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Custom-Made Canvases: 10 Myths Debunked

user iconby Maria Johnsonclock icon5 Minutescalender icon2023-12-31

Custom-made canvases are expensive, bulky, and quick to fade – are any of these claims true? Find out in our new canvas print myth debunker!

Here at we think canvas prints are the perfect solution if you’re looking to freshen up your interior space. And we know that there’s a huge number of people out there who are intrigued by canvas, but who’ve never quite made up their minds to invest in their first print.

There are quite a few common misconceptions about canvas wall art. And if your mouse keeps hovering over that purchase button without clicking, you could have been influenced by one or more of them yourself. In our new two articles, we’re going to debunk the 10 most widespread canvas print myths. We list the first 5 here – read on!


Myth #1: Canvas Prints Are Expensive

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The origins of this myth lie in the distant past, back when the only artworks on canvas were expensive oil paintings. But things have changed! Nowadays top-quality canvas wall art isn’t just for the social elite – thanks to modern printing technologies, you can buy photo canvas prints that give you all the wow factor of a classic painting but at a small fraction of the cost.

For example, here at you can find smaller-format canvas prints for the price of just a few cups of coffee. We mean it – our most affordable canvas, the dinky but adorable 8” x 8” print, can be yours for just $5!

Myth #2: Canvas Prints Can’t Be Customized

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To dispel this myth, you need to know one important fact about canvas printing: there are two types of canvas prints. The first type are printed in large quantities and bought ready-made from all-purpose home decor stores. The second type are made to order using the images of your choice and sold by specialist providers. There’s really a world of difference between the two, because the first type are mass-produced while the second type are custom products – complete one-offs.

Buy a custom photo print from a reputable provider like and you have totally free rein with your image choice: a family portrait, pet photo, vacation snap, any precious moment captured on camera. You can invest in a custom canvas and know you’ll never see the same picture at a local café or a friend’s apartment – because every print is unique.

Myth #3: Canvas Prints Are Bulky

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Compared to traditional prints on photo paper, canvas brings an appealing physicality to your photo reproductions. Each canvas comes wrapped on a wooden stretcher frame, so your print sits proudly on the wall in three dimensions. That has led some people to worry that a canvas print will be too bulky or intrusive to suit their interior design scheme. But nothing could be further from the truth!

The standard wooden frame for our prints is just three-quarters of an inch deep – thick and sturdy enough to take the weight of the canvas, but slim enough to ensure an elegant, unobtrusive look once your print’s on the wall. What’s more, the lightweight spruce wood we use for all our frames means your prints are light enough to hang just about anywhere.

Myth #4: Canvas Prints Need a Lot of Display Space

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Whether you’re looking for a print to fill a smaller wall space, or you want a single statement piece for a matchbox bedroom, canvas prints have the versatility to suit your needs. At we have more than 20 canvas sizes available. And our smallest prints – think 8" x 8", 12" x 12" and 10" x 12" – are just perfect for filling those little decor gaps, or making a big statement in a little space. They come at great accessible prices too!

So no, you don’t need a big cavernous room to display your photo wall art. That said, if you ARE in the market for a big showstopper print, look no further. Our range of size formats stretches all the way up to 40” x 60” (!) so we’ve got you covered if you need a centerpiece for a big dining hall or entertaining space.

Myth #5: Canvas Prints Aren’t Durable

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You might have heard stories of colors getting washed out with the passing years, or canvas that was once stretched taut starting to sag around the middle. These cases were always exceptions, and the corner-cutting sellers responsible are increasingly getting forced out of the market. Just choose a respected provider like and you won’t need to worry – about either the quality or the longevity of your print.

We only use HP latex inks – and we print on a super-absorbent canvas material specially designed for HP latex printing. The printed canvas is then passed on to our professional craftsmen, who stretch the material by hand over the wooden frames to achieve a perfectly taut surface. With the minimum of care, you can expect your prints to stay beautifully vivid and perfectly taut for at least 75 years.

Found our myth list useful? Want to read some more? We’ll keep debunking canvas print myths in our next article, exploring claims about print quality, hanging systems, and framing options. Stay tuned for more useful information!

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