How To hang art without a frame
Updated: Sep 7, 2019
If you’re on a budget, framing your newly purchased artwork can be financially daunting. While frames often do make 2D work look nice & finished, frames are not the only way to achieve that. Below are some easy tips to hanging art without frames, as well as, some tips of how to frame affordably!
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Small & sleek, magnets are a unique way to display prints. All you need is 2 or 4 flat-head nails & magnets for each of the nails. Measure the width of your piece and hammer you nails in the wall accordingly. Now, one corner at a time, attach your magnet to the head of the nail with your piece in between! It's a great way to hang you piece without damaging the corners with hole and/or tape and it allows you to keep your piece elevated from the wall, giving it the depth that a frame typically provides.
Art pictured by Devin M. DeLaney
You can find your mini magnets at office supply stores or using the link below:
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This option allows for flexibility! Perfect for a studio or a place where the layout of the walls are constantly changing. With all of the different styles available these days, it’s easier than ever to find a type that compliments your work.
Art pictured by Adrian Rowan
Find what fits your taster with these options below:
Your basic clip
Something a little more substantial
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Finding used frames is great, but tough if you are looking for a unique size. Framing prints or small posters with an oversized frame gives your piece the illusion of being framed, but really the pieces are separate. There are so many ornate & unique frames out there, it’s nice to know you can use them even if you don’t have the perfect fit!
Now, if framing is the way you want to go, here are some guidelines to keeping costs down!
Purchase art in standard sizes - 5 X 7, 8 X 10, 11 X 14, 16 X 20. These sizes fit in standard frames which you can find for very reasonable prices. The frames often come with mats and are typically sold ready-to-hang!
If you have the extra $15 to $40 for a frame, here are some great options:
simple & classic
eco-conscious & contemporary
Remember, you don't need to blow all your cash to make your space feel put together and to hang your art with intent. There are so many attractive, economical ways to display your 2D work, besides just using a piece of tape!