How to make a low cost, quite, tree stand seat replacement

Deer Stand Converted to make it silent and comfortable

This API tree stand now only weighs 12.8 lbs, now that's a load off your back.
This API tree stand now only weighs 12.8 lbs, now that's a load off your back.

Tree Stand Seat rotten, wet, have eaten by squirrels?

  • We've come up with a low cost, light weight, comfortable seat that works on most climbers.
  • No more taking it out of the woods every day to keep it dry.
  • No more squirrels chewing your cushion.
  • No more noisy material to try to sit quietly in.
  • No more facing one direction in your stand, change it so you can face the tree or away.
  • No more spending $30-$85 for a seat replacement.
  • No more lugging a heavy stand on your back.
  • no more loud bangs if you accidentally bump your stand.

Making a deer stand quiet

Fill all the holes that don't effect how your stand functions, to make it quiet.
Fill all the holes that don't effect how your stand functions, to make it quiet.

How to make your deer climber quiet

First lets start by taking off any cushions or extra stuff you don't need. Then take a can of spray foam like you use around windows or doors of your house. Most stands are full of hollow metal, fill any hole that doesn't effect the function of the stand. If you accidentally fill the wrong holes don't worry, a little acetone poured into those holes will dissolve any unwanted foam, if you make a mistake. Filling these holes will help muffle any noise if you hit the metal with something by accident. The foam also adds no weight to the stand.

How we started replacing tree stand seats

There was a corner of a field where we kept seeing a ton of deer and the only stands left at camp was some old lock-ons with no seats left. We came up with the idea, our tree stands was always having wet cushions or the squirrles would have eaten half the seat. Dewey had gotten an old tennis net from a condo he did work at, so we thought we'd try cutting the netting to fit the stand. We then put it around the stand and used some cable ties to hold it together, until we could order some more cushions. Well much to our surprise the cutting was actually more comfortable, much more quiet, and that stand became an instant success.

After sitting in that stand, I decided that the seat in my climber was shot, maybe I'll give the netting a try. Again I was shocked when using the netting, my stand was lighter in weight, easier to carry and quieter to sit. Also, I found that when I looped the netting around the rails, that if I tied the netting to itself, it would slide on the rails. This allowed me to convert a stand that you had to face away from the tree, I could face the tree if I wanted. Sinse then, we don't even put the new cushions on when we buy a new stand. We just go ahead and fit them with netting.

Fitting your tree stand seat

Tie the first side with a simple loop around the rail, tying the netting to itself.
Tie the first side with a simple loop around the rail, tying the netting to itself.
We do this 5-6 times on each side. Each cable tie has a 75lb rating, we've never had one break. We do regular maintenance on our stands annually.
We do this 5-6 times on each side. Each cable tie has a 75lb rating, we've never had one break. We do regular maintenance on our stands annually.
Before cutting the netting, set it on a tree and adjust the seat until it's comfortable. You only need 2-3 ties to hold it in place temporarily. As you can see in this photo, the netting hasn't been cut yet.
Before cutting the netting, set it on a tree and adjust the seat until it's comfortable. You only need 2-3 ties to hold it in place temporarily. As you can see in this photo, the netting hasn't been cut yet.
After you have the seat where you want it. Tie the netting and cut the netting.
After you have the seat where you want it. Tie the netting and cut the netting.
The finished product is light weight, quiet and very comfortable.
The finished product is light weight, quiet and very comfortable.

Replacing your tree stand seat

What you'll need to repace your deer stand seat:

24"x36" 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" #36 nylon netting (rated at 380lbs.)I found this online for $ .50 a sf.

  • 20 8" cable ties 20.32cm outdoor use (rated at 75lbs.)
  • 1 pair of cutters to cut the nylon netting and cable ties


Following the pics above, start by tying the first side of your stand, making a tight loop around the rail and tying the nylon to itself. Use 5-6 ties per side, tying the first side completely. Before cutting your netting, lets adjust the seat for comfort. With your stand attached to a tree put a couple temporary cable ties on, sit in your stand and decide if you want to sit higher or lower. Once you've found your spot for the seat go ahead and tie off that side same as the first. Then cut the netting so that it's a nice clean look.

If you look at the last photo you'll be able to see that the netting can slide forward or back. That allows you to sit facing the tree or facing away, it also helps because you can slide the seat out of your way while climbing. By looking at it you'd think that netting would be uncomfortable but it's actually the opposite, the first time I sat one of these stands, I was shocked.

Putting on the finishing touches

Once my tree stands have had foam added inside, and the seat converted, I add some extra camo paint. The pic above doesn't have much on it because I wanted to match the woods I'll be hunting. Also you'll notice that the side rails and shooting rails have no cushions or foam pads. That is because I like using electrical rubber tape, it's less noisy, don't get wet and the squirrels don't eat it. When I took the pics I was out, but it's just regular electrical rubber splicing tape. Now your ready for hunting trophy bucks, in the back woods

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Comments 3 comments

tphipps 4 years ago

I am very impressed with your info on the replacement seat for a climbing stand. It was a great idea. The seat material and straps in my stand were weathered and rotted. I had been looking for ideas to replace it for some time now. I didn't want to spend much money but thought I was going to have no other option but to buy from a manufacturer.

I read your article and picked up some high quality netting from a batting cage. I followed your directions step by step and it worked just as you said it did for you. I used as many cable ties as I could to keep it secure and keep the netting tight, because I figured after time the netting would loosen up some.

I am very glad I found your article. I put about $6.00 in the whold project. I also got enough net that I doubled the netting across for extra stability and comfort. Thanks again!


Sam the man 3 years ago

I just found out you fellas are geniuses. Thanks for the info, i have been pulling my hair out. Looking for a replacement seat


joe schmo 15 months ago

maybe I should go to dicks sporting goods and buy a tennis net huh

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