Staple Removal Instructions

Updated February 21, 2017

Staples play an important role in upholstery and craft-making. They are often found securing the fabric to a piece of wood. With fine fabrics and soft wood, it is imperative not to dent the wood or tear the fabric if you have to remove a staple. Fortunately, the staple removal process is relatively uncomplicated.

Wedge the staple remover under the lodged staple. Simply slip the corner of the staple remover under the exposed portion of the staple.

Push down on the handle of the staple remover. This will lift the staple out of the wood. If it is extremely tight, wiggling the staple remover back and forth may aid in springing the staple.

Grasp the remaining piece of the staple with pliers and pull out. The staple removal tool will likely remove just one side of the staple, while the other side will still be lodged. The pliers should easily remove it with a decent pull.


The staple remover is similar to a flathead screwdriver. The end of the staple remover is pitched so that it can easily wedge underneath staples while doing minimal damage to surrounding wood or fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Staple remover
  • Pliers
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