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Upholstery Staple guns

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How to Choose an Air Stapler


Hello All!I am a beginner, having been doing upholstery of vintage furniture as my hobby at home, have done about 10 chairs and armchairs.I started with using a mechanical, then electric, staplers which did not make me feel really comfortable, mainly because they only work smoothly when put 90 degrees against 100% horisontal and flat surface. When doing a piece of furniture with a lot of small carved lines e.g. a rococo armchair, a stapler of this kind does not allow to access many of the places. I have been solving it by putting nails to places which could not be reached by my staplers.Surfing in internet, I have found out that there are air staplers with long noses specially made for upholstery, which I understand should be the right thing for furniture with fine lines and small carved details. The country where I live is very small and there are no specialized upholstery shops here, therefore I cannot get a live demonstration or advise here and would have to order an air stapler remotely. I would very much appreciate your advice on the matter: which one to choose, to be able to upholster curved-lines furniture like rococo.Thank you very much,Kind regards,Tatiana

Submitted by Stephen Winters on 

 Upholstery staple guns had a nose (where the staples come out) that projects out about an inch. the covers most upholstery applications

 
.    Here is a link to several upholstery staple guns.  http://www.rochfordsupply.com/shop/Staple_Guns/index.html On this web page it has both an air stapler and two electric staples. I use a staple gun similar to the FASCO 71 SERIES STAPLE GUN
I also have the MAESTRI ELECTRIC TACKER - 71 SERIES
I have used the ELECTRIC DUO-FAST STAPLE GUN 50 SERIES in the past
Both Electric guns work well and do a good job. I have used both types shown on the above link. While not as powerful as the air stapler, they provide enough power for most upholster applications. Once in a while the larger body of the electric stapler will be harder to fit into some tight areas, but that isn't a problem very often.
 
Here is another web page showing upholster staple guns:
the Air Staple Gun BEA Brand Short Nose has a 1" nose and is also very similar to my regular air gun.
The "Rainco Air Staple Gun Long Nose" has a 2" nose. While I've never used a gun with a 2" nose, it seems like it would occasionally be quite useful, especially when stapling down into the deep crevices in some antiques. since I only occasionally have that need, I use a regular tack hammer to put tack into those deep crevices.
 
 I mainly use an air stapler, connected to an air compressor with an air tank.  Air staplers are lighter, smaller, and more powerful than the electric stapler. But you need to have an air compressor that will supply 90 to 110 lbs of pressure to the stapler.
 
I must give you a a note of caution when purchasing air staple guns. A good quality gun will be more expensive the the cheap guns. However, if you will be doing very much upholstery, I would strongly suggest that you buy a good quality gun, such as in the links above. I mainly purchase either a Rainco or Fasco gun, but others (such as a Senco) will also work well.  Besides the quality, one of the main differences between a cheap air gun and a good quality gun is that the good quality guns will be a LOT smaller than the inexpensive guns. The smaller size of the good quality guns is very useful when getting into some of the tight corners of upholstered furniture.
 
I hope that helps.
Best Wishes,
Stephen