Acrylic or Glass: The Pros and Cons For Your Bespoke Frame


Are you dreaming of buying a beautiful bespoke frame for your home? It’s a good choice – you will find that a bespoke frame can really bring out the best from your subject. Finding the right materials is a challenge, though, and choosing between glass or acrylic glazing is particularly tough. Here’s a deepdive into when you should use each option.


When to Choose a Glass Frame

Are you thinking about using glass for your bespoke picture frame? Here’s when you should think about using glass.

Resist scratches

If you are worried about your frame becoming scratched because it is in a high traffic area, you might want to think about glass. Compared to acrylic options, glass is stronger and it is more resistant to wear and tear. This could mean that your glass glazing could last longer than an acrylic option.

Extra durability

While acrylic is less likely to break, it can bow and bend over time within a frame. This can distort the subject below and really affect the quality of your piece. This is one of the main reasons that some people decide to stick with glass, given that its form will not shift over time.

You have the appropriate hardware

Glass is much heavier than acrylic and as such, it’s important that you have the right hardware installed on your wall to support your frame. If you have the hardware installed, you might want to make the most of it by choosing a glass glazing for your bespoke picture frame.

Simpler to clean

You will undoubtedly want to clean your frames regularly. This can help you to keep your subject looking beautiful and visible. Glass is much simpler to clean, given that you will simply have to dust it down using a microfibre cloth. The story is a little more complicated with acrylic: it must be washed with soap and water, and it can be scratched during the cleaning process.

A cheaper option

Glass is generally cheaper than acrylic. Of course there are different configurations and options that you can get which will affect the price, but that’s the general rule of thumb. Is price is something that you’re thinking a lot about and you’re framing a large piece, you might want to go with glass.

A classic look

This is a matter of personal taste, but some people prefer the general look that glass offers. It does sometimes give an impression of strength and sturdiness, and some people associate its reflective nature with quality and class.  Some glass has a high level of iron content, too, which can create a slightly green hue that some people associate with a classic feel.


When to Choose an Acrylic Frame

Here is a closer look at those situations where you might want to use an acrylic frame.

Shipping a frame

If you are shipping a frame, you will certainly want to use an acrylic option. This is for two key reasons. Firstly, acrylic is far lighter and this can help you to keep shipping costs to a far more reasonable level. Secondly, acrylic is less prone to shattering and breaking. If the acrylic is damaged, there’s a low chance that it will affect the artwork beneath.

Using larger frames

If you are planning on framing a large subject, acrylic can make your life much easier from a few different perspectives. Firstly, it will make your overall piece much lighter and reduce the amount of hardware that you need to install. Secondly, it can help to dramatically reduce the amount of glare that you might see on a larger subject.

Avoiding damage to your subject

If a glass frame breaks, there’s a very good chance that the residual materials will damage the subject beneath the frame. This is one of the main reasons that museums prefer acrylic to glass. If you are concerned about the integrity of your subject, you might want to choose acrylic. Of course, broken glass is always a hazard and you want to avoid it at all costs.

Protect your subject from UV rays

UV radiation can wreak havoc on your subject, whatever the material. These rays can damage your subject over time and lead to some serious issues like discoloration and general wear and tear. Special acrylic can help you to reduce the damage that is dealt by UV rays. This helps you to protect your piece as much as possible.

Reduce glare

If your subject is going to be placed in a bright environment, you might find that the light will be reflected off a glass surface and affect your ability to see the subject itself. Acrylic helps you to avoid this, given that there are non-reflective options out there. This helps you to enjoy your piece whatever the time of day.


Bonus Tips to Get the Most From Your Frame

Are you looking to elevate your bespoke frame? Take a look at our range of tips to get the most from yours:

Use a shadowbox frame for three dimensional objects

Shadowbox frames are a perfect way to mount three dimensional pieces on a wall. Learn more about how to get the most from your bespoke shadowbox frame.

How to repair a damaged bespoke frame

Accidents happen and you might find that your bespoke frame becomes damagers. Dig into this look at how to repair and restore a damaged frame.

Choose uncommon subjects for your bespoke frame

Do you like to do things a little differently? Read our piece on how to find uncommon objects to put in your beautiful bespoke frame.


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