How to Repair a Hole in a Leather Couch


Leather sofas are common furniture choices because they are easy to clean, sleek-looking, and do not tear easily. If a rip occurs and a hole forms, do not worry about needing expensive professional repair. All you need are a few simple supplies that you can buy individually or that already come in a leather repair kit.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp scissors
  • Leather filler
  • Hair dryer
  • Leather glue
  • Sub-patch
  • Leather protector
  • Soft cloths
  • Liquid leather color
  • Cut off the jagged edges of the hole with sharp scissors and remove extra stuffing sticking out of the hole.

  • Apply a layer of leather filler inside the hole. The filler is a mix of liquid leather compound and adhesive. Dry the filler with a hair dryer, preferably on low, to speed up the drying time. Add another layer of leather filler without drying it. Stickiness will help the sub-patch bond to it quickly.

  • Apply a small amount of glue around the perimeter of the torn area.

  • Place the sub-patch over the hole, pressing firmly around the edges to help the bonding process. Allow the glue to dry completely for about an hour.

  • Dip the corner of the cloth in the leather protector and gently swipe it over the sub-patch. Let it dry for an hour.

  • Soak a small area of a cloth with leather color. Wipe it in one motion across the patch onto the rest of the leather so that it blends easily.

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