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Amersfoort Art

Gallery Art lease Framing shop

Stretched paintings

Do you have a (rolled up) painting and want it stretched? Below we explain how to do this. Would you rather leave it to professionals? Please make an appointment with us and bring the artwork to us. We will then give you an indication of costs and options.

Stretching a canvas/canvas can be quite a work. Here are the steps to stretch a canvas:

Materials needed (for sale in our store):

  • Canvas
  • Muscle frame with skewers
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Scissors/knife
  • Collet (optional)
  • Hanging hooks


  • Step 1: Assemble the stretcher bars. Lay the stretcher bars on a flat surface and place them together to form a rectangular frame. Make sure the corners are square and the frame is the right size for your canvas.
  • Step 2: Place the canvas on a flat surface, with the side you want to paint facing down. Place the muscle frame on top of the canvas and make sure it is centered.
  • Step 3: Fold one edge of the canvas over the muscle frame and not it in the center of the frame, about 2.5 cm from the edge. Repeat on the opposite edge, pulling the canvas taut as you go. Make sure the canvas is straight and smooth while stapling.
  • Step 4: Moving to the sides of the frame, fold the canvas over the stretcher bars and not in the middle of each side. Again, make sure the canvas is tight and smooth.
  • Step 5: Continue stapling along each side, working from the center to the corners. Use canvas pliers (if available) to help you grip and pull the canvas tight. Along the way, make sure to keep the canvas straight and smooth.
  • Step 6: Once all four sides are stapled, cut off the excess canvas with scissors and screw a saw tooth hanger or hanging system behind the painting.

Your canvas is now ready to hang. Did you know that a work of art can be shown to its best advantage with a frame? Make an appointment in our frame shop and get inspired and advised.