Understanding the Different Types of Ready Made Frames

Ready-made picture frames are just that - pre-built frames that can include glass, backing, hanging hardware and at times a mat. All you need do is insert your photograph or artwork. For years ready-made picture frames were only available in select standard sizes and styles but have recently gained popularity and are now available in many more sizes and styles in both stores and online. The picture frames are either made of wood, metal, composite resin or acrylic. The quality of these frames ranges from very low quality to very high quality and can range from very inexpensive to very expensive.

Some people still prefer the carpentry skills and specialized equipment required for a professional quality frame to achieve the look they want for their artwork rather than going with a ready-made picture frame. But, many others prefer the ease of a ready-made picture frame. A ready-made frame can be an attractive high quality gallery-ready picture frame. Personal preference in this case determines the type of picture frame to use.

There are a variety of ready-made picture frames on the market. You can select from standard picture frame sizes or choose a less common size. Your photos or artwork will determine the size, shape and style of the frame you need. Here are a few of the options you will encounter when searching for the perfect picture frame.

Standard Picture Frame Sizes

The most popular and most common ready-made picture frame sizes are based on the most common photograph sizes - 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20. The size stated on the frame packaging represents the size of glass, photograph or artwork it will hold. But, these aren't all the sizes available. There are less common sizes, but no less important for your photo display, that include 2x3, 3x3, 3.5x5, 4x5, 5x5, 6x8, 8x8, 8.5x11, 8x12, 10x10, 12x12, 18x24, 20x24, 22x28, 24x30 and 24x36.

Styles and Colors of Picture Frames

A wide variety of photo frames are available to you. You can choose the sleek look of a modern design, comfort of a traditional style or the vintage look of an ornate design. Depending upon the photograph and your mood there are whimsical, playful and colorful frames to choose from. Picture frames are made of many different materials, like metal, wood, acrylic, glass or resin. Ready-made frames usually include glass, backing and an easel back stand on smaller sizes. Larger sizes may include hanging hardware as well as an easel back stand giving you the option of hanging on a wall or displaying on a tabletop. A clip frame, which holds your photo or artwork in between two pieces of acrylic or glass, is made to hang on a wall and may include a firm backing board.

Multiple or Large Picture Frames

Picture frames that hold multiple photos are available in a variety of designs, finishes and sizes. Multi picture frame varieties include double picture frames, triple picture frames and collage picture frames. They are designed to hold multiple photos in single frames that are attached with hinges or are constructed in a solid piece with cutout picture openings. Collage picture frames are designed to hold multiple photos that can be of different sizes and shapes. If you have limited display space or limited budget, multiple picture frames can be a great way to display many photos in less space with less cost.

Picture frames are an important part of any home's decor. Whether you hang a painting or artwork on the wall or display family photos on a table top or book shelf, picture frames add to the charm and eye appeal of your photo or artwork and bring warmth to your room. With the variety of picture frames available, you are sure to find the perfect fit for any color scheme or style in any room in your home.


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