Bespoke Stretcher Bars
Don't be limited to ready cut stretcher bars sold by the inch, we manufacture stretcher bars on the premises, cut to your exact sizes. We are happy to cut your stretcher frames to the mm or 1/16 of an inch. There is no minimum order and we complete orders within a few days. We have been supplying bespoke stretcher bars to individuals and businesses across the country for over 21 years and are happy to supply to trade or retail customers.
If you've bought an unstretched canvas, be it painted or printed, we can cut stretchers for it and supply you with them or stretch it for you. Get your art out of the tube and onto the wall!
Simply measure your picture from edge to edge if you want white sides or allow for gallery wrap style stretching by deducting width of stretcher bars. Order the exact size you want in inches or cm. Stretcher bars are sold in pairs and centre and cross bars are recommended for sides over 36". We are happy to advise on centre and cross bars. Prices are rounded up to the nearest inch.
We use kiln dried pine, milled in the UK to our specifications. Traditional joints and wedges mean that your stretched canvas can be adjusted quickly and easily to restore canvas tension unlike modern cheap mitred stretcher bars which have no allowance for adjusting tension.
Our standard stretcher bar is 19 mm deep and 43 mm wide and made of kiln dried pine. Two sets can be screwed together to make a double thickness stretcher of 38mm depth. We recommend centre bars on stretchers over 36” and cross bars where both sides exceed 36”. We cut stretchers to your specifications, from 15 cm to 300 cm. We are limited only by the length of the stretcher bar so can cut over sized stretchers for you.
Special Sized Stretched Canvasses
If you require a special size stretched canvas, we can cut the stretcher bars for you. We can supply these with traditional tacks or staples on the side or stapled on the back with clean sides for gallery wrap style canvas. We supply businesses and individuals with single sets or quantity. Trade discounts are available for bulk and business orders.
- We use kiln dried pine for our stretchers.
- All of our stretchers are priced per pair, not individually.
- All stretchers come with ply wedges.
For traditional stretching where the canvas is to be framed, you need to check that horizons are straight and the signature will be visible. You can order smaller size stretcher bars to give you more allowance for positioning the image correctly.
For white sides on your canvas, simply measure from edge to edge of the image.
For gallery wrap style canvas with the image wrapped around, you need to deduct the width of both stretcher bars. We usually deduct 1.75" from the image size to allow for width of canvas and alignment.
Centre bars and Cross bars
Where the sides of a canvas exceed 36"/90cm you need to strengthen the bar, a centre bar will prevent overstretching the canvas and the stretcher bar bowing. When both sides exceed 36"/90cm a cross bar is required. Variations of these are required depending on the overall size of the canvas. We are happy to advise.
Order your stretcher bars
Order your stretcher bars in whatever size you need them. We accept orders in metric or imperial sizes. Stretcher bars are cut to your specific sizes and requirements. We are happy to help. Please email your order at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone or fax on 01702 616768. We will advise on centre bar requirements and pricing. We can send you a PayPal invoice or accept credit or debit card payments over the phone.
All stretchers are supplied with ply wedges. Pricing is rounded up to the nearest inch. Trade enquiries are welcome.
Cost of carriage depends on size of order. Small orders can be sent by Royal Mail - price depends on physical size and weight of order, 3-5 day carrier service from £5.95, next day delivery service from £10.
Assemble your stretcher bars and stretch your canvas
The photos below show you step by step how to stretch a canvas. We have used stretcher pliers to grip the canvas whilst stretching, these are not essential as you can do it by hand but they can make the job easier, especially if you only have a small amount of canvas to grip.
Simply slot your stretchers together. Check your stretcher frame is square by measuring across the diagonals and stretch your canvas onto the frame using staples or tacks. Put two wedges into each corner to increase the tension of the canvas. The canvas tension can decrease over time or even with changes in the weather, adjust the wedges quickly and easily to restore the appearance of your canvas.
Please contact us on 01702 616768 or by email to discuss your requirements or for prices.