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Dress Up Your Home Decor with Nailhead Trim

Nailhead Leather FurnitureNailhead trim is a decorative accent that is used to embelish upholstered furniture. The nailhead detail gives furniture a sophisticated look. Nailhead trim can accentuate the style of the piece, and it is usually used on arms and rails. You'll find it commonly used with leather-upholstered furniture, particularly leather sofas, chairs and ottomans.

History of Nailhead Trim

Nailhead trim dates back to the period of 1560-1643 and the advent of French Country Style during the reign of Louis XIII. The best-known innovation from this period is the Os de Mouton chair. That piece marked the introduction of nailhead trim as well as upholstered backs and seats with the popular flame stitch pattern.

Uses with Re-upholstering Furniture

Re-upholstering Furniture with Nailhead Trim You can also use nailhead detail when re-upholstering your own furniture to add a finished look and to hide staples or imperfections. Decorative nailheads come in many designs and finishes. From plain to ornate, polished brass to brushed nickel, you can find a nailhead trim to coordinate with your home's decor and existing sofas and chairs. Check hardware stores and home centers for a selection of nailhead trim.

Individual decorative nailheads must be hammered in one by one. You can get a nail spacer that helps you space nailheads neatly and evenly along the fabric edge. Alternatively, you can purchase a continuous nailhead trim strip that looks like many nailheads joined together, and you can hammer in every few nailheads instead of each one. To prevent damage to the decorative nailhead when you are installing, use a lightweight tack hammer with a nylon tip.

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