FRAME YOUR ART WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK
These five companies make it easy
- •American FrameFor 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!
- •Art to FrameIf 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.
- •FramebridgeThe 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.
- •Framed & MattedFrom 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.
- •Simply FramedNo 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.