First, measure the thickness of the canvas. This is important because we offer a variety of canvas float frames that also differ in depths, so choose a frame that has a depth that is appropriate for your tastes (some people prefer the canvas to sit into the frame and not stick out further than the depth, while other people might prefer their canvas to stick out).
A note about measuring to order the frame: When measuring the canvas, be sure to measure for the folds. The areas where the canvas is folded over (usually at the top and bottom) can sometimes add up to ¼” to the overall measurement. If you measure the stretcher bar before the canvas is attached, the finished canvas will not fit inside the float frame properly.
If you’d prefer a relief around the canvas, be sure to measure your finished canvas plus add in the additional amount for the relief on all sides. Example: if the canvas measures 12 ¼ x 12 and you’d like a ¼” relief on each side, the frame size you would need to order is: 12 ¾ x 12 ½.