How to Repair a Damaged Leather Sofa

Updated April 17, 2017

Repairing damaged leather on a sofa is a good idea to prevent the damage from progressing any further. You can repair the leather on the sofa with a leather repair kit. These kits contain all of the components and guidance you need to repair the leather sofa. If the sofa is still basically in good condition other than a hole, tear or burn, there is no need to replace it. Keeping a leather repair kit available is a smart idea for anyone who values preserving leather or vinyl furniture.

Prepare the surface of the damaged leather sofa. Use scissors to cut off any frayed or rough areas around the damage. Lightly press scissors flat on damaged area and snip damaged material off.

Clean around the area to be repaired with a damp cloth. Rub in a circular motion to dislodge built up grime and dirt.

Examine your leather sofa to determine if the damage is a hole, cut or burn. For cuts put a small amount of the glue supplied with the leather repair kit in the crack. Use enough glue to fill in the crack. Heat the area with a hair dryer, holding it at a 30-degree angle until the glue gets tacky, and press the leather together.

Apply a light coat of filler that is included in the kit to holes and burns with the spatula enclosed in the kit. Let dry, or use the hair dryer to dry the repair. Repeat with several light coats of filler until the hole is level with the surrounding leather.

Choose the colour in the colour guide that comes with the kit to find the colour that is the closest match to your leather, and mix according to the colour guide.

Apply the colourant to the repaired area using the sponge included with the kit. Let the repair dry, and determine if a second application of the colourant is necessary. If so, repeat up to three coats. Allow to dry between coats.


Since there are many leather repair kits on the market it may be a good idea to check buyer reviews to help determine which kit would work best for your situation. Talk to family and friends who have repaired leather and find out what kit they recommend. The most common problem is getting a good colour match. It may be worth your while to try mixing several colour samples to get the closest colour match.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Clean damp rag
  • Leather repair kit
  • Hair dryer
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