Seating Sling Removal Instructions

IMPORTANT: Measure your slings before you remove them! 

There are various methods that can be used to remove the fabric from your outdoor patio furniture frames. The method we use is shown below. In most cases, time, dirt and weather elements will cause the slings to be adhered to the channel in the side rails of the frames, so force as well as technique may be required to remove them.

Let’s take a typical chair as an example. Similar design and construction is used for all types of sling patio furniture, so pretty much any other type of sling can be removed using the same principles. Please read the steps below completely before starting your seating sling removal project.

remove the end caps


[1] Remove the End Caps

Using a flat screw driver, carefully pry all the end caps out of the side rails, top and bottom. Keep them aside for later replacement.


slit the sling


[2] Slit the Sling

With a utility knife or scissors, cut the sling in two from top to bottom.


loosen the bolts


[3] Loosen the Bolts

Remove all the bolts holding the side rails to the seat frame. Keep the bolts aside for later replacement. If there are any bolts of different sizes, note where they came from.


remove the spreader bars


[4] Remove the Spreader Bars

Now that the side rails are loose and in two parts, you can easily remove the spreader bars. Keep them aside for later replacement.


lubricate the grooves


[5] Lubricate the Channels

To make it easier for the slings to slide out of the side rail channels, squirt some liquid soap solution into the channels along the length of the groove.


loosen the sling


[5] Free Up the Splines

The sling is usually stuck in the side rails. To free it up, carefully push the hem and spline of the sling into the side rail channels with a flat screwdriver. You might hear a slight cracking sound as the fabric breaks free from the metal side rail channels. Be careful not to damage the side rails.


pull th esling out


[7] Remove the Sling

Use a pair of pliers to pull the sling out of each side rail channel.


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