I've seen that a few of my friends around the world have the lovely little Latt children's table and chair set from Ikea. Maybe it's just my kid that stands on the flimsy little seats, which has slowly created cracks in them. And maybe we are the only ones who then used them for a kid gathering and they returned to our house not with crack, but holes. But I'm
cheap on a budget, so I didn't want to buy new chairs, I wanted to be able to fix the old ones, gosh darnit!
Unfortunately wood is sort of hard to come by (read: expensive) in this country, so I couldn't just go and buy some wood and cut more seats. But I did have some thick cardboard. And some fabric. So I took some pictures of what I did, just in case any of my friends have or will have the same problem and might like a quick little solution. You could also do it to spice up the set even if they are holding up better for you than they have for me.
The one with the little crack
The one with the holes (forgot to take a before shot. But you can see here how bad it was.)
Take apart the chair and remove the seat.
I turned the seat over so that the cracks and holes would have pressure put on them from the other side and hopefully be a little more sturdy for longer - if that makes sense.
Cut a piece of thick cardboard a little smaller than the seat.
Cut a piece of fabric a little larger than the seat. If I had had spray glue, I would have sprayed the cardboard before placing it face down on the wrong side of the fabric. But it works without it. Then lay the seat face down, centered over the cardboard.
And just wrap it up. The tape becomes unnecessary when you are done, so you can use whatever kind you have handy.
I made sure the corners were wrapped like this, because I think it made those squared out corners wedge in there a little better.
Then wedge it into the slots really tightly when you put it all back together!
Bedtime ready, thumb-sucking, chair enjoying kid. Selah even tried to climb up in one today (which she never did when they were boring). She kinda made it and sat there for awhile with my help.
Yay for being cheap!