See here for an update from March 2017 on how the chair has survived three years in the sun.
The plastic 'cane' on one of our outdoor chairs recently started to snap all down one side:
The chair was still usable, but clearly wasn't going to stay that way for much longer!
Inspired by my success with our bathroom stool, I decided to weave a new seat for it out of old bicycle inner tubes.
- 4-5 inner tubes cut into 1 inch strips lengthways (they came in two different widths, so some gave two strips and some gave three). I forgot to count the tubes before I cut them up so I'm not exactly sure how many I used!
- 7 'sessions' of 30-45 minutes each (two to prep the tubes, two to cut off the old cane, one to thread the length-ways parts of the chair seat and two to do the actual weaving);
- scissors (to cut the strips of inner tube), a bucket and rag (to clean the tubes - the insides are powdered with talc), secateurs (to cut the cane), a stanley knife (used in joining strips of inner tube together) and sellotape (to secure the tubes while part of the work was in progress).
As I couldn't find any tutorials online for doing such a thing, below are some notes on how I went about it.
Please note, the chair lasted about three years (in full sun, in New Zealand where the the sun is uncommonly harsh) before it needed 'recaning'. Click here to see the deterioration in the rubber that had occurred after three years.