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Replacing the Canopy on a Patio Swing

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Time and the elements can take their toll on the fabric canopy of your outdoor swing. Rather than purchasing an entirely new swing you can replace the canopy. This is a guide about replacing canopy on a patio swing.
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October 10, 20087 found this helpful

I have an old aluminum lawn swing which needed a new canopy. The cushions were easy to replace but I need a canopy. I went to a hardware store and bought a vinyl roll up shade (could be bamboo) and placed it over the top of the swing. I tied it down with plastic slip ties. It has lasted over three years now and is easy to keep clean.

By Mary C. from Newark, CA

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June 7, 20162 found this helpful
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Brilliant Mary C on the roll-up window shade to replace my patio swing canopy!!! $20 window shade (plastic) & zip ties done in less than an hour.

Unroll, remove strings and bottom plastic "bar." Place over canopy, roll back up to desired length (bottom of shade without the bar or keep on if you want a bit of privacy), zip tie to frame! For added support I cut the bottom plastic bar & zip tied to middle of canopy as mine didn't have one. Then Steve came up with using pieces of the bar to support the zip ties on the top of the canopy.

Best part, it will not blow away as the wind goes thru the shade.

Love this site. Can't wait to discover more thrifty ways!

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October 12, 20080 found this helpful

That is ingenious! I trashed a similar swing because the top rotted and the cushions were destroyed by cats. I'll remember this tip if I ever buy another canopy swing. Thanks for sharing this with us and God bless you.

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October 16, 20080 found this helpful

My only question is ... Where were you about 4 months ago?! :) I just had to giggle when I read this post as I'd asked for ideas for a solution to this very problem back in early June. I received many great responses but this one was different as well! Thanks so much for sharing your idea ... might try it next time instead!

~Leah

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December 7, 20140 found this helpful

Amazing idea, you cannot guess how much I have wracked my brain for ideas, fabrics and so much more and up comes this genius person. May you have a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Miria

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July 21, 20160 found this helpful

Awesome idea! I've been wondering what to do to replace the shade for our swing. This idea is perfect (and the roll up shade will even coordinate with the replacement cushions I bought - yay!)

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February 11, 20170 found this helpful

How much overhang on each side did you have? I love your idea and I want to do the same for my 3seat glider.

Judy K

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March 11, 20170 found this helpful

I have a 3-person swing that needs a canopy at least 78" wide. I am interested to know if, and where, anyone found a bamboo or vinyl shade that size. Not on Amazon. I tried!

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June 3, 20170 found this helpful

I bought two bamboo curtains at Jysk and they work great. Best part is they look good too!

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July 22, 20161 found this helpful

This guide is about making a replacement canopy for an outdoor swing. When the awning for an outdoor swing gets torn or tattered you may be able to fashion a new canopy.

Replacement Canopy for an Outdoor Swing

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September 28, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about replacement canopy frame for garden treasures swing. With the proper measurements you may be able to order a replacement canopy frame.

Garden swing with canopy

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June 26, 2011

Does anyone know an easy inexpensive way to replace the canopy that goes over a swing? Mine fell apart from just normal sun/weather exposure. The frame and rest of the swing is fine. I don't really want to have to replace the whole thing (too expensive) if I don't have to. Help!
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By Michelle

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June 27, 20111 found this helpful

Outdoor fabric is sold at a discount by fabric.com, not a plug. I don't even live in the US. I just did a search and a lot of it is priced at 8.98 a yard and it's 54 inches wide. If you talk with them about your project, you will find they are really helpful. And your swing would look so nice.

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June 28, 20111 found this helpful

I bought an inexpensive large piece of oil cloth (heavy table cloth covering in what ever pattern or color you chose) slightly larger than the width of the frame. Since it does not fray etc., simply cut out to fit around the corners, fold the edges and ends over and either glue, sew or use velcro to attach to frame. I used a plain darker color that complimented my seat cushions for mine and it worked great and looked good!

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June 27, 20110 found this helpful

I wonder if you could use a vinyl table cloth or a shower curtain to somehow fashion a cover.

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June 27, 20110 found this helpful

Or, use a piece of canvas tarp.

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June 27, 20110 found this helpful

I actually found a small childs tent that was just the right size to replace mine, at a yard sale. Take the measurements and you may find just the thing to work for you.

Pat

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June 28, 20110 found this helpful

We had one of these swings also. And the top rotted off by the end of that first summer. I used an old twin size sheet to just pin it over the top frame. You can pick up good sheets at a thrift store. Maybe you could find just the right thing there also. GG Vi

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June 16, 20090 found this helpful

I am trying to find the canopy frame for the Garden Treasures Baja Swing purchased from Lowe's a few years back.

Jeri

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June 16, 20090 found this helpful
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Check out canopydoctor.com website. They show how to measure the canopy and cushions and quote you a price.

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October 6, 20090 found this helpful
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You may also want to check out www.gardenwinds.com, they have huge selection of replacement canopies for different kind of swings. They sell cushions too!

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June 25, 2017

I live in a very windy area and the canopy that is currently on the swing acts like a parachute. When it is windy it pulls the swing over. Is there some kind of fabric or something the wind can flow through so this would not happen?
The wind actually pulls the stakes I have on the swing right out of the ground.
I would really appreciate some ideas thank you.

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June 26, 20170 found this helpful

You could anchor the stakes with cement

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June 27, 20170 found this helpful

Looks like you're not alone here Reference: http://forums.g … r-canopy-weights

Depending where you live (not sure if it rains often, but if it does then the sand option wouldn't be best)

- You can use 5 galloon jugs

- Cement blocks

- Strong sturdy bungee cords

- bucket with rocks

- Many more suggestions on the website

Good luck!

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May 29, 20120 found this helpful

I am looking for a replacement canopy for a three-seat hammock swing that I purchased from Walmart a few years ago. The canopy top resembles a gazebo top. It is stationary (does not pivot) and angles up from the four sides to a flat top in the center similar to a roof.

By Kathy D.

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May 31, 20120 found this helpful

My canopy wore out on my swing. Well I had bought some twin fitted sheets a long while back very cheap. What I did was take two twin fitted sheets and take out the corners and hem with rubber off long side of each fitted sheet and I measured the canopy frame. Then I sewed the two pieces together. I was trying to make a new fitted sheet for my pillow top mattress.

Well, I couldn't get the flat sheet to fit right so I accidentally tried the new fitted sheet on my canopy frame and it fit perfectly. So now I have a cover again and I can change the pattern anytime I want. My frame happened to be the same size as my pillow top mattress. I was a little time consuming to tear out the old seams, but saved me a lot of money for a replacement.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 28, 2010

How do you sew a cloth outdoor swing cover and a valance?

By Max from Bemidji, MN

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August 3, 20100 found this helpful

If you still have the old one, use it as a pattern or draw a pattern using the dimensions. I used shower curtains from thrift store/Goodwill to make cushion covers for my outdoor chair cushions. Maybe a tablecloth would work.

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April 15, 20150 found this helpful

Where can I purchase a durable top for an outdoor double glider? The frame over the glider is wood and is flat with a slight curve in the middle. The frame is 46" by 94". It is Amish made if that helps.

By Sharon K. from Central FL by Ocala

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May 21, 20130 found this helpful

Where would I find a canopy for my two man recliner swing?

By Marjorie

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By 0 found this helpful
May 14, 2012

I have a 6 foot x 12 foot worn/torn area on the front edge of my deck roll out canopy and need help. Can anyone come up with suggestions or a solution to repair it?
Thank you.

By Ang

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

Has anyone made a replacement canopy for an outdoor swing?

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June 18, 20090 found this helpful

I have a canopied glider swing that needs serious help. It's less than 2 years old, but due to the fierce Arizona heat, the canopy is totally shredded from sun-rot. How can I salvage the rest of the swing, which is in perfect condition?

Kathy from AZ

Answers:

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

I had the same problem with my 3-seater swing. This summer I fixed my canopy with a tarp I bought at the local home improvement store. Since my swing is dark green with tan and brown cushions, I got a brown plastic tarp. Cut it to size so it had about 4-5 inches overhang for the ruffle, centered it on the canopy frame, attached it with those plastic zip ties (where they would not show), and now have a temporary canopy cover that looks just fine until I can locate a replacement or come up with a better idea for a replacement. I saw one house that had put the same type of tarp on their swing only it was in blue. I think mine looks better cause the brown matches the cushion colors. Just a thought. (06/06/2008)

By Indy Fayzer

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

Always wanting a new set for myself but never wanting to spend $150 or more for one I just never got one. Then my daughter's got totally rotten and weather beaten, torn, and even mildewed. She was going to throw it away and I took it. Knowing how to sew I knew I could redo the whole thing. So I stripped the whole thing saving one of everything as my pattern and then bought fabric at Walmart for $1.00 a yard. It required 8 yards. You can buy any type fabric, but I chose a polyester stretch fabric in rust color which I love.

I repainted the frame with Krylon paint in a Georgia clay rust color and then made all new fabric pieces for it. It turned out great. I plan on taking off the complete fabric pieces each fall and wash and dry and store away for each summer so it remains like new. The top canopy was the easiest part to do. It was basically one long piece square. I just put the fabric across it and clipped with clamps in place letting it hang as I wanted. Then I stood underneath it and used chalk to mark a line on both sides along the poles underneath top so I would know where to add a fabric casing. Which I then sewed on in the under side. Then you just undo the poles and slide through the casing onto the poles. I just used a serger on the edges to give it interest.

So you could just pick a color fabric close to your existing fabric on it to match and do the same. Here is my after picture of mine I redid. Wish I had the before picture to show the set was terrible looking. But I have one now and only spent $8 on the fabric $10 on the batting for it. By the way, the insides of those cushions from the factory, the pads are just simply air filters like ones that go in your air conditioner unit. But they have no paper glued around them. It's the type of stuff like water ponds are lined with because it does not absorb water. So on the backs of my cushions I used just plain batting (like in making quilts), but on the bottom cushions I used air conditioning filters and just took off the paper so it did not get wet. We had had 2 hard rains since they were finished and the whole thing dries really fast. (06/06/2008)

By theseamstress

RE: Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

We stretched a fitted twin bed sheet on our swing frame where the canopy was. (06/07/2008)

By Jellybean in LA

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

In my day, a friend or myself, would take the canopy off the frame, take the stitching out, and use the pieces for a pattern, to make a new one. Hope you have a friend that sews! C Bolin, Winchester, VA (06/08/2008)

By Guest

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

I replaced my canopy with a large vinyl tablecloth. Sewed seams where the original canopy had them and was able to get another five years out of the replacement. Walmart and Target always have a large selection of colors and prints.

Hannah (06/10/2008)

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

We had the same problem. We went to Wal-mart and got some canvas material, cut out the shape of the canopy, stapled it in place, good as new. It doesn't match the cushions, but serves the purpose. Remember to get enough to cover both sides if you want to. (06/11/2008)

By Donna J.

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

Try Garden Ridge, Home Depot, Lowe's, Wal-Mart, or even Target. If you sew, have you thought of using the old one as a pattern and making your own? (06/11/2008)

By Linda S.

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

Check out Snappy Canopy on Ebay (06/26/2008)

By Vicki E.

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

I've been looking for a replacement canopy for quite a while and just found out Garden Winds (http://www.gardenwinds.com) has it. (08/26/2008)

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

I replaced mine with shade cloth, saving the old fabric to use as a pattern (10/21/2008)

By Cheryl

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

I covered my 40 year old lawn swing with a plastic bamboo shade I bought at the hardware store. They come in green, white or beige color. They also come in different widths. I just draped it over the wing and tied it down with the draw cords. It took about 15 minutes and cost about $14.00. You could also use a real bamboo shade. I tried that first but it got black mildew as I left it out all winter. The plastic one I have had on the swing for 2 years with no problem. (10/21/2008)

By Mary C.

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

Easy peasy. I used an old fitted double sheet over the frame. I used four grommets across from each other, on the underside, and then used a bungee cord to secure it. It fits very well, and I got to use an old sheet that I couldn't use anymore (no more double size mattress). (06/03/2009)

By lemort_1

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October 21, 20080 found this helpful

Does anyone know where I might find a replacement canopy for an outdoor/freestanding garden swing that's not too expensive? We've had the swing for several years, and it's been a good one, however the canopy has weathered and is becoming threadbare.

I saw a suggestion on another site to check Big Lots but the closest one (next town over) does not have any. I've only found a few online, and they're around $50-80. I know I could probably buy a whole new swing for almost that amount but prefer not to as my swing is still in pretty good condition. I don't want to be wasteful! Any ideas are greatly appreciated!

Leah from Shelbyville, TN

Answers:

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

I had the same problem with my 3-seater swing. This summer I fixed my canopy with a tarp I bought at the local home improvement store. Since my swing is dk green with tan & brown cushions, I got a brown plastic tarp.

Cut it to size so it had about 4-5 inches overhang for the ruffle, centered it on the canopy frame, attached it with those plastic zip ties, (where they would not show) and now have a temporary canopy cover that looks just fine until I can locate a replacement OR come up with a better idea for a replacement. I saw one house that had put the same type of tarp on their swing only it was in blue! I think mine looks better cause the brown matches the cushion colors. Just a thought. (06/06/2008)

By Indy Fayzer

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

Hi Leah. I too had a time figuring out what to do with my defunct swing canopy. I bought a brown plastic tarp from the local home improvement store, cut it to size, with about 4 to 5 inches overhang(for the ruffle), used plastic zip ties(had to create holes around the edge in the tarp for them where they didn't show) And 'waa-laa', a frugal canopy for the time being!! Since my swing is dk green and tan/brown cushions, the brown tarp looks just fine(AND the tarps are cheap to buy). Just a thought for you to consider for your swing. (06/06/2008)

By Indy Fayzer

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

Always wanting a new set for myself but never wanting to spend $150 or more for one I just never got one. Then my daughters go totallty rotten and weather beaten and torn even mildewed.She was going to throw it away and I took it. Knowing how to sew I knew I could redo the whole thing. So I stripped the whole thing saving one of everything as my pattern and then bought fabric at walmart for $1.00 a yard which it required 8 yards.

You can buy any type fabric but I choose a polyester stretch fabric in rust color which I love. I repainted the frame with krylon paint in a Georgia clay rust color them made all new fabric pieces for it. It turned out great. I plan on taking off the complete fabric pieces each fall and wash & dry and store away to each summer so it remains like new. The top canopy was the easiest part to do. It was basically one long piece square.

I just put the fabric across it clipped with clamps in place letting it hang as I wanted then I stood underneath it and used chalk to mark a line on both sides along the poles underneath top so I would know where to add a fabric casing. Which I then sewed on in the under side. Then you just undo the poles and slide through the casing onto the poles. I just used a serger on the edges to give it interest.

So you could just pick a color fabric close to your existing fabric on it to match and do the same. here is my after picture of mine I redid. Which I had the before picture to show the set was terible looking. But I have one now and only spent $8 on the fabric $10 on the batting for it. By the way, the insides of those cushions from the factory the pads are just simply air filters like go in your airconditioner unit. But they have no paper glued around them.

Its the type stuff like water ponds are lined with because it does not absorb water. So on the backs of my cushions I used just plain batting like in making quilts but on the bottom cushions I used air conditioning filters and just took off the paper so it did not get wet. We had had 2 hard rains since they were finished and the whole thing dries really fast. (06/06/2008)

By theseamstress

RE: Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

We stretched a fitted twin bed sheet on our swing frame where the canopy was. (06/07/2008)

By Jellybean in La.

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

In my day, a friend or myself, would take the canopy off the frame, take the stitching out, and use the pieces for a PATTERN, to MAKE a new one. Hope you have a friend that sews! C Bolin, Winchester, VA (06/08/2008)

By Guest

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

Do you think a picnic table cloth would work? Maybe two? It is almost the same idea as the tarp. The tarp and the table cloth idea seem more weather proof than just material. Good luck. (06/10/2008)

By Michele

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

I replaced my canopy with a large vinyl tablecloth. Sewed seams where the original canopy had them and was able to get another five years out of the replacement. Walmart and Target always have a large selection of colors and prints. (06/10/2008)

By Hannah

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

We had the same problem. We went to Wal-mart got some canvas material, cut out the shape of the canopy, stapled it in place . good as new. It doesn't match the cushions, but serves the purpose. Remember to get enough to cover both sides if you want to. (06/11/2008)

By Donna J.

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

Try Garden Ridge, Home Depot, Lowe's, Wal-Mart, or even Target. If you sew, have you thought of using the old one as a pattern and making your own? (06/11/2008)

By Linda S.

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

Check out Snappy Canopy on Ebay (06/26/2008)

By Vicki E.

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

Hey All! I know it's been a while, but I did it! I ordered some acrylic fabric on ebay for about $20 (including shipping) & made my canopy! That fabric should last a while (it's what professional awning, etc. are made of)! To "theseamstress", thanks for the idea of marking the corners underneath to be able to place the corner pockets in the exact fitting places (used a black sharpie)! THANK YOU ALL for your great responses & wonderful input!

Leah (08/04/2008)

By gonecrazyhunting

Getting a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Swing

I've been looking for a replacement canopy for quite a while and just found Garden Winds (http://www.gardenwinds.com) has it! (08/26/2008)

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