Poster Frames: Some Tips on Preserving That Keepsake
Many of us like to have a keepsake or souvenir that's a reminder of a memorable event or experience. These keepsakes can take many forms -- banners and T-shirts are popular choices. Another great choice is a poster. Whether it's the Olympics, the Super Bowl or other sporting event, a trip to the Grand Canyon or a Caribbean cruise, a poster is like a memory you can hang on the wall. Most posters come rolled up, which makes them easy to transport without damage. But once you get it home, you're faced with the problem of how to display it. Here's some information about poster frames that will help you decide how to exhibit your poster in the best possible way.
Most of us are past the point in life where we hung a poster of our favorite rock star or athlete by sticking it to the wall with some type of tape, rather than using poster frames. Think about it: you probably spent a ton of money on that concert or sporting event. So, why cheap out when it comes to displaying a gorgeous souvenir poster? Do-it-yourself poster frames are an inexpensive way to get that poster on the wall in an attractive way.
Having a poster framed at a frame shop can get pricey. Athough it's likely that the poster itself cost only a few dollars, framing costs can be $100 or more. A better option is to have your poster professionally mounted on foam board or poster board at a frame shop and then frame it yourself by purchasing a poster frames kit. Professional mounting on foam board or poster board is an inexpensive process that will assure that posters lies flat in poster frames. Be sure to buy your frame kit before having the poster mounted, so you know how thick the mounting material should be. And if your poster isn't a standard size that will fit in a standard frame, the frame shop can trim it to the right size to fit the kit before mounting it. A popular and inexpensive choice for mounting is foam board. You can also have the poster mounted on standard poster board. Regardless of which type of mounting you choose for poster frames, be sure the frame shop uses acid-free materials. High acid content in poster frames mounting materials can cause brownish-yellow lines to appear on the poster. Also, the poster will become brittle over time if mounted using high acid materials.
Poster frames and kits come in many styles and price levels. Poster frames have 3 basic parts: rails, a clear window and a backing. Although it's possible to use poster frames without windows, it's best to use one so that the poster is protected from dust and humidity. The backing is usually cardboard and is sized to slide into the frame rails. Many poster frames and kits come with screws that have an eyelet, so you can affix picture hanging wire to them after attaching the screws to the frame rails.
For window material, your choices are glass and clear plastic. Glass tends to be thick and adds a lot of weight to the finished frame. However, glass is easy to clean and doesn't scratch easily. You also can get glass treated to reduce glare, reflections and damage from ultra-violet light, so the poster is easy to view and protected from UV damage. Clear plastic or plexiglass for poster frames windows is usually thinner and lighter, so the finished assembly will be easy to handle. This can be an issue when you're trying to hang a large framed poster with a glass window. It's easy to scratch clear plastic during cleaning. If you want to use a plastic window, acrylic is the preferred material for poster frames. Non-glare acrylic is also available. To clean acrylic, avoid common household cleaners even if they're labeled as OK for plastics. Household cleaners can cause acrylic to become cloudy. A better choice is a very soft damp cloth used with a gentle touch to avoid scratching.
Your poster is a symbol that stands for a great experience you've had. Whether that experience is monumental or mundane, mounting and displaying it in one of many attractive poster frames will help you preserve it and the memory it represents.