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Wicker Furniture Repair Guide

Make your outdoor furniture new again with this easy wicker furniture repair tutorial! It’s easy and inexpensive.

How to Fix Wicker Outdoor Furniture: before and after photos of a damaged wicker outdoor sofa arm

I’ve had this all-weather wicker outdoor sofa for several years now, and it’s held up really well…

sheepadoodle sitting on an outdoor sofa

But then we got Fozzy. He spent some quality time sitting on the couch and chewing on the arms last year. As you can see, it’s in rough shape. Let’s just say it’s a really good thing he’s cute!

old resin wicker outdoor sofa with stained cushions and damaged wicker

Instead of throwing the whole thing away, I decided to try repairing and painting the outdoor cushions and fixing the wicker myself. I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical about how this would turn out, but I’m actually very pleased with the results! Let’s get to it.

What is resin wicker?


Wicker Furniture Repair Tools & Materials: collage including a coil of resin wicker replacement reed material, a metal weaving tool, scissors, and E600 adhesive

A. Replacement Wicker (I’m using this half pound coil from Amazon)

B. Wicker Repair Tool

C. Scissors

D. E600 Glue with Precision Tips (the tips are important!)

What is E600 Glue?

It’s an industrial-strength adhesive that’s great for bonding plastic, metal, vinyl, wood, ceramics, etc. I tried both E600 and super glue for this project, and the E6000 was the clear winner. It’s waterproof, dries clear, and maintains some flexibility when dry, whereas the superglue was more brittle and didn’t hold the reeds in place very well.


1. Assess the damage.

close-up of the damaged arm of an all weather wicker outdoor sofa

As you can see in the photo above, several of my resin wicker strands are chewed up and/or severed, so I will need some replacement material.

2. Find replacement wicker if necessary.

All-weather wicker furniture comes in many different colors and is woven with different wicker. Measure the width of a strand and try to get as close of a match as possible.

hand holding a ruler up to the wicker reeds on an outdoor sofa

As you can see, my sofa wicker reeds are about 5/8″ wide. And they’re dark brown, with some lighter brown streaks. I wasn’t able to find a perfect match, but I got pretty close, and I think the new pieces blend in nicely with the originals.

original resin wicker material next to replacement reed material

3. Remove the first damaged reed.

Cut the first damaged strand, and use your fingers or the weaving tool to pull the strand out.

You want to remove a single damaged reed and replace it before moving on to the next one. This will help you stay consistent with the original weaving pattern of the furniture, and keep you from getting lost.

hand using a metal weaving tool to pull a damaged wicker reed out of an outdoor sofa
scissors cutting a damaged reed from a piece of wicker outdoor furniture

4. Weave in the first replacement reed.

Begin weaving the new reed in to replace the old one. I was able to do some of this with just my fingers, but I was very glad to have the weaving tool when I got to the corners and any tighter spots. The curved tip helps to push the reed back through, and it’s also really helpful for weaving under tighter cross reeds.

hand using a metal wicker repair tool to weave a replacement reed into a wicker sofa
metal weaving tool being used to weave a resin wicker replacement reed to repair outdoor furniture
replacement reed being woven into the arm of a wicker outdoor sofa to repair it

This reed goes all the way around the arm of the sofa. And as you can see in these photos, I left the other damaged reeds in place while I replaced this one.

resin wicker reed being woven

5. Trim one end.

Once the piece is woven in, be sure to leave at least a couple of inches of extra length on one end. Then go to the other end of the new reed and cut it so that it overlaps the loose end of the original reed.

As you can see below, I’m making the transition between the old and new pieces in a place where both ends can be hidden under a perpendicular reed, and I’m overlapping them by 1/4″ or so.

close-up of scissors being used to cut a resin wicker reed

6. Weave both loose ends ends under.

close-up of loose ends of two resin wicker reeds
loose ends of wicker reeds being woven into the furniture

7. Apply glue.

E6000 being applied to fix wicker outdoor furniture

8. Trim, weave, and glue the other loose ends.

Repeat this process on the other end of the replacement strand.

9. Continue removing and replacing damaged wicker strands.

Continue removing the damaged reeds one at a time. I found it was best to do all the strands going in one direction first, before going the opposite direction, in order to give the glue time to dry.

close-up of a hand weaving a new strand into a piece of wicker furniture to repair it

Helpful Tips

  • I find it’s best to remove one damaged wicker strand at a time and replace it before removing other damaged pieces. This makes it easier to keep the weaving pattern consistent with the original.
  • If you’re replacing two or more adjacent strands, try to stagger where you join the old and new pieces together so they’re not all in a line. This will help the new material blend in with the old. You can see where the reeds transition on this finished sofa arm below.
repaired arm of an outdoor sofa with arrows showing where the reeds end


And here it is all finished. I’m really happy with how this turned out, and now I’m looking forward to many happy afternoons on my outdoor sofa!

resin wicker outdoor sofa with repaired wicker arms

As you can see, I also painted the outdoor cushions to give the sofa a whole new look. You can check out the tutorial here.

after photo of repaired wicker outdoor sofa with

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  1. Great work! The new reeds blend in really well. And very good tutorial too. I’m glad I found this because I was not sure it was possible to repair outdoor wicker furniture like that.

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