Zero Gravity Chair Repair

We tend to keep things for a really long time. In this case, our two zero gravity lounge chairs have moved with us from Minnesota to Oregon to Georgia. That’s a lot of miles, baby! I’d guess that makes them 8 or 9 years old.

While we do store our outdoor furniture indoors during the winter, 8 summers is still a long time to be exposed to the elements.

And let’s face it, aging gracefully is hard to do. When you start to sag, sometimes your only option is to do a little nip, a little tuck… Ahem. We’re still talking about chairs, right?


When we pulled the chairs out this summer, we found the cord holding the seat to the frame was rotten and broken in places. For awhile the chair would hold our 4 year old, but that didn’t last long.

We considered replacing the chairs. The actual replacement for this particular chair Travel Chair Lounge Lizard was pretty pricey at $169.99. Clearly, it is a good brand though because they have lasted a long time. This chair from Strathwood Basics got high reviews and was much cheaper at $67.88, but it didn’t look like it had a cup holder. You can never have too many cup holders. Am I right or am I right?


The other option was just to fix the chairs. The frame was solid, as was the mesh seat. All it needed was some replacement cord. Except we didn’t buy the replacement cord. Oh no. That would be too easy. Instead, the Hubby ordered 100-ft of 1/4″ black shock cord. So, basically, we can replace the cord on these chairs for the next, oh, 50 years or so. In his defense, we did save a few bucks on the deal.

Anyway, we started by cutting off all of the old cord with scissors. It always looks worse before it gets better.


Then The Hubby started threading the cord through the holes, starting at the bottom and working his way to the top. It really wasn’t as hard as he’s making it look here.


When the cord was pulled all the way to the top, he secured it with a knot. From the knot, he started pulling it tight, working his way back down to the starting point at the bottom of the chair.


Once the cord was pulled tight and the tension looked even with the other side, he cut the cord and secured it with another knot.


Then we sat back (literally) and enjoyed our handiwork and some big time savings.


It’s been a few weeks and the chairs are still holding strong! It’s the small things that make me happy. Now, if someone would do something about the stain on the deck…

Moral of this story, if you find any of these zero gravity chairs for cheap at a garage sale or on Craigslist, it is worth fixing them up!

Hope the small things are making you happy today too!

11 thoughts on “Zero Gravity Chair Repair

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  2. Lupe

    Do you have any advice on where to find fabric (mesh) and/or maybe where they sell a replacement seat cover? I have search multiple times and no results for something inexpensive.

    1. annisa Post author

      That is a great question! I think the manufacturers’ just want you to buy new chairs! I found a couple of things, but can’t vouch for them. This link shows replacement mesh with grommets already in for about $34. Then this company has the mesh for less than $10, but I don’t see that it has the grommets, so you’d have to know how to sew in order to make it work. If you have any luck, let me know! I’ll keep searching. Thankfully, our mesh is still holding strong.

  3. Terra

    Hi, i ordered the cord to do this to my fav chair now that i have it the quarter inch seems to big and difficult to knot… Can you please share the knot you used?

    1. annisa Post author

      Of course! We used a double half hitch knot. Sometimes it is called a two half hitch know. There are a ton of descriptions and pictures on Google images. I hope that helps. Ours is still holding strong – we haven’t had to tighten it since we initially re-corded it. Good luck!

    1. annisa Post author

      Hi! Not much at all. The safest way to know is to carefully cut the cord off your particular chair and measure the entire length to know for sure. If you had to replace the cording on both sides of the chair, I’m guesstimating 10 feet or less. Don’t hold me to it though – it’s been a couple of years! When we did ours there wasn’t hardly any price difference between a large and small roll, so we went with the large roll of cording.

  4. Bruce Berlanstein

    Would anyone know of a repair for the chair arms? Ours are blistered and look like they are melting away. Thanks.

    1. annisa Post author

      Hi – Could you cover over them with something else? Wrap them in a water resistant fabric or rope? Also, are the arms removable? If they are, could you replace them with a similarly sized piece of wood?


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