Custom In-House Frame Shop

What Is A Custom In-House Frame Shop?

For canvas prints to be properly displayed, a custom frame is needed. Different canvas printing companies use a variety of materials to build these frames. Since frames are the backbone of a canvas print, each frame must be made with the highest-quality materials.


Wood Used in Custom In-House Frame Shops

Let’s touch on the different types of wood used to create a custom frame.


MDF Board

MDF stands for medium-density fibreboard. This material is an engineered wood product that uses high temperatures and pressure to combine wood particles, wax, and resin. This is what CanvasPrints.com uses in their custom in-house frame shop.


Common MDF Boards:

  • Radius Edge MDF
  • Raw MDF


Advantages of MDF Board:

  • Strong and durable.
  • Resistant to warping.
  • Smooth - Does not puncture canvas.
  • Easy to paint for desired carpentry needs.
  • Makes for stellar DIY shelving and furniture.
  • Perfect for moulding in farmhouse and modern styled interior designs.
  • A latex, or oil-based paint, that is construction grade is generally recommended.
  • Common Size: 1-in x 2-in x 8-ft.


Disadvantages of MDF Board:

  • Heavier than particleboard.


Pine Board

Pine board is used in the majority of custom in-house frame shops. Pine has a more natural look and is one solid piece of wood, rather than compressed particles.


Common Pine Boards:

  • Pine Common Board
  • Radiata Pine Board


Advantages of Pine Board:

  • Appearance is more natural.
  • Lighter-weight.


Disadvantages of Pine Board:

  • Prone to warping due to moisture.
  • Bends from tension.


When shopping for a canvas print, it is wise to inquire about the company's frame building process. The materials and construction of a canvas frame in a custom in-house frame shop determine if the canvas print will carry on your photographed memory for a few years or a lifetime.

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