Something for every do-it-yourself framing project

We carry everything you need at wholesale prices. You can choose from hundreds of ready-made wood and metal picture frames along with pre-cut and custom mats. If you have something a little out of the ordinary, we cut irregular sized frames and mats while you wait.

  • 1000’s to choose from
  • pre-cut mats with a range of standard openings available
  • mats custom cut while you wait
  • metal and wood picture frames
  • liner frames for oil paintings

Below are some tips to keep in mind when you are doing your framing project

General Info

  • An image on photo paper or similar thin material should be mounted onto heavier board, such as foam core, to avoid puckering of the image.
  • Images should not touch the glass. Not only does the mat board serve as a visual enhancement but also provides a practical means to allow appropriate spacing away from the glass.
  • If an image will be exposed to frequent sunlight, it is best to use ultra-violet protective glass. Likewise, if your image is subject to be vulnerable to glare from a light source, it’s best to use non-glare glass.
  • The backing should be acid free, sealed with a dust cover and enclosed inside the frame.
  • Your picture should be hung with a decent weight wire of 3 to 6 gauge and hangers that are properly secured to the frame.

Matting

  • Some images may look great with a single mat whereas others may look better with a double or triple mat combination.
  • A mat with a v-grove, which looks like a bevelled key line, can give your image a classy addition.
  • A velvet or suede textured mat enhances needlework.
  • A textured mat looks extraordinary with multi-medium art.
  • Three inches wide is the standard rule of thumb for matting.
  • For a special occasion, a very wide mat around a picture that guests can sign makes a terrific keepsake.
  • The formality of a certificate tends to lend itself better to a narrower mat and a straightforward style frame such as metal or classic wood.

Frames

  • Metal frames tend to give a sleek, contemporary look and can be slightly less expensive.
  • Some frames are made of a poly-urethane material which lends itself well to ornate design patterns yet can maintain reasonable expense.
  • Wood frames can be found to meet every style, size, colour, pattern and texture preference.
  • The size of the frame should be proportional to the image size. A large image will require a wide solid frame.
  • Images with a thickness such as paper-tole will be best suited to be set in a deep frame or shadow box.
  • Your frame choice should not only suit your image but also blend with your style: traditional, contemporary or casual. Style, size, colour, pattern and texture should all work well together.

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