Advantages Of Wooden Photo Frames

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Wooden photo frames are likely to be observed in every home across the planet, there are many advantages to using wooden photo frames as an alternative to metal frames or (god forbid) plastic photo frames.

Wooden frames offer so much more in terms of aesthetic appeal than their metal or plastic counterparts

Wooden frames definitely have a more rustic warm appearance about them than colder metal frames made out of materials such as aluminium.

These days, you can buy what is known as a composite wooden picture frame. These frames are made up of lots of minute bits of wood glued together with a special adhesive (quite like MDF and often referred to as MDF picture frames or Paper wrap picture frames) The MDF type moulding is covered with a paper wrapping which often has lots of different wood effects imprinted on them.

The advantages of using these composite frames are that they are cheaper than using a real solid wood photo frame, they are more environmentally friendly (although the glue that is used isnt particularly good) as they are often made from recycled wood.

The downsides of composite frames are that it is a lot harder to get a neat join in the mitred edges. Because the frames are made from glue and wood rather than real solid wood they are often more brittle than real wood and the pressure of firing the wedges into the mitred join can often cause gaps to appear. Over time they get more brittle and often expand and contract more than solid wood picture frames. The same is true for plastic photo frames.

With solid wooden photo frames this is less likely to occur. All kinds of wood is designed to expand and contract by nature but the mouldings used by most reputable picture framers has usually been dried for a long time (either naturally in the open air or in huge giant kilns depending on country of origin).

Wooden frames come in a massive variety of shapes, sizes, thicknesses, stains and finishes. There are tens of thousandsh of wooden mouldings manufactured all over the world. Some of the nicest wooden picture frame mouldings come from Italy and Spain with some also now being made in the UK. Many of the cheaper wooden mouldings are manufactured in the Far East along with Eastern Europe proving another cheaper alternative for mass produced picture frames.

Wood photo frame mouldings come in a variety of shapes known as profiles. From simple curved profiles to fancy ornate hand carved wooden frames there is a frame design to suit all tastes.

When deciding on your photo frames be sure to always check the corners for gaps (hold up to the light if this helps) and if in doubt choose solid wooden photo frames over composites.


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