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Staples and Nails - The best for your Projects


If you're someone who is into stapling and nailing as a hobby, or if you use them for your business, it's integral to know and understand the different types of staples and nails - Especially if you're new to the world of stapling and nailing. The extensive amount of tools available exacerbates the questions you might have. If you're interested in using staples and nails for specific projects, finding the right tool is hard. However, MyToolKit is here to help.

In this article, we will explore the best staples and nails to use for different jobs, ensuring that your projects are secure and long-lasting.


why are there so many types of tools and nails/staples available? 

This question is all too common in the stapling and nailing industry. The use of staples and nails in everyday projects has become immeasurable, and this has exacerbated the use of different tools, nails, and staples. Whether you are a DIY enthusiast or a professional contractor, using the appropriate fasteners can make a significant difference in the quality and durability of your work.


The best for Upholstery: 

When it comes to upholstery jobs, you want to ensure that the fabric is securely attached to the frame. For this job, the best staples to use are fine wire staples. These staples are perfect for the job due to their power to hold the fabric to the timber without damaging the fabric or the frame. These staples are also the least visible application, making them the ideal fit for any upholstery project. They are commonly used in furniture manufacturing and repair

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The best for Woodworking: 

Woodworking projects require nails that can firmly hold the pieces of timber together. However, different woodworking projects require different nails. For fine beading/trim projects where the nail needs to be hidden, we recommend the small 23, 21 and 18 gauge brad nails. Whilst these brads are second-fix, meaning adhesive should be used in conjunction, the 23 gauge in particular are available without any head at all (meaning no need for wood fill). For general woodworking, we recommend 16-gauge finish nails. They have enough strength to secure the joints while minimizing the risk of splitting the wood. When moving over to larger timber projects like roof trusses and joists, we recommend 1st fix-strip nails or long coil nails as they are strong and durable - remember, for outdoor projects, stainless steel should always be considered due to its corrosion-resistant properties!


The best for Flooring:

Flooring installation requires staples & nails that can securely hold the boards or sometimes carpet in place without damaging it. For floorboards, typically a narrow crown staple or very short coil nail will do the job (just watch out for underfloor pipework!). Alternatively, carpet fitters might veer toward a 140 or 13 Series Fine Wire staple, specifically for use in a Hammer Tacker. The tool is super easy to use when precision isn't a requirement and the thin staples minimize the risk of tearing or ripping the carpet fibers.


The best for Outdoor/External projects:

Outdoor projects require fasteners that can withstand various weather conditions. For outdoor projects, whatever you want to do, you'll want to do it with stainless steel. These nails are coated with rust protection, allowing them to withstand the test of time outside, no matter the weather. 

Not sure about the difference between brightgalvanized, and stainless steel nails? Read our Instagram post detailing the differences here.



Remember, using the right staples and nails for each job is crucial for achieving professional and long-lasting results. By considering the specific requirements of your project, such as the materials being used and the environmental conditions, you can ensure that your work stands the test of time. So, next time you embark on a new project, make sure to choose the appropriate staples and nails for the task at hand.


Still Unsure? Why not watch our quick video below that details the key things to look for when buying a staple gun or nailer?


Happy nailing! 


If you're still confused or have any further questions, don't hesitate to get in touch. You can reach us on 0333 8000 345, or DM us on our socials @mytoolkitonline 

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** Remember, when using nails or any tools, it's important to follow safety guidelines and use them responsibly. 

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