Picture frames online: The ultimate buying guide
So you need something framing and are looking at picture frames online, but you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we are here to help. This article will explain what you need to take into account when you are choosing, hanging and caring for your frames.
Stage One: Choosing your frame
There are a wide variety of things you need to take into account when you are choosing custom picture frames. Every custom frame that we sell is available in a variety of sizes which means you no longer need to try and shoehorn your picture into a frame that is too small, or even worse, trim off parts of your picture so that you can get it in.
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Stage Two: Buying your frame
Size and orientation are really important when it comes to buying your custom picture frame, especially if you are supplying us with the measurements. Correct measurements are vital as our framers will then make sure your picture sits inside your frame perfectly.
The most common sizes for picture frames are:
3 x 5 inch
15 x 20 cm
4 x 6 inch
10 x 15 cm
5 x 3.5 inch
20 x 25 cm
5 by 7 inch
20 x 30 cm
6 x 8 inch
30 x 40 cm
8 x 10 inch
45 x 60 cm
10 x 12 inch
50 x 60 cm
11 x 14 inch
12 x 16 inch
16 x 20 inch
20 x 24 inch
20 x 30 inch
24 x 36 inch
27 x 40 inch
When you enter the size of your picture into our made to measure frames page, you will need to provide the exact measurements – in mm, cm or inches.
If you want to convert your size from inches to inches, or cm to mm then please follow the instructions below:
It is important to remember that we make the frame to fit your picture, so the size you enter will not represent the actual height and width of the frame on the wall I.e., the external dimensions of the frame. If you do need the frame to fit a specific area, then please let us know that when you place the order.
Stage Three: What are you intending to frame?
The item you are intending to frame, will also have an effect on the frame you will buy, as follows:
Any artwork which has been completed on paper will be sensitive to its surroundings, so things such as changes of temperature, exposure to light and restriction of movement can all cause damage which will show as fading and wrinkling
To help prevent this happening we would recommend framing a picture using a mount and some type of glazing. Mounts help prevent your picture from touching the glazing, and so if you are framing an oil painting, for example, you need to ensure you order a thicker mount to take this into account.
Mounts also allow the air to circulate, which prevents condensation from building, which can lead to mould and mildew developing over time. If your painting is on a thin piece of paper or card, then amount will also help strengthen this.
If you have an oil or acrylic painting that has been completed on canvas, then there is no need for you to frame it with glass or plexiglass. You should make sure, however, that the finished piece has been varnished to protect it from UV rays.
Digital prints and photographs can release a gas for a certain amount of time after they have been printed, and this can cause a deposit to build up on the back of whatever material they have been glazed with. To prevent this from happening, we would recommend that you leave at least a week between printing your photograph and placing it in a frame.
Limited edition prints are expensive to buy and so should be treated carefully using conservation grade materials such as acid-free mounts and barrier boards.
Stage Four: Frame Colour
When it comes to frame colour, there are lots of different things that you will need to take into account, including:
As you can see, there are a lot of things to take into account when choosing a picture frame – whether you want a custom frame or cheap picture frames UK. The team here at Frames are experts in picture framing though, and we are happy to help. Just email us at [email protected] or call us on 0208 015 1058 between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.
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