Types of Picture Frames

Welcome back! In this article, we will be talking about the different types of frames. There are four main types of frames.

1. Wood Frames

2. Meta Frames

3. Plastic Frames

4. Glass Frames


Wood picture frames are by far the most common. There's a good chance that all the picture frames in your house are made out of wood. There are three sub-categories in the wood category .. They are: wood veneer, solid wood, and composite.

Solid wood is pretty self-explanitory. It's 100% wood. Picture frames you see in stores are rarely made out of solid wood. Usually, they are made from composite wood (see below). The reason for this is that Solid Wood is expensive, and if you can get the same shape from using a cheaper process, why not do it? The cheapest of the three is composite wood. Composite wood is made from many compressed wood pieces which are glued together. The majesty of decorated frames you see are made from compressed wood. Also, it is the most common of the three types of wooden picture frames. When you think you're getting a real "wood" frame, you usually are just getting a composite one.Wood Veneer attempts to give a wooden frame a "real wood look" without using solid wood. This is done by gluing a small, high quality piece of wood onto the top of a composite frame. These are a bit more expensive then the composite frames, look very similar to solid wood frames.

Wood frames are usually a good choice when it comes to framing your pictures, but they do have a couple problems. Many people complain that when they get a wood frame, it often has knots or other imperfections in it. This is not a flaw in the particular frame, it's how wood naturally is. If you want a perfect frame with no wood like characteristics, you would be better off with a plastic imitation or a nice wood veneer frame.Many wooden frames come unfinished. Unfinished wooden frames can be damaged easily. Glue, water, or any other liquid substance can ruin an unfinished wooden frame. When dealing with unfinished wood frames, be very careful. If you can, try and put a stain on it or finish it yourself.


Plastic frames are a good option if you are looking for a decent looking frame that lasts a long time. Plastic frames come in different types. Glossy, colored, and imitation-wood are three common types of plastic picture frames. Any of these will work, depending on what you're looking for. If you want a modern look, go with colored. They look good, and can really accent the color of a room. Imitation wood is great if you want a nice wood look with no imperfections, but if you get close up, it's easy to tell that it is plastic and not wood. Finally, glossy is made to shine in light. It often looks great, but fingerprints are extremely easy to see. If you're looking for a shiny frame, I would recommend a glass picture frame.


Metal is nearly the same as plastic, only sturdier. Many people use metal frames to give a slight "grunge" look to a picture. They also can look almost like plastic, but they're much more solid. If you have a problem with picture frames breaking, I'd recommend metal frames.


If you've read this blog at all, you'll know that glass frames are my personal favorite. They shine like metal and glossy plastic, but they look MUCH better. If you want to read some other benefits, check out my post on glass picture frames .

Closing Thoughts

This was just a quick run down on the types of picture frames. I hope it answered some questions for you! Thanks for reading. 🙂

Source by Michael S Collins