Pairing Canvas Floater Frames With Stretcher Bars and Pre-stretched Canvases

Canvas floater frames, which create the illusion of the canvas “floating" within the frame, are an elegant way to enhance your gallery wrapped artwork. Canvas floater frames are a great way to showcase large, striking pieces of artwork—there is no frame to detract from the work itself.

In addition to a selection of wood and metal canvas floater frames, Frame Destination sells several different types of stretcher bar frames to create your own unique wrapped canvases. Many of our customers—themselves artists or photographers—stretch their own canvases. One of questions they frequently ask Frame Destination is, “Which floater frame goes with this stretcher frame?"

To help answer that question, we have created an easy-to-use table that demonstrates which floater frames to use with which stretcher bar frames—and it’s less confusing than you might think!

For customers that have their own store-bought canvases and would like to pair them with one of our floater frames, there is a separate column that indicates the various thicknesses of commercial pre-stretched standard canvases; you can use this to determine which Frame Destination floater frame they pair best with.

Frame Destination Canvas Floater Frame Frame Destination Stretcher Bar Frames Commercial Pre-stretched Standard Canvas
F120 S260, S320 1 1/2", 1 3/4"
F140 S150, S280 2"
F306 S110, S120, S130 3/4", 7/8", 1"
F340 S140, S320, S260 1", 1 1/2"
F357 S110, S120, S130 5/8", 1/2", 3/4"
F361 S260, S320 1 1/2", 1 3/4"
M013 S110, S120, S130 5/8", 1/2", 3/4"
M014 S140, S260, S320 1", 1 1/2"

After you have found your matching canvas floater frame, the question often turns into something else: “Should I choose a metal or wood canvas floater frame?" That question can’t be answered with a simple table, unfortunately, but it can be answered by your own aesthetic.

Because canvas floater frames are not readily apparent when hung, the difference is minimal—but there is a difference. Metal always lends a more modern feel perfect for more abstract paintings, while wood imparts a traditional vibe. Regardless of choice, whichever you choose, our handy canvas floater frame size table guarantees the perfect fit.

About the author

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Joely Rogers is the vice president of Frame Destination and has been with the company since its inception. She is interested in all aspects of the artist's life - art history, subject matter research, creativity, media exploration and art techniques, the business of art, art preservation and conservation, and framing and display. Joely is a lifelong artist and paints daily. Her personal website is www.joelycrogers.com.

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