How To Recane A Chair Seat? Step-By-Step Process

Helen Skeates
Helen Skeates
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Read this article to learn the steps involved in recaning a chair’s seat. Caned chairs have a reputation for lasting for many years with normal use. They are fragile, though, and can be broken without adequate care.

Here is a guide on how to switch out the cane in your chair.

Cane Furniture Pros And Cons


Cane furniture is one of the most convenient options because it is easy to transport thanks to its low weight.

It’s Low-Maintenance: Compared to hardwood furniture, it only needs to be polished occasionally to keep its beauty and elegance.

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It is environmentally sustainable because it is made from renewable resources, specifically the huge rattan stem.

Cane is a versatile material since it can be woven into a wide variety of shapes and styles.


Below, we’ll go over a few of the negatives:

Due to its natural construction and skilled craftsmanship, cane furniture comes at a hefty price.

The weaving on a piece of cane furniture can loosen up with time.

How Do You Recane A Chair Seat?

Step #1. Get your materials ready

Get the chair, canes, a tiny hammer, scissors, and the caning pegs ready to go before you do anything else. Make sure the prior cane has been taken away from the chair.

Chair canes can be made from any type of caning material you like. If you buy a long pool of cane, you’ll have to separate it into shorter pieces.

In addition, you must first soak your cane. Unless it is reed or splint, you shouldn’t soak your canings for more than 15 minutes in water. However, if you plan on using the aforementioned components, you should soak them for at least half an hour.

Step #2. Start with the first vertical layer

First, insert caning pegs into the hole in the middle of your chair’s seat to identify its location. You can go to the left or the right if there are two central holes.

Make sure the smooth side of your cane is facing up. Canes are easily broken, so it’s important to make sure none of them are flawed.

Put a strand of chair cane inside the central hole of the seat, slipping it onto the back. Put on a caning peg to give it an extra two inches. Put a peg in the ground on the other side of the seat and pull the other end of the strand up to the floor to fasten it.

Insert a cane strand into the hole in the middle of the seat and slide it onto the back. Two inches should be added, and a caning peg used to keep it in place. When you’ve got it where you want it, pull the strand taut and tack it to the opposite side of the seat.

Once the right side is complete, move on to the left side. The first step is to insert a peg into the left central hole and secure the strand. The left side of the chair seat should be woven in the same way that the right side was.

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Step #3. Weave the horizontal layer

It’s possible to weave the horizontal layer in the same way that you did the vertical one. To use, just thread a strand through the middle hole, anchor it with a peg, pull through to the opposite side, and repeat. All that needs to be done is to make sure the horizontal layer is on top of the vertical one.

Step #4. Weave the second layers

After the horizontal layer of caning is complete, add another vertical layer. To start the third layer, find the hole to the right of the bottom left corner. The second vertical layer needs to be stacked atop the first and shifted to the right.

Weaving the second horizontal layer follows the completion of the second vertical layer. Using the hole just below the top left corner hole, thread the chair cane over the frame. To properly stack the layers, the second horizontal one should rest over the first vertical one and beneath the second vertical one.

Step #5. Add the diagonal layers

To create the diagonal layers, thread should be woven from the hole in the upper right corner to the lower left corner. Pass the strand over the vertical pairs and under the horizontal pairs as you pull it across.

This step may look the same as the others. You need only weave in a diagonal fashion. When you are finished with the first diagonal layer, move to the other side and repeat.

Step #6. Apply cane binders

Finish off your caned chair seat by sewing on some cane binders. You can hide the damage and restore the chair’s aesthetic appeal in this method.

Once you’ve reattached the cane to your chair’s seat, trim any dangling threads.

Is It Difficult To Recane A Chair?

If you follow the directions carefully, replacing the cane on your chair will be easier than you might expect on your first try. The time limit is flexible, and you can take breaks as needed.

How Much Will It Cost To Recane A Chair?

Professional recaning of a chair seat can cost up to $350, at a rate of $2 per hole. But if you do it on your own, the cost of the materials will be only $70.

How to Easily Repair a Caned Chair Seat

Materials Needed

  • Plywood or Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) with a thickness of 1/2 (piece large enough to cover seat of chair)
  • A serrated blade or electric carver
  • Quilting or upholstery batting of the suitable thickness
  • Cushion tacks made of cardboard
  • cardboard
  • any type of stapler (electric, manual, or pneumatic) and staples
  • scissors
  • paste spray
  • a long-lasting pen or marker
  • jigsaw
  • Safeguarding one’s eyes
  • The cushion is 2 inches of foam.

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Now that you know how to recane a chair seat, your chair’s seat can seem as good as new. In order to solve your problem, you need just interweave the layers in a three-dimensional space (vertical, horizontal, and diagonal). You can save money on repairs by doing them yourself.

Helen Skeates

Helen Skeates

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