How to frame concert posters without "ruining" them?
September 15, 2013 10:36 AM Subscribe
My boyfriend collects posters from the many concerts he attends. He is averse to using store-bought poster frames because he thinks this will ruin the poster. Is this true? If so, is there a cheaper method to protect the posters than custom mounting and framing for over $100 apiece?
posted by alysonagain to media & arts (11 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend collects posters from the many concerts he attends. He probably has about 50 of them, if I had to guess a number. (Maybe more.) The problem is, most of them are rolled up in his closet because he can't afford to get them framed yet. He has probably 4-5 of them framed; he had them framed and matted at custom frame shops with UV-resistant glass and they cost well over $100 apiece to have done.
I've suggested many times that he simply buy plain and cheap poster frames and use those, at least for the time being, so he can actually display these posters on his walls that he spent who knows how much money on! But he balks at the idea. He thinks it will ruin the posters to expose them to light. My experience with "framing" is limited to the Target/Michael's variety, and the only posters I've ever owned are the ones of Hanson and the Backstreet Boys that I tore out of magazines when I was 12. So I'm in no qualified position to argue, but it seems a little ridiculous to have such high standards for a poster that probably cost $40. It's not like he's framing Monets here.
I'd really like to be able to frame some of them for him as a gift for Christmas, birthday, etc. But I'd only have the budget for MAYBE one at a time, and I don't want to spend that much money on one poster and run the risk that he wouldn't like the mat color or the frame. Does anyone have any insight as to:
1) if there's ACTUALLY a risk that a $40-$50 concert poster could be ruined by putting it in a regular store-bought frame, as long as it's not exposed to direct sunlight?
2) more inexpensive ways I could frame a couple of these for him that maybe wouldn't be as "permanent" as having them custom mounted at a frame shop?