How to repair tear in leather couch

One of the best places to lounge and relax after a long day of work is your ever dependable couch. It is a must in every home and you will rarely see a home that doesn’t have one. Among the most popular materials in couches would be leather. Not only does it give such a modern touch but it’s also easy to maintain and will incur lesser stains specifically for genuine leather materials. Leather couches also grow beautiful with age specifically showing off its patina.


Despite the durability of leather, without proper care or due to unexpected accidents, owners of leather couches may usually encounter cracks or tears. Most people do not find the means on how to repair tear in leather couch simply because they feel it’s too tedious or has no remedy.

With the help of your local hardware store, purchase a leather repair kit. Assessing the damage on the leather, you may also have to buy the same or closest leather material or color in case the tear is too large to mend by sewing or sealing alone. There are a few techniques on how to repair tear in leather couch and one technique is to apply glue or compounds specifically used for leather. Some leather kits already have this while some kits are for mending using sewing techniques. For an even and less noticeable repair, most professionals use leather glue compounds.

Since leather is a porous and slightly expandable material, regular strong glues or glues used for hard materials won’t be able to repair that. It may actually cause more damage to the material and you may just end up buying a new couch. To start off, most leather kits will have a prepping agent or solution for you to clean the damage area to ensure the mending material will adhere later on. You may also clean the damaged area first with leather friendly soap and water and let dry before applying the prepping agent. For leather tears that are larger or have pieces missing, a patch would be needed and most kits would have this already. After sealing the area, you may proceed to applying the main mender or compound. Make sure to follow the instructions and application procedures on the product based on the manufacturer’s specifications.

Usually, compounds for leather repair will have to be completely dry prior to using a protective coating. Once the area is ready, ensure that it’s clean and smooth out any uneven parts with the tools and solutions provided in your leather repair kit. Lastly, apply leather conditioner to enable the repaired area and materials to blend in. Leather conditioners also help in making the area more durable and stretchable to avoid future tears and damage. Consider applying the leather conditioner on the whole couch as well. There are also leather protectors available in liquid or wax form. These will protect from minor scuffs and scratches as well as stains.

  • Lia du Toit

    My leather suite is torn!! Who can help with mending it? PLEASE