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Tell me about staple guns for upholstery

(7 Posts)
MrsFogi Thu 21-Feb-13 18:45:23

So I'm going to have a bash at recovering a dining chair. Can anyone give me any pointers about buying a staple gun (particularly one I can buy online)? All other pointers gratefully received as I have never attempted anything like this at all but don't fancy shelling out for new chairs.

exoticfruits Thu 21-Feb-13 19:21:45

I'm sure that ours just came from somewhere like B & Q. Very basic-works fine.
I did our dining chairs-take off what is there -use it as a pattern-put back on. Do one at a time to see how it goes. Good luck.

exoticfruits Thu 21-Feb-13 19:22:21

Getting the old staples out is the hard part!

cate16 Thu 21-Feb-13 19:34:51

yes- you need the screwdriver looking tool to get the old staples out. Not sure what it's called but it's like a bent screwdriver with a 'v' shape cut out of it.

As for staple guns, I've got a few cheap and expensive ones, and TBH I always find the real cheap one the best- only I can never get replacement staples! The best one I ever had was from woolies about £2.99 it was fantastic.

LatteLady Sun 24-Feb-13 12:28:29

Just remember the upholsterer's adage, that you are not a proper unholsterer until you have stapled your self at least three times! My sister is awaiting her third staple WEG

I've bought two staple guns and one is much easier to use than the other. The better one is called Rapid. Here's a link.

www.rapid.com/enUS/Products/Rapid/Manual_stapling_guns_11686/HANDY_11960/HANDY_Staple_Gun_R53E_12536.html

It was more expensive than the other but well worth it.

PolterGoose Wed 27-Feb-13 18:10:48

I've got a Stanley one, it is a lot better than a cheap one I had previously.

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