How to Fix Ripped Leather Couch

Sinking into a soft leather couch can provide a luxurious experience at the end of a long, hard day. It can also be a disheartening experience if you notice that your leather couch has a rip that has occurred. Before you start looking at brand new sofas, consider repairing your ripped leather couch by following these easy steps if you don't have access to a commercial leather patching kit.

Step #1: Fill the Crack With Padding

You'll need to make sure that the hole in your leather couch still has a natural feel to it. When cracks occur, the padding can become separated and this can make the couch feel lumpy. It will also help you to seal up the hole as you go through the next steps of the repair process.

Step #2: Cover with Subpatch Paper

This kind of paper affixes to your leather couch and holds the ripped portion of it together from underneath the leather. You are placing this in-between the leather surface and the padding of the sofa. This prevents the rip from getting bigger. You can order subpatch paper online if you can't find it at your local hardware or home improvement store.

Step #3: Press the Leather Down

You'll need to make sure the leather material is fully affixed to the subpatch paper. To do this, you will need to bring the leather together at the rip so that it can be sealed. Using a heat source, such as a hair dryer, can help to facilitate this process because it will make the glue on the subpatch paper more malleable as you're working, but also provide a stronger finish.

Step #4: Add the Leather Patch

Even the smallest rips tend to need a small leather patch to cover the remainder of the hole that has been created. You'll need to find a piece of leather and cut out a patch that matches the tear. If you can't find the right color of leather to match with your sofa, you can still paint the leather to have the colors match at the end of this job.

You'll then apply the patch to the paper while applying heat to it so the new leather will stick. Finish this process by filling in any holes, sags, or additional cracks that are still around the rip with leather filler.

Step #5: Finish the Patch

You'll need to wait for the entire patch to cure once you've finished Step #4. This make take several hours. Once it has dried, you may also need to sand over the area with a light sandpaper to even out any imperfections that may have been created. Then you can paint over the patch to create a seamless look for your leather sofa.
Posted on Aug 02, 2014


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