On the topic of custom framing, I want to talk about an up and coming star I recently discovered online. This company was started in 2014, with a mission statement to “make it easy for everyone to frame the things they love” and they are living up to that promise. The company is called Framebridge. And they just might be a beacon of light for a lot of folks out there who are finding their framing needs increasingly difficult to fulfill.
As a person who has worked in a family owned custom frame shop for a decade, I understand better than most the issues that people face when it comes to framing. I know that it’s expensive, and I know the reasons why. These mom and pop frame shop owners are definitely NOT making a fortune or taking you for a ride. The cost of materials, even at wholesale prices, is high, and the labor that goes into it is painstaking. It really is like buying nice furniture for your walls.
That being said, I live in the real world too. I can’t afford custom framing either. At least, not a lot of it, not all at once, and not at this point in my life.
What I Like About Framebridge
- First and foremost (and this is important to me when doing ANYTHING online) their website is clean, straightforward, and easy to navigate. Cannot stress enough how much I love and appreciate this.
- Their pricing is not only affordable, but also simple and clear cut. It is based ONLY on the size of your picture and not on the style of frame that you choose. (As a custom framer this is bonkers to me, but kind of cool!)
- They have an Instagram option. Seriously. You upload your Instagram photo, pick a frame, and they send it to you in the mail for $39. Boom. Done.
- They feature artists on their website, which, as an artist myself, appreciate. They provide links to the artists’ websites, which is just really rad that they have a support system like that. I immediately recognized several of the names as well – high quality stuff!5.They have a preview service, where you can actually see what your artwork will look like in different frames.
Of course, it might not be right for everyone. With the convenience and affordability of getting your picture custom framed and sent directly to your doorstep by following the steps within their website, you do lose the ability to see the actual frame finish in person (what it feels like, the exact tone, how it looks in different lights, etc.) You also have far fewer choices than you would in a frame shop, although I’m sure many people would view this as a positive thing. The fewer choices, the easier it is to make a decision, right? It also wouldn’t work for shadow box frames, or more three dimensional items that may have more specific requirements. But I, for one, am certainly glad that this company is now available as an option.
Think Framebridge might be just what you need? Click here to get started! And remember if you get stuck or have any questions, they have a customer support team there to assist you. Questions or comments for me? Leave them below! 🙂