2021 Common Questions About Picture framing

2021 Common Questions About Picture framing

Whether you love hanging art or you're a seasoned collector, adding frames to the pictures gives them a stunning dimension. Framing art seems expensive and often flies under the radar.

If you don't want to fail the task, you need to know everything about adding art to frames. It includes details like the size, type, and color of your frame. Even knowing the right way to mount the frame is essential and can upgrade the piece's real feel and look.

Thus, if you're interested in exploring how you can alter the entire space's mood, here is a guide that answers all your common questions about framing.

Answers All Your Questions About Pictures framing

1. How to Add Art to Frames

Preparing for your gallery exhibition begins with choosing your favorite work to display. It is all about selecting the pieces of artwork that make the best contrast or combination. They must become an attractive package for the viewers and attract their attention.

How to Add Art to Frames

» The Perfect Fit

As the name suggests, the method is for the arts that can easily slide into a frame. It can cover different items you commonly frame, including posters, art prints, and posters that don't include any matting. You need to follow standard instructions to assemble and match the art perfectly with your frame's cover and backing.

» T-Hinge Method

This method is suitable for art with matting. It includes a mat board, which means you might have to consider a little extra when adding art or a poster to a frame. The T- hinge method is one way to mount your art to any matboard and keep it secure and centered.

To add to your frames using T -Hinge method, you need to;

  • Measure the size of the poster
  • Order a frame tape or use an acid-free framing tape
  • Position the artwork face up on a flat surface
  • Use a non-abrasive item as a weight to keep the art piece in place
  • Position the mat board over your art to keep it in the center
  • Press down the piece at the top to adhere to the board by using tape
  • Place two pieces of tape over the top and create a "T" shape. It will help hold the art against the matboard
  • Add the art and matting into the frame

» The H-Mount Method

The method is perfect for float artwork. It adds a ¼ overlap to your frames to keep the art in place, whether it is the frame's edge or lip. However, if you have some important details or information near the edge, or you like the art in the frame's center, you may skip overlapping. To add H-Mount art to frames you need;

  • Measure the art size
  • Order a frame tape or use an acid-free framing tape
  • Order a separate piece of matboard to make a colored backing. It should not have an opening to fit the desired size of the artwork. Match the outside dimensions with the art size.
  • Decide the place you want to position the artwork on the backing.
  • Create an "H" by cutting three tape pieces and sticking side up with the one piece. Use smaller pieces for other sides.
  • Add the artwork into the frame

2. What Are The General Components of a Frame?

As mentioned above, knowing the basics is always important to understand the components you have to work with. You must have sufficient knowledge about the frame and its hardware before you add art to the frame. Here are some general components that can help you make the most of artwork and framing.

» The Frame

The frame is the critical component that displays your artwork. Note that frames with different materials such as metal and wood may have slightly different requirements for assembly. Although they don't differ in style, shape, and color, you need to consider material and construction.

What Are The General Components of a Frame

» Frame Hardware

These items are essential to keep an artwork conveniently fit in the frame.

Flexi point Tabs-

The tabs are on the back of your wood frames. They can hold the artwork or poster and its backing inside to keep it from falling out. They come installed on the wood frames and don't need assembling.

Spring Clips-

The clips are for removing all the extra space in the metal frame's rabbet. You need spring clips to keep the frame's content from flopping around and damaging the art. You can easily add them to the frame by sliding them into the channel.

» Cover

The cover is what covers the frame. It can be acyclic or glass (if you want something more decadent). But glass is fragile and more prone to damage than acrylic, which is thicker and blocks UV light.

» Backing

The backing is usually 3/16" thick and helps you preserve the art. This lightweight support goes at the back of the frame.

» Rabbet

Rabbet refers to the frame's internal portion that fits everything from cover, art, and back into it. You may consider it a little burrow of your artwork. Thicker rabbets are bigger with ample space to accommodate.

If you have thicker art such as 3D objects, go for shadow box frames as they come with massive rabbets. Thinner pieces, on the other hand, use frames with smaller rabbets. The depth of your frame also includes cover, backing, and matting.

This is the reason your metal frames often have ¼ thickness for the artworks. It comprises matting, backing, and cover, so if the frame includes a single mat, 3/16" is the thinness limit.

» Matboard

Matboard, though are optional, can exude a decorative aesthetic to any framed art. People use matboard to accent a specific color scheme in the artwork. It makes the art more prominent and noticeable.

3. What Materials Might You Need?

The given items are necessary for the art to get into the frame.

» Art or Artwork

Of course, you need the art to make a frame.

» A Right Size of Frame

The right picture frame size is the key to fit the artwork. Custom framing makes a better option as you can get the ideal size designed according to your artwork size. Make sure the frame size matches the artwork to achieve the look you want. You can consult a frame designer to get the exact "height and width" of your art.

» Hanging Hardware

You need a few additional things to hang the art on the wall, such as

Hook: the mount in the wall to hang off the frame

Nail: to hold the hook

Hanging Wire: it is behind the of the frame to hang off the hook

Framer's Tape

You need framer's tape to mount prints for making a frame. It is adhesive and different from regular tape. The tape doesn't use acid; therefore, it will not damage or degrade the art over time. It is moisture-proof and comes with a non-porous filming backing that adds to its durability.

4. Basic Framing Steps

The given steps are pretty much covers everything you need to do to frame your art regardless of the type you want.

Step 1: Measure the Art

One of the most important steps is to measure the art correctly.

Step 2: Buy the Right Size Frame

After measuring, the next step is to find the frame that matches the size of your art. While you can choose a standard sized frame of "8X10" if you don't want to preserve the art for long, purchasing custom frames allows you to personalize everything such as color, size, and matting choices.

Step 3: Dismantle the Frame

Dismantling the frame is essential to fit your art into it. The process may vary depending on the framer you choose. Generally, metal frames require more dismantling as you need to remove the rail by unscrewing the brackets.

Step 4: Add the Artwork

This is perhaps the most exciting step. Put or adjust your artwork between the backing and cover of the frame. Don't forget to remove the protective film from the sides.

Step 5: Reassemble or Rebuild the Frame

Frame reassembling comes after you have popped the art. Depending on the type of frame you have, you may or may not put extra efforts to reassemble it. Once you have the artwork in the frame, you need to bend down the tabs, tie the wires and hang it on the wall.

However, reassembling a metal frame may need you to re-screw the brackets and secure everything after adding the spring clips.

Step 6: Display and Enjoy the Feel

The final step is the most satisfying. Display your complete frame by hanging it on the wall.

Display your art and Enjoy the Feel

5. What Kind of Art Are You Looking To Frame

Posters, photos, documents, puzzles, thicker art, textiles, prints, and drawing, there is plenty of options you can choose from. You can opt for the one that suits the interior and style of your home the best. You can also use everyday farmable items with the right thickness and material, such as;

  • scarves
  • sports jerseys
  • t-shirts
  • flags
  • baby clothes
  • diamond paintings
  • cross-stitch

Final Thoughts

In a nutshell, if you're an art enthusiast, you may be overwhelmed with tons of options- A black mat with a golden wood frame or a white frame with a multi-shade mat? And then nailing into the wall may be a challenging task to merit a particular thought. Thus, with the details mentioned above, you can rock your house's interior and add the art to frames all by yourself.

If you have any questions about picture framing, of course, please get in touch Universal Arquati at (800) 668-3627 or Check out our picture moldings collections to view options currently available to you.

Universal Arquati has solid experience in custom picture frames and offers unlimited choices in framing materials, from wood, laminate, plaster, glazed to polystyrene. Our picture frames are made using specialized tools and techniques, coupled with experience and commitment to customer satisfaction. You can also pick some classic finishes, including glossy, matte, metallic, and more.