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How to Repair the Damaged Leg on Rattan Furniture?

December 30, 2021 4 min read

A beautiful piece of rattan furniture can bring an elegant vintage or rustic look to your home, whether it is for your garden, patio or indoor living area. It is not only compact and firm, but also light and concise. At the same time, its unique natural and casual style makes it a symbol of simplicity and elegant. In short, it conveys an air of rusticity and naturalness, health and lightness from all sides, which is why many people consider it the ideal piece of furniture.

There is a wide range of rattan style furniture on the market. While they are durable, there is one important part of the furniture that should not be overlooked. The legs of the furniture serve as the base for the bottom of the furniture and they are the important part that guarantees the sturdiness of the whole piece. They often take most of the damage. Not only do they take the weight, but dragging furniture on the rough floor will also bring them considerable pressure. In addition, the legs are often one of the thinnest and least supported parts of that furniture and it is always inevitable that it will suffer some damage, such as cracking, broken strands or even broken legs. These are some of the common problems in life. The following lists some common problems about the legs of this furniture, and we will provide the easiest and cheapest repair methods for reference.

Damaged Leg Of Rattan Furniture

Repair cracks in the leg
The first common problem we see is the cracking of the rattan on the legs of this furniture. Natural rattan corner sofa will be more prone to this problem. When encountering this type of situation, first apply linseed oil with a soft brush to any cracked rattan on the legs of the chair, or any areas where there are visible gaps or cracks. Use enough oil to completely fill the gap. Be sure to let allow the oil to soak into the rattan. When it has been absorbed, repeat the process until the oil is at the top of the rattan and no longer soaks in. Then pat the rattan legs with a clean cloth to absorb any excess oil. Allow the furniture to dry for 24 hours. Any cracks or crevices in the legs of the furniture will be made stronger by the application of the oil and will remain intact for a longer period of time.

Repair broken strands in the leg
The second problem that tends to occur is broken rattan strands on the leg. First, find the damaged area on the leg and then use a utility knife to cut the rattan where the damage begins and ends. Then look for rattan of the same diameter as the leg of the furniture you are trying to repair. If you don't have any spare rattan, you can buy it from a shop or craft shop. Next, you will need to cut the amount of rattan needed for the repair and soak it in water for half an hour. You can then tuck the end of the new rattan underneath the rattan near the glued end and glue it to the back of the leg. Use the thumbtack again to hold it in place until the glue dries. The new rattan strands are then wrapped around the rattan furniture legs. Usually the rattan is wrapped around the furniture legs in a simple pattern. If the weave has a pattern, try to match it, but don't worry too much if it doesn't replicate perfectly. Also if the pattern needs to be woven, use sharp-nosed pliers. Finally tuck the end of the rattan under another rattan in an inconspicuous place and secure it with a thumbtack, the back of the leg is the best place to end the weave. It is worth noting that you had better allow the glue to dry completely before using the furniture.

Repair the broken leg
When the leg of your rattan furniture set accidentally breaks, many people may start thinking about replacing the furniture. But a broken leg on some rattan style furniture can be repaired, and although it may not always match the furniture perfectly, it will still be a good way to go. First you will need to find a piece of wood that is the same diameter as the broken piece. You could consider the size of some broom handles, sometimes almost identical, or try to find furniture with the same legs in a thrift shop. Before you start be careful to cut the new leg longer than you think you will need. Then drill a hole in the center of the broken leg and then drill the same hole in the center of the new wood. Next apply epoxy glue to each hole, then insert the pin into the back of the chair leg and push the new leg onto the other end of the pin. Place a weight on the furniture to maintain pressure on the new joint until the glue hardens. Finally the new legs can also be stained or painted to match the rest of the furniture.

These are the three problems and repair methods that often appear on the legs of this furniture. When you happen to meet these specific situations, I believe you can solve them more leisurely.

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