How To Install Your New Slings

Important Disclaimer:

Please note that SlingFabs.com will not be liable for any damages that may occur to your replacement slings or furniture as a result of using the following information. This installation guide is generalized to apply to the most popular types of slings but does not apply to all of the types you may encounter. Please use discretion when applying this information. 


Step 1: Remove old slings

The fastest and easiest method to remove old slings from your patio furniture is cut them right down the middle using a box cutter or scissors. Next you will need to remove the end caps to to enable you to slide the material out of the frames. Be very careful when removing the end caps as they are often very brittle from UV exposure and can break easily. Often it is helpful to use a screwdriver to gently pry the end caps off. Don’t worry if you do damage them. We may be able to help you source new endocarps if they are available. Simply give us a call and we will try to help you locate replacement caps. Once the end cap has been removed you can slip the fabric and retaining rod out of the sling rail. It may be helpful to use players to grip the fabric as the can sometimes be snug. 


Step 2: Remove sling rails from frame

It is usually easier to install the new slings into the sling rails when they are unbolted from the chair frame itself. This can be challenging because the bolts may have rusted. If so use a penetrating oil available at any hardware store. For best results apply the penetrating oil and let them sit for at least an hour to allow the oil be effective. You may even want to let them set overnight. If your nuts and bolts are rusty it’s a good idea to replace them. We suggest using stainless steel bolts with Nyloc retaining nuts if available. When removing the sling rails it’s a good idea to mark which sling rail goes with each side of the chair i.e. right and left of A & B, etc. A piece of masking tape can be helpful to write on each piece.


Step 3: Install new sling into frame rails

All of our custom patio slings are shipped with standard plastic retaining rods inserted in place.on each side of the new replacement sling. The rods will be longer than the actual material itself. DO NOT TRIM THE PLASTIC RODS until you are completely done with the sling installation. The excess length of the retaining rod helps the sling slide through the rails easier during the installation process. Before proceeding, make sure your to notice which rails you are working with to orient the fabric correctly. Please note: the SlingFabs.com tag will be in the back and on the top of furniture one the installation is finished. This can make a big difference as sometimes the width at the top of the sling is different than the width at the bottom. Starting with the excess length of the retaining rod, begin to slide the sling fabric through the rails.

 
NOTE: For best results or if you have difficulty inserting your slings we suggest you thoroughly clean dry the chairs. Afterwards put a coat of car polish on the frames including the slots where the slings are treaded. It’s helpful to use the seam of an old towel to apply and buff the polish in the slot to ensure that any residues are removed. Inserting the slings should be much easier and may not even require tools to grip and pull the slings into place.


Step 4: Install sling rails & adjust fabric

Being sure to include any washers and/or spacers in the proper location, align the holes of the frame with the rails insert bolts and tightening only finger tight. To adjust the sling fabric, begin at the front or bottom pull the sling material util it is aligned with ends on both sides. You may need a pair of pliers or vice-grips to make this easier. You will need to work with the fabric to eliminate the wrinkles by stretching it on either side as necessary. Once you have most of the wrinkles stretched out you may want to clamp the fabric in place as it may want to slip when tightening the rails. Tighten the bolts holding the frame rails to the frame on both sides. This should eliminate most wrinkles. However slights wrinkles may remain which work themselves out of time.   


Step 5: Install spreader bars & finishing up

If your sling chairs come with spreader bars on the back, they must be reinstalled to keep the slings stretched out. To protect your frame from scratches place a blanket or towel on the ground flip your from over face down. This will provide easy access to the back. Re-install the spreader bar into the same holes it cam e out of. If he bar is too long you can either bend the bar slightly over your knee or use a spreader bar. If you bend the spreader bar to get it in place straighten it back to prove tension and support on the back. If you need to use a spreader bar, you have the choice of buying one online. However, we suggest purchase a large clamp with reversible ends from you local Home Depot or Lowes. The reversible ends allow you to push out or spread the frame enough to allow the spreader bar to be inserted.


HINT: You can make a spreader tool with a piece of 2x4 lumber cut to the width just a tad longer than the spreader bar itself. It can be wedged between the frame rails. To make it even easier to use cut the 2x4 in two and place a hinge between the two pieces. Place the hinged 2x4 in between the frame rails and press down to straighten it. This will separate the rails enough to reinstall the spreader bar.



Finish up by cutting any excess length from the retaining rods using wire cutters or large scissors. The end caps for the sling rails can be reinstalled by putting in place and slightly tapping them with a soft rubber mallet