Replacing Canoe Seat Webbing With Phifertex® Fabric

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Are you a canoeist? Then today’s project is for you! If your canoe has webbing or cane seats that have seen better days, you might be looking for an alternative seat material. A sling fabric like Phifertex® Plus Mesh or Sunbrella® Sling could be great, durable options for your canoe. We’re going to show you how to replace an old webbing canoe seat with new sling material.

Re-made canoe seat with Phifertex Mesh

Sling material is a good choice for canoes because it dries quickly, is easy to clean, and is strong enough to support your weight. Sling materials are also mildew, UV and fade resistant so they will stay strong and beautiful even after a lot of use out on the water.

If you want to keep the look of your canoe more traditional, select a neutral sling like Sunbrella Sling Baron Oak (#5300-0000), which can mimic the coloring of a cane seat. Or go for a fun modern twist and use a bold color, like the bright orange Phifertex Plus Snappy (#3013965).

In this video you will learn how to take out your canoe seat, remove the old webbing, and replace it with a sling mesh material.

Video Chapters:

  • Removing Webbing - 0:21 min.
  • Patterning Fabric - 1:09 min.
  • Installing Fabric - 2:42 min.
  • Re-installing Seat - 5:24 min.
  • Materials List - 6:08 min.

Materials List:

  • Sling Fabric (we used Phifertex Plus Vinyl Mesh Delray Stripe Poolside #103002)
  • Staples
  • Rivets (if needed)

Tools List:

  • Stapler #105509
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Pop rivet tool #103520
  • Drill & drill bits
  • Tape measure
  • Marker
  • L Square

What do you think is the most comfortable canoe seat material? Would you ever switch to sling? Share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comments!