How to Frame Pictures

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Decorating the walls of your house is an exciting task to complete. However, figuring out how to frame your photos or artwork before displaying them can be another story. Learn how to frame a picture professionally from the experts at FrameStore.

Things to Consider When Framing Artwork

Materials

The material used in the frame will determine how long your picture will withstand the test of time. To preserve your artwork long-term, you will want to invest in high-quality, acid-free mattings, frame backs and backing paper, frames, etc. Use UV-protected glass to prevent your photo from becoming stained or faded over time.

Preservation of your artwork is key to enjoying it for years to come. When you work with our framers, we’ll explain your options for how to frame pictures with quality materials and help you choose the one that will best meet your needs.

Keep Your Artwork Intact

Artists pour their heart and soul into their art. They use special tools, paper, and designs to ensure the work is perfect. One of your main goals in framing the artwork is to keep it completely intact. A high-quality frame will ensure the picture stays in good condition and holds its value.

Frame Style

Choose a frame that will protect your artwork. Frames that do not provide a barrier between your photo and the glass will cause damage. Humidity and paper expansion create issues when the image is pressed directly against the glass covering. Choose a frame with a matte or square corner block that pushes the picture away from the glass, leaving it with room to breathe.

Mount Board

The mount board grade is vital to the preservation of your artwork. When seeking how to frame pictures for long-term enjoyment, keep the grades in mind. 

Museum Grade — highest quality intended for permanent framing.

Conservation Grade — mid-level quality with chemically treated materials for extended use.

Standard Grade — lowest level quality board not intended for prolonged use or valuable artwork.

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Putting Your Picture Frame Together

The order in which you should frame your picture is: 

  • Frame
  • Glass
  • Matte
  • Hinged artwork on mounting board
  • Frame back
  • Frame backing paper
  • Place the hinge along the top and allow the frame to hang naturally

How to Professionally Frame Your Picture

If you are looking for a company to design, frame, and preserve your artwork, call FrameStore. Our framing experts will help create the perfect frame for your artwork. We specialize in bringing your vision to life. Come to one of our seven locations today, and let FrameStore show you how to frame your pictures!

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