Nailhead Trim: Then and Today

Clients often express to me their interest in pieces of furniture with “pins” or “tacks”. What they are referring to are nailheads. Yet most are unaware of their original purpose.

The Historical Use of Nailhead Trim

Bradington Young FurnitureNailhead trim in furniture manufacturing served a practical purpose throughout history. The use of brass nailhead trim on furniture began in 17th Century France. Its purpose was to tighten velvets or silks on chairs and settees. It has since expanded its use to all types of furniture with various fabrics and leathers.

How Nailhead Trim is Used Today

Today, the purpose of nailhead trim is to add visual interest. Nailhead trim on furniture and accessories can be compared to women’s jewelry. It adds a touch of sophistication and elegance. It does not limit itself to a particular style or piece of furniture. We often see it today on transitional and even contemporary pieces including:

  • Sofas
  • Chairs
  • Mirrors
  • Cocktail & End tables
  • Headboards & Footboards
  • Dressers & Chests

We see such versatility due to the range of sizes and finishes that are available. Many companies provide the option of customizing the nailheads, giving you infinite possibilities in dressing up your favorite piece.

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Rachel Lenchner


Born and raised in Pittsburgh, I now follow in the footsteps of my grandparents and Today’s Home founders Audrey and Sig Lenchner and my parents Jeff and Jill Lenchner. It didn't take long for me to realize home design is in my blood. After graduating from The University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Business Administration I lived in New York City where I worked as the Wholesale Marketing Coordinator for jewelry designer David Yurman. I started my career at Today’s Home in the summer of 2015.

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