Are you thinking about buying a frame for a special item that you have? You might be torn when trying to decide between a store-bought frame or a bespoke frame.
Are bespoke frames really worth the extra initial investment? Yes, of course!
In this piece, we’ll take you through some of the key advantages of bespoke frames and why we think this is often the best option in a number of cases.
1. Complete Control
One of the key reasons to choose a bespoke frame is the complete control that it gives you. When you work alongside an expert bespoke frame provider, you’ll be able to share your creative brief with them and they’ll match it entirely.
This is perfect if you want to create a bespoke frame that enhances the beauty of your subject and fits within its immediate environment. Countless people work to create very special bespoke frames that last for many years to come.
If you try to find the perfect store-bought frame, you might wait a lifetime! There are lots of great store-bought frames out there, of course, but none of them will fit your exact needs perfectly.
If you’re passionate about getting exactly what you’re looking for and bringing your vision to life, you’ll certainly want to go with a bespoke frame. If you want to learn more about this, check out our piece on which materials are best for your bespoke picture frame.
2. Strong and Durable
Store-bought frames are great if you’re on a budget, of course, but they’re nowhere near as strong and durable as bespoke frames.
Bespoke frames are often made from the finest materials by true masters. This means that those frames can last for many years to come and resist any unexpected impacts like knocks or falls.
Store-bought frames, on the other hand, are often made from poor-quality materials in factories. Those poor-quality materials are often held together with glue, too, which means that your frame won’t be able to absorb any impacts at all.
The quality of the materials and workmanship will also have a big impact on the overall durability of your frame. Bespoke frames are made from strong materials that are resistant to changes in temperature and humidity, while poor-quality frames will inevitably morph and warp.
3. Better Long Term Value
The superior quality of bespoke frames means that while the upfront cost is higher, they actually represent a much sounder choice from a financial perspective.
You might spend £20 on a store-bought frame, for instance, but that frame could become unusable after a short amount of time. During that period, your picture or item within the frame might have suffered some damage too.
While a bespoke frame will come at a higher cost, it will last for many years to come. With proper maintenance, you can expect for your bespoke frame to last for many decades indeed.
4. Protect Your Art
Bespoke frames are much more durable and if you work with a quality provider, you’ll be able to configure all of the various materials so that it’s made to your tastes. You might decide to invest extra into museum glass, for instance, to protect your valuable piece of art from UV rays. Some people decide to invest in the hardest woods possible, too, so that the frame lasts for many years.
Store-bought frames are not at all renowned for their durability or ability to protect pieces of art. If you’re framing a photo this might not be an issue but for anything more valuable, you’ll certainly want to consider purchasing a bespoke frame.
Store-bought frames will often have a thin piece of plastic or normal glass, which won’t protect your item. In fact, those materials might even deal more damage to your subjects over time and they could tear it in the event of a smashed surface.
5. Easier to Maintain
Store-bought frames are very difficult to maintain. Because they’re made from poor-quality materials, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to maintain or switch out various pieces. This can limit the lifecycle of your store-bought frame and cause you lots of headaches.
Bespoke frames, on the other hand, are a breeze to maintain. Because these frames are built from the finest materials, you can simply dust and wipe them on a regular basis. The workmanship also means you don’t have to worry about dust and other unpleasant materials collecting in gaps.
If you want to learn more about bespoke frame maintenance, be sure to read our piece on how to care for your bespoke picture frame.
Learn About Bespoke Framing Terms
If you’re new to bespoke framing and you want to better understand this exciting area of art, be sure to read our glossary of bespoke framing terms.
This is the perfect place to get started. You’ll find key definitions of all the most common bespoke framing terms so that you can communicate with confidence and understand the different resources that you come across.
This resource can also help you if you decide to commission a bespoke picture frame.
Get Your Bespoke Frame From Frame Set and Match
We hope that this piece helps you to make the right choice when it comes to selecting a store-bought or bespoke picture frame. There’s a lot to think about, of course, so be sure to give yourself the appropriate amount of time.
If you’re really torn, weigh the pros and cons on a piece of paper. We’re confident that eventually, you’ll decide to purchase a bespoke frame. Countless people around the world do this each day and they’re rarely disappointed – they simply add a beautiful item to their home that will last for many years to come.
If you have any questions at all, we’re here to help. The Frame Set and Match team has countless years of experience and it will be our pleasure to help you – just get in touch with us today using your preferred contact method!