Upholstery is the all-important job of providing furniture, most especially living room chairs with springs, paddings, webbings, and top covers, with the most common choices for this being leather and fabric. If you like to think of yourself as a handyman at home, then we recommend that you get yourself a staple gun if you don’t already have one.
The type of staple gun for upholstery is a choice which professionals and DIY fanatics often get to consider, and their choice is normally down to personal preference. There are three common types of upholstery staple guns that are largely available on the market, specifically Pneumatic, Manual, and Electric, which is why we have created this short guide to help you understand how each of these types of staple guns work and what they are used for.
Pneumatic Staple Guns
Pneumatic Staple Guns are the most popular type on the market. These staple guns are extremely powerful and powered by a gas-powered air compressor. This type of compressor generally works the same way as a water pump does. Piston cylinders draw air in from the atmosphere on an upstroke and then push it out with force on a downstroke.
What this does is ensure that there is always a constant supply of air flowing through the tool. Because of the sheer amount of power that these staple guns let off, we only recommend them to those who have extensive experience with upholstery.
Manual Staple Guns
Manual staple guns require muscle strength because, well state the obvious, they are manual. One of the great things about this type of staple gun is that they are extremely easy to transport as they don’t have a pesky cable or require any electricity. However, one of the downsides to this is that they require a lot of effort and constantly shoots staples in our session can become tiresome for the user.
Manuel staple guns are a really useful asset to have in your toolbox for simple tasks around your house. They are also the cheapest type of staple gun on the market when compared to pneumatic and electric staple guns. They can come in all sorts of styles, and some are specific to certain tasks over others, so it’s important that you choose one that is ideal for what you want to use it for.
Electric Staple Guns
Electric staple guns are many peoples go-to choice for upholstery tasks together with many other tasks around the house. These types of staple guns running on cordless battery power and charge via the mains when not in use. Just like pneumatic style staple guns, these type of staple guns require minimal effort from the user. For electric staple guns, always check the cable before using it. Never use an electric staple gun that has exposed or frayed wiring as this can be extremely dangerous and cause harm. And, in the worst-case scenario, death.
How to Choose a Staple Gun
Whether you are considering the purchase of a staple gun you need to think what type of operational power is required, for example, air powered, electric or battery powered. This decision that you make will undoubtedly be based upon the amount of work to be done.
For a professional environment such as a workshop or small business, air is the most reliable and practical source of power. These tools are more reliable and very easy to service. Electric tools are most suited to use away from the workshop where the use of a compressor or source of electricity isn’t readily available.