How to Frame a Poster

Learning how to frame a poster is well worth your effort, and we promise — it’s easy!

Whether you want to showcase your Music posters or vintage posters, framing will protect your art from damage and elevate the overall look.

Follow these simple steps.

Step 1. Measure the Poster

No pressure, but the success of your poster hanging project depends on how accurately you measure. OK, maybe a little bit of pressure. The good news is that it’s also one of the easiest steps.

Place your poster on a flat surface, artwork facing up. Make sure to position it the same way it will be on your wall.
Note: You need to measure the artwork, *not including the border. The frame or mat will cover the border.

Step 2. Consider if You Want Matting

To mat or not to mat? Honestly, it’s a personal question.

Consider a few factors:

  • How much space you have (matting means you’ll need a larger frame).
  • Personal preference — do you like the additional border?
  • The artwork dimensions (odd-size artwork may require a custom-cut mat)

If you decide that your poster will look fantastic without a mat, we’re all set here. Move on to Step 3.

Step 3. Find a Frame

Again, there’s a great deal of personal choice involved in picking a frame. These tips can help narrow the endless number of options:

  • If you’re matting, don’t forget to add the mat width to your dimensions.
  • Measure the dimensions of the “hole” — not the outer edges of the frame. If you’re buying online, the description should include both the outer and inner dimensions.

Step 4: Replace the Frame Backing

Place the frame backing inside the frame and secure with the metal clips or other fasteners. If it seems loose, carefully wedge small pieces of cardboard between the backing and the frame on all four sides.

Flip the frame over and examine your work. Is it crooked? No problem — just take off the frame backing and adjust as needed.

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Also, when ordering frames online, be sure they specify the visible opening AND the frame capture. Every company seems to be different and it is a truth that not all frames use the same size rabbet. “Measure the art” does not necessarily translate into the correct-sized rabbet for the capture.

In fact, it sucks so much, it is often better to call to order, or even better still, bring the art to a local frame dealer so you can go over what you want in person.

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