Carpet nails were used primarily on carpets and furniture made or installed before the 1950s when staples were introduced. The transition from tacks to staples was gradual with virtually all upholsterers employing staples entirely by the 1980s. It is also worth mentioning that many carpet fitters use gripper rods and staples instead of nailing tacks directly into the carpet.
A carpet nail is a small, sharp nail or pin used to affix carpets to a floor. It usually has a flat head, a shaft, and a pointed end. Carpet tacks are typically hammered into and around the edges of a carpet to secure it in place.
An upholstery tack is a similar sharp nail, pin or stud used to affix upholstery material to a piece of furniture. Upholstery tacks are typically used to secure upholstery material to a piece of furniture, though they may also be used for decorative purposes.
A gripper rod is a thin piece of wood, typically between 1-2 meters (3.3-6.6 feet) in length and 3 cm (1 1/2 inches) wide, which has been studded with carpet tacks and is used to secure carpets in place.Carpet nails are ideal for almost any carpet laying job.
Carpet laying tacks are ideal for fixing carpets to floorboards, as well as stretching fabric onto the wood. Before you install a carpet, you will need to install carpet tacks. Carpet tacks are strips of wood designed to hold a carpet in place so that you don’t have to nail the carpet directly to the floor.
The first step, before installing carpet tacks, is to make sure the floor is clean. For wall-to-wall carpeting, carpet tack strips should be installed around the edges of the room, leaving a space about the width of your fingers between the baseboard and the edge of the strip. Position the strips with the tack side facing up. The arrows on the carpet tack should point toward the wall. Check that the tacks are angled toward the wall, as well. Cut the strips of carpet tack to fit the room, starting from the corner and working around obstacles like radiators or other permanent fixtures. The underside of the strips has nails. Hammer the nails into the floor; make sure that there are at least two nails for every strip.
The carpet is usually placed over a carpet pad. Once the carpet is rolled out and installed, it has to be tacked down. The carpet tack should grip the edges of the carpet through the carpet backing. Press down on the carpet firmly without using a hammer so the tacks do not break or bend before they get hold of the carpet. The tacks will grip the backing and hold the carpet in place. Once the tacks hold the carpet, bend the tips so that the tacks will not stick into your feet as you walk.
Types of Carpet Nails/ Tacks
Round wire nail: These large round head nails are mostly used for rough carpentry where appearance is not important but strength is very essential. They are inclined to split a piece of wood. Sizes vary from 20 mm to 150 mm. These are mostly used for very rough and heavy-duty woodwork. Manufacture of these nails starts with a coil of wire which is fed into a machine that cuts it into predetermined lengths. They can be used for general-purpose fixing as well as the construction of roof trusses and pallets.
Oval wire nail: It is mostly suitable for joinery work where appearance is important since it can easily be punched below the surface. They are used for joinery and flooring, to avoid splitting the wood, the long oval side should follow the grain of the wood. They are less likely to split the wood if driven in with the longer sides parallel to the grain. Sizes vary from 12 mm to 150 mm.
Round/lost head nail: They are stronger than oval wire nails. They are used when concealment is required or where there is a danger that the use of round plain headed nails would split the wood. They can easily be punched below the surface of the wood. Ideal for use indoor jambs, floorboards and skirting boards. Sizes vary from 12 mm to 150 mm.
Tack: A short nail with a wide, flat head, the tack is used for fixing carpets to floorboards and for stretching fabric onto the wood. In a normal installation, the tack strips are installed around the perimeter of the room before the padding is laid down. The angled pins on the tack strip must bend towards the wall. When the carpet is fitted over the bent pins, the angle of the bend on the pin prevents the carpet from slipping off the pins.
Panel pin: Round lightweight nail used for cabinet-making and for fixing small moldings into place.
Cut floor brad nails: Rectangular, they have an L-shaped head and they are nearly always used for nailing floorboards to joists. The head can easily be punched below the surface of the wood for a very strong grip. Sizes vary from 25 mm to 150 mm.
Masonry nail: They are made of hardened steel. This kind of nail is used in order to fix wood to brick, breeze block and most types of masonry. They are hardened nails used in order to fix objects to brick walls. These nails have grooved shafts that cling to the brick joint masonry to prevent loosening and coming out.
Square twisted nail: Twisted into the wood. These comparatively expensive nails offer a more permanent and screw-like grip than plain nails.
Annular nail: These are very useful where very strong joints are required. The sharp ridges around the shank become embedded in the wood to give a tight grip. Annular nails separate the wood fibers, and then the fibers lock back into the rings which resist removal. These nails are typically used in softer woods. It is also used for drywall or deck board applications because of the pullout resistant feature of the annular rings on the nail shank.
Cloat head nail: This kind of nails are made of galvanized steel, with large and flat retaining head. This nail is most suitable for soft materials such as plasterboard and roof felt.
Spring-head roofing nail: These are used for fixing corrugated sheeting to timber. The twisted shank and inverted cup head produce a very strong purchase.
Corrugated fastener: These are used for reinforcing a weak wood joint or used for securing mitered or butt joints in rough framing.
Cut clasp nail: Rectangular in section, they are difficult to remove and provide a very strong fixing in wood and pre-drilled masonry. Sizes vary from 25 mm to 150 mm.
Hardboard nail: These type of nail have a diamond-shaped head which is virtually hidden when hammered into hardboard. They are designed to be barely seen once hammered fully into hardboard, thanks to a diamond-shaped head. Sizes vary from 9 mm to 38 mm.
Sprig: They are small nails without heads. They are used mainly in order to hold the glass in window frames before applying putty which covers them up. Sizes vary from 12 mm to 19 mm.
Upholstery nail: They are available in chrome, brass and other metallic finishes. They are used as a secondary fixing with tacks. The dome head gives a decorative finish when nailing chair coverings into place. They have two purposes which are to attach padding or material to furniture and to add decorative accents. Most are made for indoor use, so they are not rust-resistant. Various head sizes are available according to your needs.
Staple: U-shaped round wire nails with two points to hold lengths of wire in position. Some staples have an insulted lining for fixing flex and electric cable. Staple the carpet one step at a time, as you lay the carpet. A staple at each edge of the carpet strip under the nose. A staple at the riser and the tread as close to the crotch as possible. Place staples at the edge of the carpet rather than the padding.
Tbestmax Creative Upholstery Nails Furniture Tacks Thumb Tack Push Pins with Steel Needle Point for Furniture Decoration 0.4 inch Antique Brass 200 Pcs
Very sturdy, great for decoration as well as regular nail purpose. Made of high-quality metal that is unbendable. Double layer electroplated Antique Brass finish make a smooth surface. Works on cork board, bulletin board, drywall, posters, photos, memos, hanging posters, marking maps, craft decoration furniture decorating and more.
Newlng Upholstery Tacks, Sofa Foam Nail 11×16 mm Antique Thumbtack Push Pin for Furniture Decoration Indoor Creative plum Nail Doll House DIY Decoration Gift Making Accessories Tack
These nails are a great match to what you need and at a very reasonable price. It works perfectly, looks great, and the price is right! These decorative nails can be used for reinforcement and decoration of sofas, beds, cabinets, walls, wooden crafts, flooring, carpet, and so on. It can also be used to make small gifts by hand, such as the decoration on the dollhouse and the decoration of the home wall, and more in order to expand your imagination and make it more valuable. These nails are very sharp, don’t let the children play and avoid injuries.
National Hardware V7700 #22 x 1-Inches Cut Tacks, Black
The tacks are nice and sharp and inter the wood easily. They really grip well and give the appearance of old nails. They look very rustic but they have a very sharp point. Since these are cut nails/tacks, you do have to drill pilot holes, especially in thinner woods, otherwise, it is going to split the grain of the wood.
The Hillman Group 532365#14 Cut Tacks 14 X 3/4 2.00 oz-Pack
Most of the heads are oval-shaped and are 1/4″ wide at the widest point. They are short sharp-pointed nails with a flat broadhead. They are lightweight and easy to use. Also, they are ideal for attaching carpet to tack board and upholstery work and they are designed for that purpose. You can use for small projects around the house. Blued fasteners for decorative use.
Hard-to-Find Fastener 014973210519 Carpet Trim Nails, 7/8, Piece-80
Perfect size for your needs. More money than a regular nail, but when using to tack carpet to an outside deck, you are going to want a weatherproof nail like these! The corkscrew design will help keep them from backing out which is not really good on bare feet!
M-D Building Products 21501 1-1/4-Inch Screw Nails for Carpet Metal, 12 Per Pack
This is a great price and the product is great! Helps hold down transition strips from room to room perfectly. Hammer screw nails into wood floors or M-D wooden pegs to permanently secure aluminum floor metals. There are 12 nails per package. For proper use, follow instructions on floor trim packaging.
Toofix 600 Pieces Small Nails and Tacks Assortment Kit, 8 Different Sizes
This comes with just about anything you could need when starting off to hang stuff. A variety of sizes to suit your needs. It is a great kit for the home or workplace. It comes in a handy Plastic organizer case with size compartments for easy storage. The set includes finishing nails, wire nails, panel nails, carpet tacks, and push pins.
Merriway BH02218 Carpet, 16mm (5/8 inch) -Brass Plated, Drugget Nails 16 mm, Electro (Pack of 10)
These are can be used as nails, pins or staples. They are ideal for upholstery and carpet laying. They are ideal for boatbuilding as well. If instructions for fixing, assembly or maintenance of the products are included in the packaging then please ensure that they are followed.
YYST Stainless Steel 304 Patio Rug Stakes Low-Profile Mat Anchors Rug Gripper, Rug Holder, for Camp Rug, Outside Mat and Carpet, No More Moving – Pack of 6
The nails are long and the washers are thick. There are 6 washers and 6 rug stakes in the package. They are made of stainless steel 304. There has been no rust for years.
Coceca Hardware Nail Assortment Kit 200pcs, Galvanized Nails, 4 Size Assortment
The product is conveniently packaged for easy storage. Nails are of good quality. There are enough sizes of nails to do all kinds of projects you might need around the house. All the sizes are perfect and of good quality. This set provides a nice assortment of sizes to keep on hand, which is really helpful. They are very convenient to use with any normal hammer and great for someone who is looking for a variety of nails to hang something on the walls. They are fine for general home use including wood. Great buy! Highly recommend!
Flooring Nails – 2.25″ (7d) Antique Style
Antique reproduction flooring nails. Perfect for that authentic look. Square nail head that ads a measure of vintage style to any project.
Attmu Clear Heads Twist Pins for Upholstery, Slipcovers and Bed skirts, 0.75 Inches, Set of 50
These twist pins really work. They are a great improvement and none have broken or failed in any way. To work properly, the screw wire must be firmly twisted in so that there is no give or it will pop out. They are easy to screw on and off as long as you get it in and twist to the right direction (it is directional). They are pretty small, which is a good thing to remain less noticeable. These pins have a pigtail design that requires you to poke, twist, and push in order to fasten the material. The pins feel very secure and snug.
They are ideal for medium to lightweight fabrics, bed skirts, slipcovers, upholstery, carpets, rugs and bed ruffles. Upholstery twist pins are used to help hold fabrics in place. They twist firmly into place and remove easily by coiling in the opposite direction and they will not harm your fabric. Spiral pins attach to bed skirt in minutes without sewing or cutting to prevent shifting and sagging. They are a lovely functional accent to any decor.
uxcell Upholstery Nails Tacks 12mm Square Head Antique Furniture Nails Pins Bronze Tone 20 Pieces
They are made of iron with antique design. They are decorative nail heads, also called upholstery tacks or clavos, are used to fasten upholstery material to furniture or directly used into leather sofa. Suitable for hanging or holding down charts, banners, calendars and so on. Widely used for DIY home decoration, office, and restaurant, carpets, and rugs. And so on. Please do not use any chemicals to clean nailheads, please just clean them with a dry piece of cloth.