What is the the difference between custom framing and off-the-shelf frames?

What is the the difference between custom framing and off-the-shelf frames?

At Dawson’s Framing we specialise in CUSTOM MADE framing. We unfortunately do not offer any ready-made (off-the-shelf) framing options.

 

Custom framing and off-the-shelf frames are two distinct approaches to framing artwork, photographs, and other items. Here’s a breakdown of the key differences between the two:

Custom Framing:

  1. Personalized Design: Custom framing involves creating a frame specifically tailored to the artwork or item being framed. It allows for a unique, personalized design that complements the piece’s content, style, and the owner’s preferences.
  2. Precise Sizing: Custom frames are made to the exact dimensions of the item, ensuring a perfect fit. This is especially important for odd-sized or irregularly shaped items.
  3. Materials and Matting: Custom framing offers a wide range of high-quality materials and matting options. This includes choices of frame moldings, glass or acrylic types (including UV-protective options), mat colors, and backing materials. Conservation-grade materials may be used for valuable or sentimental items.
  4. Design Elements: Custom framing allows for creative design elements like double mats, fillets, fabric mats, shadow boxes, and special mounting techniques. These elements can enhance the overall presentation.
  5. Preservation: When conservation framing is chosen, custom framing can protect and preserve the artwork by using acid-free materials and UV-protective glazing to prevent fading and damage over time.
  6. Price: Custom framing is typically more expensive than off-the-shelf frames due to the personalized design, high-quality materials, and craftsmanship involved.
  7. Expertise: Skilled framers, often found in professional frame shops, provide guidance in selecting the best framing options and ensuring the artwork’s long-term preservation.
STUDIO 54: An example of a custom designed and made frame.
STUDIO 54: An example of a custom designed and made frame.

 

KAWS MOVIE NIGHT FAN ART FINE ART LIMITED EDITION PRINT BY GOLD COAST ARTIST LAARK
A custom design frame: KAWS MOVIE NIGHT FAN ART FINE ART LIMITED EDITION PRINT BY GOLD COAST ARTIST LAARK

Off-the-Shelf Frames:

  1. Standard Sizes: Off-the-shelf frames are pre-made and available in standard sizes, such as 8×10, 11×14, or 16×20 inches. These frames are not designed for custom-fit items.
  2. Limited Design Choices: Off-the-shelf frames come in a limited range of styles and materials. While there are many options to choose from, they may not perfectly match the item’s style and size.
  3. Affordability: Off-the-shelf frames are often more budget-friendly compared to custom framing. They are readily available at retail stores and online.
  4. Ready-Made Convenience: Off-the-shelf frames are convenient for quickly framing standard-sized items and can be a good choice for more common, mass-produced artwork or photos.
  5. Quick Turnaround: Since these frames are readily available, there’s no wait time for fabrication.
  6. No Personalization: Off-the-shelf frames do not offer the same level of personalization and attention to detail as custom framing. They may not be the best choice for preserving or displaying valuable or unique pieces.

 

Of the Shelf (Ready Made Picture Frames) displayed on a retailers shelf.
Of the Shelf (Ready Made Picture Frames) displayed on a retailers shelf.

In summary, custom framing provides a tailored and high-quality framing solution for unique or valuable items, emphasizing design, preservation, and personalization. Off-the-shelf frames, on the other hand, are convenient and cost-effective for standard-sized items but may not offer the same level of customization and protection for your artwork or memorabilia. The choice between the two depends on your specific needs, budget, and the nature of the item you wish to frame.

At Dawson’s Framing we specialise in CUSTOM MADE framing. We unfortunately do not offer any ready-made (off-the-shelf) framing options.

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Where can you find us?

175 Currumburra Rd, Ashmore QLD 4214

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 9am–5pm
Tuesday: 9am–5pm
Wednesday: 9am–5pm
Thursday: 9am–5pm
Friday: 9am–5pm
Saturday: 8am–12pm

dawsonsframing.com.au

info @ dawsonsframing.com.au
(07) 5527 9224

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