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You do not need that many tools to upholster. But some of the tools you need are very specialized, and costly. Others, however, are very common, but valuable. As always, if you buy a quality set, they will last a lifetime.
Here is a list of the tools you will need to restore furniture.
1. Tack Hammer
A tack hammer looks much like a hammer, but the head has two flat ends. One side is magnetic, so you can pick up and hold tacks easily. The special shape also makes it easier to use in tight places.
2. Upholstery Shears
Shears or scissors are obviously necessary to cut fabrics. You need a heavy-duty pair that will cut through all types of fabrics, twine, or other heavy materials.
3. Tack Lifter
The tack lifter, lifts tacks. It is as easy as that. It has a V-notch on the end to make it easy to get under the tack head.
4. Staple Lifter
If the manufacturer did not use tacks to hold the fabric in place, they likely used staples. This lifter will help you remove the staples rapidly. It is designed to get under the staple, and lift both ends evenly, so you do not
rip the wood or fabric.
5. Webbing Stretcher
Webbing stretchers are used to stretch the fabric over the frame or padding. You need to make sure you get the proper stretcher for the fabric. They make different ones for steel, plastic or rubber webbing.
6. Ripping Chisel
The ripping chisel works a lot like the tack lifter, but without the notch. It, unlike the tack lifter, can lift tacks imbedded into the wood.
7. Needles
Usually if you buy a kit, it will come with an assortment of different needles and pins. You need to make sure you have a variety of straight and curved needles in lengths from 1 and a half inches to 2 inches, and in diameters from 38mm to 62 mm. These will help with any type of fabric you choose. And, the pins will help hold the fabrics together, and to the padding.