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Art Canvas Cut Size Table 16 x 20 Gallery Wrap

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When artists buy canvas in rolls it comes in several sizes, usually 54″ or 84″ wide. One wonders from where these numbers come.
The table below is to help artists buy canvas in bulk and stretch their own canvas.
This table can help determine how many canvasses may be cut from a certain size roll.
This first table is for gallery wrapped stretchers which are 1 1/2 inches deep. This allows 7 inches wrap or 3 1/2 inches extra material on each side for tacking on the back of the stretcher.

Here is how I use this table…..The column on the left shows that I can make two 27″ cuts across a 54″ roll to make two 20″ canvasses across with no waste. The left hand column shows how far down the roll I then go without wasting material…..12 cuts at 23″ is 207″……the table at the bottom says that 6 yards is 216″ so I can make 2 x 12 or twenty four 16″ x 20″ canvasses out of a 54″ roll at 6 yards

The table also shows that if I buy the 84″ roll in the catalogue I get three across and 3 x 12 or 36 canvasses per roll

WidthLengthwrap
20167
2723Cut Size
54462
81693
108924
1351155
1621386
1891617
2161848
2432079
27023010
29725311
32427612
35129913
37832214
40534515
43236816
45939117
48641418
51343719
54046020
56748321
59450622
62152923
64855224
67557525
70259826
72962127
Yardsinches
136
272
3108
4144
5180
6216
7252
8288
9324
10360

 

This form of calculation is great but the standard sizes of roll and blankets of any cloth start with the loom. The first looms were 54″ and later came 84″. The standard sizes of canvas came from a “zero scrap” approach. I bought a blanket of linen which was 6 yards of 84″ wide material. When I unfolded it twice, it was 84″ x 54″….by making one cut I produced 4 pieces at 54″ x 84″. By folding and cutting twice more I had 32 pieces of 27″ x 22″ linen and no scrap. These pieces could be used to make either 16″ x 20″ gallery wrap or 18″ x 24″ standard stretched canvasses.

If you lay the blanket on the floor you will see that the folds have been made in such a way that measurements are often not necessary. Those funny looking numbers, 54 and 84 are carefully designed to waste little or no material.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy stretching.

 

david michael jackson…[email protected]