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What staples to use for upholstery?

Updated November 21, 2016

Most upholstered furniture has many staples holding the fabric in place. Using the correct staples for your pieces is very important if you want it to last. The most common staple used for upholstering is a 22 gauge staple, which comes in lengths of 5/8 inch, 5/16 inch, 7/16 inch and 1/2 inch. The staple you use will depend on the fabric and other materials you are using. The staples are made for use in a staple gun and can be found in hardware and home improvement stores. You can also find them online at nextag.com.

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Staples

Most upholstered furniture has many staples holding the fabric in place. Using the correct staples for your pieces is very important if you want it to last. The most common staple used for upholstering is a 22 gauge staple, which comes in lengths of 1.5 cm, 7.5 mm, 1.05 cm and 1.2 cm (5/8 inch, 5/16 inch, 7/16 inch and 1/2 inch). The staple you use will depend on the fabric and other materials you are using. The staples are made for use in a staple gun and can be found in hardware and home improvement centres.

Staple guns

Upholstery staple guns normally have a comfort grip for using the tool for hours at a time. They take many size staples. Some of the more expensive staplers have a rear exhaust so when air or oil is blown out of the tool, it does not go onto your work. The better the stapler, the easier it is to upholster the piece of furniture.

Furniture nails

Sometimes, furniture nails are used instead of or along with staples for upholstery. The nails have large decorative heads because they will show on the outside of the fabric. They come in many finishes, including brass, antique, nickel and leatheroid. The nails can be purchased at fabric stores, home improvement stores and online.

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