Find the Perfect Upholstery Stapler for Your Project

Which Type of Upholstery Stapler to Use?

When it comes to deciding which upholstery stapler to use to restore or upholster your furniture, there are a few choices available to you. There are essentially 3 different types of upholstery staplers on the market today: Manual or handheld, pneumatic or air-powered, and electric. For the sake of this article, we will not discuss the handheld upholstery stapler as it just not a viable option for any major upholstery work.

Both pneumatic and electric upholstery staplers have their good points and bad points. Here are a few pros and cons of each so you can decide which type will be best for your project.

Pneumatic Upholstery Staplers

* Plenty of Power - When connected to a relatively powerful air compressor, an air upholstery stapler will staple at a much higher velocity than an electric stapler. Depending on your particular project needs, you might need the extra power that a pneumatic stapler offers.
* Wide Selection - You will find a broad selection of pneumatic upholstery stapler models available for sale from Senco, Porter-Cable, Surebonder, Air Locker and more.
* Budget Friendly - A typical model will run you about $50, with some staplers going for as little as $30, and others upwards of $100. Regardless of what your budget is, you will have no problem finding a pneumatic stapler that you can afford.


* Requires Air Compressor - An air-powered upholstery stapler obviously requires air power, and thus, an air compressor. If you already have an air compressor, this will not be a problem, but otherwise it will be a significant expense to buy a new one. Air compressors typically range anywhere from $100 to $300 or more.

Electric Upholstery Staplers

* Convenience - An electrical upholstery stapler is quite a bit more convenient than its pneumatic counterpart, mainly because you just have to plug it into a wall. It does not require an air compressor or other components that pneumatic staplers do. Simply plug it in and you're ready to go.
* Lower Overall Cost - The cost of entry for an electric stapler is significantly lower than air staplers. This is primarily due to the fact that you don't have to purchase an air compressor, which will run you at least another $100 on top of the initial stapler cost.

* Low Power - As the name indicates, these upholstery staplers run off electricity, which translates to less power and velocity. For small projects or beginners, this lack of power might be fine, but for bigger projects, it likely will not cut it.
* Minimal Selection Available - There are not a lot of electric upholstery staplers available on the market today. Most people choose to use a pneumatic model, and so retailers tend to stock very few electric models.

As you can see, both types of powered upholstery staple guns have their pluses and their minuses. Ultimately, it all depends on how frequently you plan on using it, the extent of your upholstery project, and your budget. For frequent users or major upholstery projects, a pneumatic upholstery stapler is definitely the way to go. For small projects or casual users, an electric upholstery stapler might be the better choice.

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