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chorleyjeff
19th April 2017, 10:28 AM
I am committed to exhibiting about 30 photos in frames in November.
The frames in The Range etc etc are of dubious quality and geared more to paintings than photo prints.
Can anyone please advise from personal knowledge or experience a source of decent quality, but reasonably cheap, wood and glass ( Plastic frames and "glass" are a complete no no) frames of 12"x 16" and 16" x 20" which are needed for photos of 9" x13" and 12"x16"? I got a couple of 12" x 16" from Premier Ink in Warwick ( or Leamington) which are OK but I don't think they have 16" x 20" frames. I find it difficult to judge quality from retailers web sites which is why I ask about recommendations from personal experience.
Cheers
Jeff

Graham_of_Rainham
19th April 2017, 10:35 AM
Marks & Spencer are selling some at discount prices

There's always IKEA

pdk42
19th April 2017, 11:11 AM
I bought some IKEA Ribba frames recently. They're 40x50cm and the quality is fine for basic frames.

shenstone
19th April 2017, 01:39 PM
You are correct some of The Range frames are a little low in quality, but some are OK

I did an exhibition for a charity a few years ago when setup costs were very limited and used their incredibly cheap easy frames... they looked OK on the wall from a few feet away, but some sizes were plastic not glass in front of the screen so beware

Homebase do decent ones as well

chorleyjeff
19th April 2017, 02:45 PM
You are correct some of The Range frames are a little low in quality, but some are OK

I did an exhibition for a charity a few years ago when setup costs were very limited and used their incredibly cheap easy frames... they looked OK on the wall from a few feet away, but some sizes were plastic not glass in front of the screen so beware

Homebase do decent ones as well

I know from experience what The Range frames are like.
A high proportion have manufacturing faults and all seem prone to damage from even gentle handling. Also I don't like compressed cardboard frames with imitation wood print on them. But yes some look OK from normal viewing distance and from a few feet even obvious problems should not be easily visible.
I'll check out Homebase.
Thanks for reply.
Jeff

chorleyjeff
19th April 2017, 02:49 PM
Marks & Spencer are selling some at discount prices

There's always IKEA

Thanks.
I'll check them out.
Jeff

chorleyjeff
19th April 2017, 02:53 PM
I bought some IKEA Ribba frames recently. They're 40x50cm and the quality is fine for basic frames.

They look like plastic. Am I correct ?
It's a 60 mile round trip to my nearest IKEAs and would need to be sure that I could get wood frames in the size and colour I want.
Jeff

AMc
20th April 2017, 12:12 PM
I'd go for IKEA too. Their delivery isn't cheap but my nearest IKEA is over 100 miles away...

The description>environment & materials says glass for this one but others are Polystyrene plastic so check them out before you make an order/trip
http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/decoration/frames-pictures/ribba-frame-oak-effect-art-90142929/

I have also bought frames from The Range and was given stern warnings at the till that I was to inspect them before purchase for damage. Unfortunately they had plastic protectors on the corners and I wasn't able to unwrap them - guess what? One had a damaged corner.

I also bought some good (enough) frames from Wilko though they were plastic IIRC
http://www.wilko.com/all-photo-frames/wilko-black-photo-frame-10-x-8in/invt/0291013

pdk42
20th April 2017, 12:46 PM
The IKEA Ribba frames are MDF with pretty convincing oak effect covering and glass front. The backing is hardboard with a pre cut mounting board. It's clear that they are budget frames but they look OK on the wall.

raichea
25th April 2017, 01:42 PM
I've used simple black frames from The Range without any real problems. Had them delivered mail order (40x30 and 40x50 - 20 frames in total), all with real glass. One arrived with the glass in many pieces, but this was replaced by mail within 2 or 3 days. The packaging was at fault (not enough padding).

They've been used in three exhibitions and are holding up well... at somewhere between 3 and 5 each, they were a bargain.

raichea
25th April 2017, 01:44 PM
I have also bought frames from The Range and was given stern warnings at the till that I was to inspect them before purchase for damage. Unfortunately they had plastic protectors on the corners and I wasn't able to unwrap them - guess what? One had a damaged corner.

I hope you got a replacement, stern warning or not.

Gwyver
25th April 2017, 03:53 PM
The IKEA Ribba frames are MDF with pretty convincing oak effect covering and glass front. The backing is hardboard with a pre cut mounting board. It's clear that they are budget frames but they look OK on the wall.

I also use IKEA Ribba frames from time to time. The wood species varies - I've had, oak, beech & ash. They also do a matt black version.

Otto
25th April 2017, 03:54 PM
Why have I never heard of The Range? Anyway, I wanted a cheap basic A2 frame recently and found this on Amazon - it's styrene glazed and I'm not sure whether the surround is plastic or mdf but it looks smart. The trick with styrene is never to try to clean it, the static will attract every dust particle in the area!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008RA5LT0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

AMc
25th April 2017, 04:24 PM
I hope you got a replacement, stern warning or not.
The damage was minimal and was rendered invisible by a bit of permanent marker.
It's a 40 mile round trip so getting it replaced would have cost more in fuel than it was worth. As they looked OK and I was giving them away I decided not to worry.
It did put me off buying from there again though and I check frames at the till before I pay now.

chorleyjeff
25th April 2017, 05:06 PM
Why have I never heard of The Range? Anyway, I wanted a cheap basic A2 frame recently and found this on Amazon - it's styrene glazed and I'm not sure whether the surround is plastic or mdf but it looks smart. The trick with styrene is never to try to clean it, the static will attract every dust particle in the area!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008RA5LT0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have three within 10 miles. Cheap warehouse type discount stores. They sell quite a lot of art materials and I guess that ties in with the frames. I have only bought frames and canvases there.

raichea
25th April 2017, 10:34 PM
It's a weird store, very chaotically organised, but they have some good prices on art/craft items.

sapper
26th April 2017, 07:54 AM
Wilkinsons do decent cheap frames. I paid 6.00 each for my exhibition, but it was about 7 years ago. Pewter colour, quite neutral.

Otto
26th April 2017, 08:20 AM
I have three within 10 miles. Cheap warehouse type discount stores. They sell quite a lot of art materials and I guess that ties in with the frames. I have only bought frames and canvases there.

Seems there's one in Darlington so I'll take a look next time I'm over that way. I don't think it can have been there long else I'd have noticed before.