Over the years, I’ve learned a little secret: Any art can look amazing if you display it in the right frame. Which is exactly why I’m on an ongoing quest to find new places to buy cheap picture frames online.
You see, I love the look of high-end frames, but I simply don’t have the budget to get every art piece I ever buy custom framed.
Lucky for me (and you!), I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite sources where you can buy high-style, expensive-looking picture frames for cheap, without ever leaving the comfort of your couch.
How can I get things framed cheaply?
Believe it or not, you don’t have to choose between “got it from the discount bin” and “paid a small for fortune for this frame” when it comes to making your artwork and family photos look lovely.
There is indeed a happy medium, my friends, which is excellent news for those of us who love collecting artwork and displaying it everywhere.
Who else is on Team No Wall Left Behind with me?!
I have a few go-to framing sources that I believe are reasonably priced and offer fairly customizable frames, all of which look far more expensive than they actually are. Which feels like a major win.
I’ll share my secret list with you in a moment, but first, here’s one piece of advice for you if you’re looking for a specific type or style or frame but want to find it at an affordable pricepoint.
Yep, it really can be that simple.
Yet most people don’t think to do this.
Instead, they walk into Michael’s or Target and look at what’s available, and walk away frustrated if the store doesn’t have quite what they’re looking for.
I’ll give you an example of when this worked well for me recently. I wanted to frame several old calendar pages and needed a 7×7 gold frame.
So I Googled exactly that: “7×7 gold frame.”
That’s how I stumbled upon this gorgeous Chinoiserie-style brass-looking frame.
And the 7×7 frame was just $30:
I think that’s a great deal, considering the frame itself looks stylish, and the size I needed was fairly obscure. (This is a stock photo shown here, and not what I placed in the frame, by the way.)
Here’s how it looks (well, how they look … I actually bought two) in my hallway:
How can I save money on a picture frame?
All right, now for the moment you’ve been waiting for: My favorite places to buy cheap picture frames online.
Or, “Where to buy great photo frames that are fairly affordable but look super chic and expensive.”
Here are my go-to sources, including specific frame brands I like at the big box retailers:
- Craig Frames (By far my favorite!)
- Amazon: Haus and Hues
- Amazon: Lawrence Frames
- Amazon: RPJC Frames
- Bed Bath & Beyond (formerly Overstock)
How to save money on picture framing
In addition to looking for cheap picture frames online, there are a number of other ways you can save money on framing. Here are a few of my favorite go-to ideas:
- Canvas local thrift stores for great frames
- Check out Facebook Marketplace for cheap or free frames
- Scope out neighborhood yard sales
- Spray paint frames you already own
- If you absolutely have to go with custom framing, look for coupons and sales
There are so many great ways to frame artwork without spending a small fortune. Pin this post so you’ll have it handy for the next time you need to frame a piece of art!