How to choose the right upholstery staples

How to choose the right upholstery staples

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. 

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