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Float Frames: What are They and When to Use Them?

March 5, 2018 8:00 am

Artists know that presenting their work is part of the entire creation process. After all, how a photograph or work of art is presented adds to the overall effect of the entire piece.

Choosing a frame

A frame is more than just a piece of wood or metal that facilitates wall mounting. A frame is crucial to the final presentation of the artwork or photograph. The frame can help create the mood and style of the piece, elevating your work to a masterpiece worthy of any wall. When many individuals think of frames, they envision the traditional wooden frame with a mat and glass. Baboo Digital offers the traditional frames with a mat in addition to:

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  • Shadowboxes
  • Float frames
  • Metal frames

What is a float frame?

A float frame, as the name implies, is designed in such a way that the artwork appears to float within the frame; it is not pressed behind a piece of glass. Because of this illusion, viewers of your artwork gain a sense of three-dimensional depth when viewing the piece.

Float frames are available in a variety of sizes as well as depths, allowing you to customize the presentation of your photograph or artwork further.

When should I use a float frame?

A float frame may be right for you if:

  • You want to maximize display space: Do you have a limited amount of wall space to display your pieces? A traditional frame and mat do increase the size of your piece especially when the mats are 2+ inches per side. A float frame is a good option for those tight on space because the frame does not add multiple inches to the piece.
  • Your piece is contemporary: Float frames complement contemporary art pieces very well.
  • The edges of your pieces are interesting: Are there any details or interesting edges and textures on the edges of your piece? If so, a float frame will highlight these accents without losing them in a full-bleed frame or a matted frame.

What can I display with a float frame?

Float frames are exceptionally wonderful frame choices for the following:

  • Gallery Wrap Canvas: The float frame is securely attached to your piece on the back of the stretched canvas (via the support bars).
  • Gallery Plexiglass: In the case of the Plexiglass, the frame is “face mounted.”

Regardless of whether you are framing a gallery wrap or gallery plexiglass, the frame will never touch the actual surface of the print.

How do I mount the float frame?

Understandably, a major benefit of framing your work is the ability to hang it easily onto gallery walls or clients’ walls. Luckily, float frames are easy to hang as well!

Let us help you!

Do you have several art pieces and/or photographs in need of framing? Maybe you have some photographs in your studio just waiting to be framed, or maybe you have some gallery wraps printed but are unsure how to frame them? Maybe you are about to print a new series for a gallery and think float frames may be right for you. Let us know about your project, and we can help you get the perfect float frame for your artwork.