Canvas stretching

Stretching - or blindframing - is the classic, standard way of processing canvas paintings and prints. It transforms our canvas print into a firm, strong object, that you can hang straight on your wall, or you can put in a gallery frame.

We use high quality, pinewood bars, pre-cut to the desired size, with wedges in each corner, and cross-bars for bigger sizes - to make the canvas as tight and strong as possible. There are many low quality stretchers on the market, that lean, curve and slack with time - ours will remain impeccable for decades (just like our prints, most of them come with 80-100 years of guarantee). The stretcher frames are available in simple (2cm) and double (4cm) depth, with the double being a more exclusive design, for bigger pictures.

We carefully hand-stretch our canvases onto the frames, and fix the border of the canvas to the back of the frame with pneumatic nail-guns - so the frame is totally invisible from the front, wrapped in canvas.

For the side edges of the stretcher, we have three options:
• bleed the picture fully on the edges
• mirror the picture onto the edges
• print the edges with one solid color

The minimum size for frames is 30cm, and the standard sizes for bars are numbers ending with 0 and 5cm - but we can make any standard size for free - it just makes the process 1-2 days longer. The maximum width we can print from canvases is 150cm, which leads to a 140cm maximum stretcher frame size on the shorter edge. The largest stretched canvas we can technically make is 140x300cm. We make every picture with hangers adequate for its size, free of charge.
We have a lot of options for framing of stretched canvas pictures, please see them here.

For long distance shipping, however, we don’t recommend stretched frames. They don’t bear the hardship of being shipped around the world (temperature changes, being squeezed or thrown around) too well - so if you plan on ordering from afar, we’d suggest a canvas print in a roll. Canvas stretching is a very common procedure that is done in most framing shops around the world, where they follow basically the same standards. This leads to a better result, and a much lower shipping cost as well.