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How to Fix a Large Hole in a Leather Couch

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Leather couches are more prone to problems like holes due to the coarse nature of the primary raw material. Moreover, if you own pets like dogs, getting gouged by their teeth is a risk your leather couch faces. However, you can fix a large hole in a leather couch by following this guide.

How To Fix a Large Hole in a Leather Couch

Follow the steps mentioned below sequentially to learn how to fix a large hole in a leather couch.

Step #1: Stuff Your Couch Properly

Restoring your couch fully with the exact type of foam is the first step. Cut and take a sample of the foam along with you to the store. It will help you match the existing foam with the one you need to buy.

If you can’t find that specific type of foam, then look for an alternative. High-quality upholstery foam is the best alternative for the stuffing of your couch.

Cut & Stuff the Foam

Cut the foam into the exact shape and size of the hole and attach it with the rest of the couch’s stuffing. Fabric glue is the best way to adhere to it.

Step #2: Level Out the Unequal Rim of the Hole

With a pair of scissors, cut and smooth out the uneven edges around the hole.

This step will help you discard any unnecessary stuffing or foam, or cotton that you can see outside the hole of your couch.

If necessary, ask your family and friends to hold out the edges for you so that you can cut them properly.

A three-seater brown leather couch

Step #3: Apply Leather Filler

Inside the hole, apply a layer of leather filler. Leather fillers are a type of adhesive made to attach leather material.

You can easily find these fillers in household or hardware stores near you. After the first layer dries up, add a second layer of these fillers. Next, add fillers around the torn edges for more adhesiveness and cohesion.

Using good quality and amount of these fillers will help you get a very neat and even look.

Speed Up the Drying Process

Hairdryers are generally used to dry these fillers quickly and speed up the process. You can use one if you have access to it!

Step #4: Attach a Sub-Patch

Install a sub-patch of the same color as the leather into the hole. A sub-patch is a vital piece of fabric inside the hole and provides the compound a material to adhere to.

The patch can be of two materials:

  • Twill
  • Polyester

With a pair of scissors, cut the patch an inch bigger than the hole of your couch. Insert the fabric into the hole. Now, with a q-tip or a pair of tweezers, even it out to cover the exposed stuffing.

Use fabric glue to stick the sub-patch to the edges of the hole. It is advisable to use a minimal amount of glue to avoid an uneven and bumpy surface.


Please do not touch the hole in the leather couch after adding fabric glue. Let it rest until the adhesive dries off completely.

Step #5: Apply Leather Protector

Take a small piece of cloth and dip one of its corners into the leather protector solution.

A leather protector is a waterproofing liquid solution that protects the leather from elements or any other wear and tear.

Gently rub the dipped corner on the top of the sub-patch and the rim of the hole. Let it rest until it is completely dried.

Step #6: Selecting Colored Repair Compound

The application of the colored repair compound above the sub-patch helps cover the fabric by matching the color of the sub-patch with the leather.

Once dried, they have the same consistency as leather. Therefore, the difference between the sub-patch and the leather is not evident.

Obtaining the precise color of your leather couch will not be an easy task. Test small amounts of different colored compounds on a piece of sub-patch and let all of them dry completely.

After all of them are dried up, check and determine which combination matches precisely with the color of your couch.

Step #7: Applying Colored Repair Compound

Once you have found the perfect match, spread the colored repair compound on the sub-patch. Cover the fabric entirely and make sure the surface is even and smooth.

After the application of the first coat, let it dry. Apply the second coat until the surface is flat and leveled.

Fill in the edges of the hole and let the application dry perfectly. It takes a minimum of 24 hours for the compound to dry and become even.

Watch this video to get valuable tips for DIY leather furniture repairs.

Dog chews hole in brown leather sofa
Guilty dog next to a hole it just chewed in a leather couch

How to Repair a Hole in a Leather Couch Due to Dog Bites

If you own dogs, teeth holes in your couch can be a more common problem than you fathom. Here is what to do:

Step #1: Mix Water and Vinegar

Make a solution of any vinegar and water and fill it in a spray bottle.

Spray this mixture over the hole and the area surrounding it. This combination of water and vinegar will help you remove blemishes created by your dog’s sputum.

After doing so, clean that portion with a soft piece of fabric to give it a finished and clean look.

Step #2: Replace the Foam (if needed)

If the foam or the stuffing is not severely damaged, then stuff the parts taken out the moment your dog bit the couch. Otherwise, replace the whole foam or filling if the damage is severe and can’t be repaired.

Step #3: Stitch the Hole

Sew the hole with nylon or a polyester thread. Use a big and strong needle to do so.

Make sure the color of the thread is similar to the color of the leather.

Step #4: Attach and Paint the Sub-Patch

To hide the stitches, glue a sub-patch with a leather adhesive over the stitches.

After the glue has dried up, paint the sub-patch with a leather color that matches the color of your couch.

Using the same color will help you blend the hole and give your sofa a natural look.

Lastly, let it rest for one or two days until the paint has completely dried up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the repair kits that are available in the market helpful?

Repair kits available in the markets are helpful, but they might be expensive.

However, they contain all the requirements to make your work easier and a range of colors to match your couch.

What is the total cost of fixing a large hole in a leather couch?

The overall cost of repairing your couch might be approximately $50. In the market, readymade repair kits are available that cost around $15 to $30.

The foam or the stuffing might cost around $10 to $20. It might be cheaper for you if you purchase from a local craft or fabric store. Your local store would also help you buy the correct quantity, and therefore you would not end up purchasing a lot of foam or stuffing.

Fabric glue or leather adhesive might cost you $5 to $15 approximately, depending on which brand or company’s glue you buy.

However, hiring a professional to fix the hole would be very expensive. It might cost you around $100 to $250, depending on the severity of the damage.

Which glue do I use to stick all the materials to my leather couch?

Only certain types of glues can be used on leather. The leather adhesive is a type of glue specially made for leather that gives an apparent and smooth look after it has dried up.

It does not leave its residue or stain on the leather and does not soak through the material. The leather adhesive is commonly available in the markets at very affordable rates.

However, you can also use gel glue for minute repairs and damage.


Fixing a large hole in your leather couch is simple, compared to the process of fixing a sagging couch.. All you need to do is follow the essential steps mentioned above.

While repairing a hole in a leather couch, the most common mistake made by people is that they don’t let the attachment of the sub-patch dry. This one mistake leads to the ruining of the whole process. Therefore, to avoid this mistake, make sure you leave the sub-patch to dry until the adhesive that you have used dries off completely.

We hope this article helps you and makes you more confident about repairing your leather couch on your own.