how to patch an air mattress with duct tape

How to Patch an Air Mattress With Duct Tape – (5 Simple Steps)

Don’t have a patch kit yet need an instant solution to patch your air mattress? No worries, it might be just a pinhole. At least you can collect duct tape, right? That should be quite enough for the instantaneous solution.

In this article, we’ll walk you through a step-by-step simple guide about how to patch an air mattress with duct tape. It’s just a simple DIY task; so, let’s do it.

Once you have got the duct tape, you can easily repair the leak in your air mattress- you don’t need a bunch of patch tools.

Equipment You Need to Get the Job Done

First, collect all the handy accessories near your hand, which should make your work smooth. Hence, you will need the following items to go through the process.

For finding the hole:

  • Spray bottle/Sponge
  • Soapy water
  • Isopropyl alcohol or any mild  cleaning liquid
  • Towel
  • Wire brush/ Scrubber/Sandpaper

For Fixing The Hole:

  • Sizer
  • Duct tape
  • Superglue/ Epoxy glue
  • Books or any heavy objects

Step1: Identify the Hole Precisely

You may skip this step if you have already identified where the air is leaking out. If you haven’t, then, let’s find the hole at first. We have to get the exact leakage point or hole to block it properly.

In most cases, holes and tears are found in the bottom layer of air mattresses. Blow up your mattress and close the valve tightly. You are most likely to see a hole or damage sign on your mattress.

However, you can also hear the hissing of air leaking by moving your ears close to the bed. Do the same thing for the rest of your bed until you find the hole in the bottom layer.

Are you still confused to determine the exact leakage point?  Grab a spray bottle. Put some dish soap or any kind of soap that can create bubbles, and dilute with water. Spray the liquid over the air mattress. 

If a spray bottle is not available you can use a sponge to do the same work. You can see the bubbles which will be formed on the surface wherever the hole is. Thus, you can easily determine the leakage point. 

If you’re still encountering trouble with finding the pinhole, we have another article for you to solve this problem. Visit here.

Step 2: Prepare the Surface 

Once you find the exact hole in your mattress surface, you need to clean the surface properly. Duct tape can’t fix your mattress on a messy surface, can it? You can wipe out the surface using a wet towel. 

Or else, you can also use water with a mild detergent or any other harsh chemical-free cleaning product to wash the mattress surface. Use the water carefully so that it does not get into the hole.

After washing, wait for a while until the mattress becomes dry properly. Make sure there are no more wet particles left on the surface. You can use a dry towel and hairdryer to make the process faster. Try to avoid paper towels or tissues as the fiber can stay on the surface and as a result, the duct tape won’t be able to stick in tightly.

If the hole stands on the top layer, you need to remove the soft covering or flocking. The adhesiveness of duct tape doesn’t stick on a soft surface. Take a wire brush or sandpaper and slightly scrub the surface until the soft coating rises. When you see plastic around the leak, follow the same procedure described earlier to wash the surface.

 Caution: Do not put the water on the surface as it can grow mold, and ruin the quality of your mattress. Dry the area properly after using any liquid. 

Step 3: How to Patch an Air Mattress With Duct Tape

Patch an Air Mattress With Duct Tape
Patch the Air Mattress with Duct Tape

Let all the air out from the mattress before patching. Otherwise, the remaining air might ruin the adhesiveness.

Cut the duct tape one or two times bigger than your hole. Try to place it on the hole without fluctuating. Use your fingertip to flat the tape thus the air bubble can’t be created. Otherwise, air can create a channel to come out.

It can be a temporary solution since the glues on duct tape is not sticky enough to set on plastic material for a long time. The inside air always desires to pull away and push pressure on it. Eventually, the glue becomes dry and peels off from the bed. 

Using additional glue

Put a drop of superglue on the hole and instantly place duct tape over it. Then try to flatten it. The duct tape really helps to hold the superglue in place until it becomes dry.

Epoxy Glue or Rubber Cement can be a replacement for using superglue. FYI, this one is the best for getting long-lasting results.

Spread some epoxy glue or rubber cement over the hole and allow it to dry completely. Cut a strip of duct tape and press it firmly on the hole. Make sure there is no more air bubbles remaining inside the tape. 

 Caution: Don’t inflate the mattress until the glue becomes dry. 

Step 4: Give Enough Time to Set Up Properly

After placing the duct tape you need to wait a few hours for the adhesive to dry before you can use your air mattress again. In the meantime, to get better results, put pressure on the piece of tape that you used to patch the hole. Put down some heavy books or any heavy object on the top and wait for several hours. 

Step 5: Let’s Check The Result

Now, it’s checking time. Observe the piece of tape precisely to make sure that the tape is properly fixed with the mattress. Once you ensure that everything is subtle then inflate the mattress and check for air leaks around the repair. If you find your mattress is working well, you can be confident that your repair won’t go in vain. Congratulations, you can use your mattress again.

On the flip side, if it doesn’t work, apply more glue, and observe. Failed again? I hate to say, it’s time for you to order, either a heavy-duty repair kit or a  new air mattress.



Can I Use Duct tape to Repair the Big Hole in My Air Mattress?

Yes, you can. But you may need to take some extra caution here. Clean the surface nicely then spread any strong adhesive component like epoxy glue or super glue or rubber cement to cover the hole completely. Make it dry. After few minutes cut a strip from the duct tape and set it over the hole. If the hole seems much bigger you can use some cotton balls to seal it.

How to Patch an Air Mattress on the Felt Side?

No wonder you can follow the above steps to fix a  hole for any side of the air mattress with duct tape. But for the felt side the tape doesn’t last long as this side we use frequently.

For fixing the tape firmly you can cut two or more duct strips and set them one over one for giving a criss-cross shape. Sometimes the surface becomes firmer after drying the adhesive components. In this case, you can use some cotton balls with the adhesive material to patch an air mattress on the sea

How Long Duct Tape will Stick on the Air Mattress?

We don’t say that the duct tape will fix your air mattress hole forever as it completely depends on user habits and also the type of duct tape. If you keep it away from water or similar liquids the adhesiveness of the duct tape will last long. Moreover, try to use colured duct tape; it is more durable than crystal clear duct tape.


It’s not rocket science to know how to patch an air mattress with duct tape. Hope you can fulfill your curiosity from this detailed discussion. 

Whatever,  Feel free to leave a question for us if further problems arise. We’d be happy to give you an appropriate solution

Happy sleeping!

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