Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Removing Staples!


I get questions all the time about removing staples when re-upholstering. 

What are the best tools?

Do I have to remove all the staples?


STAPLES - - - the bane of my existence!!!  I hate those pesky staples too!!  When I first started re-upholstering I thought I needed to get every one of those boogers out - - I have now come to the conclusion that unless they are sticking up - - they are not going to get in the way of my progress!!  So no - - -don't worry about pulling them all out - - make sure you have a smooth surface to work with, but if that smooth surface happens to have 50 staples in it that are flush against the frame, I still don't worry about it.



  I have found a great tool for removing staples - - at Harbor Freight they have a heavy duty staple remover that you just put under the edge of the staple then rock it back and the staple pops right out.


I love it!!  And for $2.99 you can't go wrong!!  (BTW - - - pick up a big magnet while you are there, then you can just pick up all your staples with the magnet and not ruin your vacuum or step on them!!  It's my little trick!!) Often when i am removing staples, I will use that tool and loosen them all, then go along the entire side using my wire cutter pliers to pull them all out.IMG_6383 IMG_6388 IMG_6392 

When taking off the old fabric, you are going to start by removing the dust cover on the bottom of the chair, then the skirt if your piece has one, followed by the back of your chair, the front of the chair, then the arms and finally the front of the back.  Take pictures as you remove each piece, so you can refer back to them as you are putting your piece back together.  When you are putting your new fabric on, you will do it in the opposite order that you took it off.  So your first piece back on would be the front of the back, seat, arms etc. and finally finishing with the back of the chair and the dust cover.


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Little Miss Penny Wenny said...

Amy that is fantastic timing! I was seriously just about to pester you with another email asking if you knew of any great tools for removing staples. After my last chair using a small flat head and pliers I've decided that I deserve a real tool intended for that. THANKS!

Kaye said...

Good to know! Thanks for the tips!


Bev said...

Now you tell me! My husband just last night finished removing the thousands of staples on the 2nd chair that I am going to upholster. I didn't know a tool like this existed and he will probably cry when he sees that he could have left some of them.

Thanks for the information!

Autumn said...

OK. This has nothing to do with staples...
I was just missing you!
Hope you and the gang are all doing great!

Fiona, Lilyfield Life said...

OMG I also HATE removing staples. I just made over a lovely little french chair (http://lilyfieldlife.blogspot.com/2011/02/striped-french-chair.html) that had been previously made over with tapestry that was stapled in with millions of them. They took hours to remove even the necessary ones. I need one of those tools! thanks for sharing.
cheers Fiona from LilyfieldLife

A Little Bit of City Life said...

I am a new follower! Love your tutorials! Hope you follow back!

Rick said...

Well it depends on the piece you're working on if you can leave many staples. Don't you think? On some old pieces I've removed everything and filled in with wood putty before I started the new cover. Sometimes there is not a large area to staple to and if there are several old ones left all the new staple does is buckle. Under neath is less critical than say arond the outside back.
I love all your work and that you share it with all of us. You're so industrious!

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