By Frame USA

Offering picture frames, posters, art and more for over 30 years! www.frameusa.com has a great selection, low prices, fast delivery and friendly staff.

At Frame USA, we champion our craft. We make all of our art, frames, and more inside our warehouse. All wood frames produced from Frame USA are 100% made in America! We take great pride with that because not only are we able to produce everything in house, we are still able to offer highly competitive prices.

CEO of Frame USA–Favorite Hobby Friday

Get to know the CEO of Frame USA–Favorite Hobby Friday

Last week on Favorite Hobby Friday we learned about Posterservice Sales rep David Estep. Today we get a glimpse at the man who started Frame USA and Posterservice, Dan Regenold as he speaks about his favorite hobby when he’s not running a successful company!

 Since the age of 14 I have been totally addicted to the sport of Tennis. There is something about the one-on-one competition that really gets me going. My true love of the sport dates back to the days when tennis reached the height of popularity and my favorite players to watch (in order) were Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg. I could literally watch for hours upon hours.

Hobby_dan1

I’m also a player and still play 2-3 times a week when my body is not in some resisting state of injury which seems to happen more and more frequently. A few years back I had a chance to go to a Tennis Fantasy camp at John Newcomb’s ranch in Texas. We played tennis twice a day for 6 straight days and by the 4th or -55h day most of us were visiting the trainer daily for aches and pains.   The camp was a great chance to mingle with some of the great players from history (who served as the teachers of the camp)—Cliff Drysdale (commentator), Mark Woodford, Roy Emerson,  Fred Stolle, Mal Anderson, John Newcomb, and several others. When these Aussie greats weren’t teaching us they were encouraging us to work on our Beer Drinking—which they are all experts at.

Dan's Hobby_2

My children have also been very involved in the sport.   Kelly ran the Club Tennis program at Miami University. Emily played Division One tennis at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois (Home of the Dormitory!). Daniel went to State for Doubles in 2010. My wife, Becky doesn’t play but she and I surely have loved watching the kids play for years. And, I’ve started to play more mixed doubles with my two daughters over the last couple of years. Mixed Doubles is lots of fun and highly competitive.

Hobby_Dan5

Part of my obsession watching tennis is going out the ATP combined Tennis Tournament in Cincinnati each August. I have been a season ticket holder for 20 years now. I’ve been to tournaments really all over the Country and none compares to the ATP at the Western & Southern Open. I love to sit in the front row and just get involved in the match. Maybe drink a beer (maybe two?). You can walk around from court to court and really get to know the players as they practice and play.

 

I urge you to watch a tennis match sometime and get into it. If you don’t know anything about the sport  at first it might be a little boring, but it sure gets better over and over. I like the Women’s matches better than the men’s because there is less hard hitting and more strategy.

Hope this Blog posting about my favorite hobby has not been too boring. See you on the courts???

                Daniel P. Regenold, CEO

                Frame USA, Inc.

Next week on Favorite Hobby Friday learn about the girl behind the blog…Me!

Upcycled Picture Frames

Upcycled Picture Frames

Unconventional Uses for Picture Frames

Almost everyone knows what picture frames are for—to protect, enhance and display a piece of artwork, a precious document, or a family portrait. That is not the only thing that picture frames can be used for. The uses for picture frames are endless. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite unconventional uses for picture frames that I’ve seen around pinterest, television and even from customers!

1. Apartment Door Decoration using an Upcycled picture Frame

Upcycled Picture Frame  Fall Wreathe   Upcycled Picture Frame Door Decoration   Upcycled Picture Frame Wreathe Decoration

This use was something I had never thought of until I saw it on the TV Show Selfie. Use a decorative picture frame in shell form (without glass or backing) such as our Napoleon or American Value Silver frames on your door! You can also use a picture frame as a festive wreathe. Our Barnwood frames are perfect for a fall wreathe. This is perfect for apartments to make a door stand out among the sea of doors!

2. Upcycled Frame Collage Artwork 

Upcycled Picture Frame  Art Bathroom Upcycled Picture Frame  Art Upcycled Picture Frame Artwork Bedroom   

Picture frame collages with images in a bunch of different style of frames all painted one color to match but make a statement are very popular. This takes that idea but uses the picture frame shells as art itself! The different styles of our wood frames would be great for this idea.

3. Upcycled picture Frame turned Coffee Table 

I don’t have a picture of this next one since it was an idea from a customer that she is planning on doing. She is planning on making a tabletop with a 2” thick frame to display seashells. She is substituting acrylic instead of glass and wooden dividers for the seashells and to support the acrylic. She figured out that this would be much cheaper than one of those coffee tables that are made for displays. Our Shadow box Elite comes in an unfinished profile which would be great for this so you can stain it and paint it in a color to match your décor.

4. Serving Tray using Upcycled Picture Frame 

Upcycled Picture Frame  Serving Upcycled Picture Frame  Living Room Upcycled Picture Frame Bathroom Tray

Who doesn’t love parties? Create a unique tray to serve food, drinks or bottles on. Using scrap book paper and acrylic glass in one of our frames. Our Victorian Picture Frames would be a beautiful conversation starter about where you got this vintage looking tray.

5. Nail Polish/Spice Rack using an Upcycled Picture Frame

   Upcycled Picture Frame Rack Upcycled Picture Frame  Spice Rack Upcycled Picture Frame Polish Rack

This is perfect for the nail polish or food obsessed. Using a picture frame painted with the color of your choice or even just your favorite frame, for me it would be our Black Smoke Series and wood pieces adhered to the back to hold nail polish bottles or spice containers. This is both a piece of art and a handy storage system!

 

I hope my top 5 favorite unconventional uses for upcycled picture frames inspired the DIY crafter inside you. Show us your favorite upcycled picture frames!

 

Frame USA Employees—Favorite Hobby Friday

Get to know Frame USA Employees–Favorite Hobby Friday

Last week on Favorite Hobby Friday I talked with our favorite monster drawing customer service rep, Kelley Kombrinck. This week I bring you the Favorite Hobby of our Posterservice Sales rep, David Estep.

David, tell us about your favorite hobby.

My favorite hobby is creating art.

  Favorite Hobby_David Estep 1

Your position here makes a lot of sense knowing that; when did you first start creating it?

I have been creating art for as long as I can remember!

So then you must have a pretty neat story behind how you got started, tell our readers all about it. 

I spent my younger years creating art much like every other kid until father gave me a quill pen and ink set that was my Grandfathers. To a young kid it was ancient but it was so cool at the same time. I was fascinated with the result of the ink on paper and spent years working with nothing but. Fast forward to Art School where I studied advertising design and worked a lot with markers creating mark ups. I fell in love with the bright colors of the markers and they now are a part of everything I create.

I was right, that was a pretty unique story, so how long did it take you to become a master at it?

It took me about a year to develop my own unique style before I was happy with the direction it was going. I was influenced by a wide range of sources—fine artists such as Picasso, and Matisse, more contemporary artists like Andy Warhol, psychedelic artists Alex Gray and Ed Paschke and of course comic books. 

fAVORITE hOBBY2_dAVID

So now that you have your style developed, how many hours a week would you estimate you spend on your artwork?

I work on an art project, usually a few at time, almost every day.

Favorite Hobby_David3

So since you do it every day you must have a favorite part, what is it?

Everything from the conceptual to completion. There’s something really cool about each step.

If every part of the process is your favorite, do you even have a least favorite part?

I am not void of having an artist’s block, so when it comes on it can be very frustrating. Sometimes it is difficult to translate my thoughts into images.

Artist’s block is awful, what is some advice for our readers that may want to start creating art?

I truly believe we are all artists, everyone has the ability to create something that expresses a feeling or a thought they may have. So, I say go for it, don’t be afraid of the outcome. Create for yourself first, and the number one idea, enjoy yourself.

So taking your advice, tell us about the most memorable experience with your art.

I have been accepted into a few art shows that are very jury heavy such as Summerfair and the Hyde Park Art Show. I was interviewed in the Citybeat publication and on Channel 9 morning news to promote the 2004 Hyde Park Art Show. It’s really nice to be recognized for my work.

I would say those both would be unforgettable moments; what is one thing you have learned about yourself through mastering art?

There is a release for the voices in my head, my art. Kidding aside, there is some truth to this. I find I have all these artistic ideas and they really start to cry to get out which I feel I must address. Once out, I can move on the next voice/idea.

Art is such a great outlet for working through things! 

Thanks so much David for taking the time to tell our readers about your favorite hobby! 

Favorite Hobby Friday continues next week as Frame USA‘s CEO, Daniel Regenold, tells all about his favorite hobby!

FB_FindUsOnFacebook-100

Holiday Shipping 2014

Holiday Shipping Schedule for 2014

As Christmas quickly approaches everyone is scrambling to get their gifts ordered and purchased so that they arrive on time. Buying presents online, although convenient, is a risky business to get into for Christmas, you never know if you’re going to get the gifts on time. Frame USA is all about life hacks (in case you don’t already know, check out part 1 & part 2 of our life hacks) so we’re going to make things extremely simple for you.

If you need Picture Frames or mats by Christmas, no matter where you are shipping them throughout the United States, your order needs to be placed by December 14th.

December is the only time where our standard 5-7 production time doesn’t apply. You will notice when you place your order and recieve the confirmation that it will say that it will arrive on or by Christmas Eve. We guarantee you with 100% certainty that you will receive your picture frame and mat orders on time if you order by the 14th.

If you would like to know the exact dates that we are shipping out orders, our full holiday shipping schedule can be viewed on our website here.

Since we have made your lives easier, we ask you to consider paying it forward this holiday season and making the life of someone else easier. How can you do this? Consider donating $1 to our charity initiative, Fill The Truck, when you place your orders this holiday season. That $1 will be going to 4 different charities that support those in need year round. $1 could buy you a plethora of items on a fast food restaurant’s dollar menu, but instead of spending it on that, give it to Fill The Truck so that we may help those that are in need!

Happy Shopping—May the odds be ever in your favor! (they will be when you shop with us!)

Most Popular Picture Frame Sizes–Revisited

One of our most popular blog posts to date has been a post about most popular frame sizes We thought we would bring it back as we enter into the holiday season as a resource for you as you purchase picture frames. Enjoy!

Most popular frame sizes

We are often asked what our most popular frame sizes are. It is first important for us to clarify how our sizes work in general. Here is the list of all of the sizes that we consider to be standard frame sizes:

picture frame custom
A listing of our standard picture frame sizes.

In our experience, these are the most popular and most utilized sizes overall. These sizes cover a wide range of photograph sizes, poster sizes, art print sizes, and many other common sizes we see every day. Our most popular sizes are:

5×7

5x7’s are a very popular frame size because so many photographs are printed off in the 5×7 size. 5x7’s are the perfect size to display your photos on a desktop at work, home, or to give a precious memory to someone close to you.

Frames with a smaller molding such as our Corporate Thin series are great but don’t be afraid to go with a wider moulding such as our Bistro Series

8×10

Our 8×10 picture frames are top sellers at Frame USA. Once again, 8×10 is a common picture size, but it is also a perfect frame because it includes a mat. Our 8×10 frames come with an off white mat for a 5×7 image, allowing you to mat your 5×7 picture to help highlight your memories.

8.5×11

8.5 x 11 picture frames are a popular size for documents and certificate. Check out our wide variety of specialty certificate frames or our very popular diploma series. But all of our wood frames and metal frames can be used for documents,diplomas and certificates.

11×14

11×14 frames also include an off white mat but for an 8×10 image. Many of our customers love this size because they can use the frame with the mat, or remove the mat and highlight their 11×14 photographs. Our picture frames all offer this versatility, making Frame USA’s picture frames perfect for any occasion or event.

Some great frames in this size would be our Architect and Corporate series

16×20

If you are looking for a medium sized picture frame, the 16×20 size is a great choice. Our 16×20 picture frames include an off white mat for an 11×14 image. This option provides just over 2” of matting on each side of your image. This is a great size picture frame because you can make it a highlight piece on your wall, or part of a mixture with other frames to form a collage on your wall.

This is a great size to go with a wider picture frame such as our Verona Wide Series.

24×36

Our largest popular size picture frame is our 24 x 36 size. 24 by 36 is the main size that most posters that are sold come in. Therefore if you are looking to frame a poster for a dorm room, your office or house, or to give as a gift, this is the perfect picture frame size for you.

Plaque-mounting your image is another option that would work well, which is basically a way to display an image without a frame. (They do get considerably heavier with size, though!)

 

Know the size of your fine art but not sure which frame you would like to order? Purchase a sample!

When choosing the best picture frame size for you, always make sure to measure your image first. All of our frame sizes are based on the inside dimensions. Therefore if you have an 8×10 image and do not want to use the mat, you still want to order an 8×10 frame. If you have an 11×14 image and do want to include a mat, it is important to order a larger frame size to accommodate this.

Now the question is what is a custom size frame? A custom size frame here at Frame USA is any size outside of our standard 32 sizes (refer to chart listed above). We can produce almost any size frame your heart can imagine. Our only limitations come into play with the width of the moulding- the thinner the frame, the smaller the maximum size will be.

We hope this article on our most popular frame sizes has provided you with all of the information you may need when ordering our picture frames. If you ever have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!

Frame USA Employees–Favorite Hobby Friday

Get to know Frame USA Employees–Favorite Hobby Friday

From what we have heard from our subscribers, last week’s Favorite Hobby Friday was a huge hit! This week we bring you the favorite hobby of one of our customer service representatives, that many of our customers who have purchased picture frames from us may have spoken with, Kelley Kombrinck.

I sat down with Kelley to discuss his favorite hobby and the talent that was first displayed here.

Kelley, we first experienced your talent when you drew a Unicorn and an elephant on a customer’s order, why don’t tell me a bit more about your hobby!

I’m a guy who likes to draw. Mainly charcoal or pencil/pen and ink on paper. Most of my work is done by hand but I’ve begun using digital media—i.e. Photoshop—to color my pictures. My genre of choice is horror art—ghosts and monsters and such—and my style is mainly comic book/fantasy, but I can still bust out a pretty accurate portrait if I need to.

  KelleyK- Hobby 1

Judging by your level of skill you’ve probably been drawing for a pretty long time; When did you first start?

I have been drawing as far back as I can remember, and it was always monsters, always.

So why did you start drawing monsters at such an early age?

As a kid I just drew because I wanted to be like my older brother who also drew really well. As I got older and realized I was good at it I started drawing to break the ice with the people who sat around me in school because I was kind of weird and awkward and it helped to get people on my side right off the bat.

Most creative people are a little weird, so you’re not alone in that— how long has it taken you to become a master at it?

Like most artists, I’m still mastering it and continue to develop and learn. I will say that I really kicked it into high gear in my early twenties when I started incorporating more realistic human anatomy and working harder to understand light and shadow.

Kelley_drawing3

The level of detail in all of your pieces is outstanding, how many hours a week would you estimate you spend drawing?

It depends on the week. Some weeks I don’t draw at all. Other weeks I might put 22 hours in. When I’m working on a hot project I’ll get lost in it.

Kelley-Hobby4
Kelley frequently brings in his drawing pad in to the office and work on his craft during his lunch hour—that’s dedication!

22 hours, that’s a long time, you must really enjoy it—what’s your favorite part about it?

For me, there’s a moment where a picture is not quite finished, but where I’ve gotten all the main elements penciled in and they look how I want them to look—the picture still has a way to go and there’s a lot of cleanup and smaller details to add — but I see the most important parts and they are staring back at me as if they just stepped through a door out of my imagination. I go on and finish the picture and its great and everything but it’s that moment halfway through that is my favorite.

Wow, that was really poetic, with how you talk about drawing it’s hard to imagine that this question would apply to you but, none the less, what’s your least favorite part about it?

Oh lord it’s when I get a picture to a great place and then I go one step further and it hurts the picture. Sometimes it’s just something that bothers me and no one else really notices but I’ve occasionally ruined a drawing that I’ve put a lot of time and work into by just not letting it rest when it was done. I also hate when I go to ink my pencil drawing and I make a mistake—ink does not forgive.

Like most artists you appear to be your own worst critic! What has been the most memorable experience?

I’ve had several. One of the most memorable was having my work displayed in a black-room art show at a specialty shop back in 2001. My first— and last — exhibition. I drank all the wine and left early with a headache but I did sell one piece.

Sounds like a successful night to me! What is one thing you have learned about yourself through drawing?

I’ve learned that I can really take a critique without getting my feelings too hurt and turn it into development. People are quick to tell you what you’re doing wrong and sometimes it’s just to be snarky but if I can pull something useful out of it and improve my technique then I’m all for it. Some of my biggest jumps in growth have come out of brutally stated critiques.

That is a great ability to have as an artist— what is your advice for people who may want to start drawing?

I think that if you want to start doing it, you probably already are but if you’re wanting to take it to a level where you want to show or sell your art remember this: your style and subject matter is your own, do what you want, but when your technique gets criticized, listen with an open mind. Even if the critic is a jerk, they might be right.  

I think that is something we could all use, even those that aren’t artisticbe yourself and stand up for what you believe in!

Thanks so much Kelley for taking the time to answer my questions!

I hope you have enjoyed Favorite Hobby Friday so far! Stay tuned next week for our Posterservice Sales Rep David Estep’s favorite hobby!


FB_FindUsOnFacebook-100

Fill The Truck–Frame USA’s December Charity of the Month

December Charity of the Month: Fill The Truck

In our blog post about Frame USA’s Favorite hobby that we posted yesterday, we mentioned that our favorite hobby is giving back to those in need.  We do this selecting a different charity organization to donate to on our website and retail store every month.

If you read that post, this will come as no surprise to you, we have selected Fill The Truck as our December Charity of the month on frameusa.com as well as the charity in our retail store. For every picture frame online order that we receive we will donate $0.75. In our retail store, we will donate $1.00 for every custom frame orders. This amount is on top of the donations that we get from our generous customers.

To read more about the past years of Fill The Truck, Check out Monday’s blog post.

Fill The Truck 2014

November 25, 2014 marked the beginning of the 5th annual Fill The Truck.

With help from our corporate sponsors: Planes Moving & Storage, Akers Packaging Service, Inc, iHeart Media, and Krieg Offset, as well as all of our customers, We hope to make this year the most successful year yet.

All of the donations, both cash and physical goods that we receive will be going four different charity organizations: The Healing Center, Valley Interfaith, CAIN, and Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky.

The donations that we are collecting are things that almost everyone takes for granted such as: Toilet paper, personal care items, winter clothing and bedding. All of these can have a profound impact for those who are in need.

In honor of #givingtuesday today, please consider donating $1 to Fill The Truck when you place your order for Picture frames online today as well as throughout the month of December. It’s as easy as clicking a button. Fill The Truck Check Out Page

If you’re feeling extra generous and would like to donate a physical item visit fillthetruck.org!

Get to Know Frame USA- Favorite Hobby Friday

 Favorite Hobby Friday

Last week for Favorite Hobby Friday, our Director of Sales, Chas Hall, was interviewed about his favorite Hobby. Since last Thursday was Thanksgiving, and we were out of the office that Friday, we are bringing you last weeks favorite hobby Friday today! We wanted to take a different spin on it and tell our customers what Frame USA’s favorite hobby is as a company.

Frame USA’s Favorite Hobby is Giving Back to those in need.

On a monthly basis Frame USA chooses charities to support through our website as well as our retail store. We mentioned in our blog post about our November Charity of the month, Free Store Foodbank, that in September alone we donated over 1,500 to our two charities.

However our biggest charity initiative by far is Fill The Truck.
Fill The Truck first started back in December of 2010 by Frame USA’s CEO, Dan Regenold. That December he had a vision to fill a 54 foot semi-truck for a local charity. He put together a team of giving coordinators to make this initiative as successful as possible in under 30 days. By the end of December, Frame USA ended up needing a second truck because they were so successful at getting donations that they over filled their semi by 7%. This equaled 833 boxes and over 30 skids equaling more than $22,200 in donations.

photo photo2 (1)

The truck isn’t just a means of transporting all of the donations that we get, to Dan, the truck represented hope, life and a second chance for people within his community who were down on their luck.

Since that December of 2010 Frame USA has been coordinating Fill the Truck every year. This past Tuesday, November 25, 2014, marked the beginning of the 5th Annual Fill The Truck. The best part about this charity initiative is that it isn’t just a one man show. From now until December 21st when the trucks are delivered to their respected Charities, the employees at Frame USA will have this initiative on their brains and will do everything in their power to make it as successful as possible.
With that being said, Fill The Truck is a massive charity initiative that performs at hyper speed in just under 30 days. All the donations received are boxed and packed by employees donating their time.

Fill The Truck 2011   FTT_2011_2_Frame USA
On December 21st when we deliver the donations, we are delivering a second chance to the people in need. It is this reason that we continue to do this initiative every year, no matter the man power and time that it takes organizing.

Fill The Truck 2012
FTT 2012_2_Frame USA

One thing that we have learned the past 5 years that we have undertaken this challenge is that no matter how small a donation is, it can completely change someone’s life around.

Fill the Truck - Packing Skids   Fill the Truck - Packing Up the Boxes

Our piece of advice for all of you is that it doesn’t take a large donation of cash to make a difference in someone’s life; something as simple as a hat and glove set can mean the world to someone in need.

Stay tuned every Friday to get to know Frame USA & our employees.

Get To Know Frame USA Employees– Favorite Hobby Friday

Get to know Frame USA Employees–Favorite Hobby Friday

The people who work for Frame USA aren’t just a bunch of drones. We want our customers to know us to be familiar with the people who day in and day out provide you with quality American made picture frames at affordable prices. We thought we would give you an inside look at what our employees do in their spare time. First up: Chas Hall, who is our Director of Sales and our newest employee!

I interviewed Chas about his favorite thing to do when he’s not at work here is that interview.

  

So Chas, what is it that you enjoy doing on your time off?

I participate in something called The Warhammer 40K/Fantasy, which involves collecting, building, painting, custom creating and gaming with plastic, metal, or resin miniatures.

Warhammer_40k game piece  

Impressive!  So when did you first start creating the pieces?

I began this hobby at the beginning of January in 2012

So you’ve been  doing this for almost 3 years now,  how did you get started?

A friend of mine was familiar with my interests for painting and building things. He was also aware of my competitive nature when it comes to playing chess and checkers and quickly realized I could apply each of my interests into one hobby, which I immediately developed a passion for.

That’s a pretty involved friend, How long did it take you to become a master at it?

Because there are so many challenging aspects and areas of the hobby it can be difficult to master all areas. However, if there is a specific aspect that I feel I’ve mastered it would be custom creating projects. For example, I would be taking a kit and fully converting the product in a unique way, which is opposite of what the manufacturer or instructions would suggest.

  Warhammer Fantasy_Chas

You’re saying that you start majority of your pieces completely from scratch, that must take up a good chunk of your time, How many hours a week would you estimate you spend?

At least 45 minutes per day in a 7 day period.

Warhammer 40K_Employee Hobby

So that is roughly about 5.5 hours a week! What is your favorite part about it?

My favorite part about it is custom creating something or converting a product that is not a direct representation of what is included within the kit.

I can tell you’re really passionate about this hobby, with that being said, do you have a least favorite part about it?

The gaming aspect is my least favorite because there are so many rules, terms and Warhammer 40k/fantasy lingo to learn, which can dramatically slow down game play. There are also constant updates within game rules that may affect a player who is not completely familiar with his/her rulebook, which can also delay game time.

That would be difficult to stay up to date with, so what has been the most memorable experience with Warhammer 40k/Fantasy?

Without a doubt that would be winning painting and/or conversion contests in tournament entries!

If you’ve won tournament entries you must be pretty talented, what is your advice for people who may want to start participating in it?

Have patience and have fun! Don’t expect to become great at custom building, painting and/or gaming over night, it takes time. Encourage your friends to participate so that you can continue to learn and grow together!

So since you’ve been doing it for a couple of years now, what is one thing you have learned about yourself through mastering this?

One thing I have learned about myself is that even when it comes to having interest in a hobby, I have a pretty solid ability with attention to detail, specifically with painting schemes, instructions, etc!

Thanks so much Chas for taking the time to answer my questions!

Not only does this allow for our customers to get to know our employees but it allows for our employees to get to know their coworkers on a level that they may have not had the chance to.

If you have any additional questions regarding his Hobby, leave us comment  and we’ll get it answered for you!

 

FB_FindUsOnFacebook-100

Stay tuned for the next Favorite Hobby Friday!

Retail Custom Framing VS Our Build A Frame Custom Framing Feature

Retail Custom Framing VS Build A Frame

Framing is expensive and time consuming, with so many options it’s hard to find the right frame for the photograph or art that you are trying to frame. Having that piece be an odd size will make it even more expensive and time consuming.

There are so many online retailers out there that sell ready-made frames, including Frame USA, but very few that offer the option of purchasing completely custom made picture frames. Most online frame companies don’t offer the option because it’s hard! Custom framing by nature is so personal and requires a lot of back and forth between the customer and framer. There are so many options that are offered in your brick and mortar stores for custom framing, which are just not realistic for online companies.

We admit that the options available on our Build a Frame are nowhere near the options available in our retail frame shop, with that being said, Build a Frame is one of the best options for online custom picture framing on the market today, from our perspective in the industry as well as the feedback we’ve heard from customers who have used it.

I was curious how Build a Frame matched up, price wise, with your traditional brick and mortar retail custom framing, so  I did some research. I thought I would share my results for those of you who are skeptical of our Build a Frame.

During my lunch this past Friday I took a field trip to two very well known frame shops here in Cincinnati. These two frame shops feature a lot of advertising and newspaper ads and are known for their crazy sales so I thought I would see how our Build A Frame Matched up to them.

I went to these two frame companies and ask for a custom framing quote for an 8×10 picture with a double mat in a simple 11×14 black picture frame. This is a standard picture frame size, but it is often used as the beginning of a custom order.

Here are the quotes:

Retail Custom Framing Competitor #1

When I went into this frame shop I was actually worried that my results would not work out in our favor— they had a huge sale going on where everything was 50% off and then you were able to take an additional 30% off that sale price. The price for my 8×10 picture with a double mat in an 11×14 black picture frame with standard glass backing and assembly which included a wire hanger was $75.62.  I saved a total of $131.56; I don’t want to imagine what the cost would be without that sale.

Retail Custom Framing Competitor #2

My lunch time was coming to an end rapidly so I decided for this next shop that I was going to call and get a quote. The price for my 8×10 picture with a double mat in an 11×14 black picture frame with standard glass backing and assembly which included a wire hanger was starting at $70. That means that there is a chance that it could go up depending which picture frame molding I went with.

Our Custom Framing tool: Build A Frame

Custom Framing Online vs Retail Framing

So using Build A Frame I priced out myself exactly what I asked the two frame shops for. Since this is an Online Custom Framing tool the convenience of not having to stand in lines or even leave your pajama is there. The total including shipping and tax since I was shipping it to my home in Cincinnati was $51.23  without the tax for those of you who are not having it shipped to somewhere in ohio would be $47.99

Using Build A Frame would save me around $24.39.  Want to know what you could buy with $24.39?

  • Miracle Berry Tablets—alter your taste buds for an hour so anything sour tastes sweet
  • LifeStraw- drink from any water source and have filtered clean water to drink from
  • Rock-It— it turns just about any surface into a speaker
  • Bubble-Calendar— a calendar made from bubble wrap that you get to pop every day
  • A new pair of shoes
  • Two Chipotle Burritos

I could go on but the point is not only does Build A Frame have all the convenience of shopping online ( no lines, no leaving your bed) but it also saves you money, So unless you have a really complex custom framing job, give Build A Frame a chance, it won’t disappoint you, or your wallet!