How to fix a tear in a leather couch

Updated February 21, 2017

Leather couches are a huge investment and one people naturally try to keep in great shape. However, once in awhile accidents happen and your couch gets a tear. While this can be an eyesore, it is not the end of the world. This is true especially if you have some skill and a willingness to fix this problem.

Purchase a leather repair kit or simply a leather patch and garment glue. Leather patches will come in several different colours and textures. In order to get a good match, lift your couch up and see if there is any excess leather. Cut a swatch out and bring it to the store in order to match the correct colour.

Place a piece of blank paper over the tear and trace its size, then draw a circle about an inch from the actual tear. This will be the pattern you will use to create a leather patch for your couch. You need at least an inch on each side of the tear so it does not come loose over time.

Cut your pattern out and lay it over the leather patch. Carefully cut out the patch to match the size of the paper pattern you created. It is important to follow the pattern so that your patch isn't oversized and obvious to visitors that you have had to repair your couch.

Apply the patch to your couch by first checking to make sure the patch will cover enough space on your couch. Next, apply a small amount of glue around the entire back of the patch. Immediately place this on the tear.

Let the patch dry and place a heavy non-stick object over the hole.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Leather patch
  • Glue
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