Custom Framing for First-Timers


Did you recently acquire a special piece that needs a custom frame? Have you been sitting on a piece, but haven’t got around to bringing it in? Are you redecorating? Whatever the occasion, there’s a first time custom framing for everyone. The lovely ladies at Eastlake Framing are happy to help you out, but until then, here are some helpful tips to get you started.

Step 1: Understand the difference between custom-made and ready-made frames

Truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to frame types. A ready-made frame will work just fine for objects that are cut to standard size and are not precious, including posters and digital photos that you can reprint at the click of a button. But for heirloom, semi-precious, or irreplaceable artwork, preservation and framing materials are key, which makes custom framing the clear choice. It’s also the preferred method for framing objects such as 3D items, projects with elaborate mat designs, or framing that is specifically made to fit into a certain interior design.

Step 2: Selecting the right frame

There are many considerations to be taken when choosing a frame. Materials, such as metal and wood, can affect the quality and mood of the finished product. Mat boards are versatile and are dependent on many different things, such as medium of the object, colors, and size. Next, mounting boards are a much more straightforward decision, but quality counts here; cardboard backing is acidic and can yellow artwork. Finally, you must choose what type of glass, or glazing, you want for your frame, ranging from standard, anti-glare, and ultraviolet.

Step 3: Making the frame

Between materials, mat boards, mounting boards, and glazing, you’ve got a lot to consider–let alone putting it all together with the correct dimensions. Not to worry. We’re here to help you pick out what’s best for your project and put it all together. We’ll even do complementary home visits so we can better harmonize your art with its new environment.

Step 4: Bringing it home!

Once it’s all done, you’re free to take your finished piece home! We’ll give you tips on things like transport (so that you don’t damage it en route) and how to arrange or hang it on the wall.

These are just a few of the things to consider when choosing a custom frame. But the benefits are clear, and in the end you’ll have a beautifully framed piece that will last a lifetime and more. We’ve been doing this for more than 30 years now, so we’ve got you covered. Call us at 541-389-3770 or visit our website [linked] for more information!

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