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Perfect for poolside lounging or outdoor dining, sling chairs are a popular style of patio seating. They are comfortable, durable and easy to maintain. If your sling chairs are starting to look saggy or dinghy, you can replace the sling material in the frame to extend their life. Sailrite carries two, high quality sling fabrics: Phifertex® Plus and Sunbrella® Sling. These fabrics look very similar, so it can be hard to tell which one to select for your application. Let’s take a closer look at the similarities and differences between these two popular fabrics.


Sling Chairs by Eleanore F.

First, both of these fabrics were developed with sling chair applications in mind. They are both extremely UV resistant, durable, and breathable. Likewise, both fabrics are very easy to care for and clean with just mild soap and water. Plus, they are both manufactured right here in the United States at top-notch mills. The differences between these two fabrics are subtle and come from the fiber content and the manufacturing process.


Phifertex Plus Delray Stripe Poolside

Phifertex Plus is woven entirely from PVC coated polyester yarns. When the fabric is being finished the PVC coating is actually re-melted slightly and then set again so every point where the fibers cross is fused together. This makes the fabric extremely dimensionally stable and leaves little bias stretch. This is important because when the fabric is stretched over your chair it won’t form pockets or sag. However, being covered completely in vinyl does give Phifertex Plus a distinctive look—less like a woven fabric and more like traditional vinyl.

Sunbrella Sling, on the other hand, combines Sunbrella acrylic fibers with PVC coated polyester and weaves the two fibers together. This gives Sunbrella Sling a softer look than Phifertex Plus, more like a traditional woven fabric. However, the acrylic fibers prevent Sunbrella Sling from being completely bonded together like Phifertex Plus making it less dimensionally stable. Over time, Sunbrella Sling could start to sag in an application. Sunbrella does provide a 5-year limited manufacturer’s warranty on Sunbrella Sling fabrics.


Sunbrella Sling Myrtle

Both fabrics are mildew resistant, and Phifertex Plus also features Microban® antimicrobial protection. If your furniture will sit by a pool, you might want to choose Sunbrella Sling, which features chlorine and chemical resistance. Additionally, Phifertex Plus has a little broader use, if you want your chairs to match cushions, shades or window screens, you can make them all out of Phifertex Plus.

In conclusion, you really can’t go wrong with either fabric. If your top priority is the look and feel of your chairs, then try Sunbrella Sling, with the softer hand and more stylized design. If your primary concern is longevity above all else, then you will certainly be happy with Phifertex Plus.

The choice is yours. Take a look at the full line of colors and styles at


Spline Cord Style Sling Chairs by Denise C.

A popular choice for outdoor seating, sling chairs are comfortable, breathable, and, best of all, low maintenance. Even if the fabric wears out, replacing it is an easy DIY project. We’ve got easy to follow instructions for replacing the fabric that will keep your sling chairs looking great season after season.

Phifertex Plus Mesh and Sunbrella Sling make excellent fabric replacements for sling chairs. These fabrics were designed with sling applications in mind. They are sturdy, clean easily, and come in a variety of stylish patterns and colors.

To replace the fabric in your sling chair, first take a look at the construction and how the fabric attaches to the frame. There are two common types of sling chair configurations. The first utilizes a spline cord to attach the fabric to the chair. On this style chair, the fabric feeds into a slit in the metal support. The second configuration is an envelope style. For this style, the fabric acts as a pocket, and the support poles are housed inside the fabric. To identify the envelope style, look for bolts on the back of the chair that appear to be coming out of the fabric.

If you have a spline cord style chair, head on over to this post for full video instructions on replacing the fabric. If you have an envelope style chair, we’ve got you covered with video instructions right here.


How to Replace Sling Chair Fabric: Envelope Style

  1. Take measurements on the chair
  2. Disassemble the chair
  3. Measure the fabric off the chair, too
  4. Pattern the fabric
  5. Sew cover
  6. Add binding
  7. Reassemble the chair

Now you’re all set to make your sling chairs sturdy and beautiful again. Check out our selection of slingable fabrics at

What’s your favorite type of seating on your patio? Do you love the ease of sling chairs or do you prefer a cushioned bench?

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