We have designed our pricing structure in a manner that enables you to purchase in the most efficient and cost effective ways possible, This also helps us save materials and furthers our green best practices.
Through this you will be able to access the principles and methods of wholesale framing and its related pricing if your project warrants it, or can be designed in such as manner. We encourage you to purchase in the most eco-friendly way possible and will help you make the best decisions related to budget, quality, and eco-friendly methods.
As all our work is custom made for you, metaphorically, the question how much does a frame cost is a question similar to asking a realtor, how is a house, or a car dealer, how much is car? While there certainly are ranges, the honest answer is, "It depends" - What are your requirements? How big are the pieces? How many pieces in one order? Would on-site design be helpful? Installation?
How do I get the best pricing?
We automatically determine your pricing to the maximum discount based on your specifications and how you are purchasing. i.e. quantity per size and style, material efficiencies.
The best part is that in many cases the "greener you get" the more you save.
This is one of the best ways you can save - and help protect the environment
Selecting from our instock inventory means that we do not have to make a special order, which is inefficient in time, purchasing costs, packaging material waste and transport fuels. You will save the most on your order and reduce your carbon footprint.
How much can I save by buying in-stock moulding?
Discounts apply, even if you only order ONE, frame
Matting is also discounted automatically for mats in-stock
Scope of your order
The more pieces you order at one time the lower the price point. This is the case even if you order different mouldings and specifications. However, if it is appropriate to use the same moulding, or your pieces are standard sizes, and you are doing batches, this saves considerably on labor and material efficiency, and we share that savings with you accordingly.
...If your order stays with one vender, we may be able to extrend savings. This is especially important for special orders to reduce the costs of shipping, save packaging, and help with purchasing power.
How is a frame price determined?
There are a number of factors that combined determine frame price
• Moulding Selection - prices vary considerable!
• Complexity of details, matting, frame space, filets
• Conservation services: UV vs. Standard glazing, Rag mats vs standard
This determines the base price - the next consideration is based on the scope of your project:
If images are standard sizes, frames made the same size from the same specifications will result in much higher discounts due to increased efficiency in production. If the sizes vary, but you use the same specifications, your pricing still improve, but not to the degree possible as when you have standard sizes.
We review the overall volume of your order, identifying efficiencies and help you obtain the best possible savings.
Moulding Selection and pricing
A frame is priced by measuring its effective outer dimension and multiplying this by the footage price. The price you pay is only for the actual frame - and it includes all our labor to chop, join, inspect the finished frame and we assume the overcuts and everything related to inventory costs.
Moulding selection is a key consideration to the design of the piece. We believe that style as well as suitability for the scale of the piece is paramount to this decision, therefore first, we never want you to regret a selection.
Frame mouldings range in base price per framing foot from $5 to as much as $150 for closed corner gilded work. The normal range is $8-20.
Accommodating diverse design objectives means that we are full-line dealers for all leading manufacturers of frame moulding. However, we will guide you to products that are forest friendly, as local as possible, Made in America, certified and with the best supply-chain and transportation methods possible,
Purchase from our Standard Selections
We purchase moulding in case lots specifically to offer a wide range of styles at discounted prices. We offer many mouldings at accelerated discounts from retail!
If price is the most important aspect of your selection process, we will help you identify the best moulding that meets the project requirements highest possible discount.
Materials Optimization - Standard Sizes Equals more savings
Frame materials often come in standard sizes. Therefore, by designing your work into those sizes, better pricing is possible due to improved materials utilization. This is especially important when designing volume projects. For example, if you order frames that are 17 x 21, you can only get two mats from a sheet of 32 x 40" whereas 16 x 20 frames yield four sheets per mat board. This saving in material is passed on to you when we calculate your price and there is less waste,
Common Standard sizes
16 x 20 - efficient matting size, box glass
32 x 40 - standard mat board, foamcore, glass
36 x 48 - largest practical glass size
40 x 60 - standard mat board, foamcore oversize
48 x 72 - limited mat board selection in this size, white rag
48 x 96 -foam core, maximum size mat board -(100% white rag only)
48 x 96" Plexiglas
Can I get a price over the phone
or the internet?
A: email your specifications, including size, quantity, and detailed requirements.
Email your specifications here
We will provide a quick response and email support with initial question about your order.
How much is a Frame?
A: "That depends"
What type and quality of the moulding?
How big and how many are we making at one time?
How many matts and what quality?
These are some of the consideration that combine to determine the price of a custom frame.
What about Ready Made Frames?
The question to ask yourself is "Do I want custom framing" or will an inexpensive foreign made "ready made" suffice. If you are OK with assembling your piece and price is the most important factor, then you may not need custom framing at all. There are a number of big box chain stores that provide good selections of cheap frames in limited sizes that may work best for you. If you find something you love - chances are the price IS unbeatable.
The other good news is that we also may have ready mades on hand which we create from overcuts of our larger projects - if you need to save on your project, but still want a custom look, we may be able to provide something as well.
However, you usually cannot replicate it in other sizes and specifications, and you may still want a professional to fit the artwork to the frame and install proper hanging hardware for example,
Note on Special orders - turnaround
If your order requires a special order for materials we do not have in stock, your turnaround may be up to 3 weeks. This allows us time to aggregate orders, and maintain your best discount. If you must have a special order on an accelerated schedule, we may not be able to provide the same pricing
Notes on Oversize
Standard mounting and backing materials are limited
to 48 x 96 as well - Foam core, Gatorfoam
Frames greater than 8 feet length also be problematic. Depending on the producer, 9-10' length is as long as most mouldings care produced. Beyond that size "splicing is required or other joints to make the length. Obtaining oversize Plexiglas is also a factor to consider.