How to Repair Suede Furniture

Don't let a rip, tear or hole in suede go for long before you fix it.

Long-lasting suede is worth patching.Long-lasting suede is worth patching.
If you continue to use the furniture, the damage will only grow. Place the sofa or chair out of bounds for a day and make the simple repair. Suede can last for years and take a lot of pounding. But fix damage as it occurs to protect your investment.

Brush the suede where it has been damaged. Cut the edges of the damage with sharp scissors to get clean edges. Cut a piece of fabric 1/4 to 1/2 inch larger than the area of the damage. Apply a bead of glue to the top of the sub-patch around all the edges. Hold it with a tweezers and lift up the edges of the damaged suede with the other tweezer. Insert the sub-patch beneath the hole. Smooth the edges of the sub-patch and pat it down.

Measure the damaged area of the suede exactly, using a tape measure. Cut the suede patch that came with your sofa to the same size. The suede patch will stick to the sub-patch, not overlap the suede, so its dimensions should be exact. Do not cut a patch for a tear, only for a hole.

Cut the suede patch with scissors. Place the glue on the side of the suede patch that you want to face up. Use the tweezers to set it precisely into its space. If the damage is a tear, just glue both sides of the tear to the sub-patch. Do not apply a suede patch. Apply fabric tape to lend extra support while the glue sets. Let it dry. Brush over the outline of the patch with the suede dye. Brush outward from the patch and blend the color as you go. Let it dry before using the furniture.

Things You Will Need

  • Suede brush
  • Sharp scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Linen fabric
  • Fabric glue
  • 2 pairs of tweezers
  • Suede patch
  • Fabric tape
  • Matching color suede dye


  • If no patch was provided, ask the furniture store to match it. If it does not provide a patch, contact the manufacturer and ask it to send a matching piece of suede to use as a patch.

About the Author

Roz Calvert was a contributing writer for the award-winning ezine Urban Desires where her travel writing and fiction appeared. Writing professionally since 1980, she has penned promotional collateral for Music Magnet Media and various musicians. The "Now Jazz Consortium" published her jazz educational fiction. She published a juvenile book about Zora Neale Hurston and attended West Virginia University and the New School.