Types of Picture Frames

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

1. Wood Picture Frames

2. Metal Picture Frames

3. Plastic Picture Frames

4. Glass Picture Frames


Wood picture frames are by far the most common. Chances are, all the picture frames in your house are made out of wood. Within the wood category, there are three sub-categories of picture frames. They are: composite, solid wood, and wood veneer.

Solid wood is fairly 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 compressed wood pieces which are glued together. Most decorated frames you see are made from compressed wood. Also, it is the most common of the three types of wooden picture frames. Whenever you think you're getting a real "wood" frame, chances are you're buying one made from composite wood.

Wood Veneer attempts to give a wooden frame a "real wood look" without using solid wood. This is done by glueing a small, much higher quality piece of wood onto the top of a composite frame. These are a bit more costly then the composite frames, but look much more like a solid wood frame.

Wood frames are usually a fairly solid choice when it comes to framing your pictures, but they do have some problems. Many people complain that when they get a wood frame, it often has knots or other imperfections in it. This isn't 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 easily damaged. Water, glue, or any other substance can get on an unfinished wooden frame and ruin it. When dealing with unfinished wood frames, be extra careful. If you can, try and put a stain on it or finish it yourself.


Plastic frames are a viable option if you are looking for a long-lasting decent looking picture frame. Plastic frames come in different types. There is colored, imitation-wood, and glossy plastic. These are all good options depending on what you want. If you're looking for 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 can look great, but fingerprints are far too easy to see. If you're looking for a shiny frame, I would recommend a glass picture frame.


Metal is virtually the same as plastic, only sturdier. Metal frames can be used to give a slightly more "grungy" look to a picture. They also can look basically the same as plastic, but they're much more solid. If you have trouble with picture frames breaking, I'd suggest metal frames.


If you've read this blog at all, you'll know that glass frames are my absolute favorite. They shine like glossy plastic or metal, but they look MUCH nicer. If you want to read some more 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 helped some of you! Thanks for reading. :)

Why get a Glass Picture Frame?

One of the most common questions I get asked is: why? Why get a glass picture frame? There are a lot of reasons why. I hope to explain a few in this post.

The first and probably best reason is that they look great. A glass frame is very modern and sleek looking. They are perfect for a dining room area, or any room that has large windows and a lot of light. When the lighting is perfect, glass really shines, accenting the picture inside. It's amazing.

Another reason to get a glass frames is that they are practical. Wood, plastic, and metal picture frames can get dirty... especially with kids in the house. Often times, picture frames look great from far off, but once you get up close, you can see many fingerprints and smudges. Although it is true that these show up on glass picture frames, with a glass frame, you can just wipe it once or twice, and it's spotless! One bad thing about glass, is that it can break fairly easily. Like all things glass, if you drop it, or if it falls, it will shatter. Fortunately, this is a problem easily fixed. When mounting your frames, instead of hanging it on a nail, actually fix it on the wall. There are various ways of doing this, and I will cover them all in a later post. Make sure that the picture frame isn't precariously hanging, and is sturdy on the wall. If you do this, your frames should be fine. Also, don't put glass frame's in your kids room, or if you do, place them high up.

Glass picture frames go great in a variety of rooms. For example, a several pictures/paintings with glass picture frames can go perfectly in a dining room. Especially if you have lots of light, and maybe even a glass table. Another good spot is the living/sitting room. Many people enjoy to have a room that has the sole purpose of relaxing. Glass frames are easy on the eyes, and beautiful to look at.

It IS possible to have glass picture frames in a dark room. If you want to do this, you must make sure and have a light source directly shining into the glass. Light is the most important thing to remember when it comes to glass picture frames. Without a light source, glass picture frames can appear dull and lifeless. However, with a light source, a glass frames are much preferable to wooden ones.

These are just a few reasons why you should get glass frames for your paintings or photos. This first article is merely an introduction. In future articles, I'll explain a lot more about different types of frames. Thanks for reading!

Glass Picture Frames

Hello, and welcome to Glass Picture Frames. This website will tell you all you need to know about glass picture frames, why to use glass frames, and where to get them. You will find several ideas and pictures of glass picture frames, as well as reviews. I hope you find out everything you need to know about glass picture frames from this site! Thanks!

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