A popular décor trend, stretched canvas prints come in all shapes and sizes, patterns, pics and even words.
At Orms, we can print whatever your heart desires directly onto canvas: from holiday snaps to old family photos, graphic designs, inspirational quotes, your children’s art … the list is endless! After printing, we stretch the flat canvas over a 23 or 50 mm thick wooden frame so that it is ready for hanging.
Canvas prints are a versatile way to decorate your home because even if the prints don’t match 100%, they’ll still look as if they go together if they’re all printed on canvas. You can achieve the same trick by choosing the same style of framing for flat canvases!
Stretched Canvas vs Unstretched Canvas: What’s The Difference?
Stretched canvas prints are printed and then stretched around a frame, whereas unstretched canvas prints are simply printed onto a flat piece of canvas, which can then be rolled up and transported easily. Generally speaking, most people will opt for Stretched Canvas Printing, because it represents a complete product which can be hung upon arrival at your home or exhibition.
Best Canvas Printing in Cape Town:
It’s no secret that we pride ourselves on the exceptional quality of our Canvas Prints. Blessed with highly qualified experts who boast years of experience, we have established ourselves as the most reliable Canvas Printers in Cape Town.
Ordering Canvas Prints Online:
Although our factory is based in Cape Town, we offer door-to-door delivery throughout South Africa for any Canvas Print ordered from Orms Print Room & Framing. To take advantage of this nation-wide service, you can either email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us directly on 086 166 6767.
Standard canvas: The inks are archival, guaranteeing longevity, however the canvas is not.
Premium canvas: Both the canvas and the inks used are archival; the print is guaranteed to last between 80–100 years, with the exception of direct sunlight, storage and most importantly, the way the prints are handled.
5–7 working days, including stretching.
Standard: Satin Canvas
- Great for images with a lot of black.
- Satin finish.
- Water resistant.
- 350 g/m2.
- Max. print size: 1500 x 18 m.
- Printed on the Epson Stylus Pro GS600.
Recommended framing solution: Canvas can be stretched over a 23 mm or 50 mm thick stretcher frame in white or black, or your image can wrap around the sides (or mirror). We also offer a ready-to-hang option that is on a 40 mm stretcher bar.
Premium: EPSON Water-resistant Matte Canvas
- Great for images where texture is required to come through.
- Ideal for photographic and fine art reproductions.
- Exhibition grade.
- Finest image quality on canvas.
- Matte finish.
- Durable blend: 65% polyester, 35% cotton.
- Heavyweight, using a tight weave.
- 375 g/m2.
- Max. print size: 1380 mm x 10 m.
- Printed on the Epson Stylus Pro 11880.
Recommended framing solution: Canvas can be stretched over a 23 mm or 50 mm thick stretcher frame in white or black, or your image can wrap around the sides (or mirror).
Our range includes set and custom sizes, stretched and unstretched prints.
Your print is stretched onto our ready-made, 40 mm thick frames, available in the following set sizes:
- 200 x 200 mm
- 300 x 300 mm
- 400 x 400 mm
- 600 x 600 mm
We offer custom printing and stretching of canvas prints to almost any size.
- Standard canvas: 1500 x 15 m max. print size.
- Premium canvas: 1380 mm x 10 m max. print size.
Canvas Printing Prices (All test prints: R100)
|Size||30 mm Ready-to-hang Canvas*||Standard Canvas||Premium Canvas||23 mm
|A4 (297 x 210 mm)||R199||R117||R 163||R129||R156|
|A3 (420 x 297 mm)||R249||R147||R 223||R177||R214|
|A2 (594 x 420 mm)||R399||R289||R 372||R242||R290|
|A1 (841 x 594 mm)||R495||R389||R 660||R334||R398|
|A0 (1189 x 841 mm)||R899||R702||R 1348||R557||R685|
|200 x 200 mm||R199||R106||R 141||R106||R129|
|300 x 300 mm||R253||R130||R 189||R129||R179|
|400 x 400 mm||R297||R174||R 265||R196||R235|
|500 x 500 mm||-||R219||R 352||R239||R288|
|600 x 600 mm||R349||R293||R 485||R283||R336|
|700 x 700 mm||-||R372||R 622||R327||R391|
|800 x 800 mm||-||R445||R 767||R368||R543|
|900 x 900 mm||-||R591||R 1012||R409||R604|
|1000 x 1000 mm||-||R704||R 1348||R458||R676|
*A ready-to-hang canvas is the complete product i.e. your canvas print stretched on a 30 mm frame. These only come in the sizes listed above.
**Price includes frame.
Q&A with Ellie de Beer
- Printing Specialist
Can I order a custom-sized canvas as opposed to the standard A-sizes?
Yes! I can print and stretch any custom-sized canvases. However, there are maximum print sizes for our two canvas options:
- Standard canvas: 1500 x 1500 mm
- Premium canvas: 1380 mm x 10 m
What is the difference between Standard and Premium Canvas?
Our standard canvas has a smooth, satin finish, whereas our premium canvas is a fine art canvas with a matte finish.
What is the difference between stretched and unstretched canvas?
A stretched canvas has been stretched around a frame, where as an unstretched canvas is the flat piece of canvas.
What is ready-to-hang canvas?
This is a complete canvas product, your canvas print stretched on a 30 mm stretcher frame, that can be hung directly onto the wall by the frame.
What is a stretcher frame?
This is the wooden frame around which the canvas print is stretched.
What are 23 and 50 mm stretcher frames?
These are the different frame thicknesses I use for customised canvas sizes – once your canvas has been printed, you can choose to have it stretched on a 23 or 50 mm frame. These frames are sold separately from the flat canvas.
What wood do you use for the 23 and 50 mm stretcher frames?
They are cut from Obeche wood, also known as African Maple.
How far from the wall will my canvas stand out?
The size of the stretcher frame, 23 mm, 30 mm or 50mm, is the distance that your canvas will stand out from the wall.
Will the colours on my canvas print be the same as what I see on my monitor?
I try to ensure that your canvas print is as close as possible to the colours you see on your monitor but I cannot guarantee an exact colour match. That’s why I always recommend running a test print, especially with large canvas jobs, to make sure you’re happy with the colour before the whole job is finished.
Will my canvas fade over time?
The longevity of your printed canvas depends on the type of canvas you choose. While the inks we use are archival; satin canvas is not archival whereas premium canvas is archival. The print may fade and the inks discolour after 70–100 years if kept away from direct sunlight.
How do I clean my canvas?
It’s important to remember the type of canvas you’ve chosen:
- Premium canvas: dust it with a soft, dry cloth. Never use a damp cloth.
- Satin canvas: dust it with a soft, dry cloth. If your canvas requires deeper cleaning you can use damp cloth.
What printers and inks do you use?
- Standard Canvas: Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 using Epson UltraChrome eco-solvent inks.
- Premium Canvas: Epson Stylus Pro 11880 using Epson UltraChrome K3 inks.
What does eco-solvent mean?
Eco-solvent means the inks are safe for home use and don’t leave an awful smell.