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Reupholster a Sofa or Armchair 

It should not be too difficult for you to reupholster an old sofa or armchair yourself. Just remember to choose a relatively simple pattern and make sure you have plenty of time and patience. A staple gun is the most effective tool to use when reupholstering the frame itself. Here are some tips to make your job easier and show you what you need to think about, so that you choose the correct staples and staple gun.

How to Choose the Correct Staples to Reupholster a Sofa or Armchair

Fine wire staples are the best choice when reupholstering with textiles. Because they are thin, they only make small holes in the fabric and do not damage the threads. For a long-lasting result, the staple must be at least three times longer than the thickness of the fabric. Bear in mind that you need extra-long staples when attaching fabric to corners, and other places where the fabric is folded into multiple layers.

Recommended Staples to Reupholster a Sofa or Armchair

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How to Choose the Correct Staple Gun to Reupholster a Sofa or Armchair

To save time and muscle power effort when you reupholster a larger piece of furniture, it is best to choose an electric, battery-powered, or pneumatic staple gun. This gives you extra power and precision, whilst making it easy to squeeze the trigger. If you are going to be working with different staple lengths and attaching to wood with varying degrees of hardness, it is also useful if the staple gun has adjustable impact strength. Bear in mind that the staple gun you choose must be suitable for the type of staple you will be using. 

Some Tips for Reupholstering a Sofa or Armchair

Lots of Padding, More Staples

When using a lot of padding, you may need to use more staples when attaching the fabric, to keep it properly stretched, and to reduce the load on each individual staple.

Remove Old Staples

If there are old staples in the furniture, it is best to remove as many as possible with a staple remover. This makes it easier to attach the new fabric.

One Side at a Time

Attach the fabric to one side at a time, then continue with the opposite side. This makes it easier to keep the fabric straight and taut, for a nice, even result.

Work from the Centre

When you attach the fabric, it is always best to start in the centre and work out towards the corners, to avoid creases and bubbles.

Save the Corners Until Last

Finish by attaching the corners. Fold the fabric into several layers. Make sure that you use staples which are long enough to go through all the layers of fabric.

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Recommended Staple Guns to Reupholster a Sofa or Armchair:

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Rapid R153E Manual Staple Gun

Rapid R153E Manual Staple Gun

Small, solid, and easy-to-use steel staple gun that will withstand numerous projects over time.

Rapid ESN530 Electric Staple Gun

Rapid ESN530 Electric Staple Gun

Easy-to-use, powerful staple gun with a flat front for easy access for corners and angles. Suitable for the most demanding home projects.


 

Rapid BTX530 Li-Ion Battery-Operated Staple Gun

Rapid BTX530 Li-Ion Battery-Operated Staple Gun

Versatile battery-operated staple gun that gives you great freedom of motion. High performance with a short charging time.

Rapid PS101 Pneumatic Staple Gun

Rapid PS101 Pneumatic Staple Gun

Powerful and easy-to-use pneumatic staple gun, for larger projects where you are using a large number of staples. The extended nose makes it easy to access confined spaces.