Upholstery staples come in different shapes and forms. If you’re going to give upholstery a go, here’s help for buying the right staples for the right job.
Types of metal staples
- Brights. Normal, everyday staples that are uncoated, so intended for indoor use only.
- Galvanised. Zinc coated galvanised staples that provide moderate rust protection.
- Stainless Steel. Provides rust resistence for outdoor and marine use.
Width of staples
- Fine wire. Used for upholstery work to fix fabrics and linings onto wooden frames.
- Medium wire. Used for attaching thicker materials together including cardboard sheeting, using 90 series guns.
- Heavy wire. Used for constructing wooden furniture frames.
Length of staples
- 6mm. Used for attaching thin layers of fabrics onto thin boards, for attaching wadding onto frames, or for temporary tacking
- 10mm. General sizing for most upholstery projects, for stapling webbing, linings, wadding, foam, fabrics onto a wooden frame.
- 14mm. Used for thick, or multiple layers of fabrics, installing webbing. Attaching cardboard tack strip with thick fabrics.