most of the time they're either going to be the 7/32" or 1/4" which is the two sizes we offer with our replacement slings.


How To Order The right Size Replacement Slings

Click on the appropriate chair from the replacement sling page and have your measurements to hand.

Now select the correct sizes from our drop-down menus. 

Select the rod size, then choose your desired fabric. We custom make your replacement sling from over 50 different designs: from cane wicker fabric to solid block colors, to fetching stripes and stylish patterns. View the swatches here.

Delivery is free for orders over $150. Slings ship within two weeks and because they are custom-made are non-refundable and non-returnable once the order has been processed so it's doubly important you get the measurements correct by following the steps above.

Still concerned you may not be ordering the right replacement sling?

We're here to help! Get in touch by phone, email or live chat and we'll make sure you get exactly the replacement material you need to get your patio furniture looking sharp and feeling brand new. 


Originally published in 2017. Updated May 28, 2019.

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