How to fix a broken camping chair

Camping chairs are useful to have around when the weather is nice, but they are flimsy and easily break.

However, there is no need to be concerned because it is simple to repair!

 

A guide to repairing a broken camping chair

When you’re out in the wilderness, a broken camping chair can be a source of frustration and disappointment.

But don’t be concerned!

We’ve got you covered with these simple steps for repairing a broken camping chair.

Here are some things you might need to fix a broken camping chair:

  • A screwdriver
  • Superglue or Gorilla glue
  • Wood
  • Hammer
  • Duct tape

Analyze the damage

The first step is to figure out where the chair broke.

If it’s a small crack, you can probably repair it with superglue or Gorilla glue.

If the break is more severe, you may need to repair it with wood, a hammer, and a screwdriver.

Repair the legs of a broken camping chair

It is frequently the joint that connects the two legs. If this is the case, you will need to smooth out the rough edges with a metal file.

Once the edge is smooth, use a hot glue gun to secure a small piece of wood (a toothpick will suffice) to the metal’s edge.

Finally, apply gorilla glue to the small piece of wood you attached in the previous step. Allow it to dry for up to 24 hours, and your camping chair should be restored!

Repair a broken back brace on a camping chair

If the back brace of the camping chair is broken or bent, it must be replaced. Remove the screws from the chair’s back and the old brace.

Next, cut a piece of wood about 2′′x4′′ in size. Drill a hole in each end of the wood and attach it to the back of the chair with screws.

Finally, reattach the screws to secure the brace. Your camping chair has been repaired!

Repair loose or broken joints on camping chairs

Loose joints are another major cause of camping chair failure.

This is a simple fix that only requires a screwdriver.

To re-strengthen the joints, simply locate the affected chair leg or arm, locate the screws, and tighten.

If the joint is still flimsy, you may need to go a step further and apply some metal epoxy, which you can find at your local hardware store.

The metal-epoxy will re-fuse the joint, making it strong again.

Repair ripped or torn fabric on camping chairs

If the fabric on your camping chair has ripped or worn away, it must be replaced.

This is a simple process that will require some sewing skills.

The first step is to cut away the old fabric before hemming in the new fabric.

Once the new fabric is in place, stitch it down with a sewing machine or by hand.

There is no need to be concerned if you have no sewing machine experience or if you do not own a sewing machine.

Instead, simply glue the fabric in place!

Attach it to the camping chair using a hot glue gun on a low setting.

You must continue applying pressure to the glued area for 20-30 seconds or until the glue cools and dries.

If you don’t have a hot glue gun, you can substitute duct tape for glue.

Wrap the duct tape around the affected area, 50% overlapping each layer.

This will form a water-resistant seal, preventing the fabric from tearing or wearing away further.


Camping chairs cannot compete with the great outdoors.

They can be your best friend while camping, but they never seem to last.

The good news is that it is not difficult to repair one and get back on track!

Whether the issue is as minor as a crack in the frame or as severe as ripped fabric, we’ve provided some simple steps using common household items so you can get back out there quickly.

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