The 7 Best Online Framing Services of 2020

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Best Overall: Framebridge

Framebridge

Framebridge

Framebeidge’s slogan gets right to the point: You can Frambridge just about anything. This brand will accept nearly any item for custom framing that’s sent to them, from baby shoes to doilies to sports jerseys plus good old-fashioned photographs and artworks.

To ensure the items make the journey to the brand’s Kentucky factory unscathed, Framebridge delivers everything a user needs to package the art before they send it off for framing. This process takes between seven and 10 business days, plus shipping time. But sending tangible items in for framing is just one facet of Framebridge’s business. The service also accepts digital photos via upload from a computer, phone, or Instagram feed for framing. This process takes just two to five business days, plus shipping time.

Framebridge works on a transparent pricing scale that sees the price go up as the frame size increases. Prices for these hand-assembled frames start at around $39 and top out at roughly $209, all with shipping included.

Best Budget: Level Frames

Level Frames

Level Frames

Endorsed by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanion, Level Frames is "the absolute best/fastest/cheapest way to frame a thing. Seriously.”

The online frame company offers a frame-it-at-home option as well as a custom framing option, both of which feature the brand’s handcrafted products and museum-quality materials like 4-ply, acid-free conservation matboards and acrylics with UV-protective glaze. (The latter has become the industry standard in online framing, both for its quality and durability while shipping.)

In terms of delivery, at-home framing, custom-sized frames, and mats arrive in about a week. For the brand’s professional framing, which adds about $20 to the overall cost, there’s an average turnaround time of about three weeks.

Frame prices start at about $55 for a 5x7 and approximately $175 for a 24x36, with many options for sizing in-between. The cost changes based on the selections and framing method, but shipping is included in the final amount.

Best Variety: American Frame

American Frame

American Frame

An originator in the frames-by-mail industry, American Frame has been serving up its custom-made goods since 1973. It’s a testament to the brand that it can flex with the times, as a whole crop of similar services have popped up to claim space in the online framing industry.

American Frame offers any sized frame a user needs, from the minuscule to the mural-esque, in a truly dizzying variety of finishes and styles. The brand also offers a handful of paper and canvas offerings, as well as the option to print directly onto plexiglass or aluminum.

American Frame is not the best option for someone looking for a tight list of curated, on-trend frames, but it is geared more toward those seeking choice. Because of its large list of offerings, it’s challenging to pinpoint a starting price for the brand. It's best to visit the website for a general ballpark figure.

Best for Artists: Simply Framed

Simply Framed

Simply Framed

A favorite among artists and photographers, Simply Framed offers a wide variety of traditional wood frames and a slew of plexibox frames in neutral and neon colors.

Simply Framed allows users to instantly send in digital photos for custom framing, and also offers framing services for fabrics and documents that users can opt to send in using safe packaging provided by the brand.

Simply Framed uses price tiers to determine the cost of framing for each item, with starting prices for 8x10 frames running around $62, and costs going up from there. Simply Framed asks users to measure their items before sending them in to be framed, but if the team finds there’s a discrepancy or the item was improperly measured, it will contact the user before committing to a frame.

Simply Framed estimates that it takes three to four weeks for an item so be received, framed, and returned. As the brand says, custom takes time. Shipping is free both ways, and the frames are returned ready to hang.

Best for DIY Framing: Framed & Matted

Framed & Matted

Framed & Matted

Want to jazz up that sentimental family portrait that’s stashed behind the sofa because of its outdated frame? Look no further than Framed & Matted, the online framing company that helps its users choose a perfect frame without asking them to pass off the photo or artwork to the company first.

Framed & Matted walks users through the process of choosing the perfect frame—from measuring the art to color matching the mat and visualizing the piece all together online. For users wary of making a pinch judgment on the mat color without seeing it in person, Framed & Matted offers an extra mat in an additional color free of charge.

The frames include 100% wood molding, conservation mat boards, acid-free foam core backing, and museum-quality acrylic with UV protection. The frames are delivered with everything a customer needs to perfectly mount and position their art, including archival hinging tape, hanging wire, and picture hooks.

For every frame it sells, Framed & Matted plants one tree as a part of its partnership with One Tree Planted. Prices start at about $70 for a 4x4 frame, with shipping included on all orders.

Best for Cell Phone Photos: Keepsake

Keepsake

Keepsake

Keepsake was made to showcase photos that would otherwise go forgotten on a cell phone or cloud storage. The mobile app makes it a cinch to upload a photo from a camera roll, Instagram, Facebook, or computer and take it from the digital space to a beautifully framed item.

Keepsake offers more than 100 different frames that users can sample alongside their photos online before committing. With rates starting at roughly $15, Keepsake is one of the more affordable online photo framing services out there.

That doesn’t mean the brand is skimping on quality. Keepsake handmakes its frames in West Virginia and finishes orders off with photos printed on luster paper, backed with an acid-free foam core, and sheathed with scratch-resistant glass. Shipping is not included in the price.

Best for Canvas Prints: Canvaspop

Canvaspop

Canvaspop

As its name implies, Canvaspop forgoes the traditional frame for photographs printed directly onto stretched canvas that are ready to display as soon as they arrive. With Canvaspop, users directly upload the image they want to be printed from their computer, Instagram, or Facebook before choosing customizations like size and finish options.

Those finish offerings include gallery wraps between .75 inches and 2.5 inches, as well as the option to add a wood frame flush along the wrap edge in white, black, or espresso. The brand uses archival grade canvas and finishes each print off with a scratch-resistant, UV laminate to ensure the print’s quality for years to come.

Canvaspop’s prices start at approximately $33 for an 8x10 print without a frame. That price goes up to about $71 for a 1.25-inch-deep frame and increases to roughly $79 for a white wood frame. Those prices go up the larger the print. Shipping is not included.

How We Chose the Best Online Framing Services

When selecting the best online framing sources, we considered cost, the timetable from start to finish, the variety of frame and mat styles, and the range of offerings.

We aimed to create a list of services that touch on a large swath of needs, such as framing keepsakes, printing and framing cell phone photos, and at-home framing services. For example, we chose Keepsake Frames because it specializes in printing digital photos at a reasonable cost, whereas Framebridge offers the same service alongside an expanded offering of framing capabilities. We also wanted to give a nod to an industry stalwart (American Frame), alongside more contemporary offerings (Simply Framed, Level Frames).

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