Decorative nails are the perfect accessory to transform your upholstery project from a humdrum piece of furniture to a wow conversation piece. These nails, also referred to as upholstery tacks, can come in many different styles to suit your preferred aesthetic.
If you want to jazz up a wood frame or highlight a feature of your latest upholstery project, you should consider using decorative nails. With these handy little adornments, you have the ability to brighten up just about any project. From bookcases to tables, ottomans to chairs, decorative nails have a wide array of uses.
Decorative nails are also appreciated for their versatility. There is no need to conform to stiff, straight lines when embellishing with attractive upholstery tacks. Create whimsical shapes, outline the curve of a vintage chair, or do whatever you fancy. These tacks adapt to your needs.
Once you’ve chosen the tacks to suit your project, you need to discover how to decorate upholstery projects with decorative nails. Here are our tips for getting started:
How To Use Decorative Nails in Upholstery Projects
1. Make a plan. Assess your project and decide how and where you’d like to use the nails. Traditionally, decorative nails were laid out touching one another in a consistent line. However, on contemporary furniture, they can be placed up to one and a half inches apart.
2. Using a pencil, lightly sketch the shape you’d like your nails to make onto the furniture. Use a level if you’re hoping to create a straight line.
3. Beginning on the left side of the design, hold a tack in place using pliers or our "quick nailer".
4. Using your CS Osborne tack hammer with the nylon tip, gentle knock the nail into the furniture. Use the nylon end, or else you’ll bend or break the nail. If you do bend the tack, remove it with pliers and start over with a new tack.
5. Repeat this process until you have completed your design.
In order to utilize these attractive decorative nails in any of your at home upholstery projects, you will need several pieces of equipment: decorative nails, pliers or tweezers, tack hammer with a nylon tip, pencil, and perhaps a level. For any of your needs, please shop around at upholster.com.