Framing services

At Soho Frames, we specialise in beautiful handmade, bespoke or custom gallery standard picture frames for your prints, posters, artworks, and more. Our art framers use only the best picture framing materials, from the woods and mounts to the glass, guaranteeing the highest quality service. Read on to learn more about the process our art framers take to present your prints.

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Framing services
Step 1

Consultation with Framing experts

We can provide picture frames in a wide selection of different finishes and frames, never settling for a one-size-fits-all approach to picture framing. If you’re looking for inspiration, feel free to browse our website and Instagram to find the right frame style for you, or explore our range below. To see how our picture framing services could work for your artwork, get in touch with our team and we’ll gladly send frame samples to you. Otherwise, we can arrange a consultation in one of two ways:

In-person: One of our professional framers will visit your home or business to discuss the art you would like framed, the environment in which it will be hung, and their recommendations for which of our framing services will best suit your needs or pop into the Soho Frames workshop.

Remote consultation: After collecting the piece you wish to be framed, our framers will then conduct a video call with you from our Soho workshop to demonstrate which frames would be most appropriate for your artwork.

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Step 2

Decide on a framing & mounting style

Our expert art framers can quickly and professionally frame, mount, and dry mount your art to the highest standards. We also provide same-day services on our prefinished range of frames. At Soho Frames, you can choose from a range of framing styles and mounting options, including coloured and textured mounts, dry mounting, or a classic mount with a text box below. We also provide professional and comprehensive mounting and dry mounting service using only the finest quality conservation, archival, and solid core cotton boards, cut to precision.

CLASSIC MOUNTED CLASSIC MOUNTED & TEXT BOX FLAT FLOAT SHADOW FLOAT FULL BLEED FULL BLEED WITH SPACER CANVAS PRINT TRAY FRAME
CLASSIC MOUNTED

CLASSIC MOUNTED

This style sees your artwork framed and bordered with a window mount. If the artwork requires extra protection (say, if it is an antique, or particularly valuable), we can fit an archival backing behind the front mount. These two pieces will then be hinged together in what is called a presentation mount. Our standard mountboard is made from 2mm archival board, but we also offer mounts from 1.4mm, all the way up to 4.1mm, which is the thickest board on the market. Please note that the maximum possible exterior size we can frame in this manner is 2600mm x 1524mm.

CLASSIC MOUNTED & TEXT BOX

CLASSIC MOUNTED & TEXT BOX

This method applies the classic mount described above, with an additional aperture cut into the mountboard to hold some printed text. We can also use this space for an engraved metal plaque, though plaques can also be displayed on the actual frame body.

FLAT FLOAT

FLAT FLOAT

A flat float sees your artwork attached to a backing mountboard, which will then be framed with a spacer. This is the recommended best framing practice, and can be sized from as small as 1.5mm upwards — the most common sizes are 12mm and 20mm. This example is framed using a 3mm acid-free acrylic spacer, which is almost imperceptible, but maintains an air-gap between the glass and the work.

SHADOW FLOAT

SHADOW FLOAT

With a shadow float, the framed work “hovers” over the backing mountboard, having been attached to a hidden plinth. This is usually made of foamcore or Kappa board, and “hover height” is generally between 5 and 6mm, allowing the light falling onto the frame to create a pleasing shadow around the artwork. This method is often used with ragged-edge prints. For this method of framing and mounting, a spacer is always needed, this example being framed using a 12mm paper-wrapped acid-free spacer. We can make spacers of any depth, and exactly match them to the colour of the mounting board.

FULL BLEED

FULL BLEED

In a full bleed frame, the picture frame is fit right to the edge of the artwork, with the print drymounted to prevent it from wrinkling and, although not generally recommended best practice, the glass is placed directly on top. This method is not suitable for valuable or irreplaceable artworks, which would require a spacer.

FULL BLEED WITH SPACER

FULL BLEED WITH SPACER

With this framing style, the work is recessed using a paper-wrapped spacer, and often drymounted, which allows it to “sit” better on the spacer. These can also be any colour, or match the frame.

CANVAS PRINT

CANVAS PRINT

We can print your desired image directly onto high-quality heavyweight canvas, which is then stretched around a wooden rim. We offer two types of stretcher rims: one from knot-free finger-joined pine with strengthening batons if required, the other from museum-grade wooden-aluminium composite stretcher rim. Although more expensive than plain wood, this kind of stretcher will always remain perfectly true due to its superior construction. Our canvas prints is done at a size of 1524mm x 3000mm, then stretched for you. However, any canvas print over 2000mm long would need to be done on-site — please contact us for details.

TRAY FRAME

TRAY FRAME

We can fit any stretched canvas inside a tray or floater frame, leaving a small gap around the edges. Works on board and dibond panels can also be framed this way, and we are able to make custom tray frames in almost any wood, to fit any depth and size, colour or finish, depending on your exact specifications.

CLASSIC MOUNTED
CLASSIC MOUNTED

CLASSIC MOUNTED

This style sees your artwork framed and bordered with a window mount. If the artwork requires extra protection (say, if it is an antique, or particularly valuable), we can fit an archival backing behind the front mount. These two pieces will then be hinged together in what is called a presentation mount. Our standard mountboard is made from 2mm archival board, but we also offer mounts from 1.4mm, all the way up to 4.1mm, which is the thickest board on the market. Please note that the maximum possible exterior size we can frame in this manner is 2600mm x 1524mm.

CLASSIC MOUNTED & TEXT BOX
CLASSIC MOUNTED & TEXT BOX

CLASSIC MOUNTED & TEXT BOX

This method applies the classic mount described above, with an additional aperture cut into the mountboard to hold some printed text. We can also use this space for an engraved metal plaque, though plaques can also be displayed on the actual frame body.

FLAT FLOAT
FLAT FLOAT

FLAT FLOAT

A flat float sees your artwork attached to a backing mountboard, which will then be framed with a spacer. This is the recommended best framing practice, and can be sized from as small as 1.5mm upwards — the most common sizes are 12mm and 20mm. This example is framed using a 3mm acid-free acrylic spacer, which is almost imperceptible, but maintains an air-gap between the glass and the work.

SHADOW FLOAT
SHADOW FLOAT

SHADOW FLOAT

With a shadow float, the framed work “hovers” over the backing mountboard, having been attached to a hidden plinth. This is usually made of foamcore or Kappa board, and “hover height” is generally between 5 and 6mm, allowing the light falling onto the frame to create a pleasing shadow around the artwork. This method is often used with ragged-edge prints. For this method of framing and mounting, a spacer is always needed, this example being framed using a 12mm paper-wrapped acid-free spacer. We can make spacers of any depth, and exactly match them to the colour of the mounting board.

FULL BLEED
FULL BLEED

FULL BLEED

In a full bleed frame, the picture frame is fit right to the edge of the artwork, with the print drymounted to prevent it from wrinkling and, although not generally recommended best practice, the glass is placed directly on top. This method is not suitable for valuable or irreplaceable artworks, which would require a spacer.

FULL BLEED WITH SPACER
FULL BLEED WITH SPACER

FULL BLEED WITH SPACER

With this framing style, the work is recessed using a paper-wrapped spacer, and often drymounted, which allows it to “sit” better on the spacer. These can also be any colour, or match the frame.

CANVAS PRINT
CANVAS PRINT

CANVAS PRINT

We can print your desired image directly onto high-quality heavyweight canvas, which is then stretched around a wooden rim. We offer two types of stretcher rims: one from knot-free finger-joined pine with strengthening batons if required, the other from museum-grade wooden-aluminium composite stretcher rim. Although more expensive than plain wood, this kind of stretcher will always remain perfectly true due to its superior construction. Our canvas prints is done at a size of 1524mm x 3000mm, then stretched for you. However, any canvas print over 2000mm long would need to be done on-site — please contact us for details.

TRAY FRAME
TRAY FRAME

TRAY FRAME

We can fit any stretched canvas inside a tray or floater frame, leaving a small gap around the edges. Works on board and dibond panels can also be framed this way, and we are able to make custom tray frames in almost any wood, to fit any depth and size, colour or finish, depending on your exact specifications.

Step 3

EXPLORE OUR RANGE OF FRAMES

At SohoFrames, we offer our clients a selection of over 500 different types of frames. These range from classic Italian-moulded wooden designs and luxury aluminium to bespoke, hand-finished frames. Explore our range below, or get in touch for more information.

UNIQUE CUSTOM FRAMES

We have never come across an object or artwork that our team wasn’t able to frame. At Soho Frames, we offer our clients a complete end-to-end service for one-of-a-kind frames, including design, 3D visualisation, mock-up and carpentry service for all types of specialist framing projects. Browse a few of our unique frame projects, from triangle frames and double-sided frames to object framing and frame engravings, and don’t hesitate to call us for a consultation.

Step 4

Finishing touches

Once you’ve chosen the style of frame, framing materials and mounting method, you might think our job is over — far from it. There are many extra steps we take with our framing services to give our customers the absolute best quality product we can, from finishing and covering to a range of methods of hanging and fixing your framed artwork.

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Hand Finished Frames

Our choice of finishes is vast, ensuring that all of our clients’ needs and artworks are catered for by our range of hand-finished frames. From sprayed, hand-stained and natural waxes to pre-finished satin and veneer as well as a range of different gilding styles, we’re more than happy to discuss which is right for your artwork.

Frame Fixings & Hanging Options

Although many of our customers opt to have our framers visit their homes to help with installation, we give you the choice of exactly how you wish to hang your artwork at home. Contact us today to find out more about our available hooks and fixings.

Glass & Acrylic Options Available

Finding the right cover for your frame is a critical step in helping to protect your artwork, and we have an extensive range of framing glass and acrylic available to complete our bespoke framing services. All of our frame covers are precision-cut, cleaned, and fitted into the frame. We offer a standard, clear, 2-3mm-thick float; anti-reflective art glass with various levels of UV (70%, 92% and 99%); laminated glass (with or without UV protection); diffused glass, which is etched on one side and sometimes used as an alternative to true anti-reflective glass; and acrylic glazing in various thicknesses, in clear cast, anti-reflective, and diffused form.

 Art Installation and Shipping
Step 5

Art Installation and Shipping

Here at SohoFrames, we specialise in super-fast framing to the highest standard. We offer a same day framing or next-day delivery service on almost all of our frame ranges, as well as a night time/out-of-hours emergency service if necessary, all of which is available for customers within London and the M25. Our experienced art framers can also visit your home to install your artwork as required. Please contact us to discuss the specific needs of your framing project.

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PRICING

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Our frame prices are calculated by the circumference of the finished frame, known as ‘per finished metre’, and the style of frame you’ve chosen. Unless otherwise stated, all frame prices generally include 2mm float glass, conservation backing, and hangings as standard.

All prices shown are quoted exclusive of VAT. All our frames and mounts are created to your exact size requirements, and we never charge extra for non-standard sizes. Prices are calculated to the mm, and are based only on the materials used.

Pricing Example:

If a finished A2 frame totals approximately 2 finished metres, and the particular style of frame is priced at £40 ‘per finished metre’, then the frame would cost £80 + VAT. All frame prices generally include 2mm float glass, conservation backing and hangings as standard.

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FRAMING FAQs

What affects the pricing of our picture framing?

The cost of picture framing will depend both on materials needed and the size of the artwork. In some cases, particularly with unique frames, the complexity and amount of labour needed to make the frame will come at a higher cost, including the creation of 3D carving files.

Are your frame mouldings hand-finished?

Everything we make is hand-finished. We buy our standard frame mouldings, which are typically manufactured in Italy, in 3m lengths from our network of suppliers, then cut them to size, join and finish. We machine our solid wood frames from plank to exact measurements, applying bespoke or custom finishes to order.

Where do we buy our picture framing materials?

Soho Frames sources its materials globally. Most of our solid wood comes from the vast, managed forests in the USA and Canada, and we only buy our timber from an accredited FSC timber yard. We do not deal in any sustainable woods or woods that we feel are suspect, even if they are not on the red list.

Are there pictures and art that can't be framed?

After more than a decade in the industry, we have managed to frame everything that has come into our workshop, coming up with unique techniques and solutions to issues related to fragility, size, and weight. We are happy to go on location to clients’ properties to frame particularly sizeable pieces when necessary, an example of which can be found here.

What is dry mounting in picture framing?

Dry mounting is a process where the artwork is bonded to a substrate, which can be anything from foamcore to aluminium panels. This guards against any risk of wrinkling, and means that the artwork will remain perfectly flat inside the frame. However, in several cases, this process is not recommended, and the rule of thumb is that anything valuable or irreplaceable should not be dry mounted, as the process is generally not archival, and cannot be reversed. However, valuable photography should ideally be dry mounted at the time of printing. We only offer a guarantee on prints which we create in-house, as per industry standard, as there is a chance of damage during the process.

Why should artwork be put into a frame?

We believe that if you love it, you should frame it. Framing artwork should not be based on its value, but whether you would like it to be displayed for your enjoyment for years to come. A picture frame can often be much more than a border, but part of the whole artwork, and many famous artists designed the frames to complement their works. For example, Michelangelo created the framing for his circular artwork Doni Tondo himself. Framing can also protect an artwork from damage, such as scratches or fading under sunlight.

Does the frame come with hanging hooks or fixings?

Unless specifically requested, all of our frames come with hangings. We also offer a professional picture hanging service, which is charged based on the duration of the job, and can range from a single frame to a full wall. We provide this to private residences, galleries, and commercial premises alike, during office hours and out of hours at your convenience.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us and we will get back to you ASAP. If you would like to visit us, get in touch in advance, and we’ll be sure to make ourselves available for you.