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How To Assemble A Poster Frame

Our customers are our number one priority. One of our best selling products have been causing our customers to become frustrated. We came up with an easy solution to help ease those frustrations. As you may have guessed based on the title, we’re here to talk about our Poster Frames. Our Poster Frame series are not created equally. While they are all made of a durable plastic, keeping the cost of them low, some of them are back loading similar to a traditional frame. Three of our poster frame series, however, are made with removable sides. The assembling of those sides on a poster or artwork has caused many frustrations. As a result, we’re here to showcase exactly how you frame a poster or piece of art using our Corrugated, Foamcore or hardboard Poster Frames.

Poster Frames

The actual frame part of these three series are identical, the only differences is the backing that comes with each.

Corrugated Poster Frame
Foamcore Poster Frame
Hardboard Poster Frame
Corrugated Poster Frames

The Corrugated Poster Frame series is made from Mylar to ensure lasting quality. The four sides slide on and off for your adjusting needs. Each Corrugated Poster Frame includes a hanging system for either vertical or horizontal display. This series is available in six colors and many standard and custom frame sizes.

Foamcore Poster Frames

The Foamcore Poster Frame series is available in six classic colors: black, black marble, clear, gold, jade marble, and silver. These poster frames feature a 1/8th inch of foam core backing. This is made specifically for individuals who want a sturdy frame that’s light weight.

Hardboard Poster Frames

The Hardboard Poster Frame series are inexpensive poster frames with a hardboard backing and a hanging clip. These poster frames come in 6 different colors and a variety of sizes. They have four Mylar sides with corners that slide and snap to the backing, making it easy to insert your poster.

How to Assemble a Poster Frame

Now to the most important part–below is a step by step video starring Deborah, our poster frame expert. The video goes from receiving your shrink wrapped frame all the way to the finished ready to hang product. Let this video help you to become the expert in assembling poster frames.

Happy Autumn! All Things Barnwood (Free Printable!)

If your state is anything like Ohio, you have had a pretty hot summer. While summer is great and arguably way better than winter (at least for those of you that live in a state that has snow), there is just something so special about Autumn. It’s cool enough for a sweater or sweatshirt but not so cold that you need gloves hats and scarves; Football starts back up and your weekends are spent doing activities like corn maizes or tailgating. Autumn also starts the beginning of home decorating season. Which for us here at Frame USA, is one of our favorite times (How could you blame us we sell Picture Frames!). The pumpkins have descended upon the store shelves and according to our sources, farmhouse decor is continuing to rise!

Lucky for us we have a whole line of products that fit right in with that farmhouse aesthetic. This line started with a simple product made from reclaimed wood that was taken from barns and fences in Oklahoma and Texas and it has grown to be one of our most popular lines to date. We’re talking about none other than our Barnwood Frames.  To date we have 6 wood frame series, a Shadowbox and a specialty frame in this popular line. We also have an additional specialty frame that utilizes some of our Barnwood wood frames called the Baby’s First year Collage Frame, however it also comes in one of our other popular series, Corporate.

Barnwood Product Line

Barnwood
The Barnwood picture frame is the original frame that started it all!
American Barn
American Barn features a narrow and a wide frame in three patriotic colors
Appalachian Barnwood
Appalachian Barnwood features the look of reclaimed wood with a smooth profile.
Barnwood Signature
Barnwood Signature features the same look and feel as our OG barnwood but with a kicked up a notch flair and elegance in two new profile widths.
Farmhouse Barnwood have the rustic look of Barnwood with a modern flat profile.
Timber is the newest addition to the Barnwood line is made from real Spruce Wood grown in America.
The Barnwood Shadowbox combines the build, depth and profile of a shadowbox with the rustic, reclaimed look of barn wood.
The most versatile product in our line of Barnwood is our Barnwood Tray

Current Trends

While we love all the products in our Barnwood line, there is one in particular that we want the world to know about. This product features everything we know and love about picture frames with an unique twist. It doesn’t hang on the wall and you can display things ON it as well as IN it. You may have guessed it but we’re talking about our Barnwood Tray. Based on our home decor trend research trays seem to be making a comeback. Not only are people opting for smaller gatherings at home with family and friends but they’re using trays as part of their decor. Trays are no longer thrown into the cabinet only pulled out when company comes knocking they’re out front and center on coffee tables, bar carts and fire place mantles.

Our barnwood trays feature the same rustic charm that our picture frames have but come in two different types. The first type comes in five colors: Grey , black, brown, white and traditional Barnwood finish and features a mirror in the center. This mirror is perfect for reflecting the room on a mantle making it seem bigger. The second time is the reason we’re here today gushing about these rustic beauties. It is also available in the same five great colors but this one has the same function as a picture frame, you can remove the insert and place photos, quotes, patterned paper in with the season. Whether you go with the mirror or the traditional picture frame style, this tray can last through every season!

Free Printable!!

Since yesterday marked the first day of Autumn, we thought we would celebrate by giving you the a little something to use in your decorating! This free downloadable printable is available in two sizes — 8.5×11 and 11×14. Those sizes just happen to be a perfect fit with our Barnwood Tray. Love what you see here? From now until Thursday, September 26th, all of our barnwood products are 10% off with coupon code BARNWOOD.

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Autumn 8.5x11
Hello Autumn 8.5×11

 

Hello Autumn 11x14
Hello Autumn 11×14

 

New Series Spotlight – Gun Metal Picture Frames

A few months back we introduced our brand-new Chalked Series. As of today, our Chalked series is now available and ready to be purchased. In addition to the launch of Chalked, we are also launching a second brand new series called Gun Metal.

Despite the name Gun Metal, this is not a brand-new series that we’re adding to our Metal Line. This new series comes in 3 unique profiles in wood. All of which feature the cutting-edge wood frame color: Gun metal. This series is great for a muted metallic look for any picture that you might want to put in them. They would look great for those beautiful black and white wedding or event photos. Gun Metal comes in three profiles: Narrow, Divet, and Wide.

Gun Metal Divet
Divet
Gun Metal Flat
Narrow
Gun Metal Wide
Wide

Just like all of our other frames, Our New Gun Metal series is American-made in our warehouse in Cincinnati, Ohio. Buying from Frame USA means supporting an American Company and getting the best quality products! Stay tuned for more new series and great blog posts!

 

How To Clean Frames

How To Clean Picture Frames

If you’re a human chances are your home sometimes gets a little dusty and dirty. It’s easy to dust and clean most parts of your home, but what is the best way to clean those precious frames that protect your memories and artwork? We’re here to help you out. The outside of the frame will more often than not be the only thing that you need to clean. Once your frame is hanging up the inside of the frame will be protected from splatters, spills, dust and dirt. All you need is a soft cloth to wipe down the frame itself. We recommend a microfiber cloth to wipe down the outside of the frame. The benefits of the microfiber cloth is that the fibers will attract the dust and the dirt better and quicker than just a plain old kitchen or bath towel.

Once the outside of the frame is back to its original glory, you might now notice that the styrene or glass, is less than sparkling. The first thing you have to determine is whether or not the frame in question has styrene or glass, as the cleaning methods are vastly different.

If you have purchased a Frame USA  standard size or custom frame that is 11×14 or smaller (Including 12×12) your frame will have arrived with glass. If the frame is a standard size or custom frame that is 11×17 and larger they will come with Styrene, a form of Plexi-Glass. In case your frame was created using our Design A Frame, Acrylic is an option for you to choose from. Acrylic, similar to styrene, is a thicker, more durable plexi-glass.

So now that you’ve got a good understanding on what your frame has, it’s time to clean!

How to clean Glass:

Glass is probably the easiest to clean as it has the most in common with windows in your household. All you need to clean glass on your picture frames is a soft cloth and regular old glass cleaner. While chances are that the dirt and dust is just on the outside of the frame, In the event that your frame has arrived to you a little dusty or you want to be extra sure your piece sparkles, you should carefully remove the glass and clean it. Our recommendation is to make sure you’re a safe distance away from your artwork before spraying down the glass so as to not harm it.

How to clean Styrene or Acrylic:

Styrene and acrylic is slightly trickier to clean. If your styrene looks slightly cloudy, check to make sure that you have removed the protective film from both sides. We want to protect your styrene from scratches in transient so it will always ship with this film. Our acrylic is a little easier to detect since its shipped with a bright blue film.

 

If you have removed the film, and your styrene or acrylic is still dirty, our best recommendation is to clean it using a clean microfiber cloth and warm water. This will allow any static packing material or dust to be wiped away. DO NOT use a solvent cleaner like you did with your glass. The components of the cleaner will actually cause it to disintegrate over time.

Picture Frame Supplies
Glass & Plastic Cleaner

If you are wanting a magic product that will clean all three glazing options and much more with ease, just call us your fairy god framers as we have a Glass and Plastic cleaner that will make your life incredible easy!

We hope that these tips have helped your frames get as clean as can be. If you have a picture frame, custom framing, home decor, or company question leave them in the comments, or reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram!

How to Frame a Puzzle — 6 Tips From an Expert Framer

Some framing projects are fairly easy, involving 2 steps — put art in frame, hang frame on wall. There are some projects however that require a bit more skill. We like our customers to be well informed so we went to the people that know those projects the best — our talented custom framing team in our retail store.

This team not only completes the requests of our local customers, but they are also the ones who turn your imagined Design a Frame orders into reality!

This team has had the opportunity to work with a lot of creative materials. One of the most unique products, also happens to be one of the trickiest for the everyday person to frame. We’re talking about America’s favorite rainy-day activity — Puzzles!

There is nothing worse than spending weeks completing a 1000+ piece puzzle to just take it apart. That’s where we come in! Laurie, who has been on our custom framing team since December of 2016, has compiled 6 tips to help turn that loved puzzle into your home’s decor.
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Framed Puzzle of Sea Creatures

Securing your puzzle

Since puzzles by definition include multiple pieces the first task when framing it is securing it:

  1. There is puzzle glue that can be used to permanently keep a puzzle together.  By gluing it, it makes it easier to frame.  Be sure to give the puzzle plenty of time to dry properly before inserting it into a frame.
  2. When you pour the glue over top of the completed puzzle, it can be a little messy. Use a piece of cardboard to spread it out but make sure to have something underneath to catch the excess glue.  But be careful that you don’t glue your underneath board to the puzzle itself!

Not interested in permanently altering your puzzle? Here’s Laurie’s tip:

  1. If you decide not to glue the puzzle together, use real glass in front of your puzzle instead of acrylic or flexible plastic called Styrene.  This allows you to hold the puzzle together tighter.

Framing your puzzle

One of our customers favorite things about us is that we offer a wide variety of frames to choose from. Whether your décor is comprised of wood, or you have more of an industrial vibe with metal, we have tons of options.

  1. When you are going through the many options, choose a frame that will accent the puzzle

Not sure what size frame would be the best for your puzzle? All you have to do is measure your puzzle and go from there!

  1. Some puzzles will fit into a standard size frame; for example, a 16×20 frame or 18×24 frame. Others will need to be put into a custom size frame.

No matter what size, standard or custom, we can make your dreams come true. All of our series are offered in 32 standard sizes and the ability to be made into custom sizes!

Since this puzzle is meant to be part of your home décor, there is a very real possibility that you have a frame size already in mind for your space, regardless if your puzzle will fit. Here’s Laurie’s tip to make it work:

  1. You can use a custom cut mat board to make it fit into a standard size frame.  For example, if the puzzle is 16×22, you would have a 1 inch mat around the puzzle to fit it into an 18×24 frame.

We hope that these tips help you turn your rainy day activity into a beautiful home décor. Share with us your finished puzzles framed with Frame USA Frames!

Happy Birthday America!

Being a manufacturer of American made picture frames, we at Frame USA especially love days like today!  July 4th is widely celebrated all throughout the United States. Many view today as “yes I get the day off work!”  But being a company who focuses on buying and producing everything we do around Made in the USA products, it is more than that to us.  We celebrate our freedoms today and every day, and are proud to offer you picture frames that are 100% Made in the USA on a daily basis.

Thank you for shopping with Frame USA today and every day!

Enjoy 12% off Site Wide with our 4th of July Sale!

Use the coupon code: JULY4TH at both Frame USA and Posterservice, and you will receive 12% off your entire order!

 

Why Does My Artwork Look Cloudy?

When you purchase a frame from Frameusa.com that is larger than 11×14, it will automatically come with styrene instead of glass. There are some other frames such as our Poster Frames that no matter how small you order it will always come with styrene. Not only does this allow for your frames to arrive safely in tact, it also keeps the cost of shipping down.

So now that you know what material you will be getting when you order these frames, its time to answer the most common question that our customer service team receives:

Why Does My Artwork Look Cloudy?

Cloudy Simply Poly

As you can see from this image of our Simply Poly frame the vibrant header we place in all are poster frames is cloudy and doesn’t look very good. One of the biggest indicator besides the size and that cloudy look, that the frame you have ordered has arrived with styrene is this handy little sticker.

Styrene Sticker

As mentioned in the sticker, our styrene is shipped with a recycled clear plastic sheet on both sides. This allows for the styrene to arrive in perfect condition! All you have to do is peel off both sides to reveal a crystal clear piece ready to protect your artwork.

Still unsure of what we mean by clear plastic sheet? We asked one of our sales reps, Lindsay Allen, to demonstrate how to remove the film.

She also gave this little hint: “Use a piece of tape at the corner to get the peeling started!” Lindsay has been with the company for over 11 years so you could say she’s an expert when it comes to working with Styrene!

 

Looking to purchase cleaner for your styrene to keep it in tip top shape, check out our Glass & Plastic Cleaner! If you have any more questions reach out to us on any of our social media platforms or contact our customer service team!

New Series Spotlight – Chalked Picture Frames

New Picture Frame Series Spotlight – Chalked Frames

It’s finally summer, which means it’s time for some brand-new picture frames here at Frame USA! Our first brand new series to our Frame USA Collection ­­­­— the Chalked series. With the emergence of new series means two things:

  1. You have another great option for those old photos that you might have laying around.
  2. That piece of art that you’ve been searching high and low for the perfect frame to compliment it will finally find its mate.

Our new Chalked series offers a rustic look with a lot of warm earth tones that will compliment any wood tone in your house. We will be adding this series to our already large selection of eco-friendly frames. Similar to our current eco-friendly frames, Chalked is made of recycled material and then wrapped with a high-quality color wrap which allows the moulding to be blemish free.  This frame will come in a 1.25” profile, and available in 4 brand new colors: Greige, Natural, River Rock and Coffee. Each of the colors feature a unique take of the rustic and very popular chalkboard look.

Chalked Greige
Greige
Chalked Natural
Natural
Chalked River Rock
River Rock
Chalked Coffee
Coffee

This series will be released on FrameUSA.com in August, so check back soon to order your picture frames online with Frame USA. We have a few more new series up our sleeves so be on the look out for a brand new series spotlight!

Frameusa.com Website Launch – Brand New Features!

Frameusa.com

Earlier this year, we launched the brand new frameusa.com. Our marketing team spent months re-photographing all of our product images, so that our products looked the same on your screen as they do in your hands. We updated the overall look of the site as well as simplified the ordering process.  We also added a few new features that we wanted to take a moment to highlight. Check out our walk through below.

If there are features you wish for us to highlight in the future or have suggestions on some you would like to see, comment or reach out to us at [email protected]

Art Exhibition Mockup

How to Prepare for an Art Exhibition

As an artist, getting accepted into an art exhibition can be super exciting but also overwhelming. You’ve put the hours into creating your artwork, but now it’s time to make it presentable. The work itself is what got you accepted into the show, but your presentation is what will help you sell.

Arranging Your Work

One of the first things to consider is how much space you have. If you know the dimensions of the wall or room you’ll be displaying in, you can make a mock-up of how you want to arrange your pieces. This way you don’t have to worry about whether or not everything will fit once you’re ready to set up. You can do this by measuring each piece and drawing a to-scale diagram of the space. Or if you want to see how it will really look, you can measure the actual size in your home or studio, arrange your pieces in that space, and take photos to reference when you’re setting up.

Art Exhibition Mockup

Photograph Before Framing

Before getting your art display-ready, you’ll want to make sure you have high quality documentation of each piece. Depending on the kind of work you’re showing, you should photograph or scan it before adding a frame with glass or any other distracting display materials. This way, if you sell any pieces during your exhibition you’ll still be able to use it in your portfolio.

Art Exhibition

Create a Price List and Business Cards

You’ll want visitors of your art exhibition to be able to easily find prices and information about your work. Before your show starts, create a list with each piece’s title, size, media, and price. This list should be displayed somewhere that is accessible to the audience. Depending on how big the show is, you might want to print multiple copies and set them in different places.

Business cards are also important to display at your show. This way if someone is interested in your work and wants to get in touch in the future, they’ll know how to contact you. People might walk into the exhibition on a whim without the funds to purchase something. However, if they have your business card it will remind them that they enjoyed your art, and they’ll be able to easily find you.

Frame Your Work and Prepare for Display

If your art is 2-D you’ll want to make sure it’s framed and ready to hang. There are tons of options for picture frames for your work. However, it’s important that the frame doesn’t out shine or distract from your art. Keep it simple so that no one is paying more attention to the frame than your art. Black or white frames are usually a safe bet. Depending on how you choose to use a frame, or if you go without one, you might need additional hardware to be able to easily hang your work.

Art Exhibition

Be Personable!

One of the best ways to make connections is to have genuine conversations with your audience. Let them know that you’re the artist and you’re open to answering questions. If they don’t have questions for you, ask them how they heard about the show or what made them stop by. If someone seems interested in your work at all, let them know you have business cards. Being likable in general will make people more engaged with your art.