Despite the popularity of social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, several people still enjoy having their photos printed and displayed in photo frames. The good news, is that there are several makers of custom picture frames in Toronto who can help you preserve and display your favorite photographs, and even works of art like sketches and paintings. Besides photo frames, these companies can also offer custom services, such as shadow boxes for antiques and memorabilia, as well as assistance in wall mounting large frames and restoring damaged and/or dirty frames.
If you’re ready level up from your usual IKEA frames, here are some makers of custom picture frames in Toronto to check out.
Picture It Framed
Owned and operated by Pat Schnurr, Picture It Framed has a very traditional, details-oriented approach to the art of picture frame making. But what really sets this shop apart is Schnurr’s Professional Picture Framers certification, as well as her more than 30 years of experience in the business. Despite having an old-school mindset to picture frames, the shop also has several contemporary pieces for those looking for a more modern twist.
With more than 20 years of experience catering to art enthusiasts and artists alike on West Queen West, Akau prides itself for its close ties to the local art scene, with the shop setting aside part of its premises to gallery exhibitions for 5 years, until it had to be used again for operations. The shop handles all sorts of jobs regardless of complexity, from intricate custom frames to mats for pre-made frames.
Besides boasting of a wide range of reasonably priced prints, Telegramme also offers everything that you need to bring attention to your art and photos when hanged on your walls. Prices for frames are relatively affordable, with the shop known to offer special custom frames for 18”x24” photos for just $99; it’s right up there with the cheapest picture frames in Toronto worth checking out.
Located on Queen and Niagara, Victor Gallery is a family owned shop that offers several styles of pre-fabricated picture frames at prices that don’t go over $120, something budget-conscious buyers may want to bear in mind. For those looking for something more personalized, Victor also offers a customized frame services. You can expect to find several styles of shadow boxes and frames made from Ontario barn wood reclaimed from around the province.
With premises in Morrow Avenue, The Glider is another custom frame shop catering to the local art scene, priding itself for helping both new and established artists figure out which custom frames matches their needs. All frames sold by the shop, from simple stains, to gold leaf, are made in-house, ensuring absolute quality as desired by clients. No surprise then why the frames have made their way into famous collections like the AGO’s Thomson collection.
Soho Art & Custom Framing
Soho is committed to handling a wide range of media, from posters, to priceless works of art. The Roncesvalle shops offers nothing but archival-quality matting and glass with anti-UV coating—a testament to their belief that if something is worth framing, there’s only one way of doing it right. However, there are also several photo frames at very low markdowns, perfect for bargain hunters.
Located uptown on Lawrence Avenue, the Framing Depot stands out for having a huge and bright retail space that makes you want to go in and see what’s inside. The shop has earned praise for the lightning-quick turnaround of their custom frame orders. They also several side services, including delivery and pickup, consultation services, and hanging services.