Decorative upholstery nail heads are a simple and easy way to dress up your upholstery project. Add them as a finishing touch to your brand new project, or use them to give a fresh look to one of your old favorites. The results are always classy. There are literally thousands of different styles, colors and sizes of upholstery nail heads. Walker Fabrics carries the full line of D.A.D's upholstery nail heads.
Here is what you need:
Nail heads of your choice (enough to do your project)
Nylon Tip Hammer
Something to add your nail heads to.
There really is no "right or wrong" when it comes to choosing a size and style of nail head, it really is about personal taste. My recommendation is to go with the one that grabs your interest. I am always being asked, "which one is right for this piece" and the answer is "the one that you like the most." The use of nail heads is completely decorative. So if you like big ones, or the tiny ones, or the pyramids, or the playing cards, or the chrome finish... the choice is yours.
The nail spacer is a really nice tool to utilize. On one side is a spacing tool to help ensure equal distance between nail heads, and the other end is designed to hold just one nail in place for tighter spots. The nail spacer also holds up the nails so you can easily start them into your project. Simply slide the nail heads into the slots along the spacer, align on your project, and start hammering. Once the nails are started, remove the spacer and finish hammering in the decorative upholstery nails.
The nylon tip hammer really is a must. The nylon tip of the hammer is there to protect the nails from being scuffed. The small diameter of the hammer head also makes it easier to hammer without damaging adjacent nail heads. The upholsterers hammer is balanced and weighted appropriately and therefore the perfect tool for the job. My dad always taught me that if I wanted a professional looking job, then I needed to use professional tools and materials.