How Should I Frame My new poster/s?
Let’s face it, you don’t need your kids posters to last a lifetime – so there’s no need to go nuts on framing. However there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind…
- Sun and water are not your friends – basically the opposite to house plants – posters do NOT like the sun or water. UV will fade your poster and water will destroy it. Try and keep them away from direct sun and don’t hang them in a bathroom and you’ll be fine =)
- Cheap frames with glass are not the best choice for kids. Trust me when I say this (yes it’s happened to me!) glass is heavy, and in cheap frames (ie. plastic / mdf frames) sometimes the weight of the glass will literally break the bottom frame panel and the glass will come smashing to the ground! Not great on a floor, but EXTRA bad above a child’s bed!!! So my strong recommendation for frames in kids rooms is forget the glass. (Luckily when this happened to me it was in a tiled hallway – not above a child’s bed and no-one got hurt – but OH MY GOSH GLASS FOR MILES!!!!!)
- If you have a cheap frame – just take out the glass! So if you already have a frame with glass, I would probably just take the glass out and store it somewhere safe! Sure your print may get a little bit of dust without the glass protection – but as a mum I’d prefer the dust over the above scenario any day!
- Be gone annoying reflections!!!…As a bonus of doing the above, if you’re like me and the reflections on the glass of frames DRIVE YOU NUTS – yay! Glass gone = annoying reflection problem solved too! Double win =) You can also obviously do this if your frames have a thin acrylic panel instead of glass too – as although acrylic is safe – it’s still equally annoying for reflections!
- Forget framing altogether! Obviously you don’t even have to frame your poster if you don’t want to / can’t be bothered! You can always go the good old ’90’s way, grab some blue tac, stick it to the wall and you’re good to go! Another equally easy option is to simply use painters tape/ masking tape/ washi tape at the corners (like in the linked example – can look very cool!).
- I don’t have a frame – where can I buy one? So you don’t have a frame you can use and not sure where to look? I’ve put together a big list of options for you below!
A3 Poster size (29.7 x 42 cms)
A3 posters can be framed in a few different sized frames. Of course you can frame in a standard A3 size frame – but if you want a great way to boost the size of your art (and fill extra wall space) without buying bigger art, framing in a bigger frame with a matt / mount is a great option.
- A3 sized posters can be framed in an A3 frame or
- A2 frame + an A3 matt border/ mount or
- 40 x 50 cm frame + an A3 matt / mount.
A2 Poster size (42 x 59.4 cm)
A2 posters can also be framed in a few different sized frames. Of course you can frame in a standard A2 size frame – but if you want a great way to boost the size of your art (and fill extra wall space) without buying bigger art, framing in a bigger frame with a matt / mount is a great option.
- A2 sized posters can be framed in an A2 frame or
- A1 frame + with an A2 matt/mount or
- 50 x 70 cm frame + matt/ mount