The Best Custom and Picture Framing Stores in Toronto
The best custom, art and picture framing stores in Toronto will help you perfectly preserve and display that favourite painting, photo or print. They're also the people to call if you want a custom shadow box for that jersey or childhood toy, a little help wall-mounting a large item, restoration services for damaged artwork, or even new prints and original works (if you don't already have something worthy of a custom frame job). Ready to graduate from IKEA frames? Get ready to see that concert poster that's followed you through five apartments in a whole new light.
Here are the best custom, art and picture framing stores in Toronto.
Akau has been serving artists and art enthusiasts alike on West Queen West for more than 20 years. For the past decade, it's occupied a tucked-away back-room space near Queen and Gladstone. (For five years, owner Fernanda Faria devoted part of the space for gallery exhibitions before it was taken back over for store operations.) No job's too big or small. They handle everything from large custom jobs down to mats for ready-made frames.
Emerging artists, take note. This Morrow Avenue shop specializes in working with creators to figure out what frames suit their work best. All the store's frames, ranging from simple stains to gesso applications to 23-karat gold leaf, are designed and made in-house. Their frames are found in collections all over the world including the AGO's Thomson collection, where their work surrounds pieces by Peter Paul Rubens, Emily Carr and the Group of Seven.
In addition to a wide selection of affordable prints, Telegramme has everything needed to spruce them up for your walls (though they have a west-end and east-end location, the framing is done at their Dundas and Ossington shop). Prices are affordable, including a $99 custom frame special for 18 by 24 inch prints -- that's a whole lot of frame for not much cash.
This Roncesvalles shop pledges to handle everything from posters to priceless art. Soho offers only UV-protective glass and archival-quality matting, which stems from their belief that if it's worth framing, you've got to do it right. For the bargain-hunters, irregular-sized frames are marked way, way down each week, so keep checking back.
This Junction shop, operated by Pat Schnurr, takes an old-school, detail-oriented approach. Schnurr's certification from the Professional Picture Framers Association sets the shop apart, as does her three decades of expertise. (That's evident in the site's comprehensive blog, which is packed with framing ideas and photography tips.)
Art lovers on a budget, take note. None of the shelves and shelves of pre-made frames at this family-owned Queen and Niagara shop run over $120. Lest you be limited by the prefab sizes, though, custom work is also available. The wide selection of ready-mades includes a ton of shadow boxes, as well as frames made from reclaimed Ontario barn wood.
The Framing Depot's vast, bright retail space is a side benefit of its uptown location (on Lawrence Ave., east of the DVP). They've earned raves for their lightning-fast custom framing services, and offer a number of extra services, including pickup, delivery, hanging and in-house consultations.
This Dupont and Christie shop vows to frame pretty much anything. A recent addition to their lineup of services is resin coating. They'll mount your image on a box and coat it in epoxy for a glossy finish. They also do pretty much everything else, including art restoration, cleaning, packing and shipping.
The folks behind Akasha are artists and photographers themselves, with over 25 years experience in the art world, lending them a careful eye for accenting art through framing. If one of their 400 framing samples is the right fit, they also offer custom creations. The Church and Wellesley space also hosts a photography-focused gallery space, as well as a catalog of photography prints available for purchase.
This Queen East gallery hosts plenty of original pieces by local emerging and established artists. But if you already know what you're hoping to frame, never fear. Their framing expert, Wendy Palmer, has 20 years of experience in the business. Their services run the gamut from mat cutting and shadowboxes to plaquing and custom mirrors.
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