DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS

* The size recommendations for the following profiles assume the maximum tension (raw canvas to be gessoed).

Basic Stretcher Bar Profile

  • Economic choice for small & medium-sized canvases
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RECOMMENDED SIZE RANGE:
6 – 36 inches
(15 – 92 cm)

Basic stretcher bar for small to medium sized stretched artist canvases

Standard Stretcher Bar Profile

  • Very popular profile used for small & medium canvas sizes
  • Adding our 1/2″ x 3″ braces for bars over 36″ provides very strong and stable support for canvases
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RECOMMENDED SIZE RANGE:
10 – 60 inches
(25 – 153 cm)

Standard stretcher bar for small and medium sized stretched artist canvases

Professional Stretcher Bar Profile

  • Thicker profile provides extra fall and more “set-back” between the canvas and stretcher frame. This feature is ideal for larger canvases and for artists who like to press hard on the canvas when applying paint.
  • 3/16″ rebate on the back of the stretcher bars allows for installation of a protective backing
  • Adding our 1/2″ x 3″ braces for bars over 36″ provides very strong and stable support for canvases
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RECOMMENDED SIZE RANGE:
10 – 72 inches
(25 – 183 cm)

Professional stretcher bar for medium and large sized stretched artist canvases

Gallery Stretcher Bar Profile

  • Economical choice for “Gallery Wrap” display of prints on canvas
  • Uses the unique single-key-per-corner design
  • Very easy to stretch
  • Adding  our regular 1/2″ x 3″ braces for bars over 36″ provides very strong and stable support for canvases
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RECOMMENDED SIZE RANGE:
6 – 60 inches
(15 – 153 cm)

Gallery wrap stretcher bar, economical choice for gallery wrapped canvases


Heavy Duty Basic Stretcher Bar Profile

  • Economical choice for medium to large-sized canvases
  • Laminated design produces very reliable, straight and stable support for canvases
  • Uses heavier 3/4″ x 3″ braces to provide necessary frame support for bars longer than 36″
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RECOMMENDED SIZE RANGE:
24 – 84 inches
(61 – 214 cm)

Heavy Duty Basic stretcher bar for medium and large sized stretched artist canvases


Heavy Duty Standard Stretcher Bar Profile

  • Most commonly used large format stretcher profile
  • Laminated design produces very reliable, straight, and stable support for canvases
  • Uses heavier 3/4″ x 3″ braces to provide necessary frame support for bars longer than 36″. In some cases, our 1-1/8″ extra-heavy-duty braces may be recommended.
  • Bars and braces longer than 96″ (240 cm) are often made in one or two sections using splice joints that are assembled with flush-mounted bolts. This makes it possible to ship large frames by courier and also allows for paintings to be folded for easier transportation once stretched.
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RECOMMENDED SIZE RANGE:
72 – 120 inches
(183 – 305 cm)

Heavy Duty Standard stretcher bar for large stretched artist canvases

Heavy Duty Professional Stretcher Bar Profile

  • Ideal for very large frames or smaller frames where very high tension is required
  • Laminated design produces very reliable, straight, and stable support for canvases
  • Thicker profile also provides extra “set-back” space between the canvas and stretcher components, a feature favoured by artists who like to press hard on the canvas when applying paint
  • Uses heavier 3/4″ x 3″ braces to provide necessary frame support for bars longer than 36″. In some cases, our 1-1/8″ extra-heavy-duty braces may be recommended.
  • Bars and braces longer than 96″ (240 cm) are often made in one or two sections using splice joints that are assembled with flush-mounted bolts. This makes it possible to ship large frames by courier and also allows for paintings to be folded for easier transportation once stretched.
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RECOMMENDED SIZE RANGE:
up to 144  inches
(up to 366  cm)

Heavy Duty Professional stretcher bar for large and extra large stretched artist canvases


“L-shaped” or “T-shaped” Extra-Deep Stretcher Bar Profile

  • Our L & T-shaped stretcher designs were developed for artists wanting extra-deep frames
  • We custom make these stretchers in thicknesses ranging from 2″ to 6″ (5 cm to 15 cm)
  • The ‘L’ & ‘T’ shapes creates a lightweight yet strong and straight stretcher
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RECOMMENDED SIZE RANGE:
12 – 84  inches
(30 – 214  cm)

L-shaped Standard stretcher bar for stretched artist canvases with an extra deep or extra thick edge

Extra Heavy Duty Standard / Professional Stretcher Bar Profile

  • For extra-large  stretchers over 120″ (300 cm) in length, we use a 3-ply laminated bar with 1-1/8″ x 3″ extra heavy duty braces to provide the necessary structural strength to provide the necessary structural strength to support a well-tensioned canvas
  • Bars and braces longer than 96″ (240 cm) are often made in one or two sections using splice joints that are assembled with flush-mounted bolts. This makes it possible to ship large frames by courier and also allows for paintings to be folded for easier transportation once stretched.
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RECOMMENDED SIZE RANGE:
10 – 20 feet
(3 – 6 meters)

 

Extra Heavy Duty Standard stretcher bar for very large stretched artist canvases

Extra Heavy-Duty Standard


Special Large Projects

  • For  frames larger than 20 feet or for projects requiring a custom design, Upper Canada Stretchers uses extra-thick bars and braces or the addition of aluminum to strengthen the frame. Please phone 1-800-561-4944 or  email us  to discuss your unique project requirements.
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RECOMMENDED SIZE RANGE:
20 feet & up
(6 meters +)

 

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Examples of custom solutions using wood and aluminum components: