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Step By Step Guide To Framing A Poster

Posters are a timeless and fun way to express our interests, personal style, and bring to life virtually any room of our home.

The best way to preserve your poster is to frame it. At Coastal Frames we use Perspex to eliminate the damage sunlight and fluorescent lights may cause to your poster. So, you don’t need to worry about your poster’s degradation.

Did you know A2 frames are the most popular size for framing posters? We think this is the best choice as it can make a bold and modern touch to what is often seen as a decorative option.

We have put together these simple steps to ensure you have a perfectly framed poster to hang on your wall.

Buying the right frame.

Choosing a frame in the right style for the room is the most important. You need to choose a frame that suits not just your décor but your taste. You also need to consider if your frame option emulates your poster choice.

You may want to consider a frame that is quite thin so that it balances out the shape and style of your poster. This will also emphasize the poster itself, making it stand out more. If you prefer a bolder look, then by all means go for a wider frame.

Mount Vs. No mount.

You will need to decide whether you want to use a mount behind your poster or not. This isn’t always necessary, but it can help to accent certain colours in your poster and finish off the framing nicely. - but this is entirely up to you.

If you do decide to use a mount, then you need to choose the right one. You want to choose a colour that will go with everything – your picture, the frame, and the room the poster is going in. Tip – double your mount byputting a white mount on top of a coloured mount, that way you can accent a particular colour you like in your poster. Black and white pictures tend to look best with cool whites or greys, or yes, you’ve guessed it – black.

Framing your poster.

Step 1: Prep your poster.

The first thing you need to do before framing your poster is to flatten it out, do this especially if your poster has been rolled in a tube for a while. Lay your poster flat and use flat items such as books to layer on top of your poster. We’d advise you did this for at least 24hours before framing.

Step 2: Undo the hinges on the back of the frame.

Undo the hinges carefully and remove the Perspex and backboard from the frame. Both sides of your Perspex will have a super thick protective covering, this will need to be removed from both sides carefully. Insert the Perspex ensuring you haven’t picked up any unwanted dust into the inside of the Perspex.

Step 3: Fitting your mount to your poster. (optional)

If you have chosen to use a mount, then you will need to place it on top of your poster. To ensure your poster from moving from the mount we advise you to keep this in place with poster tape. Using poster tape will also guarantee that you can remove the poster from the mount at a later date if you choose to reframe or change your poster.

Step 4: Clean the Perspex

This is a really important step, but one that many people miss out. Your Perspex needs to be clean and dry on the inside when it touches your poster. Perspex will always have its super thick protective covering so be sure to take care when removing this to avoid having to clean at all. If you find you do need to clean the Perspex, we advise using a microfibre cloth. Wetness is your poster’s worst enemy, so you need to make perfectly sure that the Perspex is dry before placing your poster onto it.

Step 5: Slide the Perspex back into place.

Before you put your poster in the frame, you need to ensure the Perspex is in position. The most important side is the side that will be touching the poster, so do not touch this side when you are putting it in place. You can always clean the front side of the glass/plexiglass once the poster is in place, so don’t worry about this too much.

Step 6: Place the poster and mount it into the frame

Now, you can slide the poster into the frame, and see how it looks. Look closely at it and adjust the position of the poster or mount if you need to. Make sure all of the edges are even and straight, and that nothing looks warped.

Step 7: Place the backing in place.

Now you can secure the backing in place, and make sure the hanging mechanisms are lined up and ready to use.

Step 8: Hang your poster.

All you have to do now is hang your poster in the spot of your choice. Then stand back and admire the view.

Coastal Frames have a 5-star review for picture frames, in a variety of sizes – from A2 picture frames, A3 picture frames and A4 picture frames. You can search for any size here on our website, design your own custom frame, or browse our range of ready-made frames – all at great low prices.

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