How to stretch and frame a canvas?

How do you stretch and frame a paint by number canvas using stretcher bars? 

If you are a minimum handyman, a canvas is mounted on a wooden frame in 5 minutes shows in hand. This is how to proceed with a simple method.

Our DIY stretcher bars are the easiest way to actually hang a canvas. The wood is made of soft fibers that don't require nails or staples. Before you know it, you'll have a perfectly stretched canvas!

If you want to do it with your own stretcher bar, you can also follow this step by step guide.

Follow the steps below to see exactly how these are done:

You will need the following equipment:

1. The above picture on canvas, bought at our workshop or any canvas.

2. The 4 chassis uprights (see 5 if the canvas is larger).

3. A good stapler (or a hammer and small upholstery nails).

4. A pliers to pull the cloth (not required, but more practical).


Tools to Stretch and frame a canvas

To Mount A Painting On Canvas On A Wooden Frame

The first step is to collect the amounts. Position the beds, so that the 4 uprights of the future frame form right angles; it seems logical, but hey ... To do this, use a square, or an object that has a right angle, like a book for example.

Put a double stapler on each corner, where the frame uprights join, to assemble it. The best is to respect a 45 degree angle with the edge of the frame.

This is expand your painting on canvas, which you received in its secure cardboard tube. Place the face on the ground on a protective surface so as not to damage the paint (a blanket or tablecloth will do), and adjust the frame previously stapled to the square with the painted edges of the flip chart; there is usually an overhang of 5 to 10 cm on each side.

Stretch Canvas

The most important thing to staple the canvas on the frame is to proceed in the right order, in order to acquire an optimal tension. We start in the middle and continue with the opposite side (see diagram). So, starting from any side, fold the canvas over the frame and put in 3 staples spaced 2 to 3 centimeters apart. The first time it is better to put more than is necessary, with the practice you will use less.

Now stretch the canvas as hard as you can, by having someone else help you or by using a pair of pliers, and staple the opposite side in the same way. Do the same for the other two sides, then go to the interiors, following the order shown on the diagram. If you stretch a very wide canvas, proceed in more steps to stretch the canvas.

Corner of canvas stretched on a frame

Once the canvas is stretched, fold the corners and staple them on the back of the canvas as in the photo above.

Once done, do not hesitate to add staples between the different pre-set points, in order to complete the tour of the chassis, and thus consolidate the table.

And now, your painting on canvas is mounted on its frame, you just have to hang on the wall!