Staple Guide

Confused about staples? 

Choosing the right staple for the job can be defining. Get it right and you’ve fastened material for the long run. There are two things to consider when choosing staple: staple type and leg length.

What are the different staple types?

For light duty jobs and decoration - Finewire staples

Finewire staples are ideal for working with textiles. They have a discreet, low visibility design and are created to have a minimal effect on textile fibres. This also makes them perfect for labelling. Our finewire staples are named No. 53 or No. 13 (depending on market availability) and carry this symbol:


For heavy duty jobs - Flatwire staples 

Flatwire staples feature a larger holding area against the surface material making them ideal for working with plastics foil as well as thin cardboard and carpets. Our flatwire staples are named No. 140 and carry this symbol:

For tough material or deep fastening - Narrow crown staples

Narrow crown staples are more sturdy and narrow. An effective solution when fixing through tough materials or where long depth is required. They are resin coated to increase their resistance to removal. We recommend Narrow Crown staples for heavy duty fixing, flooring, wood panelling, wall boards, frames and partitioning. Our narrow crown staples are named No. 606 and carry this symbol:

For low voltage cables - Cable staples

Their rounded crown makes these staples perfect for fastening low voltage cables up to 50V – computer, hi-fi or telephone cables, for example. Our cable staples are named No. 28, No. 36 and No. 7. No.28 fasten 4,5 mm cables, No.36 and No.7 fasten 6 mm cables. They carry these symbols:


How do I choose staple leg length?

Thickness and type of material determine the length of the staple that should be used. Here are our recommendations for doing this.

The standard rule to choosing staple leg length

The standard rule is to multiply the thickness of the material that you are fastening by three. For a 4 mm thick material use a 12 mm staple.

Staple leg length when fastening fine or thin material 

To fix fine or thin material such as foil or fabric, a staple 4 mm longer than the material thickness is ideal. For 2 mm thick material, choose a 6 mm staple.

Staple leg length when fastening hardwood or other hard material 

For supporting constructions made from hardwood, a staple that is twice as long as the material to which it’s being fastened is sufficient. Now you know which staple you need, next step is to choose the perfect tool to complete your project. Find the right tool