Framing Artwork in an Oversized Canvas

Framing a large canvas can seem like a daunting or unfamiliar task, especially if you are using a canvas float frame. Canvas float frames require a little extra attention to detail which can be amplified when framing a very large canvas.

Watch our video to see how you can DIY:

To keep the spacing even on all sides, insert scrap pieces of foam core, cardboard or mat board between the edge of the frame and the canvas painting. Whatever is done on one side must be mirrored on the remaining three sides to ensure that the canvas is centered within the frame.
Make sure to use screws that are long enough to grab onto the stretcher bars, but not too long that they will poke through the front of the canvas. Our float frames come with evenly spaced, predrilled holes to take the guesswork out of knowing where to place the screws. Once the canvas is centered in the frame, use a drill to secure the screws from the back of the frame, into the canvas stretcher bars.

Remove the scrap pieces of foam core or cardboard and flip the canvas over to add hanging hardware.

Since this is such a large canvas, we recommend using this method of wiring, so that the weight is distributed evenly and the bottom corners don’t take too much stress.

Have you ever framed a large canvas artwork piece before? What was the outcome?

See our related articles for more information:

Why Should I Frame My Canvas Painting?
Calculating the Float with a Float Frame
How to Frame a Canvas with a Canvas Floater
Canvas Clips and Offset Clips
Measuring a Canvas for Framing Artwork
Ordering an Oversized Frame
How to Choose a Frame for a Stretched Canvas
Do You Stretch Large Canvas?

AubreyK | 1/9/2015 1:32:57 PM | 4 comments
American Frame

It depends how fast you are with tools, and the size of the canvas, but anywhere from 30 mins to an hour, probably.
1/15/2015 11:09:54 AM

How long would you say the entire process is? 15 mins? 30 mins? an hour?
1/13/2015 9:26:37 AM

American Frame
Hi Adam,

It's called a ring crimper! Hope that helps.
1/12/2015 9:12:43 AM

Some really cool tools, whats the tool that is used to staple the wire hanger together?
1/9/2015 4:54:59 PM

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