I have a very old Herman Miller Aeron chair. The right arm rest has
cracked and the cover is tearing. I've tried 2-3 kinds of tape to repair
it, but none work well.
A couple of types of glass tape work well while they last, but the
constant stretching eventually causes them to start to separate.
Electrical tape doesn't have the splitting problem, probably because
it's stretchy itself. But it doesn't stay in place.
The arm rest is removable so I can wrap the tape completely around the
top to the underneath part where it is held in place with a couple of
Any suggestions for a different kind if tape? I would prefer black as
that's the color of the arm rest.
Thanks, guys ;-)
Maybe an auto upholstery shop would be an answer. There's a site
here that might help: https://www.ifixit.com/
There is an electrical tape for watertight connections that is really
flexible. It's so sticky that it comes with plastic wound in with it to
help it separate for application. It isn't all that tough though.
There's a lot to be said for this. Especially if there is an unseen
side of the armrest where the edges of the current covering come
They sell vinyl that looks something like leather at fabric stores. And
lots of other fabrics. If you do both arms, it won't seem so bad if the
match to the old stuff is not perfect. (Do they sell actual Naugahyde
Probbaby better than tape.
But as to tape, I'll tell you what I know. Gorilla tape is very sticky,
and has a black back, but probably doesn't mold itself around corners.
And silicon tape, which is the size of electric tape but wrapped on a
white plastic piece of tube (instead of a paper roll) is expensive
(though I think I found a nameless cheap version at Home Depot once) and
molds itself excellenty (and after a day or two merges into one piece)
but it's surface won't be that pleasant. Not shiny or smooth, not
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If the armrest comes off why use tape? get a nice chunk of
jersey-backed vinyl of the right colour and re-wrap the armrest. Why
do a half-assed repair when a real repair is every bit as easy and no
more expensive than fooling around with what you KNOW won't do the
I took the arms off my chair and put clear silicone sealant into all
the cracked areas and just glued the whole thing back together. It's
mostly held up for about a year. The most leaned on one has cracked
again and I'm going to have to redo it. I would have preferred to use
a Urethane but couldn't find any at the time. In my experience
Urethane is stickier and more durable then silicone plus now that I've
used silicone it may be hard to get a new application of anything to
stick to it. You can buy replacement arm pads from Amazon but you
would need to verify that they would fit. I found some that would fit
(right spacing for screw holes, etc, but they were smaller overall so
I decided to try gluing mine instead.
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