How to Repair Leather Couch Tears

What You'll Need
Replacement leather
Small pair of scissors
Transparent paper
A pencil
Adhesive or strong glue
A small piece of sandpaper
Small pieces of cloth
Warm water
Leather conditioner

Leather couches can often cost huge sums of money, so knowing about couch leather repair is important. Leather couches are bought for their quality and for the way they can dominate living spaces. Tears in leather couches will happen because the material ages and stretches over time. However, repairing them is a simple process that can be completed in a very short space of time, even by novices of the do it yourself world.

Step One - Get Your Leather

Go to a textiles store and buy enough leather to cover the tear, and allow for some excess. Take a sample from around the edges of the tear as this will be tidied at a later stage. Make sure the colour and texture of the replacement leather is exactly the same or similar to the current couch. Get the wrong sort of leather and it will stick out like a sore thumb.

Step Two - Cut the Leather

Use a small pair of scissors to tidy up the edges of the tear, especially if there are any fibers sticking out. This will help with the neatness of the eventual finish. Cut a replacement piece of leather that is a slightly larger than the hole on the couch. You can sketch the shape of the tear with tracing or transparent paper and a pencil. Make sure there is an excess of one inch on the replacement leather. This will act as a tab that keeps the replacement in position and to stop it from coming lose over time.

Step Three - Apply Adhesive

Apply a small amount of adhesive onto the excess inch of the replacement leather. Use this to fix the repair patch firmly into place. Do not worry if the adhesive seeps out over the side because you can get rid of this in the next step. Allow the adhesive glue to dry before proceeding. This is because any pressure could cause the replacement patch to fall away into the couch and you will have to repeat the process from scratch.

Step Four - Sand

Dab the patch with a small cloth that has been dipped in warm water. This will soften excess glue that may be sticking out. Use a small piece of sandpaper to gently rub any excess areas of glue until they have vanished from view. Be careful when you do this because if you are too violent when you sand, you could damage the existing leather on the couch.

Step Five - Condition

Apply a small amount of leather conditioner to a cloth and rub it over the patch. This will give it a glossy finish and should help your repair work blend in with the rest of the couch. Wait for the conditioner to dry and apply a little more if the patch is very noticeable. Allow any layers to dry before sitting or putting anything onto the couch and use the scissors to cut away any remaining strands of fiber sticking out.