How To Fit Canvas To Frame

One of the top questions often asked in the art community is “How do I properly size a canvas for a frame?” This step is essential when exhibiting your masterpiece, whether it be for a gallery exhibition or adorning your walls at home. In this post, we will walk you through each step of fitting a canvas into a frame.

Materials Needed:

  • A Frame
  • Your Canvas Art
  • Hammer
  • Canvas Pliers
  • Picture Frame Offset Clips
  • Small Nails or Screws


Step 1: Select the Right Frame

Firstly, you need to choose the right frame for your canvas. The frame size should be identical to the canvas size. If the canvas is 16×20 inches, for instance, the frame should also be 16×20 inches.

Step 2: Position the Canvas in the Frame

Place the canvas into the frame. Make sure it’s positioned correctly and evenly. The frame’s edges should align perfectly with the canvas’ edges.

Step 3: Secure the Canvas to the Frame

Use the canvas pliers to hold the canvas in place while you secure it to the frame. This can be done using picture frame offset clips. Position the clips around the edge of the frame, spaced evenly apart.

Step 4: Install the Clips

The offset clips will need to be installed by screwing them into the frame. Here’s a snippet of code that shows how to use the hammer and nails/screws.

Procedure to install the clips:

1. Position the offset clip over the edge of the frame (overlapping the canvas).
2. Hold the clip in place.
3. Use the hammer to gently tap the nail or screw through the hole in the clip and into the frame.

Repeat this process for all the clips around the frame.

Ensure that the canvas is firm and secure in the frame. If it’s loose, consider adding more clips.

Step 5: Check the Fit

Finally, check to make sure that the canvas fits perfectly into the frame. The artwork should be flush with the frame and there should be no gaps.


Fitting a canvas into a frame may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and a bit of patience, you can do it yourself at home. Remember, the goal is to enhance your artwork and present it in the best possible way. So take your time to make sure everything fits perfectly. Happy framing!