Different types of push pins

Push pins are stationery items often used in a variety of situations. They are used to secure printed materials , photographs, and other items to walls with minimal damage to the object. There are many types of push pins available, and each has different uses. This article will explain the different types of push pins and how to choose the right one for each purpose.

What are push pins?

Push pins or pins with a needle fixed to its head,  are a type of stationery used to attach printed matter and other materials to relatively soft walls and ceilings. These are commonly used in offices and companies as well as in households.

Types of push pins and how to select them

Push pins can be selected by head shape, needle length, and color. The shape and color of the head is related to the method of use, and the length of the needle is related to the purpose and location of use, so it is necessary to understand their differences.

Selecting by needle length

The needle length of push pins is called needle length. Generally, long needles are used for thicker or sturdier objects, while short needles are used for general items such as paper. In the case of ordinary push pins, items with needle lengths from 7mm to 27mm are often used depending on the purpose.





Selecting by type

These pins are used to secure carpets and rugs to the floor. The head is flat and shaped to minimize snagging so that it does not get in the way when you walk on it. Carpet pins are used to secure carpets and other materials in tatami-floored rooms, and are substituted with suction tape or similar materials for flooring or between boards.

Carpet pins


Push pins


These pins are shaped with a dent in the center of the head to make them easier to pick up. They are designed to be used repeatedly and are also used for bulletin boards and internal newsletters. Push pins are available in many colorful shades, and since the head is relatively large, they are sometimes used in place of map pins, as described below.

Hook pins


This is a pin with a needle attached to a smaller hook. Some items with a high load capacity use multiple insect pins to hold the hook in place. The hook type has a hook attached under the round head, and the needle is shaped to stick down at an angle to the wall to prevent it from falling out.

Even with hollow materials such as plasterboard, the needle sticks diagonally down, making it difficult to pull out.

Map pins


This is called a map pin because it is easy to indicate any location on a map. It is a pin with a spherical head attached to a slightly longer needle and is available in a variety of colorful colors. Because they are colorful and unobtrusive in appearance, they are useful for displaying posters and other promotional materials.

Flat pins


The flat type is the most widely used type of push pins. Although some are made of plastic these days, brass-plated gold-colored ones used to be the most common. The shape is thin and does not stick out when inserted into a wall. Once deeply inserted, it is difficult to pull them out, and even special rivet removers are sold.

Selecting by color


Push pins and map pins come in many colors and are designed to be used in a variety of ways other than just posting a paper to a wall. For example, they can be used to mark specific locations on a map or to check off important sections of text.

Pinless type

If you do not want to damage the paper or other objects, you can use a type with an adhesive surface. For use on a whiteboard, there are also types with a magnetic head.

Adhesive pins


Pin magnets



Push pins are stationery items that can be used in many convenient ways, so it is important to  select one that best fits its purpose.