ArtHaus Custom Picture Framing



Celebrating & Preserving Life's Treasured Moments

DESIGN STUDIO HOURS: Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Serving North Texas since 2007

We use the finest pine, finger joined, stretcher bars

We do not use low quality wood that can warp in a few months or years. We will not sell any stretching material than can not stand the test of time. We carefully stretch canvas art and giclees to be straight on the bars. Stretcher bar thickness are available in 0.5, 0.75, 1 , 1.5 and 2 inches.

We provide two types of canvas stretching, gallery and studio wrap.

Gallery Wrap

This is a technique of stretching and mounting a canvas over thick wooden bars creating a sense of depth in the painting. The Gallery Wrap doesn’t have any visible staples or nails holding the canvas to the wooden stretcher.

There are two options with Gallery Wrap:

  1. Continuous Wrap - The painting is literally wrapped over the edges of the thick wooden bars creating a sense of depth to the painting

  2. Border Color - The edges can be painted with another color, either a color that continues the edges of the painting itself, or a standard color to give the painting a sense of border

For gallery wrap canvases, we recommend using 1" , 1 1/2" and 2" thick stretcher bars in order to make them strong enough to hang unframed without warping. No staples are visible.

Studio Wrap

The purpose of studio wrap stretching is to prepare the canvas for framing. This is the most common way of stretching canvas. The staples are on the side of the stretcher bar and visible.

For studio wrap, we recommend using a 3/4  or 5/8 inch thick stretcher bar.

How we Gallery Wrap small canvas panels


We prefer to have at least 1" beyond the amount of canvas it takes to cover the edge of the stretcher bar. That way, we have something to grab with the canvas pliers so that we can stretch the canvas tightly with a minimum of wrinkles. This means we prefer 2-3" from the edge of the painting. In that way, we can staple the canvas on the back. If you are stretching on a 1 1/2" to 2" deep Gallery Wrap stretcher, you will need an extra 2 1/2" to 3" all around.

There is no problem with the canvas being rolled up. Hopefully, however, the paint was not applied so thickly that it didn't crack in the process. The most common problem we run into with canvases from South America, Central America, Africa and the Caribbean, is that they were painted on stretchers that were not square to start with, on canvas that may be something as inexpensive as bed sheets, curtains or spare fabric that have been coated with gesso. In addition to not being square, they may not have left you much on the edges to re-stretch the canvas. 

The largest canvas we can stretch is 8 x 8 feet long.  Keep in mind that there may be logistical issues with a canvas that size, such as getting it through a doorway and transporting it. A truck with a big box on the back  is usually required to transport a stretched canvas of that size. 

You can, but the issue is that stretcher bars are specifically shaped, so that the canvas only rests on the rounded outer edge, with the main, flat portion falling away and tapering in thickness so that the stretcher doesn't touch the back of the canvas. Over time, if it does touch it, a line begins to appear in the painting. 

Canvas Stretching Gallery