How to Stretch a Canvas on its Frame

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Discover how to stretch a canvas on a frame for a flawless result. Follow our step-by-step guide to get a professional finish for your wall art!

Canvas is a versatile art material – used as much for prints as for paintings these days. And while canvas prints are usually sold pre-framed, they’re also available as rolled prints (i.e. loose sheets of printed canvas). So whether you're a print artist or you’re simply looking to decorate your home, if you’ll be working with rolled prints it’s well worth learning how to stretch a canvas on a frame.

In this article, we'll guide you through the process of stretching canvas prints step-by-step. Then we’ll discuss pre-framed prints in more detail, so you can compare the benefits of a professional job or the DIY alternative. Let's dive in!

How to Stretch a Canvas: The Quick Guide

How to stretch a canvas: a rolled canvas and stretcher frames on the table

To stretch a canvas, follow these steps:

Gather materials: You'll need a pre-printed canvas, stretcher bars, a staple gun, canvas pliers, a Stanley knife, and a tape measure.

Prepare stretcher bars: Connect the stretcher bars to create a frame, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Position canvas: Lay the printed canvas face down and place the stretcher bars on top, aligning the corners.

Stretch and staple: Using canvas pliers, pull the canvas tightly over the stretcher bars. Secure it with a staple gun, placing one staple every two inches.

Finish corners: Fold corners neatly and trim excess canvas with a Stanley knife. Secure corners with additional staples.

Getting a high-quality result demands precision and attention to detail at each step. So while this guide will equip you with the knowledge to stretch your own canvas, it's worth noting that professional stretching services can provide an extra level of expertise and ensure optimal results.

If you prefer a hassle-free experience, consider searching for print providers that offer pre-stretched canvas prints – MYPICTURE for example. Read more about ready-stretched canvas below.

Why Choose Pre-Stretched Canvas Prints?

How to stretch a canvas: a collection of stretched canvas prints

Pre-stretched canvas prints are a popular choice among art enthusiasts and interior decorators alike. The main reasons are the sheer convenience of getting a professional to stretch the prints, and the reliable quality of the work. Let's explore these aspects in more detail.

DIY Wall Art Made Easy

First and foremost, pre-stretched canvas prints offer unparalleled convenience. This is simply because pre-stretched prints arrive ready to be hung on your wall.

Cutting out the time-consuming and sometimes tricky stretching process means you can dedicate more time to choosing your print designs and displaying them to best effect. Whether you're a busy professional or you simply prefer a hassle-free experience, pre-stretched canvas prints save you precious time and effort.

Craftsmanship + Cutting-Edge Technology

How to stretch a canvas: a person stretching a canvas print over the frame

What’s more, pre-stretched canvas prints are crafted by professionals. Here at MYPICTURE, our experts have the expertise and experience to ensure that the canvas is stretched evenly and tightly, creating a flawless surface for your artwork.

Our craftsmen use sophisticated techniques to eliminate any wrinkles or sagging, resulting in a professional finish that enhances the visual impact of your prints. This attention to detail guarantees that the final result is exactly as you imagined it.

Canvas Prints That Last a Lifetime

How to stretch a canvas: four canvas prints displayed on the wall

Durability is another advantage of ready-made canvas prints. Here at MYPICTURE we use lightweight but superbly resilient pine timber for our canvas frames. This ensures that your prints will maintain their structural integrity for years to come. The sturdy frames prevent warping or sagging, providing a solid foundation for your artwork.

With pre-stretched canvas prints, you can build your interior design scheme around your favourite prints without worrying about how they’ll look in the years to come.

A Vast Choice of Canvas Formats

Lastly, pre-stretched canvas prints offer versatility in terms of size and shape: print providers will offer a range of options to suit customer preferences. And of course every print size comes with a frame to match – so no need to worry about sourcing an unusual frame size. At MYPICTURE we have 16 canvas sizes, including square, landscape/portrait, and panoramic formats.

And if you're in search of a canvas collage, rest assured that we have an extensive selection to meet your needs. With no fewer than 97 collage templates available, even the most discerning artists will find a way to bring their vision to life.


Whether you're looking for a statement piece to adorn a prominent wall or a collection of smaller prints to create a gallery-like display, we’ve got you covered. With MYPICTURE, you’ll always find the perfect pre-stretched canvas to suit your artistic vision!

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