1. Order a New Sling
Before you get started, you have to measure your chairs and order replacement sling. To find width, measure from the center of one rail to the center of the opposite rail at the bolt locations typically found at the top and bottom of the sling. To find length, lay a cloth tape measure along the top face of one rail so it follows the rail's curvature.
2. Cut the Old Sling
Slash the old sling down the middle with a utility knife. (A damaged sling cannot be saved.) Remove the end cap on each side rail.
3. Remove the Old Sling
Slide the two halves of the sling out of their tracks in the chair's rails. Loosen but don't remove the bolts that attach the rails to the chair frame, then pop out the spreader bar. This is the best time to retouch or repaint your frame. Go to Frame Touch-Up Techniques for how-to and tips.
4. Slide the New Sling On
Remove one rail entirely. Hold the sling with its hem side to the back and slide its nylon rod into the track of the rail that's still attached to the chair frame.
5. Secure the New Sling
Slide the detached rail over the sling's other nylon rod. Bolt this rail back on the frame. Tighten the loose bolts on the opposite rail to make the sling taut.
6. Reattach the Spreader Bar
Reinsert the spreader bar. Use a pipe clamp to spread the rails slightly; if need be, bend the bar a bit to make it fit, then hit it with a rubber mallet to restore its shape.
7. Trim the Rods
With a wire cutter, trim each rod flush with the end of the rail. Push the end caps back on the rails.
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