At Frameworks Gallery and Frame Design, we know everything there is to know about framing and displaying works of art. In our experience, many people expect the process of photo framing to be easy, but in reality, it’s trickier than you might expect. To help you get the best results from your framing efforts and create the best displays for your photos, in this article we’ll be going over some common photo framing mistakes to avoid.
- Not Mounting the Photo. If you have ever had a photo slide around inside the frame, then you have made the mistake of failing to properly mount the photo to the backboard. Simply sandwiching the photo and mat between the backboard and the glass will not ensure that the photo stays put. There are many different mounting methods to choose from, but for best results it’s wise to take this job to professionals like ourselves at Frameworks Gallery and Frame Design.
- Loose Glass. Another common photo framing mistake that we see is the glass becoming loose in the frame. This one is usually not a mistake on your part, but rather a flaw in the frame’s construction–the rabbet, or groove in which the various materials sit, is too wide for its contents. If you are dealing with this problem, you can use picture frame spacers to fill up the extra space and stop the glass from rattling.
- Crooked Frame. A third common frustration when it comes to photo framing is a frame that will not hang straight. Fortunately, this problem is easy to fix. Instead of hanging your frame from only one central nail, use two nails, spaced away from each other, which will prevent the frame from becoming crooked. In addition, we at Frameworks Gallery and Frame Design recommend using wall bumpers behind the bottom corners of the frame to protect your wall and prevent sliding.