If you're anything like me, and you purchase a print on paper, it can easily be months before you actually get around to framing and hanging the artwork up. The limited range of sturdy, aesthetic, yet affordable frames on the market doesn't seem to help either. In this case - the cheapest option is not going to last the distance, and it could even do damage to your fine art print. So, I've compiled a small but reliable list of timber frames available in Australia that can help you out (that I have tried & tested myself!).
Spotlight's 'Frame Depot' range of timber frames (the 50x70cm frame is pictured below) are actually quite good value for money. They have a range of sizes up to 60x90cm and all frames come with a glass face, rather than acrylic or plastic. You can utilise click & collect if you're in VIC or WA. Tip: Sign up to become a VIP customer to receive a discount.
2. COOPER & CO.
If you want to be able to order online, then Cooper & Co. are an Australian company that operate through Ebay, and have a really good range of FSC, sustainably sourced timber frames with tempered glass. They have free shipping and the more you purchase, the more you save!
3. FRENCH KNOT
French Knot is an online homewares retailer based in Sydney, that offer a select range of really affordable timber picture frames. In particular their 50x50cm frame is really lovely and versatile. They also deliver Australia wide.
4. CUSTOM FRAMING
If you're based in Brisbane, and you are after affordable custom framing, then I would highly recommend Brisbane Framing who are based at Seventeen Mile Rocks. They offer a select range of timber and moulding to keep the costs down for the customer.
I hope you found that list useful! As I keep testing and trialing new frames then I will add to this post to keep you informed. Please let me know in the comments below if you can recommend any other off-the-shelf frames or custom framers around Australia.