Vinyl Upholstery Repair

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Vinyl adhesive tape

Many people neglect their vinyl upholstery repair if they are concerned about the cost. This simply isn’t true. You can easily redo most vinyl upholstery at home in no time. If you are motivated and have a nominal amount of craftiness you should be able to replace your vinyl upholstery simply by carefully following the steps below.

Step 1 - Make the Hole Manageable

Take some scissors and work your way around the tear or hole in your vinyl upholstery. Make it an easier to repair shape like a square. Make sure it is even and as symmetrical as possible, as this will make it easier to add a patch to the area. You want to do this without increasing the size of the hole.

Step 2 - Measure the Hole

Now that you have made the hole tidy and manageable get out your measuring tape and measure the spot to make sure you know exactly how big it is. You want to make sure you purchase sufficient fabric to make the right size patch for the spot.

Step 3 - Find a Replacement Patch

You now need to find a patch that is the same color and style as the vinyl that you are replacing. You want to make sure that the patch you purchase is big enough to cover the hole in the upholstery. Take your measurements to the store with you to double check. Make sure that the patch you buy is at least 1 inch larger on all sides than the hole, this will give you room to work. It is better to have way too much fabric than not enough. Be sure to get enough patch material when making a purchase.

Step 4 - Placement of the Patch

With a very gentle hand, tuck the new patch behind the area that needs to be repaired. Be careful not to rip the spot any further. Make sure everything is lined up and in place. Be careful to smooth out any initial bumps or bunches since you want the repair to be seamless when you are done.

Step 5 - Adhesive Placement

Take the vinyl adhesive tape or glue and use it to attach the 2 pieces of vinyl (the patch and the existing material). Be sure that you make a smooth attachment since you don’t want the repair to look wrinkled or bunched up. Be careful not to use too much glue as the excess will bleed out from beneath the patch and get on the non-patched material.

Step 6 - Waiting Period

Once the repair is complete you will need to let the object remain in an undisturbed area of your home for at least 24 hours. During this time the object should not be exposed to direct sunlight, moisture or extreme heat. After 24 to 48 hours the repair should be completely dry. At this time you can use your newly repaired object as you always have. If done correctly the patch will be seamless.