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Mounting & Stretching
One of the most-said comments we hear at our stores is, "I've had this rolled up in my closet for years!" To that we say, "Get that rolled-up treasure on the wall!" Cheap Pete's offers a variety of mounting and stretching options for your posters, prints, fabric art and canvases (rolled up or not).
Mounting and stretching is a custom offering that our customers can choose for their piece, whether or not they decide to place a frame around it. Check out the options below!
Posters, Photos & More!
Acid Free Rag Preservation Mat Backing
Cotton Rag matboard is naturally acid and lignin-free, which is ideal for conservation matting AND backing. This option assures that your art or treasured photos are kept safe between the four walls of your choice picture frame.
Foamcore Backing or Mounting*
Foamcore, which comes in 1/8" and 3/16" deep, as well as in black and in white, is a standard in picture frame backing. When all you really need is a stiff material to keep your poster in place, this would be your choice!
Mounting* on foamcore is a great option to help prevent your poster from rippling or sagging over time (oh, gravity!). Using a dry mounting process, we permanently adhere your piece to the foamcore, which provides a clean look behind your frame's glass or acrylic.
Gator Board Backing
Gator Board is the stronger older sibling of our standard foamcore backing. Rather than foamcore's paper surface, Gator Board has a solid wood fiber veneer on both its back and front. We use this board to securely back larger art pieces, which have a higher tendency to ripple or sag when hanging for a long period of time.
* - Mounting is a process which permanently adheres pieces onto various substrates and is not an advisable option for original, signed and numbered art pieces. See a store associate for more details.
+ - LamiFrame Mounting no longer available. (3-2020)
Canvas & Fabric Art
Canvas stapled on the SIDES.
Standard Canvas Stretch
Standard stretches are done on canvas or fabric most often when
fitting the canvas into a custom frame. This practical method of stretching simply secures the canvas piece tightly around custom-cut stretcher bars with staples to the sides of the bars. Once the stretched canvas is placed into a custom frame, the staples are no longer visible, and you're ready to hang a beautiful work of art.
Gallery Canvas Stretch
When canvas pieces have enough allowance (space around the main image) to do a "gallery stretch", the end result is undoubtably beautiful.
This option is chosen when the sides of the stretched canvas will be exposed, whether it's a white edge or the image itself extending to the sides. Gallery stretched pieces can be hung unframed, in a float frame, or in a full-on custom frame job--it's your choice!
Canvas stapled on the BACK.