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Shadow Box Frames – A Nice Way to Display Valuable Objects

A shadow box frame is an enclosed, glass front picture frame that can hold and display items that have value or particular meaning for an individual. These shadow box frames are deeper than our standard picture frames and are really taking off right now.

Shadow Box Picture Frame

Our Shadowbox Showcase Frames are inexpensive shadow boxes which are available in 4 colors and many standard sizes. They have easy opening tabs which allow you to open the frame from the back. All you need to do to have your shadow box frame ready for display is mount the items inside, replace the back, and hang.

Our other shadow box series is the Shadow Box Elite. This series is a beautiful and affordable way to put your treasured heirlooms and collectibles on display. The Shadow Box Elite is available in 4 colors (white, black, cherry and honey) and has a depth of 15/16″.


Whether you’re looking to keep certificates and awards safe or simply display precious mementos, our American made shadow box frames will keep you satisfied and have your guests in awe.

What Is A Floater Frame?

In the world of art, photography and picture framing, the different variations of frames and what they are used for can get a bit confusing. To the untrained eye picture frames can all look the same and seemingly be interchangeable. In reality, that is not the case. Based on the material, style and size, each picture frame is chosen for a different reason. Do to this, a common question we often encounter is; what exactly is a floater frame?

Floater Frames are used for works of art that are painted or printed on a canvas. This style of frame is particularly popular among photographers and painters. Floater picture frames provides extra space around the canvas and can make is seem like the artwork is floating, hence the name. The frame provides a very safe space for the picture housed inside it and often compliments the artwork by adding a three-dimensional feel.


Floater Frame

At Frame USA we offer our Floater Frames in many different ready made sizes and styles. If you don’t see the size you’re looking for don’t worry, we even offer custom sizes for your special projects.

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Framing in the City: Jon Toole

framed art I have lived in downtown Cincinnati for over 8 years now and like most downtown living, space is always an issue. You pay a lot for a little. So maximizing your space with proper furniture is paramount. Choosing appropriate sized pieces and not over cluttering is the key to a great living space.

Often forgotten are the walls. Sure, a great paint color on the wall can help open up a space, but putting up unique and interesting art can define a space. Often times you don’t need to spend a lot on artwork if you do a little digging. For example, if you find an artistic poster you could look for a unique or more elegant frame that helps bring that piece together. This way you are not spending hundreds on art work, your only making it look like you did.

Another great option is canvas. Canvas adds a Canvas art unique touch to the space and if you choose interesting artwork to display it can really help define your space and personality. Canvas can be on the expensive side but is worth it for the look. Plus, if you can find a shop that is running a deal (like Frame USA) then you can get great art for a bargain.

Don’t be afraid to add framed art to walls, it is one of the best ways to add style and color to your space without taking up a lot of space!

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Preserving Framed Art with Conservation Mats: by Denyia Gott

At FRAME USA we work all day with frames and the materials to create them, but I wondered if this little bit of information might shed some light on the importance of using conservation materials to preserve art for years to come.

When framing a picture, you may opt to include a mat board.  When using a high quality mat board, it is possible to protect your picture or artwork from being discolored by the acidic properties of a wood frame or from external factors, including the wall the frame is being hung on. The mat is not only a beautiful addition to the framing, it also creates a buffered border that prevents acid from destroying what you are trying to protect.

There are several types of mat boards you can choose to use, the main two being AlphaRag and Paper Mat.  Each of these mat boards has specific properties that make them more desirable. AlphaRag is the highest quality mat board you can purchase and is made from cotton.  Rag is extremely durable and will stand the test of time by blocking all acid from getting to the picture. The colors available are somewhat limited and the pricing is higher than any other mat board, but it is a fair trade off to have the kind of mat board used to best protect your art.  Paper mat boards are the least expensive of all the mat boards, but they also do the least to protect your pictures over time. These boards are treated with a chemical to neutralize the acidity of the wood pulp used to make the mat. The problem is that this buffer will deteriorate over time, and the acidity of the wood will eventually damage the picture by leaving a burn mark on the art that cannot be removed. These mat boards are recommended for temporary framing and should only be used for a period of time.

Spending the little extra money in the beginning will make it possible to cherish your framed piece for many years to come.  Thanks for the read, from one happy framer!



The Art I Hang at Home: Taylor Harris

blog Hi, my name is Taylor, customer Service Representative for Frame USA. I by no means am an artistic person, but I do appreciate art that carries meaning. When I hear from a customer who is looking to frame a diploma, wedding portrait, first day of school picture or any other special occasion I put myself in their shoes. There is no better feeling than finally choosing a frame for that piece that means so much to you and hanging it in your home.

My husband and I purchased our first home almost a year ago. The first blog1 piece of art we purchased was actually from a family member. My uncle Marvin Espy is an artist, designer and photographer who now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He sketched an image we sent him of our twin boys and produced an AMAZING piece of art. I couldn’t wait to frame it. I chose the Corporate Wide Grey Barnwood picture frame. Looks pretty amazing wouldn’t you say?

Next I wanted to find frames for our kids’ newborn pictures. We had guests at our baby shower sign the mat around our twin’s pictures welcoming them as soon as they got home. Unfortunately the frame was broken during the move. The Corporate Wide frame we used for the sketch looked so good we decided to get two more!

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I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the art in my husband’s man cave. He is a boxing fan so I thought why not get him “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali poster from Posterservice with Frame USA’s Architect blog4 Walnut picture frame. It was a hit!

The picture frame is just as important as the piece of art. The choice of frame can make or break its’ presentation so make sure the frame you choose compliments your art piece and is of made of quality materials. I certainly feel I made great framing choices.

A How To on Frame USA’s Online Custom Framing Tool:Build A Frame

Build A Frame has been  around for quite some time, but we are still getting some questions about it. So what we did was come up with a fool proof info graphic that goes through what Build A Frame offers and how awesome it really is.

Here are the top ten reasons why we think Build A Frame is the next best thing since sliced bread:

  1. Build a Frame lets you make your art into a framed masterpiece without evening have to leave your house
  2. Almost any size can be entered into Build A Frame with a click of a few keys.
  3. You can not only get a single mat but you can also get a double and a triple.
  4. You won’t have to worry about buying hanging kits, all Build A Frame orders come with them!
  5. Build A frame lets you get your favorite poster from Posterservice.com framed before you even ships from the warehouse
  6. You don’t have to worry about printing your image, Build A Frame gives you the option to make Frame USA Employees print it for you on super nice high quality paper.
  7. You’re not limited in what type of frame you can get. Build A Frame has all options
  8. Custom matting from Build A Frame gives you endless options
  9. Build a Frame gives you three choices of glazing, not just forces you to choose the most expensive option!
  10. Build A Frame lets you have a custom framing experience that you desire, stick to the basics or go for the gold either way Build A Frame is a winner.


Build A Frame Infographic

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!

Life Hacks: Frame USA Edition Part Two

Last week we posted the first part of the life hacks that we provide to our customers and as promised here is part two! We hope that these will serve you well as the holiday season approaches:

Frame USA’s Life Hacks

Life Hack #6: We offer wholesale Prices! 

This one is kind of a no-brainer. We value our customers, so when we find one that is planning on ordering only large orders of picture frames, we want to reward them for giving us their business. The only thing they have to do is fill out our B2B form. Once they are approved, they will see a brand new list of pricing for all of our products!  

Life Hack #7: We make it easy to save big.

It’s safe to say that our picture frames are inexpensive high quality products, but we love our customers, so we give them numerous opportunities to purchase our products for even lower prices. The best way to stay up to date on our products is to sign up for our email newsletter. (we promise not to bombard your email  with useless information) If you by chance love to see and read useless information, well you should check out and follow our social media pages. Not only do we post sales that are exclusive to our followers but we give you insight information into our company!


Life Hack #8: Have a problem? We’re just a chat away.

Just because we’re an online business, doesn’t mean that we aren’t here for you. Our team of customer service agents is here to help you solve any problems or answer any questions that may come your way about our website, or our products. On top of being a critical part of the company these agents are available via live chat (accessible on our website) to help make things easier for you, don’t hesitate to reach out them during business hours (9AM-5PM est)

Life Hack #9: Track your order easily online. 

If you’re one of our more active customers, you may be familiar with our tracking system, and you may hate it, well we have heard the complaints and we listened to you and have updated the tracking system. Although it’s not as real time as the Dominos pizza tracker, we’re pretty happy with it and we hope you are too! You are now able to see just what stage of production your order is using our ‘Track My Order’ feature. Not only is this available for our customers that order picture frames online, we have also made it possible for customers that place orders over the phone to use this feature (ask your agent about this the next time you call in!).

Life Hack #10: We will give you 110%

I bet you’re scratching your head about how exactly this is a life hack for you, but trust us it is. Think about your worst shopping experience ever, was it the company’s product that angered you or was it the service you received from that company? More often than not a company that leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth did so by giving you awful service. Not only do we all want exceptional service all the time, we expect it and when a company doesn’t deliver they end up on our list of bad companies.  At Frame USA we’re different from your everyday company; on top of creating amazing high quality made in the USA Picture Frames, we are dedicated to creating what we refer to as “raving fans”. Raving Fans are our repeat, loyal, and happy customers. At Frame USA our number one goal is to prove to you why we excel at our work and have you “rave” about our products and services. The employees at Frame USA go about their day with one thing on their minds: how is what I’m doing going to create raving fans. We give our customers 110%,we are prompt, accommodating and understanding; three things you are looking for during the Holiday Season.


Well there you have it, Frame USA’s Top 10 life hacks for our customers . We hope that you enjoyed these and that they have provided some simplicity in your life! Comment and Let us know if you would like this to be a reoccurring theme in which we give you life hacks for things like DIY projects and custom framing!

Life Hacks: Frame USA Edition Part One

There is a trend that has been all over the internet lately and we have become obsessed with it. The growing fad of life hacks is something that everyone no matter your age or moment in life can jump on. There have been many different names for this, but the simple explanation of it is this: Changes that you can do to make a task you’ve been assigned easier. These usually are accompanied by genius ideas that are so simple they make you hit yourself for not coming up with it on your own. The people that work at Frame USA are no different than you and your family. When we make decisions involving our picture frames and the way we do business, we think about what we as a customer would want from a company, and we make that happen. As consumers we know that people want things that are effortless and easy which is why life hacks have become so popular and is exactly the reason why we provide our loyal customers with life hacks! Instead of making our customers guess to the many life hacks that we have implemented we thought we would give you a compiled list that you could refer to, especially during the holiday season! We have come up with so many life hacks that we have split them up into a two part blog post.

Frame USA’s Life Hacks

Life Hack #1. We offer 24 hour shipping.

We’ve all experienced the panic of forgetting to purchase something and not realizing it until the day before. You scour the internet for the things you need only to realize the price tag associated with it would be enough to send you back to college. Frame USA isn’t like that, we have made a large selection of our picture frames, including all of our best selling picture frames, able to be shipped in 24 hours. To make your life even easier, we’ve created a page that includes all of our fast shipping series for easy picking. Just look for this banner on our website and you’ll have your picture frames in no time.

24 hour Shipping

Life Hack #2. You can purchase mats, frame and posters all from one location

Have a party to go to, need a present for someone? We’re a one stop shop. We have combined 4 of our sites that were previously on their own so that our customers could purchase everything they need for picture framing from one location. We wanted to let you know that you don’t have to shop each website separately, if you fell in love with a poster on Posterservice and would love to make it pop with a nice mat and a picture frame that is made in the USA, well you can flip between the tabs and add each item to your shopping cart and pay for them all in one order.

Frame USA Tabs

Life Hack #3. You can get a custom framed piece without even leaving your home using Build-a-Frame.

We took life hack # 2 and made it even easier for you. You don’t even have to frame your items yourself; you can use our state of the art online custom framing tool called Build-a-Frame. Build-a-frame allows you to use a poster from PosterService or even upload your own picture to be used. You then will select your mats and the frame to go with it. The best part about it is that we take all of this information and give it to our custom framing experts and they create your masterpiece and ship it to you. Just look for this custom framed picture on frameusa.com and have a one-of-a-kind framed piece with a click of a button. Build A Frame Custom Framing

Life Hack #4. You can get special volume quotes right from our website.

Custom Frame Quotes
For bonus life hacks we’ve linked the pages to the images so just click this and be taken straight to our quotes page !

Life Hack #5. We sell Photo Frame hangers and accessories

Picture Frames are kind of useless if you have no way to display them. What kind of company would we be if we sold our customers useless products? Not only do all our frames ship with some type of display item whether it be an easel back(E), sawtooth hanger(WH) or V-clips  depending on the size and style of picture frame. (All our Picture and Poster frames list what they come with (w/), refer to the corresponding guide to decode what each letter means (E,G,M,S,WH))However if you would like to hang one of our picture frames that come with an easel, you can purchase hangers and frame accessories right from our website . As with all our Picture and Poster frames, all of our hangers and accessories are Made in the USA right here in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Picture Frame Hangers_Life Hacks


Stay tuned next week for Life Hacks:Frame USA Edition Part Two!

by Frame USA

5 Questions from Artists who need Frames

How do you frame a canvas? Can you frame an oil painting? These common questions and more are answered in this week’s top 5 questions!


1. What looks best with black and white photographs?

This is a question we receive quite often, and one that’s best discovered with a good amount of experimentation. In the end, the answer will vary based on how much of a value scale your image has. If it’s darker, you may want a lighter frame to showcase the darks. If there’s more white space, a black picture frame will make the piece more visually striking. A good in-between is silver, particularly our Vernona Wide (or narrow if you prefer) Tarnished Silver. In fact, we recently used this to frame a custom order for one of our contest winners. He loved it, as did his family and friends:

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2. What frame pairs well with black and white drawing / pen and ink?

A good pairing for black and white art does fall under the same advice as photography, however, an art piece can generally be seen as more striking in a standard black frame. Pen and ink can really be framed in any color, though, depending on the theme of your work. For instance, a simple drawing of the ocean or rain storm could look perfect in a frame with blue hues (Clean Cute for instance.) Another idea is to go with a more textured frame like Carbon Fiber if your piece is a bit more cacophonous.

3. What frames are used for canvas displays?

Our best frames for the job include Floater Frames and our In-Depth series. Floater is one of our most recent art frames – made specifically for the purpose of displaying canvas artwork. You can see how these frames look in action below:



4. How do you frame an oil painting?

As with the above response, Most paintings and canvas work will fit best inside of a Floater or In-Depth picture frame. These are our deepest frames and offer the best look for those times you want your painting inside of a frame. Glass is not included with a Floater frame if you’re buying from us, but that’s a fairly standard method of display within the art industry.

5. Which picture frame material is right for me?

Finally, another question we hear often is “Which frame is right for me?” It’s an understandable question when you see how many we have! Wood, metal, shadow box, poster frames, acryllic easels… The honest answer is, you have to find out on your own! Learn whether the room you are presenting in will have a lot of glare, or if that’s even a concern of yours. Know whether or not real wood or eco-friendly wood is important to you. There are plenty of options to choose from most of those choices are situational. Have a look at our past blog posts on choosing the right frame. Our YouTube channel can also help!

What are some questions you’ve had about framing? Leave a comment below!