How To Repair Leather Couch Tear 

How To Repair Leather Couch Tear 

When you own an old piece of furniture, it comes with its own challenges. If your leather couch has a tear, there’s no need to get rid of it yet. You can mend it and make it look good as new again! There are many ways to fix a rip in your leather couch, depending on the size and location of the tear. Let’s take a look at some solutions and tips on how to repair leather couch tear.

How To Repair Leather Couch Tear?

Double-Sided Tape Repair

This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to repair a tear in the leather. In fact, you may have even done it accidentally before – such as when you have a loose thread on your sleeve that you instinctively try to tuck in with your finger. The same can be done with a tear in a leather sofa. Use a piece of transparent tape and press it onto the tear to try and keep it closed. For best results, look for a tape that is specially designed for this task, as it likely won’t leave a sticky residue and will be thick enough to do the job. Alternatively, another option is to use a special glue designed for leather projects. It is likely that the glue will eventually dry up and fall away, leaving just a tiny trace of residue behind. Due to how thin the glue is, it can be easily applied to the inside of the tear to keep it closed – while also leaving no trace once it dries out.

Dab On Some Leather Sealant

Another great way to repair a leather tear is to dab a little leather sealant on the tear and then dab it on a piece of cloth. The sealant should be applied to the inside of the tear and then pressed with a cloth to help keep the viscosity inside the tear. Once the sealant dries, it should leave a smooth finish that is almost unnoticeable. If you don’t have the proper sealant, you can also dab on a small amount of super glue. However, be careful with this approach and make sure to dab just a little bit inside the tear and let it dry before pressing a cloth against it. Otherwise, it may leave a very noticeable finish.

Leather-Repair Kit

Depending on the size and location of the tear, you may be able to repair it with a leather-repair kit. These kits come with different tools and adhesives that allow you to repair small tears in the leather. Be careful with these kits and make sure to follow the specific instructions for the type of leather you have. You may want to consider having a professional look at a larger tear in your leather couch. In some cases, the professionals may be able to repair the tear using synthetic stitching. This stitching is designed to look just like the stitching you would normally see on the sofa.

Leather Paint

If a tear in your leather couch is quite large, you may want to consider painting over it. That way, the repair is almost unnoticeable. To do this, you’ll need to purchase a special type of paint made to be used on leather. The paint will come in a can, and you can apply it using a brush. Depending on how large the tear is, you may want to apply two or three coats of paint to make sure it’s fully covered and looks natural. Be sure to let each coat of paint dry before applying the next coat. Before applying the paint, make sure to clean the tear thoroughly before applying the paint to avoid getting dirt or particles in the paint.

New Leather Piece(S)

If you have a tear that is too large to be repaired, consider purchasing a new leather piece(s) to replace the one(s) that are damaged. Depending on the size of the tear, you may be able to purchase a very small piece of leather that can be applied to the sofa to cover the tear. Unfortunately, you may also need to purchase a larger piece of leather to cover the entire tear. This may make the tear barely noticeable, or it may be very noticeable depending on how large the tear is.

What You Will Need?

  • Some basic sewing supplies. We recommend having a seam ripper, a good pair of scissors, and a few types of needles on hand. You’ll also need a thread in a color that matches the leather of your couch, a thimble, and a pair of sewing scissors if you choose to trim the excess thread after you have sewn the tear. You may also want thread in a contrasting color so that you can use it to mark where you should stitch. 
  •  A pencil or fabric marker and a small ruler when you need to mark your leather couch in order to get the tear positioned properly before sewing. 
  •  A leather repair kit. We recommend having a few different kits on hand, depending on the size of the tear.
  •  Iron for pressing the seams after you have sewn the tear.

How To Mend A Leather Couch With Epoxy Glue?

  1. If the tear is smaller, you may be able to mend it with leather epoxy glue. Leather epoxy glues are high-strength adhesives that are designed to repair small tears in the leather. Use a small paintbrush to apply the glue to the tear. 
  2. Make sure to get the glue only on the tear, not the surrounding leather, as it may cause discoloration or damage the surrounding leather. Once the glue has dried, you can use sandpaper or a sanding block to even out the area. 
  3. You may need a few coats of glue to ensure that the tear is fully repaired. Keep in mind that you should use this method only on small tears, as it may be more difficult to sand off the glue around the edges of the tear once it dries than it is with a larger piece of leather.

Tips For Mending A Leather Couch Tear

Clean the tear first. Make sure to clean any dust or debris off the rip before you start. This will help the glue or patch stick better

  •  Use a hair dryer to help glue cure quickly. If you’re using epoxy glue to mend your tear, be sure to use a hair dryer to cure it quickly. This will make it stronger and more effective. 
  • Get the edges of the tear perfect before applying glue. If you’re gluing the tear, make sure that you have the edges as clean as possible before applying the glue so that you don’t get any on the surrounding leather as you spread the glue around. 
  •  Mark the tear. If you’re using thread to sew the rip, mark the tear carefully with a contrasting color of thread. This will make it easier when gluing a patch over the tear.

Fixing A Leather Couch Tear With Filling And Patching

  1. If the tear is larger, you may want to try filling in the tear and then covering it with a patch. This will help the tear blend in better with the couch and may be enough to cover it completely. 
  2. You can use either epoxy glue or a leather filler to fill in the rip. If you’re using epoxy, use a small bit to fill the tear and apply the epoxy on both sides of the tear.
  3.  Epoxy dries clear, which means it will blend in perfectly with the couch once it dries. If you’re using a leather filler, apply it to both sides of the tear and make sure it’s filled out all the way. 
  4. You can then use a utility knife to cut the excess away, leaving a clean edge.


Owning an old piece of furniture comes with its challenges, but it also comes with the satisfaction of knowing you have something unique and well-loved. If you own an old leather couch, it’s important to know how to mend a leather couch tear. Whether you use duct tape, epoxy glue, or a leather filler, there are many ways you can mend a leather couch tear.