LA Good Questions: Salvaging Damaged Leather Couch

LA Good Questions: Salvaging Damaged Leather Couch

Gregory Han
Apr 9, 2008

Julia writes in with a case of her rambunctious pup mistaking her IKEA couch for one giant red Snausage:
I'm looking for a suggestion for fixing/ reconstructing/ redesigning the corner of our couch that my dog ate when she was a pup. The couch came from Ikea, who I contacted, but they cannot send me a material sample (or anything) to repair it, and I am having a terrible time finding the exact same leather. And even if I did, I don't know the first thing about how to repair it...

Close up of the damage.
I'm open to ideas for a creative reconstruction of the couch arm, a cool cover, or...anything really. The rest of the couch is in perfect condition and I don't have the heart (or the money) to just throw it away. Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Julia, you could easily salvage that sofa by just using a fabric sofa slipcover, since the cost and time repairing an IKEA couch would likely be beyond it's worth. Finding the perfect fit for a slipcover may require contacting a slipcover specialist, since your IKEA couch's dimensions and shape deviate from the standard couch more slipcovers are designed for. Perhaps some of our local readers have some recommendations for Los Angeles businesses that specialize in custom slipcover work?

*Duh, I forgot to check IKEA themselves for slipcovers specifically for the loveseat. Thank you AT reader Jimmy D for the link!

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