How much does it cost to frame a picture?
$50 – $500 total picture framing cost
Average cost of framing a picture
Custom picture framing costs $50 to $500, depending on the size, frame material, and location. Online framing services cost $50 to $300 on average, while in-store framing and specialty stores cost more. Buying a premade frame costs $5 to $35, depending on the size, style, material, and retailer.
|National Average Cost||$275|
|Average Range||$50 to $500|
Cost data is from research and project costs reported by Fash members.
Custom framing costs $50 to $500 on average in-store. Professional framing businesses offer a wider range of sizes, colors, and materials than craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby but typically charge more. Most custom frames come with acid-free and UV-resistant options for art preservation.
Online framing services like Art.com, Simply Framed, or Framebridge cost $50 to $300 on average. These services frame art for a fixed price that depends mostly on the frame size. They offer fewer options but are usually cheaper and more convenient than visiting a physical store.
Picture framing cost factors
These factors influence the cost to frame art:
Frame material – Solid wood frames cost more than MDF or aluminum. Professional framing shops often have hundreds or thousands of frame styles, colors, and finishes to choose from.
Glass type – Some shops only offer one or two options for glass, while others offer many different types of glass, including UV-resistant and museum-grade.
Matting – Matting provides air circulation between the picture and glass and prevents moisture damage. Thick or acid-free matting may cost more than average.
Artwork value – If you're framing an inexpensive photo or print, you may be better off buying a frame yourself. If you're framing an expensive work of art, irreplaceable photos, or something with high sentimental value, get it professionally framed to make sure it's properly preserved.
Store type – Custom framing shops typically charge more than average but have many more options to choose from. Large retail craft stores offer basic services for a relatively modest fee.
Framing shops may offer the following custom services for an added fee:
Professional picture hanging
Frames for memorabilia, jerseys, embroidery, or collectibles
Professional vs. DIY framing
Custom framing is better suited to complex projects or high-value art. Buying your own frame is cheaper and easier than professional framing, but there are fewer options.
|Factor||Professional framing||DIY Framing|
|Price||$50 – $500||$5 – $35|
Picture framing FAQs
How long does it take to frame a picture?
Custom picture framing takes 1 to 2 weeks on average. If you need it done before then, you can place an express order for an additional fee.
Where can I get a picture framed?
You can get a picture framed at craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby, online, or at a specialty framing store. Framing costs and quality vary by location, so research local stores ahead of time to get an idea of what they offer and how much they charge.
Is professional picture framing worth it?
Professional picture framing is worth it if you want to preserve high-end paintings, custom projects, or cherished family photographs. Inexpensive or easily replaceable prints are better suited to DIY framing.
Getting estimates from professional picture framers
Follow these guidelines to find the best picture hanging services near you:
Look for reputable framers with several years of experience.
Choose a framer who is a member of the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA).
Check out feedback from customers on Fash and Google.
Ask questions about the framing process.
Make sure they offer the right sizing for your project.
Ask to see before and after photos of similar projects.
Questions to ask picture framers
Ask these questions during your consultation to ensure you choose the most qualified framer:
How long have you been making custom frames?
Are you a member of the PPFA?
Do you offer flat rates based on size?
Will you deliver the picture, or do I need to pick it up?
Do you offer refunds if the glass is damaged during delivery?
How long will the framing take?
What precautions do you take when handling old photographs or artwork?
What glass type do you recommend for this picture?