Inches to Centimeters Conversion Chart for Paintings

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Inches to Centimeters Conversion Chart for Paintings

or Metric Conversion Chart


Anyone else looking for an inches to centimeters conversion chart for artists? Lately I’ve got more frequent interest about my paintings from art collectors across the pond. Shipping internationally is expensive if the sizes are large. For this reason I’m anxious to try those Genie collapsible canvases. How nice it would be to easily package it, then my collector assembles it (it looks easy) and hangs it! However the price tag of $105 for a 36 x 48″ canvas, still has me on the fence. Has anyone used these canvases? If so, I would love your opinion.

Recently I’ve begun to list the dimensions of paintings in centimeters, as well as inches. One day I got a little tired of always getting out my tape measure to look up the size and decided to make an Inches to Centimeter chart for common stretched canvas sizes. Maybe this chart will help you too.


Inches to Centimeters Conversion Chart for Artists
Inches to Centimeters Conversion Chart for Artists






















6 Responses

  1. clinock

    Thank you for making and sharing that chart with us Deb. It will certainly save me a lot of work!

  2. graham mcquade

    Always a dangerous game Deb, – particularly with larger canvases. I reinforce with wood struts, but that adds weight and cost, but they’re not the most robust of things. When I have shipped to the US I have not shipped the frame and rolled up the painting – but I am talking watercolours.
    In the UK I have shipped WCs in their frame with glass many times . Once one got the glass broken, but I was trying out lighter packaging – a mistake I wont repeat. I have even successfully shipped ceramics in the UK.
    One thing you could consider is painting on large rolls of 90lb WC paper – you could mount these on frames to sell locally or roll them up for shipment, or as you say, get a big roll of canvas and mount and stretch on your own stretcher and then undo it when necessary. I make some of my own stretched canvasses and the process is quite easy once you’ve done it a few times.

    • Deb B

      Good points Graham. Luckily I have shipped delicate (3-4mm walled) woodturnings and carvings all over the world for the last 15 years without incidence. BUT, I have yet to ship a large canvas OUT of the continental US. So far all my shipments have gone well, but there’s always a first time! I too have used wood front/back to protect the painting and it was costlier, however we used my clients FedEx account. Most people don’t have a personal account for their shipping needs and with that in mind I like the idea of painting on stretched canvas and then rolling up for delivery in a tube. I love your idea of the 90# WC, I have some full sheets of Arches in the studio and I also want to try the large sheets (26 x 40) of Yupo (144#) as an alternative too. Then it can be rolled and framed easily. It would be nice to give collectors more options, that’s why those Genie canvases are so intriguing to me. No fuss, or framing or restretching for them. Great ideas Graham, thanks. So much to do, so little time…

  3. The Crazy Crone

    I have to be honest – in Australia, the UK and here in North Cyprus, measurements are in cms and metres. Bryan handles them well as he used them every day on the high rise construction sites he worked on in Perht but me? I loathe metric and I still work in inches and feet. I can’t visualise metric sizes but I can inches and feet, so that’s what I’m sticking to!

    • Deb B

      Hi Mo! You know, things would be so much easier if they were just one way or the other. I’m about to revise this chart soon – with larger canvas sized measurements!

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