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Choosing Standard vs Non-Glare Acrylic

When it comes to customizing your picture frames, there are a lot of options to consider. Picking the perfect frame style for your image or space is important but it's only one part of the custom framing puzzle! The glazing, or glass, you choose to finish your custom picture frame with can have a huge impact on the finished look.

Let's talk about your options! We offer frame-grade acrylic to complete your picture frames and shadow boxes. This acrylic is lightweight and offers UV protection for your photographs, art and keepsakes. It's the reason we're able to keep costs low and frames light for easy hanging!

There are two options available when selecting your frame's glazing: standard acrylic and non-glare acrylic. While both options provide the same protection and lightweight finish to your frame, there is a noticeable difference in how your images will look paired with each option.

To help you choose the right acrylic for your picture frame, we thought it would be best to put our standard acrylic and non-glare acrylic to the test side-by-side. And even we were shocked by the results.

Eclectic Gallery Wall

You might remember this eclectic gallery wall by Shelley from Crazy Wonderful. We asked her to shoot the same frames in the same spot swapping out our acrylic options.

The standard acrylic will get you a classic finish. Your photographs or art prints will stay protected behind the clear surface. Crisp and clear, you'll have yourself a stunning display. However, the reflective surface won't showcase your images the best from all angles or in all spaces.

Standard Vs Non-Glare Acrylic Side-By-Side

As you can see in these side-by-side comparisons, the standard acrylic reflects everything whereas the non-glare acrylic is reflection-free from all angles.

Now that we understand the differences between our acrylic options, which should you choose?

There's no wrong answer here. Both of our frame-grade acrylics are perfect for completing your custom frames. It just depends on two things: personal preference and where you'll be displaying your frame.

Standard Acrylic Gallery Wall Reflection

As you can see from Shelley's pictures, here gallery wall is across from windows. No matter which way the windows face, there will be a reflection in the standard acrylic. However the more direct sunlight they'll get the harsher the glare will be.

Non-glare acrylic helps to minimize those reflections. The overall finish is more matte and flat. When installed correctly, you'll have a crystal clear display without a glare. So if you're considering displaying your new custom frames across from windows, the non-glare option is a perfect choice! (Because of the material, we can only offer non-glare acrylic in picture frames and not our shadow boxes as well.)

Standard VS Non-Glare Acrylic Comparison

We hope this helped shed some light on our glazing options. For more information about our acrylic and materials, you can visit our materials page. And for any questions you might have when customizing your frames, our customer service team is here to help!


About The Author

Brittany DeMauro Headshot Brittany DeMauro is the Creative Director here at CustomPictureFrames.com. With a background in creative writing and a passion for all things DIY, you'll find her in the shop crafting content. She can always find space for a fun gallery wall and loves discovering new artists to display around her home (in custom frames, of course!) When she's not creating content for our brand, she can most likely be found binging shows on Netflix with her two cats.
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Installing Picture Frame Hanging Hardware

Here at Custom Picture Frames, we ship your handcrafted picture frames, shadow boxes and canvas frames right to your door with everything you need to put them on display. Installing your hanging hardware can be tricky, so we've put together some easy-to-follow instructions to help our customers!

Follow along with the steps below to install the hanging hardware onto your custom frames.

If you're hanging a canvas frame, see how to properly install your canvas using canvas clips or offset clips first!

Sawtooth Hangers Hanging Instructions

A sawtooth hanger is the perfect hanging hardware for small, lightweight frames. Easy to install, these hangers get attached directly to the back of the frame, and from there you can easily hang your frame on a nail in your wall.  

When you select "sawtooth hanger" while customizing your custom frame, here's what you'll receive in your hanging hardware packet:

  • Sawtooth Hangers

Sawtooth Hanger

To install a sawtooth hanger on your custom frame, you'll need: 

  • A hammer
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Pen or pencil

 

Installing Your Sawtooth Hangers

Sawtooth Hanging Instructions

Measure the top of your frame to determine the center point.

Sawtooth Hanging Instructions 2

Mark the center point and line up the sawtooth hanger with the teeth facing the bottom of the frame.

Sawtooth Hanging Instructions 3

Lightly hammer the ends of the sawtooth hanger to attach it to the frame. 

Place a nail in the wall and hang the picture from the sawtooth hanger.

D-Ring Hanging Instructions

D-Ring hardware, also known as wood frame hangers, strap hangers or mirror hangers, is the perfect hanging solution for frames big and small. This hanging option, with or without the wire, is a great way to secure and display your picture frames. Our D-ring hangers have Multiple screw holes to reduce the possibility of hanger failure due to screw tear-out.

Here is what's included in your D-ring hanging hardware packet: 

D-Ring Hardware

  • D-rings
  • Screws
  • Wire

Other supplies you'll need to install your D-ring hangers: 

  • Screwdriver
  • Wirecutters
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Pen or pencil

Installing Your D-Ring Hangers

D-Ring Instructions 1

Measure the sides of your frame and make a mark 1/3 of the way down from the top on both sides.

D-Ring Instructions 2

Attach a D-ring using the provided screws to each side with the ring facing up.

D-Ring Instructions 3

String the wire through the first D-ring, leaving approximately 2 inches of slack.

D-Ring Instructions 4 

Loop the wire a second time and wrap it around itself to secure it.

D-Ring Instructions 5

Extend the wire across the back of the frame to the other D-ring, leaving some slack in the wire. 

D-Ring Instructions 6

Thread the wire through the 2nd D-ring and trim, giving yourself 2 inches to secure.

D-Ring Instructions 6

Repeat the steps to secure the wire to the 2nd D-ring by looping the wire a second time and wrapping it around itself. 

For further assistance, please contact customer service.

If you have any additional questions about installing hardware and/or hanging your custom frames, don't hesitate to reach out to the team! Our framing experts can be reached at hello@custompictureframes.com

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Installing Canvases Into A Canvas Frame

Framing a canvas helps to add those finishing touches whether it's a piece of art or a canvas print of your favorite family photos. However, you might be confused with the hardware that goes along with this. Installing a canvas into a canvas frame is easy if you follow these steps. 

We illustrated exactly how you should be installing your canvases into your new custom frames. Keep scrolling to see how!

Canvas Clips Installation Instructions

A canvas clip is a tension clip that holds a canvas in the frame. We send a preset number of clips with each canvas frame based on the size.

Your canvas clip packet will include: 

Canvas Clip Hardware

  • Canvas clips
  • Screws

You'll also need the following to attach your clips: 

  • Screwdriver

How To Install Canvas Clips

Canvas Clip Installation 1

Lay the clips out equally around the back of the frame so they can best support the canvas. 

Canvas Clip Installation 2

The side of the clip with the hole goes on the frame. The clip's arch should point towards the back of the frame. 

Canvas Clip Installation 3

Attach the clip to the frame with the screws provided.

Offset Clips Installation Instructions

Securing your canvas in your floater frame is easy with offset clips. Depending on the size of your frame, we send a preset amount that will keep your canvas safe and secure in your frame.

Your canvas clip packet will include: 

Offset Clip Hardware

  • Offset clips
  • Screws

You'll also need the following to attach your clips: 

  • Screwdriver

How To Install Offset Clips

Offset Clip Installation 1

Line up the miter lines of the frame and stretched canvas.

Offset Clip Installation 2

We send a preset number of clips with each floater frame based on the size. Lay the clips out equally around the back of the frame so they can best support your canvas. 

Offset Clip Installation 3

Attach the offset clip to the canvas with the screws provided.

For extra stability, secure the clip to the frame with the remaining screws. 

Once the canvas is installed inside the frame, you can add the hanging hardware. Learn how to properly install your chosen hanging hardware here. 

For further assistance, please contact customer service.

If you have any additional questions about installing hardware and/or hanging your custom frames, don't hesitate to reach out to the team! Our framing experts can be reached at hello@custompictureframes.com

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