CHI Good Questions: How to Frame a Large Poster?

CHI Good Questions: How to Frame a Large Poster?

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Janel Laban
Mar 7, 2008

Josh sent us this good question which just got to the top of the posting queue, but he also posted it on the Open Thread this week. We thought we go ahead and publish here as well to get some more great ideas and also to share those already provided by the readers.

Josh wrote: "I need help with ideas for framing a larger poster. It is roughly 33" x 45". I would like it to be somewhat inexpensive, the frame shop (with a 50% off coupon) wanted $170 to frame it, which I think is high for a poster...

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... that cost only $100 to start with. So I'm looking for alternative methods. I have looked into swiss clips, but didn't know if they would support a piece of that size. I've looked at poster rails, but I would like it protected. I'm close to buying 2 large ready made frames and frankensteining it to the size I need. With this I also worry about the poster looking rippled under the plexi (without dry mounting it, the frame shops insists i should do it, but i don't want to ruin the poster...) It's either that or drilling 8 holes in the wall and putting mirror clips around it. a source for non-glare plexi would be great too."

Some great answers from readers on the Open Thread:

Jmorey- Have you considered having the poster plak-it mounted? It is a great way to make a poster relatively indestructible. The only downside is that it is permanent. Take a look at plak-it.com - Niamh

jmorey - i had the same issue, i went to home depot, had a cheap, thin piece of wood cut to the poster size, had some crystal clear plexiglass cut to size and put it all together with corner brackets - added a hook in the back and hung it on the wall - i also interchange the posters, super cheap but very sleek - 30katie

JMorey - I second the masonite and plexi framing -- I'd recommend putting some sort of archival paper between the masonite and the poster to prevent yellowing, and if you're feeling cheap / broke, you can use heavy binder clips (the kind with the silver tabs - available in many colors if you look in the right places) and hold the assembly together that way. Then, you simply pull the tabs off the front sides of them, and stretch picture wire between the top back tabs. easy peasy.-kvh

On the poster frame question you might try and head to TJ Maxx or Marshall's and find a cheap framed print and replace it with your poster. Many times you can get decent frames for less that way. - JenB

Frames Cheap?Have you tried to the Basement of Jayson's Home and Garden?
- chris

Re: poster frame go to www.dickblick.com and click on framing then poster frames. - fuzzball

Thanks to all who have already helped and thanks in advance to anyone who can add more info and ideas to the comment thread below...

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