URBANARA

Your home framing toolkit

The frame you choose for wall-hung artwork should complement the image, and keep it in good condition. If you’ve opted for an unframed version of one of our prints, follow our guide to ensure DIY framing is easy.

STYLE TIPS

  • Choose a frame to complement the image. A strong monochrome image would work well with a black frame. Delicate image? Choose a paler and finer frame.
  • Many prints look good with a mount, but you don’t necessarily need one. Framed book pages – or prints with a similar look – may look better filling the whole frame.
  • On the other hand, if you want a print to look more imposing, a mount will increase the overall size and impact of the framed artwork.
  • You should be able to look at the print without getting a crick in your neck, so don’t hang artwork too high.

YOU WILL NEED

  • Art print
  • Frame
  • Metal tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Photo corners (optional)
  • Double-sided sticky tape
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Brown tape
  • Picture hooks or wall plugs and round-headed screws
  • Pipe and wire detector
  • Hammer
  • Spirit level
  • Drill, if required
  • D rings, if required

WHAT TO DO

  1. Take the frame apart, gently easing up any hooks at the back.
  2. Place the backing board and mount on a clean surface. Put your print on the backing board, adjusting it until it’s central. When you’re happy with the position, stick the print in place using photo corners, or double-sided sticky tape. If you’re using tape, put it behind only the top two corners of the print.
  3. Put double-sided tape on the backing board centrally above and below the print. Lay the mount on top, aligning with the edges of the backing board.
  4. Clean the glass using a lint-free cloth.
  5. Put the mounted print into the frame and clip up the back.
  6. Seal around the back of the frame using brown tape to prevent any insects or debris getting inside.
  7. If the frame needs D rings and picture cord or wire for hanging, mark the position of the D rings about a third of the way down the back of the frame using a pencil. Ensure the marks are level, and screw in D rings.
  8. Thread picture wire or cord through the rings and fasten securely.
  9. If you’re using a picture hook, hold the framed print in place on the wall, and mark the position of the top corners lightly, then the centre of the top edge. Lay the picture face down and use the picture hook to pull the cord towards the centre of the top edge. Measure the distance from the top of the frame to the hook. On the wall, measure the same distance down from the mark that shows the centre of the top of the frame and mark the position. A heavy or landscape-shaped picture may need a hook positioned near each end of the wire or cord, so mark and measure these positions instead. Alternatively, if your frame has fastenings on the back, mark the position(s) for these.
  10. Use a pipe and wire detector (available from DIY stores) to check there’s nothing concealed in the wall, then hammer the picture hook(s) into the wall, or drill the wall and fit wall plug(s) and screw(s).
  11. Hang the framed artwork.

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