How to frame a poster

Posters are a great way to decorate your bedrooms but we often see people struggling to know how to frame posters. We thought we would help everyone out and give you our suggestions on framing posters! Spoiler Alert: We have a sale on poster frames going on right now, coupon code and more information about the sale are at the bottom of this post!

There are two things that make framing posters so difficult: The Size and the cheap poster prices. Posters are generally large; the standard poster sizes are typically 24×36 and larger. It will come to no surprise to you that large picture frames are going to be more expensive than small frames. So we thought we would give you our products that will make framing posters quick and easy. We have separated out our poster framing tips based on the age of the recipient.

framing a poster for Young Children:

When it comes to framing posters for children you want to keep it as inexpensive as possible because they are so young and their tastes in things change so rapidly. They may decide that the movie Frozen is there favorite thing in the whole world one minute and then decide the next that their favorite thing in the whole world is actually My Little Pony.

You also have to be worried about safety when it comes to hanging large pieces in your children’s room.

For these two reasons we suggest going with our basic plastic poster frame: The Corrugated Series.

This series is made of Mylar which is a thin plastic channel with colored film on it. The sides of the poster frame slide off and back on for easy assembling. This series is one that will fit in every single group because it is so simple. They are available in all standard poster frame sizes.


This group has a pretty wide range of ages in it so there is more options for framing posters.

As mentioned above, our corrugated series is great for all ages, especially young children and teenagers. Another perk of the corrugated series for your older children is that they don’t need help assembling the frame. They can change out their poster choices easily with the slide off strips.

The kids in the middle of this age group are beginning to get more solidified interests and may want to have a sturdier frame. We suggest considering our Foam Core Series. This series is similar to the Corrugated poster frame Series with one difference, instead of cardboard backing it comes with a much sturdier Foam Core Backing.

For kids at the top of this age group, they know their interests, they are thinking about college and life after high school. You want something that makes their room feel like their own space, and give them the option of having something inexpensive but incredibly sturdy. We have a third option in our Mylar Poster Frame Series called The Hardboard Poster Frame Series. This series is perfect for kids who have posters that must last (until they get to college and completely change their interests). Our Hardboard Posterframes are cheap poster frames with an incredibly sturdy backing.


The three posterframes mentioned above definitely still apply to these kids because college kids are rough and things break so why not give them a cheap poster framing option. Our Corrugated Series is probably the most popular with the dorm crowd because it’s light weight and can be hung using poster mounts on dorm walls.

For the kids that want a little bit more elegance for their apartments and dorm rooms we offer two affordable poster frames that have an elegant flair to them. Our Deluxe poster frames and Budget Saver Poster Frame Series are made from polystyrene which is hard plastic frame that is lightweight. They feature a more prominent molding to be a conversation piece in their home away from home.


For those that have graduated college and/or have been in the workforce for quite some time you know what you like, and you have a more flexible budget when it comes to framing posters. You could always go with your traditional black wood frames, but if you still want cheap frames for posters than you will be very interested in our newest posterframe picture frame line. Our Simply Poly Series has all the style of a classic wood picture frame moulding but it’s made out of the same material as our Deluxe and Budget Saver so it should be high on your list of cheap framing options!

We absolutely love Simply Poly here in the office because they are so durable, and versatile but still have such an elegance that none of our other posterframes posses.

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I just purchased 9 antique
skiing posters/ski resort
advertisements of Switzerland.
What would be the best and
also affordable way to frame them?
Thank you,
Ruth Pepper

Hello Ruth,
If you would like to frame them with a typical poster frame our simply poly series is growing to be one of our most popular series However if you want something a bit more fancy our wood frames are great. One of our most popular real wood frame is our architect series is a simple and affordable way that comes in a ton of colors or our Affordable Black series is also a great option

Thanks for sharing this advice on framing your poster according to your age. As a recent college graduate, I thought it is probably time for me to frame all of the posters I have. I will definitely look into your classic wood frames and see if they would work for me. It definitely would be nice to have something nice and simple!

So glad you enjoyed it, you were the type of person we were thinking about when we wrote this post. If you have any additional questions about how to frame posters that weren’t covered give us a shout!

How to frame a poster

Finding the perfect poster to adorn your walls is only half the challenge. Don’t cheapen that amazing concert poster or art print by hanging it with sticky putty or a plastic frame! I’ll show you how to frame a poster for less than $10 with real wood that you can customize to any size and color.

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I’ve been working hard to make my son’s bedroom into the Pokemon paradise he desires. I started with a Pokemon Center to house all his plush friends. Then I created pokeball shaped curtain tie backs and an area rug. Now, his rolled-up Pokemon posters will finally go up on the wall!

Materials needed to make a poster frame

  • I like to use pre-primed fingerjoint trim boards because they’ve already been sanded down and primed for me.
  • Check that your boards are straight before purchasing!

How to Frame a Poster

Don’t forget your safety gear when woodworking! Here are my recommendations for safety glasses and ear protection. No excuses!

Determine the poster frame size

Start by measuring your poster. I’ll be framing two that are both 34″ x 22 1/4″. Subtract 1″ from each dimension to determine your interior frame size.

Decide which way you want your 1×2’s to face out from the wall. I went with a shadowbox effect by standing the 1×2’s on end to create a deeper frame. Add 1 1/2″ to the longer sides to cover the ends of the short boards. If you’re creating your frame with the wider side facing out, you’ll want to add 3″ instead.

How to frame a poster

I had my son calculate how many inches of wood we would need for one poster. See, kids? Math is useful outside of school!

How to frame a poster

Cut and predrill the boards

Cut two pieces for each length. You could use a handheld saw in a miter box, or even have this done at your home improvement store!

How to frame a poster

If you want to hide the screw heads, use a countersink drill bit to predrill holes. You can learn more about how to countersink screws here. Otherwise, regular pre-drilled holes are fine. Drill two on each end of the long pieces (I’m making two frames, which is why there are four pieces pictured below.)

How to frame a poster

Assemble the frame

Line up all the pieces so the predrilled holes to into the ends of the undrilled sides. Make sure your corners are square and the edges are flush. I like to use clamps to hold everything in place while I’m joining pieces together.

How to frame a poster

Your frames should look like this when finished.

How to frame a poster

Sand and paint the frames

I wanted to hide my screws and seams so the poster frame looked like one solid piece. Use wood filler to cover up any holes or gaps, then sand everything smooth when dry.

You can skip this step if you like, especially if you’re staining your frame. “Stainable” wood filler sometimes takes stain differently than the wood, and will be obvious in your finished project.

How to frame a poster

Remove any sanding dust from your poster frame, then paint or stain. I went with basic white because there are a lot of colors going on in these Pokemon posters! Prop up the corners so you can paint all the way to the edge.

How to frame a poster

Attach the poster to the back of the frame

When your paint or stain is dry, flip the poster frame over so the back is facing up. Lay your poster upside down on the frame, using tape to keep it in place. Staple around the perimeter with 1/4″ staples.

How to frame a poster

Attach a sawtooth picture hanger to the top, and hang it on the wall!

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Looking for these Pokemon posters for yourself? You can find the horizontal one here and the vertical one here.

I made a stained version of this poster frame a couple years ago. Just changing the finish gives the frame a whole new look!

How to frame a poster

How To: Framing Large Posters, Advertising Signs & Artwork

How to frame posters is a question businesses, and even individual shoppers struggle with on a daily basis. Hopefully the information listed here will answer any picture, poster, or print frame questions, and offer framing solutions that will exceed expectations. Knowing how to frame posters may seem like an easy task, but there are a lot of things to consider that even the seasoned art print framing professional might forget. If Pablo Picasso were alive today, he would certainly appreciate this informative page to refer to for tips on framing his works of art. In addition to the tips and suggestions on how to frame posters, there is also a large inventory of poster frames for sale suitable for movie posters, pictures, or even art prints.

Getting Started:

Once the poster or art print has been selected, it needs to be measured. Simply take the movie posters, art prints, or pictures and measure the length and width. Another important aspect of how to frame posters is knowing the thickness of the material being framed. This is an important factor because some poster frames have small tolerances, and can’t accommodate thicker materials such as art canvas. Most people allow for a little less than an inch of clearance between the print and lens. This matter of clearance between the lens and print is strictly up to the user, but definitely needs to be taken into account when learning how to frame posters.

What size frame do I need?

It is vital to pick the correct size poster frames that correspond with the size of the art prints, or movie posters that are being framed when learning how to frame posters. Often times the standard rule is to select a frame that is an inch wider and taller than the print, or poster. The frame shouldn’t be any bigger than the standard as it will make the picture or print look odd. Conversely, the frame shouldn’t be the exact same size as the print, as it will make it difficult to fit into the frame, and likely have a negative impact on the overall presentation. Additionally, no more than an inch gap between the lens and print should be allowed to keep the artwork from slipping.

How do I pick a frame style?

The style of frame that is chosen is truly a matter of personal preference. Some businesses like to use wood frames to blend in with the existing décor. Wood poster frames tend to have a more elegant and classy look, whereas metal frames exhibit a more modern or clinical appearance. No matter what the taste or budget, there are plenty of options to choose from here. There are also plastic frames that can be finished to give off the appearance of wood or metal. These polystyrene frames are both lightweight and cheap; two factors that are big pluses in today’s economy. One alternative to the traditional wood metal frames are acrylic frames. Clear acrylic allows the user to frame movie posters, art prints, or other signage completely without covering any of the displayed graphic. These acrylic print frame products are commonly seen in restaurants, hotel guest rooms, and taverns.

Securing the poster in the frame and mounting on the wall

Once the frame has been chosen, now it is just a matter of placing the poster in the frame and hanging it on the wall. First unhook the tabs on the back of the frame to remove the backboard, (if applicable). Place the picture or print face down on the lens, and replace the backing board. Bend the tabs secure against the back of the frame, and the ensemble is ready to hang on the wall.

Other framing tips to consider:

Other important factors to take note of are things such as; the use of poster boards, acid-free poster boarding, and the use of a mat. One thing that can make the whole process of framing pictures or movie posters that much easier, is buying a poster frame with a backboard included. This takes the guess-work out of worrying about if there will be enough clearance between the lens and print. Most of the poster frames featured here include a back board. For the poster of your favorite teen idol; any poster frame and backboard will do. However, for a valuable piece of artwork that costs thousands of dollars; the type of backboard used is a huge concern. Most art enthusiasts choose an acid-free backboard to help preserve the print, and maintain the original quality. When posters or art prints touch a backboard with acid in it, the poster will tend to fade and become damaged quickly. So, rather you’re an art collector, or a curator for a gallery, pay close attention to the type of backboard being offered with the frames you’re looking to purchase. Another option with print framing is the use of a mat. A mat adds a nice border to the framed image, and is typically used for frames that are a quite bit larger than the picture.

  • Clean the lens on both sides prior to mounting the frame on the wall.
  • If the poster keeps slipping, use some regular household tape on the back of the print to secure it in place.
  • Make sure the poster is positioned straight when viewing it from the lens side prior to securing the backboard in place.
  • All of the pricing is listed for each product based on quantity ordered.
  • For customers that purchase higher quantities there are various price breaks.
  • Most of these quality picture holders are already priced at cost or below in some instances.
  • For shoppers wanting to purchase a quantity higher than the largest price break listed please contact a member of our staff for possible further discounts.

In addition to the large selection of print frame, holders for movie posters and art prints there is also a huge assortment of display products, and retail merchandising displays available here. Choose from light boxes, poster stands, large banner frames and much more. Doing business since 1974, this website is continuing to grow, and evolve with the times. Most orders for stocked print frame merchandise ships same day, when processed before 3PM EST. For any orders placed past the cutoff time, they typically ship the following business day or within the specified lead time. Orders can be placed via this website anytime. For those people that prefer to speak with an actual person; there is a fully staffed call center of specialists who can process order requests. These customer service representatives are trained on all new products, as well as current shipping rules and regulations. Additionally, feel free to contact a representative on the live chat feature. There are several specially trained staff members waiting to chat with customers in regard to product quality questions, wholesale pricing and shipping. Normal business hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm EST.

How to frame a poster

Professional framing is costly, so, it was never an option for this poster. But with a quick search online, I knew that it could be framed out. This made for the perfect DIY project; easy, affordable, and quick! Three of my favorite words in the English language. How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster



  • Wood Finish – I used Miniwax Provincial Stain
  • Elmer’s Glue Stick
  • 1 ¼” x 12’ Wood Molding
  • Twine
  • Old Rags
  • 2 Flat thumb tacks – not shown
  • Gloves – not shown

How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster


Cut the wood down into two pieces to the width of your poster. Keep all unused molding for future DIY’s. Using the rag, dip a small amount of stain onto the rag and rub it into the wood. Cover both sides. Allow to dry thoroughly.

When the wood is dry, rub glue onto one side of the wood then lay the top of the poster on it. Press down firmly. Do the same thing to the bottom with the remaining piece of wood. Allow to thoroughly dry. How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

On the back of the top part of the picture, push the thumb tacks about ½ of the way into the wood , each one about 4 – 5″ from the edge.

Finally, cut about 18” of twine, and wrap each end around the thumb tacks, tying a small knot to secure. How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

Getting artwork and photos framed and up on your wall can be painful, confusing and expensive. You’re either out hunting for a decent quality frame in just the right size, or paying an exorbitant amount and waiting weeks with a custom frame shop.

Now you can customize an affordable, gallery worthy frame that ships directly to your door in about one week.

How to frame a poster

We’re on a mission to make it more convenient, affordable and intuitive to custom frame posters, prints and photos. No need to leave the house or break the bank.

To get started, first let us know about the item you are framing by providing its dimensions to the nearest 1/8″. If more convenient, use the toggle in between the width and height controls to provide the measurements in centimeters.

Next, you’ll see your artwork dimensions represented onscreen and can preview different frame styles and mat combinations until you find the one that suits best.

Use the controls to change the profile color, frame width, mat border and mat color. Your preview will update dynamically as you scroll through various options.

We can even suggest an optimal “Golden Ratio” configuration if you are unsure. How to frame a poster

If you’d like to preview your print or poster inside the frame, click on the “Preview Artwork” button that is just above the different frames styles and alongside the “Golden Ratio.”

And for a second opinion, you can click on “Get Feedback” to share your framing choice with friends or family before purchasing.

Frame from home in 15 minutes or less

The final frame is handcrafted and shipped to your door within a week. When it arrives, simply follow the instructions to insert your artwork and mount the frame on the wall using the included hardware.

If you prefer, we can frame artwork for you in our studio. When you select the In-Studio option, we can provide packaging and postage for sending your items in. We’ll frame everything perfectly and send it all back ready to hang.

Learn more about the best custom framing method for you.

Custom frame shop quality for a fraction of the price

Our frames are available in a variety of colors and custom finishes.

Acid-free archival mats, UV blocking glaze and eco-friendly finishes protect your art and round out the gallery look.

All of our museum-quality materials are selected based on their quality and sustainability, and every framing project is handcrafted here in the U.S.

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The highest level of customization you can find online

Our online frame designer puts you in control of each frame you customize.

Not only can you choose the frame style that best matches your artwork, you can adjust the width of the profile to best suit the size of the piece or style you are going for.

A thinner profile can look more sleek and contemporary, while a thicker one provides a more traditional look and provides more sturdiness on larger prints and photos.

You can also adjust the size of the matting around your image, and even decide to float mount your artwork.

Finally, we offer a number of different acrylic glaze types. This is the final step when customizing your frame.

A standard framer’s grade acrylic is fine for most artwork provided you won’t be hanging your frame in direct sunlight, but you can elect to add UV-protection or one of our glazes that cuts down on glare and reflections.

If you want the absolute best in glazing, we can even add Optium Museum Acrylic, which is incredibly light, nearly invisible and trusted by museums worldwide to protect against fading and UV ray damage.

How to frame a poster

Check out our customer reviews from real people who have used Level for online framing, and let us know if there are any questions or tricky framing situations we can help with.

Frame art and photos online in a way that best suits your art (and you)

With so many options available, choosing the right custom frame and mat combo for your artwork or photo can be confusing.

The good news is that with online framing, it’s easy to come up with the right style to match whatever you are framing as well as your home decor

We’ve outlined some of the differences between several options, including tips and recommendations to help you end up with a final result you will love.

Full-Bleed, or Straight Fit

Full-bleed printing is when the image covers the paper from edge to edge without any borders or margins.

Full-bleed framing, or a “straight fit”, is when you frame around the full paper dimensions without any matting. Only a thin margin of the print is overlapped by the lip of the frame on each side.

How to frame a poster

When your poster or print is a full-bleed, the frame can act as the border around the art.

Movie posters and any prints with a lot of negative (or white) space around the main image look great in this full-bleed frame treatment.

This can also work well for large and especially oversize pieces, for which a mat may not be necessary or recommended.


A mat is a classic way to enhance the artwork within the frame.

Level is committed to using conservation-grade mat boards that will look great and safely preserve your art for the long haul.

It’s essential that the mat you choose is archival, as cheaper mats that are not acid-free can yellow paper-based artwork in even a short period of time.

How to frame a poster

When should you opt to add a mat?

It’s a great call with anything small or when framing items such as memorabilia, personal photos and various artistic prints.

Matting adds more impact, allure and focus to your artwork or photo, creating extra space around it to give the eye breathing room and naturally draw it towards the center.

How to frame a poster

If you have decided to add a mat, how do you determine the right mat width for your art? We have the perfect solution!

When you customize a frame for your print, we present a ‘Golden Ratio’ button that optimizes the mat width for you in a single click based on the the full dimensions of the art being framed.

This will lock in a nice balance between the width of the frame, the size of the mat and your artwork. Of course, it’s only a recommendation; you can deviate from our golden ratio to choose a profile and mat width that works best for you and your space.

How to frame a poster

A final note on matting: If you have a specific size you’d like for the mat window opening, just let us know and we’d be happy to accommodate.

Sometimes this is necessary if your print has a very wide border, or if there is a signature or edition number on the print that you would like to display.

Float Mounting

Depending on the aesthetic of your print and the type of paper it’s printed on, we may recommend floating as an option.

Floating a print means that it will sit on top of the matting with space around the edges, as opposed to being partially overlapped by the mat.

How to frame a poster

When a print has deckled or uneven edges, we typically suggest this treatment to emphasize and showcase the texture and shape of the paper.

Floating artwork creates a subtle but dramatic effect that can enhance the overall beauty of the artwork and look great on any wall.

The Profile

Among the many frame styles we have to choose from, our Gallery Collection is comprised of modern and timeless frames that’ll match almost anything you’re looking to frame, the Rustic Collection is filled with weathered woods that have plenty of character, and our Classic Collection will visually elevates your artwork and photos with a vintage touch.How to frame a poster

Unsure about what frame or framing style work best?

Send us a picture of your art along with the dimensions. Without having to leave your house, we’ll provide a free consult plus selection of mock ups to help you decide. It’s one of the reasons why online custom framing is so convenient.

And sometimes it helps to see what other people are framing and the choices they’ve made for their own artwork and photos. Our Instagram feed chronicles many of the framing projects we’re proud of and highlights some of the final results our customers have been kind enough to share.

We constantly strive to make framing more intuitive, interactive and fun, and hope this post has given you a better idea of the various framing options available and what might work well for your items.

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Knowing how to frame a poster might sound easy, but a lot of people never take the time to learn how to frame posters. Even those who love learning to mount posters on the wall have a first time for picture mounting. With that in mind, here is a quick how-to guide for people who want to learn how to frame a poster to their walls.

I include 9 steps to framing a poster, including advice on how to choose a frame and all the myriad other minor decisions that go into frame mounting. None of the poster framing tips are hard to master, though a person might forget one of the how-to steps for poster mounting when they are doing it themselves. For that reason, print off these tips and keep them nearby when you frame your poster, so you won’t forget any aspect of how to frame a poster.

1. Measure Your Poster – Measure the poster that you intend to frame. Consider how tight of a fit you want for your poster. Most people leave an inch or two between the poster and the frame surface, though some people prefer a snug fit against the glass.

2. Select the Right Size Frame – Buy a picture frame that is the correct size for your poster. To give yourself a little room to work with, you’ll need a frame that is an inch or so wider and taller than your poster. You don’t want the frame too large, or else the poster and frame won’t look right together and the poster might slip. At the same time, if you buy a frame that’s the same size as the poster, you’ll have a negative experience trying to fit the poster into your frame.

3. Compare Poster Boarding – Choose other traits you want in your poster frame. For instance, do you want a frame with a poster board already in it, which might make the process easier? You might want to buy your own poster board for the frame, which might be cheaper or allow for more freedom in materials or designs, but at the same time might not fit perfectly (and might require trimming). Ask the saleperson at the frame store for recommendations based on what you want in a picture frame.

4. Consider An Acid-Free Poster Board – Make certain your poster backing is made out of an acid-free material. If your poster is touching a backboard with acid in it, then the acid will damage your poster over a relatively short period of time. Ask your sales person about acid-free posterboards and whether their frames coming with acid-free poster backing.

5. Place the Poster in the Frame – Unfasten the hinges on your frame. This will open the picture frame and allow you to place your poster into the frame. If the poster frame has posterboard on it, secure your poster to the board and adjust it. Once the poster is adjusted to your satisfaction, close the frame. If you have a separate board for you poster frame, place your poster on the frame and go through the same adjustment process.

6. Make Necessary Adjustments – Make adjustments to the glass front of your poster frame, if for some reason your poster doesn’t fit right or isn’t perfectly aligned. Take the extra time to make certain your poster is lined up perfectly in your frame, or else your poster might not sit right on the wall.

7. Use Adhesive If You Must – If the poster will not stay secure by itself, then use some form of adhesive tape to keep it secure in the frame. Each poster and picture frame will be slightly different, so there will be some examples where you need adhesive and some you don’t.

8. Clear the Glass Before You Close the Frame – Make certain to clean the inside of the glass frame before closing the poster inside the frame. This way, there won’t be spots or blemishes on the view of the poster which cannot be easily cleaned or dusted. Make certain your window glass is dry before closing the frame.

9. Hang the Framed Poster Properly – Take the time to study your framed poster as it hangs on the wall. Stand back and make certain the frame is parallel with the crease between the wall and ceiling, while the picture inside the frame is also properly in line with the other lines on that particular wall. If you are hanging the poster over a coach or chair, you might also align the poster frame with your furniture. Ask another person in the house if you do not trust yourself with spatial relations.