When to replace your deck chair

How to Know When to Replace your Deckchair

A deck chair is 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, keep your deck chair in great condition is a must, and knowing when to replace your deck chair is key!

when to replace your deck chair

After many years of using your favourite deck chair, 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 will explained the top two indicators of when it is time to replace your deck chair.

When is the right time to replace my deck chair? 

...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 deck chair rotting is high and once this occurs, unfortunately, there’s no going back. This is then a clear sign that it’s time to replace your deckchair.

The wood of our Rinkit deck chairs 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 deck chair with the reassurance that it is sustainably sourced.

A reason for a decomposing deck chair 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 deck chair, we would recommend rubbing it down with 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, it dries gradually as it absorbs into the openings of the wood, leaving a polished finish. 

Finding out when to replace your deck chair

...Deteriorated canvas on your deck chair

The second component of a deck chair and equally as important is the canvas, like the frame, once damaged beyond repair it’s time to start thinking about replacing your deck chair.   Leaving your deck chair to battle the elements is more than likely going 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 British 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 threads, rips, holes, and stains; providing you with more reason to refresh and replace your deckchair.

Our deck chairs are made with a durable polyester canvas which is considerably better for battling the elements and the general wear and tear a deck chair inevitably has to endure, than a material canvas devoid of a polyester base. The best resistance a polyester canvas can have is appropriate deck chair care. However, when the fabric begins to become damaged, repairing it only increases its lifespan for a short period until the only answer will be to replace your deck chair.

Once you do replace your deck chair 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 deck chair for a long, long time.

Learning when to replace your deck chair


Once you do decide it’s time to replace your deck chair, 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 deck chair needs.

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and you enjoy many scorching summer days on your delightful deck chairs.

If you do decide it’s time to replace your deck chair or you choose to purchase your first, please tag us at @rinkithome on Instagram or use the hashtag #rinkithome because we love to see your pictures!

As always, thank you for reading.

Love Helena, and the Rinkit Team.

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