How to Fix Holes in an Air Mattress Without a Patch Kit

Air mattresses are a comfortable alternative to traditional beds. They are great for visitors who are staying over and for camping trips as you don’t have to worry about their weight and how you are going to transport them.

But what if your air mattress has a hole or a puncture and it starts to deflate as soon as you lay down on it? If this is the case, you should fix the hole as soon as you find it before it becomes even larger.

Read our article and find out what are the best ways to fix the holes in your air mattress without using a patch kit. Last updated May 14, 2020 @ 8:08 pm

Find a Hole and Prepare the Mattress for Repairs

First of all, you should find a hole. Finding a hole in your air mattress shouldn’t be that hard. You can follow the detailed instructions we gave in the previous article.

Once you locate the hole, mark it with a permanent marker, clean that area thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before you do anything.

If your air mattress has a flocked or textured surface, you should gently sandpaper the area around the leak to expose the vinyl surface below so you can reach the hole and fix it easier.

Like we mentioned, make sure you do this very gently as pressing the surface of your air mattress too hard with the sandpaper can damage it even more and make the existing hole larger.

After you find a hole and prepare the mattress, you can use some of the repair techniques we will provide below and make your mattress look like the new one.

The Best Ways to Fix a Hole in Your Air Mattress

One of the best and easiest ways to fix a hole in your air mattress is to use the patch kit that usually comes with air mattresses. However, if you don’t have one or you can’t remember where it is, here are a few other ways that can help you solve the problem.

DIY Patch

If you don’t have the original patch kit, you can make your own patch and use it to fix the hole in your air mattress.

Cut out a thin and flexible piece of plastic like a shower curtain. Make sure the piece you cut out is big enough to cover the hole and at least a little bit of the surrounding area (half an inch or so).

After you cut out the appropriate piece of plastic, use a strong glue to attach your DIY patch such as superglue, or some other type of waterproof adhesive such as rubber cement, epoxy, etc.

Place a large amount of the adhesive onto one side of the patch and place it on the hole. Press the patch with the bottom of your palm and maintain pressure until the glue sets. Smooth out the patch and wipe away the excess glue.

Then place a heavy object on top of the patch and leave it for at least 6 hours. After this, you can inflate your mattress again and see whether the hole is sealed.

Hot Glue

If there is a tear along the seam, you can even use a low temperature glue gun to seal it. However, this will only temporarily solve your problem as the stiff glue may break over time and cause the leak to occur again.

Also, if you are not careful when applying the hot glue, you can damage the surface of your air mattress even more. Don’t let the tip of the glue gun touch the mattress as it can melt its surface and make the existing hole larger or even make the new holes.

Duct Tape

If you want to be sure you won’t make even bigger problem by trying to fix the hole in your mattress, you can use a duct tape until you find another solution.

Duct tape is a temporary solution. It will work for a while, but eventually the glue on the duct tape will dry up and peel off your air mattress.

Pay Attention to Your Warranty

Some of the DIY methods mentioned above can void your warranty which is why you have to check what you can do before you do anything.

Many manufacturers request using patch kits that come with air mattresses or sending mattresses back to them for repair.

There are various types of warranties and they are all different. Some manufacturers offer lifetime warranties while other offer warranties that cover the mattress only for a certain period of time.

The warranty usually cover defects in the mattress caused during manufacturing or shipping. If the damage occurs after the mattress is unpacked and if you have caused it, the warranty probably won’t cover it.

So, if you haven’t caused the damage on your air mattress, the manufacturer will probably replace it, but if you have damaged it with a sharp object or something else that the warranty doesn’t cover, then you can perform some of the methods we mentioned here.


Air mattresses are useful in many ways, but they are prone to damage due to their delicate structure and can easily get holes.

You should fix the hole in your air mattress as soon as you notice it so it won’t become even larger, and there are various ways how you can do this.

The best way to fix a hole in an air mattress would be using a patch kit that usually comes with an air mattress, but if you don’t have one, you can apply some of the methods mentioned above.

However, before you do anything, make sure you check what your warranty covers as some of the DIY methods we gave here can void your warranty.

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