Tools of the Trade!

upholstery tool kit

Where would we be without our tools?  Just as a doctor has his instruments, so too do we here at Spruce.  All of the Sprucettes/Sprucer are very talented individuals but, alas, we are not superheroes, therefore, we must seek a little help from our tool friends.  Recently, we played a little game called “what’s your favorite tool?”.  Okay, so maybe it was less of a “game” and more of a conversation.  Have a looksie.


Frank went with the good ole classic tack remover and staple remover.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many staples we have to remove while stripping furniture AND while upholstering.  Just ask anyone who has ever taken our chair class.  It is quite a lot.

upholstery tools

Snip! Snip!  That is the noise Clar makes when using these snippers.  Clar does the majority of the sewing at Spruce and these snippers are very handy for opening seams and snipping loose threads.  They are small, lightweight and just dang convenient to having lying around the sewing machine.  Ten bucks at Hobby Lobby…worth it!

upholstery tools

Hey!…Is that Wonder Woman!?  No, It’s Meredith, but when she has her handy dandy tape measure by her side I bet she sure feels like wonder woman.  If you have ever been in the shop you know that Meredith is a very busy lady.  She wears many hats (figuratively).  One of those hats is doing yardage estimates for furniture.  This is where the tape measure comes into play.  Meredith likes tape measures so much that it is quite common for her to come in the workshop to “borrow” one and then hide it up front. Just joking Mere!…kind of.

upholstery tools

My favorite helper is the webbing stretcher.  Most pieces of furniture that pass through the shop have webbing.  It is one of the first things that we replace when we reupholster a piece.  It provides all of the support, therefore, it is essential that the webbing is stretched nice and tight…hence the webbing stretcher!  Plus, it looks cool.

This is just scratching the surface when it comes to upholstery tools.  Take a look at a few more of the commonly used tools in our workshop.

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Possibly one of my favorite things about tools is discovering unintended uses for them.  Frank in particular is awesome at this.   If you are a tool junkie, as I obviously am, click here to see some of our tool kits that we conveniently put together to get you started with your upholstery projects.