Glue for leather to wood: How to achieve flawless results

Choose the best glue for leather-to-wood projects with the directions below. Learn what types of adhesives will work and how to apply them.

Choosing a glue for leather to wood: Common adhesives

Attaching leather to wood is not difficult if you use a fitting adhesive. The most common products for this combination are super glue, spray glue and contact adhesive . 

The key to a good bond is selecting a glue that will remain flexible and will stand up to any movement or stress. Some super glues dry very rigidly, and this may cause them to fail over time. It’s important to read the label since there are many varieties of super glue.

Contact adhesives are a good choice because most stay flexible and will not bleed through or discolor the leather. There is also a wide array of contact adhesives. It can be purchased as a brush-on, a spray-on product, or dispensed from a tube.

Wood and leather look great together – and LePage has the right adhesives to bond them

Easy directions: Best ways to glue leather to wood 

Let’s cover how to use each of these adhesives to attach leather to wood.

How to glue leather to wood: Super glue

Once you have chosen a flexible super glue that adheres leather and wood, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure the surfaces are clean and dry. 
  2. Lay out the materials and make sure everything fits properly before applying any adhesive.
  3. Apply a small amount of super glue to one surface.
  4. Press the leather firmly into place and hold it for 30–60 seconds or until a bond forms. 
  5. Allow the item to completely cure before normal use.
  6. Clean up your tools and any drips or runs with a damp cloth or paper towel. Use a razor blade to carefully cut away cured adhesive. 

How to glue leather to wood: Contact adhesive

If you chose a brush-on contact adhesive, the procedure is similar to the above directions. The only difference is that contact adhesives often bond best if the adhesive is applied to both surfaces and allowed to partially dry before bonding.

For spray adhesive, proceed as follows:

  1. Set up your workspace. Cover any items that might get overspray on them. 
  2. Shake the can of spray adhesive about a dozen times, then remove the lid and align the nozzle with the black dot on the rim.
  3. Spray a light, even coat on each surface to be bonded. Allow it to dry according to the directions on the can.
  4. Lay the leather into place and press firmly. Use a clean cloth to remove any air pockets and ensure the entire surface is bonded.
Whether you want to repair leather furniture or embellish wooden furniture with leather: all you need is the right adhesive

Selecting a glue for leather and wood: Our top recommendations

When it comes to attaching leather to wood, LePage Super Glue Ultra Gel Control is an excellent choice for smaller jobs and quick, easy repairs. The rubber-infused formula remains permanently flexible and resists impact, shock, and vibration. It dries clear and is resistant to moisture and freezing temperatures. It is suitable for outdoor use.

If a spray adhesive is preferable, try LePage Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive. It dries clear, creates a high-strength, temperature-resistant bond, and is suitable for indoor or outdoor use.