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Why does custom framing cost so much? | Wallack's Art Supplies and Framing

If you've ever wondered why custom framing can be so expensive, this post is for you. We'll take a look at the various factors that contribute to the cost of custom framing, from the materials used to the time and labor involved. Ultimately, we'll see that while custom framing may have a higher upfront cost, it's often worth it in terms of quality and longevity. So if you're thinking about having something framed, read on to learn more about what goes into the price tag.

The cost of custom framing can vary significantly depending on the frame you choose, the size, the quality of the materials, the design, and the complexity of your project.

The size of your artwork or object will be the most significant factor in the price of your custom frame job. Larger artworks require more materials, while smaller ones need less. Framers have some control over the size by increasing or decreasing the borders around the artwork, but you should consider the designs presented, as proportions will change the impact of the final job.

The choice of materials used is also a significant factor in the cost of your frame job. Framing typically consists of moulding (wood, metal, or other composite surrounding your artwork), matboard (cardboard-like paper that comes in many different colours and rests between the frame and your artwork) and glazing (glass or acrylic to cover your artwork). These materials come in many options and quality levels, from simple to decorative and plastic to museum quality, anti-reflective UV glass.

Finally, the complexity of your job will play a role in the price. Straightforward jobs like fitting a painting made on a stretched canvas into a simple float frame will take us no time. In contrast, jobs requiring more customization, such as building a structure for a deeper shadowbox or hand stitching a fabric item, will take longer.

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The materials you choose, your design, and the level of conservation will significantly impact the price. It comes down to how important the item you are having framed is to you. Two of the most significant considerations are the value (sentimental or monetary) and what kind of impact you want it to have when it is finally at home hanging on the wall. Conservation is a must-have to avoid short-term and long-term damage from harmful UV rays, which will yellow or fade your items. In addition, the design of the frame will change the artwork's impact on viewers when they see it hanging on the wall.

Wallack's Art Supplies and Framing is Ottawa's custom framing choice for a reason. Our framers have decades of experience and training, while our large volume allows us to pass on the best possible deals. So whether you are looking to protect your most recent art investment surrounded by a decorative gold frame or looking for inexpensive framing options for an upcoming art show, Wallack's will be your best option.

So, how much does framing cost? The answer is – it depends. But don’t worry, our team of experts can help you find the perfect frame for your artwork and stay within your budget. We have a wide variety of materials and designs to choose from, so you can be sure that your finished product will look great. If you’re ready to get started on your next custom framing project, book an appointment or visit our expert framer today!

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