How to Repair a Chair


There are a couple of ways to repair a chair if the seat cushion is damaged. You can recover the seat cushion by using new fabric. Upholstery stores, such as Joann Fabrics, carry fabrics that you can use to repair a chair. Next, you can screw the attachments through the leg and into the tenon. If the tenon is broken, you can also use Right-angle corner braces to strengthen the corner.

PVA glue

You can use different types of glue to fix your broken chair. PVA glue is commonly used in woodworking. It is water-based and can hold together a wide variety of items, including chairs. You can also use hide glue on true antique chairs. It will not affect the chair’s value materially, but it will require future repairs. For more information, check out our article on chair repair. Here are some tips to repair a chair.

Before you start gluing, you should first check if the wood is burnished. This can be caused by a dull cutter. This kind of wood will be black or shiny and will cause weak joints. In addition, water in glue is not able to penetrate burnished wood, resulting in weak joints. If you are unsure if your wood is burnished, you can try the water drop test to determine if it is.

Hide glue

The strength of hide glue is similar to that of standard PVA. Clean joints made with either glue are sturdy enough to be used for furniture inside a home. Hide glue has the same strength at room temperature. However, many woodworking textbooks recommend that you tooth veneered surfaces before applying hide glue. Toothing increases the gluing area and increases bond strength. The two types of hide glue are used for different purposes.

When repairing a chair, it’s easy to use hide glue. It is strong enough to hold a joint together without clamps, but not too strong. Its sacrificial nature means that it’s best to use a little more hide glue than you’d normally use. The glue should be allowed to sit on the joint for about twenty to thirty minutes before it dries. Once dry, clamp it down and let it cure overnight.

Screw attachments through the leg into the end of the tenon

If you are in need of a chair leg repair, you need to know how to fix a broken tenon. Fortunately, this task is relatively easy, and is done by screwing attachments through the end of the tenon and through the leg itself. First, drill a small hole into the damaged leg. Make sure you use epoxy glue, since standard glues do not bond with end grain.

The next step in fixing a broken leg is to remove the ring turning. These are usually positioned about an inch below the ring turning. To remove them, carefully unscrew the ring turning. This is the next step. After removing the ring turning, screw the attachments into the leg’s end. Make sure the screws are centered and not angled.

Right-angle corner braces

When a chair leg bends in a way that is not secure, a pair of right-angle corner braces can be the perfect solution. These can be found at your local hardware store and can be painted to match your chair. While you can also drive screws into the leg, you should never drag the furniture by force. This can cause pressure to the leg and split the wood. Moreover, you should never drag a chair leg to the repair shop.

You can use both square and triangular glue blocks for corner braces. A square one is generally used for outside support braces while a triangular one is more suitable for long joints. Both are easy to install and fit well with most pieces of furniture. Just be sure to purchase one that matches the dimensions of your chair. These braces come with mounting hardware for easy installation. They can also be used on other furniture.

Time frame

A good repair job should last for at least fifty years. The chair must be disassembled, with the upholstery removed, and all the components removed. A broken or cracked part is repaired on the dismantling stage. Dutchman inlays or replication of parts may be needed for small elements. One chair I fixed had a powder post beetle infestation in the seat rail below. I also had to scrape off a lot of glue from the tenons and mortises.

Home repairs generally don’t last as long as professional repairs. If the chair is nonstructural, it can be glued or pressed together to fix the damage. A professional can use the closest match of the fabric to fix the chair’s frame. Glue does not have the same ability to penetrate the wood pores and joints. Also, the old glue may interfere with the new glue. So, repairing a chair yourself is not a good idea.