Peeling faux leather office chairs are a very unfortunate sight. Excess flaking could be due to heavy wear and tear, a poor care schedule, or direct exposure to sunlight for prolonged periods. With faux leather, the combination of the low-end base fabric and a polyurethane coating could be hard to maintain.


  • It should take no more than 30 minutes to fix peeling faux leather or vinyl office chairs.
  • You may use leather filler or leather paint to even out areas where faux leather is peeling.
  • Wait at least 40 minutes between each coat of paint or filler for the best results.

How to Fix Your Peeling Office Chair

Fixing a peeling chair is not as complicated as learning how to fix an office chair base. Here are steps you can take to fix your favorite office chairs, with a focus on repairing cracking faux leather or vinyl.

STEP 1 Peel Off the Pieces

Slowly peel off the peeled pieces using a damp microfiber cloth. Keep a trash can nearby to discard all of the pieces.

STEP 2 Apply Leather Paint and Let Dry

Apply leather paint to the affected areas with a small paintbrush. If the peeling goes across your sofa’s back and sides, start there before making your way to the seating. Let the paint dry for no more than 40 minutes. If applying multiple coats, wait at least 30 minutes between each coat to prevent smearing.

STEP 3 Apply High Gloss Paint Finish

Using a new brush, apply a high gloss paint finish.. Be sure to apply even horizontal strokes to make it appear as clean as possible. Apply more coats of finish as needed, but no more than three.

You may also substitute leather paint for leather filler. Be careful not to introduce any leather filler within the seams of the sofa or run the risk of distorting it. You may also want to check out how to fix popping noise in office chair if this is your problem.

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What are the different types of leather?

Note, there are different types of leather, including bonded leather (a cheaper alternative to top-grain leather with a polyurethane (PU) overlay) and genuine leather. The above instructions apply to faux leather only, which is the weakest type of leather of the bunch. If you can afford it, we definitely advise going with genuine or bonded leather over faux leather.

Expect a decent faux leather office chair to last up to seven years if properly maintained. Note, there are different grades of faux leather, some more loaded with polyurethane coating than others.


How do you fix a faux leather peeling chair?

Fixing a faux leather peeling chair is a straightforward process of removing peeling faux leather with an index card or razor blade and using leather paint, leather filler, and a high gloss finish to even out the spot. This process should take no more than 30 minutes, depending on the size of the affected area.

Is there a way to repair faux leather?

Yes, there are many leather repair formulas, leather filler, and leather paint that work wonders in restoring your faux leather office chair.

Why is my leather chair peeling?

There are many reasons why your leather chair is peeling, including poor upkeep, too much direct exposure to sunlight, and a lack of moisturization which can cause it to crack and peel over time.

STAT: While many faux types of leather are attractive because they are easy to clean with harsh chemicals, the laminated surface often cracks after only a few years of use. Genuine leather, on the other hand, has been known to last for 10 to 20 years or longer. (source)

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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