“How do I Pick the right canvas for my mural project?” is the most common question we receive at LakeArts.

This is always our answer;
Always choose your canvas size from the list of standard canvas sizes LakeArts offers. To ensure you order the right canvas size, select the size that best represents the finished dimensions of your project.

1. Measure your project’s shortest dimension and call that your “width”.
2. Measure or calculate the long dimension or “length” required, usually 3 yards (9 feet) or 6 yards (18 feet) or perhaps longer.
3. Choose the closest, larger, canvas size from the many standard dimension canvases products LakeArts has to offer.
** LakeArts does not custom cut any canvas.**

The widest primed cotton canvas we can supply is 144 inches (twelve feet) in width. 123 Dixie, primed cotton duck canvas shrinks about one inch per foot. Actual shrinkage will vary depending on how much moisture is applied to the front while painting and what application method is used to affix your finished mural to the wall.

The widest poly canvas rolls LakeArts offers are 126″ (about ten and one half feet) in width.

LakeArts suggests a poly or poly blend canvas material for your mural. Polymural canvas will not shrink like traditional cotton canvas.

If you follow this formula, you will always have the right canvas for your mural project.


Because individual mural applications can vary greatly in different areas of the country LakeArts offers no specific recommendation for any individual mural project or installation. For individual installation recommendations it is best to contact either a reputable wallpaper supplier or an experienced, professional wallpaper installer in your area. In order to research general installation technique information you can try doing a web search for “mural installation methods”.

About PRIMED CANVAS.  All our canvas is all media primed with acrylic gesso

Gesso is important because it gets the canvas ready for painting.  Gesso is similar to white acrylic paint. It dries hard and prepares the surface for painting, making the surface ready to accept paint. Without gesso, the paint would soak into the weave of the canvas.