Framing a large poster: what is the best strategy?
November 22, 2012 7:36 PM Subscribe
I am trying to frame a large, tall map for my wife's Christmas gift. Normally I just get a RIBBA frame at IKEA, but the print (24" x 42") doesn't fit any of their sizes. I want to matte it at 3" on each side, bringing it to 30" x 48"
. My goal is to spend ~$100 on the framing, glass and matte boards... is this possible?
posted by cgs to home & garden (12 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
- Frame: I am looking at getting a custom frame online (framesbymail.com), which ranges from $50 - $90, but I am getting warnings that the frame may break at that size. I don't know if that means it will break in transit or if it will break once I hang it on the wall. The frame is shipped in pieces and I have to assemble. Have any of you bought large frames like this online?
- Glass: I can't get plexiglass shipped at that size (from the online-frames vendor), as it will break in the mail or the shipping is prohibitive. I looked at Home Depot, but it looks like getting a sheet that covers those dims is ~$100, which bummed me out. Should I just skip the glass? Do people do that?
- Matte: I have a cutter and can do that myself
- Random framing style question: I often see frames with extra matting on the top and bottom... is it a strict no-no to have wider matting on the sides?
- Going to a shop: any idea how much that would run, for something this big? I live in NYC so any reputable shop recommendations are welcome.
Please post if you have advice on any of the above and thanks for your time-