Framing Unstretched Canvas with IKEA frames
I've used IKEA frames in international installations as I knew the frame in Canada would be available at my show location. Because of this, I want to share some print installations using IKEA frames as I know they will be most likely to be accessible near you. They are affordable, easy to install and look great.
Below I talk about the HOVSTA frame and then the RIBBA frame. I also recommend Custom Frames Canada, you can learn more about them here.
Here I install an 8"x10" Shades of Green II print into a birch-colored 12"x16" HOVSTA frame. At the time I am writing this tutorial the HOVSTA frame is $14.99.
The HOVSTA frame comes with a mat that has a 7.75"x9.75" opening... perfect for an 8"x10". One thing that is beautiful about this frame is that it has a spacer that adds distance between the clear acrylic and the painting so it elevates the print.
First you must unpackage the frame by removing the plastic packaging. Then use a flat head screw driver to lift the tabs around the back board.
You can remove the acrylic plexi-glass and remove the film that protects both sides.
I now recommend putting a small piece of painters tape above the print with sticky side up. You will be able to mount the mat to the print. Because the mat is 1/4" smaller than the print you will want to center it. I personally like to make sure my signature is fully included in the mat opening.
Now carefully flip the mat + painting over and put painters tape all the way around. I use painters tape as it is removeable if I want to reframe the piece.
Now you can place the mat back into the frame knowing that the painting is secure. When putting the rear panel back in (the one with the hook), make sure the hook is oriented to the top of the painting. Then use the flat head screwdriver to push the tabs back in place.
And you are done. Your new print is ready to hang:
If you have questions or comments about framing please contact me via email or my contact page.
- To purchase this print, Shades of Green II, click here.
- To see my entire canvas print collection, click here.
- To see the HOVSTA frame on the IKEA website click here.
IKEA RIBBA FRAME
IKEA RIBBA frame has been around for awhile - and is a great option if you are looking for a affordable frame for your print.. At the time I last updated this post they have sizes including 8x10", 12x16", 16x20" on their website, which will work for many of my print sizes.
In this tutorial I will frame a Sea to Sky 8"x10" print into a 12"x16" Ribba White Frame that has a white mat, it retails for $7.99CAD.