Thursday, October 14, 2010

Adding Nail Head Trim to Upholstered Furniture

Here is a quick tutorial covering the steps on how to add nail head trim to an upholstered piece of furniture. When I added trim to this chair, while working on the Home Office Redesign, I didn't post step-by-step directions and have gotten several emails asking questions about this project. So here it is!

Begin by selecting an upholstered piece of furniture that could use a bit more style!

Next determine what lines of the chair (or sofa, ottoman, headboard, etc.) to accent with nail head trim, being careful to select an area that has a solid foundation beneath the fabric to secure the nails to.

Tip: A safe bet is to run the trim around the lower edge of the piece of furniture, though I chose to run the nails up the outer lines of the chair to really showcase the shape of this chair.

Then choose a style and size of nail head trim that will compliment the chair design and fabric.

Attach the nail head trim at the start of the line to be covered with trim. Position and secure the first nail by pushing it into the frame.

Continue placing the nail head trim along the line, positioning the nails at an equal distance from one another.

Use a tape measure as a guide to help position the nail head trim at even intervals. Place approximately 1/2–inch to 5/8–inch apart, from nail center to center, depending on the size of the nail head trim.

Tip: The nail head trim can be positioned to touch or with a space in-between, depending on the look you prefer.

Secure the nail head trim to the chair frame by lightly hammering the nails.

And that is all there is to it. Super easy with the only difficulty being the issue of getting the nails set evenly apart, but after positioning a few you'll start to get a feel for where they need to be placed. Also, occasionally the nails may not go in straight and get bent. Just pull the nail out and try again with a new nail.

I have my eye on another piece of furniture in the house that could really benefit from a little dressing up with nail head trim. I'm loving the look of these larger square nails I recently used on the DIY Canvas Art...wouldn't these look great added to something?

36 comments :

  1. I'm so focused on how much I love that chair that I had a hard time reading the tutorial! :-) The lines of the chair are beautiful on their own but I love the way the nailhead highlights them. Great job!

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  2. I love nail head trim and your chair has the perfect lines for it! I'll need to scope around for the perfect piece in my house - maybe I need to build a padded headboard :)

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  3. I LOVE THAT CHAIR! I don't have anything at the moment that needs nailhead, but I do want to make a headboard! Also, instead of a hammer, try a rubber hammer/mallet so that the nail head won't get damaged. Well, you're a pro, but for those who may be starting out;-)

    Have a great day!

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  4. thanks for this-I may be using it soon ;)

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  5. Great tip Lakeitha! Rubber hammer/mallet would certainly help! Janell

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  6. janelle, the chair looks great! thanks for sharing the how to!

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  7. I have a padded headboard to make on my project list (which never seems to get shorter btw).
    I ended up buying the Quick Nailer from Beacon with my nailheads to make it go a little faster for me. I hope it works!
    Have you ever used this little nailhead spacing tool?

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  8. Oh my gosh Janell, I am right in the middle of doing a headboard that inspired me from your huge headboard. And those decorative nails are killing me! I don't know how you made yours so straight I have looked at every post you showed on how you did it, and man, all I can say is you are good! I will finish it, I have to, it goes in my daughter and son-n-law's master bedroom as the focal point. Yikes! It is so slow moving those nail heads! I think I take out more than I put in LOL I wish there was a nail head stapler, boy would that make it so much easier. Two things I did buy that have been helpful, the quick nailer, and instead of the $30 hammer Beacon sells, I got the little jewelry hammer at Joann's for $5.99 and it works great!

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  9. Stephanie...More great tips!! A jewelry hammer? I'll have to look for that! I also purchased a spacer from Beacon, but it didn't help at all! If all else fails, I think spacing the nails to touch would be the easiest solution if placement is proving to be a challenge. Janell

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  10. I liked the chair before the nailhead trim was added but I LOVE it now! It's crazy how a little detail can take something to whole new level!

    Thanks for your advice on my post this morning!! I am trying to figure out what to eliminate, first thing that comes to mind...running :) But, I need that so back to the drawing board!

    xo Jade

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  11. I love the special accent nailhead can give an upholstered piece. I worked with some for a message board... boy did it take some time and patience.

    xo,
    cristin

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  12. Great tutorial. Love the finished look of your chair. Hugs, Marty

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  13. This looks fantastic! It really is amazing how such a smiple addition can completely change the look of this chair. Thanks so much for posting...

    cheers!
    Kate

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  14. looks great!! thanks for sharing!

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  15. I love to embellish!! Nail heads are such an amazing upgrade to most anything. I'm collecting pics for a post on different ways to use them. The chair...which is fab on it's own...is so much cuter all dressed up!

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  16. What a great and personalized difference!

    You are the queen of that, you know...personalizing!

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  17. The nail head looks so good on the chair. I plan making a diy headboard and adding nail head, like the finish they give to projects

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  18. Any suggestions on where to buy / a good selection of nailheads online? I live in a small town and just don't have access to them otherwise.

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  19. Hi,
    Yes, I do! Here is where I order my supplies from:

    http://www.beaconfabric.com/vindex.html?cat148.htm

    Good luck with your projects, thanks for reading my blog and commenting! Janell

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  20. What a difference! You have a great eye for seeing exactly what a piece needs. This was the perfect finishing touch.

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  21. Projects like this make me want to put nailhead on everything!

    Question: what about nailheads on tables? I've been seeing tables with nail head designs in stores and have always wondered if it was possible to DIY it?

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  22. YES!!!!! I've seen this done, somewhere...now I'm looking around my house looking for something to try this on myself! Janell

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  23. Wow - so simple and looks so good. Nice work! Love the idea!

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  24. I'm a nailhead junkie! Love it! And, of course, you've done another fabulous job!

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  25. So beautiful Janell. The tweed fabric pairs perfectly with the nailhead detail. Now I need to find something in my house to add nailhead trim to. :)

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  26. Really very beautiful and simple design. I love it.
    Thanks
    office furniture

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  27. You really gave this chair a "chic" nail on the head detail! Looks super.
    pve

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  28. Thnaks so much for showing how to add nail trim! I didn' know it was that simple. Love love the chair. The texture is wonderful!

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  29. Janell, can you share which nail heads you used for this project? I have a chair with the exact same fabric as yours that I would love to try this on. One less decision for me to make would be great.

    Thanks!

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  30. I love this chair, where is it from? I am so excited to try this project out on our living room sofa!!

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  31. Hi Emily,
    The chair is from www.vangoghdesigns.com, the Atwood chair (I used to sell this line to clients, nice things).
    Janell

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  32. Love this project. Great step-by-step instructions!
    Where can I get neal heads like yours?? HomeDepot? JoAnns?

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  33. You can get them at Joann's, but a better price is through this website!

    http://www.beaconfabric.com/vindex.html?cat148.htm

    All the best with your project! Janell

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  34. Hi Janell!

    Thanks for the great post! I have 2 white distressed leather chairs that I've been wanting to add some pizazz to. I think this would be such a great option for them. The only thing is is that my chairs are a bit more 'cushiony' than the chair you used. I felt around the bottom edges of the chair and can feel the wood but there is just a bit of padding so there is more space in between the leather and the wood. Is this a problem or can it still be done?

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  35. I'd purchase nail head trim with a longer shaft...so they can make contact with wood~

    here is the link to the online store I get most of my nail head trim from, http://www.beaconfabric.com/vindex.html?cat148.htm

    Good luck! Janell

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