How to Know When to Replace your Deckchair
Deckchairs are the perfect piece of outdoor furniture for creating the ambience of coastal Cornwall or Beautiful Brighton within the comfort of your decking or patio. So, knowing when to replace your deckchair is key!
Why do I need to replace my deck chair?
After many years of using your favourite deckchairs, it is more than likely they will have endured some considerable wear and tear; whether that be from the unpredictability of a British summer, or due to them being dragged to and from your favourite beach! This begs the question, when is it the right time to let go of the old, welcome the new and replace your deckchair?
In this blog, I have explained the top two indicators of when it is time to replace your deck chair.
When is the right time to replace my deckchair?
The wood is beginning to rot on your deck chair
Your deckchair must be stored in a dry location to prevent it from rotting. If left out to battle the elements or somewhere that is likely to become exposed to moisture, the likelihood of your deckchair rotting is high and once this occurs, unfortunately, there’s no going back, making this a clear sign that it’s time to replace your deckchair.
The wood of our Rinkit deckchairs is very hard wearing and known as FSC certified beech wood, an acronym for Forest Stewardship Council, which is an international not for profit company that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests. So, if you find your wooden frame is rotting, decaying or just that bit too brittle than you like, you can replace your deckchair with the reassurance that it is sustainably sourced.
A reason for a decomposing deckchair could also be that you have not painted or varnished it. Varnishing or painting your deck chair creates a shield from the elements. When moisture meets the deckchair frame, paint or varnish prevents the water from trickling in, giving you the chance to clean the frame before the rotting occurs.
Once you’ve replaced your deckchair, we would recommend rubbing it down in linseed oil or Danish oil annually to increase the lifespan of the frame. Linseed oil is a very lightweight protective ingredient used to finish wood, which becomes dry gradually as it absorbs into the openings of the wood, leaving a polished finish.
Deteriorated canvas on your deckchair
The second component of a deckchair and equally as important is the canvas, once damaged beyond repair it’s time to start thinking about replacing your deck chair.
Leaving your deckchair to battle the elements is more than likely to destroy the canvas. Whether that be because it was left in the scorching sun, which can cause the fabric to bleach in colour, or put out in the more probable pouring rain, which is likely to mess with your material by causing holes, fabric stretch and decolourisation.
Besides, after being stretched and sat on for years the fabric will naturally deteriorate, this would include damage such as unpicked thread, rips, holes and stains; providing you with more reason to refresh and replace your deckchair.
Our deck chairs are made with a polyester canvas which is considerably better for battling the elements and the general wear and tear a deckchair is inevitably going to endure, than a material canvas devoid of a polyester base. The best resistance a polyester canvas can have is appropriate deckchair care. However, when the fabric begins to become damaged, repairing it only increases its lifespan for a short period until it is inevitably time to replace your deckchair.
Once you do replace your deckchair make sure you do not leave it to bask in the sun if you are not using it, clean it immediately after a mishap occurs, store it in a dry place when not in use and varnish that frame! This will extend the lifespan of it for longer than you would think so that you won’t need to replace your deckchair for a long, long time.
Once you do decide it’s time to replace your deckchair, we would recommend taking a browse at our broad range - including our Harbour Housewares Folding Wooden and Metal varieties, which come in an array of bold colours and striking stripes, meaning you’re sure to find one which fits your deckchair needs.
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and you enjoy many scorching summer days on your delightful deckchairs.
If you do decide it’s time to replace your deckchair or you choose to purchase your first, please tag us at @rinkithome on Instagram or use the hashtag #rinkithome because we love to see it!
As always, thank you for reading.
Love Helena and the Rinkit Team.