What Types of Staple Gun for Upholstery Use is Best?

What types of Staple Gun for Upholstery Use is Best?

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 do it on your own, or should you choose to, one of the items we highly recommend having would be a staple gun.

However, the type of staple gun for upholstery is a choice which both DIY crafters and wanna-be’s often get to consider. There are three common types they would come across, specifically the Pneumatic, Manual, and Electric, and we would help you differentiate these three according to how they work, and what it’s used for.


The first, most common kind of gun among the three kinds of staple guns you would encounter is the manual type. Every process using a manual staple gun, from the filling up of staple wire all the way to the act of stapling would require you to do everything by hand.

This is rather easy to distinguish from the two other types, given that there are no electric components of any sort attached to it at all. The following are the pros and cons associated with the use of a Manual Staple gun.

Pros and Cons

The first, most obvious advantage associated with the use of manual staple guns would most definitely have to be the fact that it has several styles, the act of loading staples are much easier, and that you do not need any additional power source.

On the con side, however, your arms would be sore faster as it would need strength for you to place the lever in, and could thus leave your hands sore with every use. Lastly, the staple has a larger risk of getting jammed inside.

What is it best used for?

The manual staple gun is recommended for minor upholstery work, which includes repairing of old chairs, which usually includes replacing the top covers and/or foam. This is also good for small, DIY arts and crafts at home, installing of insulation on roofs and other parts of the homes, as well as installing and/or replacing window and door screens.

How do you choose a Manual Staple Gun?

There are several things we recommend you to look out for if you wish to buy a staple gun. First, you have to check out the hand grip.

Always check on whether or not the slot is shaped in such a way that it minimizes pain from so much stapling. A rubberized hand grip would allow you to get a firm hold even if your hands get sweaty.

Other factors which you have to consider would include user-friendliness, durability, and staple size. These other factors, however are all purely subjective and depend on how much you use the staple gun, and what you are using it for.

Electric Staple Guns

If you’re not one with strong hands, or if you’re using the staple gun for several hours at a time, the best option for you would most definitely have to be an electric staple gun. To set it apart from manual staple gun, it makes use of batteries or through electricity.

Instead of using a press, all that it needs is just a light press to get the staples going. It is more expensive than the manual type, and would require you to aim properly, but over-all, its use is one which is very easy, indeed.

Pros and Cons

The good thing about the electric staple gun is that it’s really easy to operate. This efficiency allows you to work on more large-scale projects, or do smaller ones in a shorter span of time.

You could also make use of not just staples, but tacks as well. To make the process a safer one, it’s equipped with a safety switch to prevent accidental and/or unintentional firing.

This convenience, however, comes at a higher price and should be taken with extra precaution with each use, making sure that kids don’t get a hold of it and get hurt in the process.

What is it best used for?

The electric type is definitely not recommended for small-scale arts and crafts, or smaller household work for that matter. Apart from all the other applications of the manual staple gun, this also works best for large household projects, as well as for installing flooring and carpets.

Pneumatic Staple Guns

Out of all the types of staple guns we are going to talk about here, the one which is designed for industrial and heavy-duty applications would have to be the pneumatic staple guns. If you’re on the lookout for means to hasten stapling, tacking, and nailing jobs, then these Pneumatic Staple Guns are definitely the best option for you to have.

Pros and Cons

Without a doubt, the greatest advantage associated with the use of these guns is that it’s powerful, and that it’s compatible with multiple kinds of fasteners, as it could accept not just staple wire, but nails and tacks as well.

It’s of course, a heavy-duty and made with guaranteed durable material. This high capacity, however comes at a cost and loud noise as well. Apart from convenience, users have to take twice the precaution in using this material.

What is it best used for?

These Pneumatic Staple Guns are good for all tasks that the manual and the electric can do, with added compatibility for construction and manufacturing use. Given its heavy-duty abilities, however, it is not recommended for doors and window screens, decorating the household, and other minor household jobs.


What type of a staple gun for you to use is best suited to the nature and level of difficulty and intensity of your task. There is no single best or bad kind of staple gun, especially for use in upholstery, as all three types are ideal for use.

The electric, as well as the pneumatic guns, however, are best if you would want to do a lot more in a much shorter amount of time.

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