A traditional design that goes back over 400 years is still getting a ton of attention. Since its appearance in the 17th century, we’ve seen it all over- in all works of furniture, decor, and even fashion. And trust us when we say it is not tacky.
It’s actually… nailheads.
The nailhead trend was introduced primarily in upholstered furniture as a practical way for craftsmen to secure fabric or leather to the wooden frame. Trims such as gimp were also added beneath the nails to conceal tacked upholstery. Attention to detail is important as craftsmen need to ensure each nail head is perfectly spaced. The first puncture of the nailhead is vital to avoid damaging the upholstery. Think, the timeless Chesterfield sofa.
Today we see nailhead and rivets as decorative elements, evoking history and allure in any piece. From modern to traditional design styles, it is no longer just for upholstery. The nailhead trim can be seen in occasional tables, headboards, dressers, and other accent furniture. It gives definition to the shape, texture and color of the piece, accentuating the space.
Here’s some of our lineup from Red Knot:
Aren’t they absolutely stunning? It’s no wonder decorative nailheads continue to be a growing trend in the furnishings industry. It’s an extra detail that makes a statement, adding glamour with a little bit of edge.
So if you want your furniture to be a stud, go nail ’em.