To choose the best upholstery buttons, consider your experience level, your current or new furniture fabric and room décor, and where the buttons will be located. Ideally, the buttons you choose will be easy for you to install, match your current furniture covering, and be designed for the applicable indoor or outdoor use. If you are hiring a professional to install the buttons for you, you probably will not need to think about installation tools. On the other hand, if you are installing the buttons yourself, you will want to make sure you also have the necessary upholstery tools. Once you are ready to shop for your new upholstery buttons, check with shops that carry furniture update and repair items as well as do-it-yourself upholstery tools.
There are many different types of upholstery buttons. As such, not all buttons are designed to be installed the same way. Unless you hire a professional upholsterer, installing your own buttons is an exercise in do-it-yourself upholstery. Therefore, you should choose buttons with installation instructions that are within your experience level. You want attractive upholstery buttons that match your furniture fabric and room décor, but to make sure you can properly install the buttons yourself, you should avoid choosing complicated buttons based solely on their appearance.
Once you have familiarized yourself with the installation instructions, you can begin narrowing your options based on design and style. In addition to visual appearance, consider your furniture fabric when choosing upholstery buttons. For example, lightweight buttons work well with thin furniture covering like clothes, whereas larger and more durable buttons work better for heavier upholstery fabrics like leather and corduroy. Also, remember to consider where your furniture is located. If you are adding buttons to outdoor furniture, for instance, you will want to choose buttons designed to stand up to different weather conditions.
A wide variety of retail locations carry upholstery buttons, and you can shop with online stores as well as traditional shops. If you are not sure where to begin looking, note that most stores that specialize in furniture fabrics also sell upholstery buttons. Some furniture repair stores might also sell buttons and other tools for do-it-yourself upholstery. Before you make your final purchase make sure to find out which, if any, tools come with the buttons. You might have the necessary upholstery tools already on hand, but if not you will need to buy them before you can install the buttons.