How To Fix A Broken Camping Chair: Expert’s Guide To Fixing At Home in 7 Steps

Camping chairs don’t have to be used just for camping, but for soccer games, tailgating parties, and other outdoor activities. If you broke your chair, you might want to know how to fix a broken camping chair on your own. Next up are the steps you need to take while repairing it.

old camping chair

How to Fix a Broken Camping Chair in 7 Easy Steps

Step #1: Prepare Tools

Preferred tools needed to fix a damaged or a broken camping chair:

  • Screwdriver
  • Epoxy
  • Drill
  • Fabric patch
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Knife
  • Duct tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Wrench

See which part of your camping chair is damaged and choose the needed tools accordingly. Most of these tools are things that every home has. If your problem is more complex, find a professional at an outdoor gear store to help you.

Step #2: Assess The Damage

The camp chair can be damaged by improper use, an accident, or wear down due to the age of the chair. Frequent use and inappropriate storage will cause individual parts to get damaged or broken, and mishandling will speed up the process.

From the first moment you notice a problem with your chair, you should start repairing it immediately. This will minimize the damage to the camping chair, and further wear will stop.

The chair leg is the most frequently destroyed part. The broken or distorted leg can ruin the beauty of sitting in a camp chair and the thrill of camping because the chair becomes wiggly and unstable. Another part of the camping chair that can be damaged is the camping chair fabric, camping chair braces, and camping chair joints.

Two broken chairs

Step #3: Remove Damaged Parts

After you assess the damage, the next step will be to remove all damaged parts from your folding camping chair. To remove a broken part, use a screwdriver. If the camp chair has rivet fastening, drill them out to remove them.

Cut the damaged seat cloth out with scissors. Determine if you can fix the chair or if it is worth changing parts. The final cost can be more than buying a new chair.

Wood boring drill in hand drilling hole in wooden bar.

Step #4: Fix The Fabric

Misusing the camping chair fabric can result in a torn camping chair. Tears occur due to: 

  • More weight than recommended
  • Sharp things on the camp chair
  • Inappropriate storage

We can replace the fabric on the chair, or if the hole is not too extensive, a fabric patch will be enough. The fabric patch can be from different stronger materials like:

  • Old jeans
  • Old backpack
  • Canvas materials

The fabric patch should be bigger than the hole in the camping chair. It is better if you can find a patch that is the same color as a camp chair. The patch on the camping chair can be sewn manually or with a sewing machine.

Woman using sewing machine

Step #5: Fix The Braces

Folding camp chairs have plastic or metal braces on their legs. Thanks to that brace, a camping chair stays stable on even and uneven terrain. Any damage on the camping chair brace can cause the chair to be unstable, wiggly, and let the legs fall out. 

To replace the brace of the camping chair, place your chair on a flat space and turn the chair upside down. Try tightening the screws in the legs. If the brace fell out, try replacing it with a new one. You can use a screwdriver or drill for this step.

how to clean a camp chair by the lake

Step #6: Fix Other Broken Parts

The legs of the camping chair can be damaged if not correctly used. If the damage on the leg is not too extensive, you can try to fix it by tightening the nuts or gluing the damaged parts of the leg together. 

The joints of a camping chair will come loose after long periods of wear. This problem can be solved by tightening the nuts or gluing the joints with epoxy glue. If your camping chair model came with replacement parts, you could also use them. 

Step #7: Reattach and Reassemble the Chair

After this do-it-yourself adventure, you should put back all the parts you disassembled. After putting back all the folding camping chair parts, do one more check-up to ensure the chair is in working condition. This means trying out the chair before taking it out on a camping trip.

Our Choice: The KAMUI Camping Chair

We at KAMUI specialize in manufacturing high-quality, comfortable, and light folding chairs, perfect for any outdoor adventure. What makes this chair better than others?  Here are a few reasons:

  • Big side pockets
  • High-quality materials
  • Easy and fast setup
  • Supreme comfort
Dog sitting in KAMUI portable chair


We hope this article on fixing a broken camping chair helped you find all the information and instructions you needed. Frequent inspection of the parts of your chair will increase its lifespan.

KAMUI Portable Camping Chair

  • Lightweight (< 1kg or 2.2 lbs)
  • Doesn't sink into the ground
  • side pocket to hold your drinks, phone, etc.
  • carry bag for easy storage