At Frame 2 Frame we strive to provide complete information on all framing options. Whether you're framing your custom art or exploring your options for a shadow box, our framers will work with you individually to create the perfect frames for your needs. Explore our overview of framing materials to learn about framing styles in wood, metal and plastic.
While we offer numerous wood colour and stain options, there are three types of wood that are commonly used as framing materials for artwork. Discover the difference between natural wood, MDF and finger-jointed poplar here.
We love the look of natural wood because it is one of the most physically and aesthetically pleasing materials. When dyed, the grain varies from painting to painting, adding an extra level of interest and uniqueness to your art collection. Unfortunately, natural wood can have some disadvantages, including susceptibility to heat and moisture, higher cost, and limited availability. Wood is a
high-maintenance picture framing material that requires special care and attention.
Also known as medium density fibreboard, MDF is a recycled wood material.
It is made from compressed sawdust that is glued, wrapped and sanded to a smooth finish. It looks just like the real thing, but MDF is stronger, cheaper, and requires less maintenance than solid wood. In addition to being a popular material for picture frames, MDF is also commonly used in cabinets, flooring and furniture because it is less likely to warp from heat or moisture.
Another type of material for reclaimed photo frames, finger-jointed poplar is made from joining different pieces of wood. These frames are usually made from offcuts, incurred in the manufacture of doors or the cutting of solid wood for DIY purposes.
Finger joint poplar is the middle ground between MDF and solid wood frames. It's plentiful, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly.
An incredibly expensive silver option, not silver, is a very common frame option. These types of frames can be ideal for framing elegant mirrors. Due to its cost and scarcity, we do not recommend silver for your everyday framing needs.
While bronze is a beautiful shade that exudes power and seriousness lends its framed parts tend to rust and turn green. Years of exposure without maintenance can result in a complete colour change. Not an ideal choice for framers.
Most metal frames are made of aluminium. because it is inexpensive and durable, especially when anodized. Corrosion resistant
, lightweight and beautiful, we recommend aluminium frames for everything from awards and diplomas to souvenirs.
Sometimes people decide opt for plastic-like materials for their frames, including Styrofoam. They are the cheapest option on the market and are designed to be more functional than truly decorative. Plastic can be a good choice for a temporary frame or a piece to try at home.
Metal is another popular material for artistic framing and offers as many possibilities and variations as wood. Find out more about silver, bronze and aluminium picture frame materials.