FRAME YOUR ART WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

These five companies make it easy
  1. American Frame
    For a standard, rectangular 10”x10” frame, American Frame sells a wallet-friendly $19 option. While it does offer the option to have art custom framed and matted, the company also offers how-to assembly tutorials for each of its products, so you can try it for yourself!
  2. Art to Frame
    If you have two pieces that belong side-by-side, Brooklyn, New York-based Art to Frame won’t make you separate them. In addition to traditional one-subject frames, the Brooklyn-based company offers collage-style frames that mount two or more artworks together.
  3. Framebridge
    The good folks at Maryland, Baltimore-based Framebridge allow you send in your art—they’ll take care of shipping both ways—but also understand if you’re feeling especially protective of your new piece: The company will also build a custom frame based on any image you upload to their site. Pricing for a 5”x5” square (read: Instagram-friendly) photo is a flat $39, while a 16”x20” piece will run you $99.
  4. Framed & Matted
    From flat, rectangular frames to rounded, contoured ones, Framed & Matted offers a selection of simple wooden styles for any sort of artwork. In addition, the company allows burgeoning collectors (like yourself perhaps?) to select from a number of colored mats—if you’re split between two hues, the company will send both for free so you can make the right decision.
  5. Simply Framed
    No matter what it is, you don’t want your precious artwork to suffer from sun damage while it’s on display. Hanging your work in a shady corner is one solution, but starting with the right frame is probably a better one. Simply Framed is based in Florida (The Sunshine State!) and makes custom frames with a plexiglass cover that filters about 85% of UV rays, so your art is protected.