Repairing braids on a rocking chair

On a rocking chair, in the majority of cases, the seat and backrest cover is broken first. The wickerwork consists of rattan, which is also known under the names Thonet or Viennese braid. It can be replaced by ready-made braids. For bamboo cane damage, a solution can often be found with a little creativity.

Replace wickerwork

When assessing the damage, it often turns out that it is not just individual braided webs or fibers that are damaged or torn. The way in which the mesh is attached to the chair frame is decisive for the effort involved in repairs. If the fibers are braided in individual holes in the frame, they must be braided individually. Alternatively, there are rocking chairs with a milled U-shaped groove that serve as a holder for an entire piece of fabric.

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Braiding by hand is only possible for very skilled craftsmen. Special providers have ready-made meshes and the required fastening accessories for both slot-reinforced and slot-free construction types. The defective mesh is completely removed from the seat and backrest and a new, matching mesh is used.

Replace bamboo tubes one at a time

If the seat and backrest are made of bent bamboo or bast tubes, each individual tube must be checked. In general, even a layperson can replace damaged pipes. The pipes can be made flexible by soaking them and they can also be placed on curved paths. Drying them "freezes " in the desired position.

How to fix your rocking chair

  • Replacement braid
  • Replacement bamboo tube
  • Rattan wrapping tapes
  • Wood glue (€ 6.49 at Amazon *) or glue
  • rattan
  • Pin nails
  • Wallpaper knife or cutter
  • Sharp scissors
  • Little hammer

1. Remove old material

Cut off any individual fibers or the entire braid from the frame. If necessary, pull individual fibers out of the frame holes through which they are braided.

2. Attachment

Attach the mounting profile to the chair frame according to the manufacturer's instructions. Cut the rattan cane to the appropriate length.

3. Assemble

Place the adapted ready-made mesh on the frame edges and fix it with the rattan cane. You can choose between small nails or special glue for fastening.

Tips & Tricks Make sure that watered and damp braid is not stretched too much, as it may contract again as it dries. If the tension is too great, the new wickerwork can tear directly again.