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The Best Custom and Picture Framing Stores in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / January 28, 2014

Framing TorontoThe 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

Akau

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. More »

The Gilder

The Gilder

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. More »

Telegramme Prints

Telegramme Prints

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. More »

Soho Art & Custom Framing

Soho Art & Custom Framing

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. More »

Picture It Framed

Picture It Framed

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.) More »

Victor Gallery

Victor Gallery

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. More »

The Framing Depot

The Framing Depot

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. More »

Elgin Picture and Frame

Elgin Picture and Frame

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. More »

Milk Glass Co.

Milk Glass Co.

Milk Glass does it all. The custom framing shop doubles as a gallery, and the space frequently plays host to pop-up shops for clothing and other handmade items. On the framing side, the Dundas and Ossington shop will field framing requests for all kinds of art and memorabilia. More »

Akasha Art Projects

Akasha Art Projects

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. More »

Dimensions

Dimensions

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. More »

Discussion

49 Comments

Jason / January 28, 2014 at 03:53 pm
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Thanks! Anyone know where I can get mattes custom cut for a reasonable price?
Lisa / January 28, 2014 at 03:59 pm
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Very disappointed that State of the Art gallery - http://www.stateoftheartgallery.ca - didn't make your list....they do fabulous work and have been a staple on Bayview for many years!
Bianca Bell / January 28, 2014 at 04:21 pm
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Elgin Picture and Frame is the absolute best in the city! Very professional, wonderful service, excellent quality.
Eya replying to a comment from Jason / January 28, 2014 at 04:26 pm
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Annex Photo Video on Bloor at Walmer Road is very reasonable, as far as custom mat cutting goes.
Eya replying to a comment from Jason / January 28, 2014 at 04:31 pm
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Another excellent framing shop is Latitude 44, on Dundas Street West, just west of Keele, in the Junction. Two very creative sisters, both of whom have excellent taste, own and operate it. I highly recommend this place.
Sean / January 28, 2014 at 04:32 pm
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I've had my work framed by both Akasha and The Framing Depot and would recommend both of them without hesitation.
L / January 28, 2014 at 04:40 pm
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Superframe should 100% be on that list. The guys at 100 Geary create immaculate frames. I'm a gallerist, and they are the only framer that is consistently perfect.
Artzila.com / January 28, 2014 at 04:59 pm
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All of these are great!
Caitlin / January 28, 2014 at 05:06 pm
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I've worked for Images 21 in Ajax for the past 8 years. We offer quality custom framing at a fraction of the regular retail costs. Bring us a quote and we will beat it! My boss has run his business in Pickering/Ajax since 1989. images21inc.com
Dino / January 28, 2014 at 05:19 pm
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I have been going to the Eclectic Gallery in Bloor West Village. It is owner operated with very reasonable prices plus all products are archival....It is in a hidden courtyard difficult to find but has been there for over 10 years.
e / January 28, 2014 at 05:50 pm
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Superframe should be in the top 3 with AKAU & The Glider
Rob / January 28, 2014 at 05:52 pm
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For those in the Danforth area, there's a great family-run framing shop on the east side of Pape just south of the Danforth (right by the library). I had a bunch of stuff mounted and/or framed there last year, and they did an excellent job. Very friendly and helpful as well.
Kelly replying to a comment from Dino / January 28, 2014 at 06:15 pm
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Totally agree about Eclectic Gallery, a hidden gem in this city. Very detailed work at a reasonable price. Can't believe it didn't make your list, definitely worth checking out!
DeSerres fan / January 28, 2014 at 06:50 pm
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If you will accept frames that are not too fancy in order to keep your costs low, then DeSerres does the trick nicely. I usually use the one at Spadina and Richmond. They can custom-cut glass for any frame. I got two 18 in x 24 in plain wooden frames with custom-cut glass in each for a total of just over $100. They did it all in 5 minutes at their framing counter.
John / January 28, 2014 at 07:35 pm
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I second the recommendation for Latitude 44 in the Junction - Amazing work, Great customer service - never been disappointed!
Artist / January 28, 2014 at 11:12 pm
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Superframeeeeee. Look what they do, so good. http://houseandhome.com/tv/segment/custom-framing-options
joe / January 29, 2014 at 04:39 am
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Are you guys for real???haha. Ive literally been to almost half of these "frame shops" shops and this is all utter nonsense. There a place called KENS framing I think....these guys literally blow all of these so called "fine frame shops" away...go and see for yourself... best prices and honest superior quality....theyve been in business since 1970s I believe... theyve never needed to advertise I noticed...always very busy...
sharon weinzberg / January 29, 2014 at 05:01 am
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The writer editor clearly has no good knowledge or experience about framing stores in the city. They have completely missed some of the very original and highly respected and reputable framing shops in GTA. My parents used to go to G&K back in the 60' 70's who set the benchmark and one of the pioneers in the custom framing business in Toronto back in the day. They are still in business formerly town n country now known as The Galleria...Ive been going there forv while now ..ai ccan't imagine at all any of these other framing stores matching up to theire quality or service and premium quality framing....not to mention prices so reasonable that my friends and business associates constantly visit to frame anything and always more than happy with everything. Try them out youll be amazed!! I was there last 2yrs ago..I think its no called centrepoint .
sharon weinzberg / January 29, 2014 at 05:05 am
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I so apologize... I mixed things up.. the store is called The Galleria which is located inside the Centerpoint mall. Ive been all over the city for many years now and tried and heard a bunch about framing shops...The Galleria centerpoint mall seems to he offering not only excellent prices on framing but quality that surprises people!!
MG / January 29, 2014 at 09:57 am
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This list is irrelevant because Off The Wall on Queen at Augusta isn't mentioned. They do great work, and it's a family run business that's been on Queen for somewhere in the region of 30 years.
Jack / January 29, 2014 at 10:42 am
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Elgin Picture and Frame has been our go to framer for years. They have been around for 40 years and have always been professional and great to work with...I love their new resin coating service. The staff is knowledgeable and they have awesome Art and Rock memorabilia to look at if you have to wait.
guy / January 29, 2014 at 02:13 pm
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The Framing Depot is a dingy, dusty, messy with no price advantage. Sales staff was not helpful in picking out frames to complement the artwork I brought. Their quote was not competitive and I didn't even feel comfortable leaving my artwork there.

On the other hand, Telegramme has always done an amazing job with what I've brought them and have a good turn around time. Their sales staff have always been willing to help pick out frames and matting, offering good suggestions and steering me towards an end product I've always been more than happy with.
Rob / January 29, 2014 at 02:19 pm
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Creative Expressions at 211 Royal York Rd are my framing go to people. Service is unbelievable. These people go out of their way and are very knowledgeable.
Neil Cousins / January 29, 2014 at 03:50 pm
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I had been to several art galleries here in Toronto and in Montreal for custom framing, plaquing and purchase of original pieces is ART IN THE VILLAGE on Bloor St west of High Park. They are the best and offer you true value for money.
collin / January 30, 2014 at 03:40 pm
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Silly lists. Go see Mitch at SuperFrame.
Danica / January 30, 2014 at 05:12 pm
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All the legit galleries in the city go to SUPERFRAME. How are they not #1 on this list? How are they not even ON this list.
AC replying to a comment from Rob / February 3, 2014 at 08:55 am
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Pretty sure they're called Workshop Gallery!
Chris / February 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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www.CustomFrames.ca West end frame shop in business for over 30 years. Used to be in Cloverdale Mall, Etobicoke. BEST framer, ever!
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Jack / February 16, 2014 at 04:15 am
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Honestly this article and the so called "top 10 framers" is all a crock of Sh*t. The editor writer clearly has no clue. Ive tried 6 of the 10 framers listed over the years and I wasnt very happy to say the least and in fact 2 of them are on the verge of closing down and I wont mention any names. I discovered a gem of a frame shop and they are located in the TARGET community mall a while back at yonge steeles. Also there is another frame shop down the street from them as well which is pretty good called Perfect picture or something? But than again I still prefer my first choice. This framer called Galleria Framing I believe offers surprisingly very reasonable prices and their quality of work blew me and my wife away AND customer service was impeccable. This is now my go to place and I have recommeded it to 3 of my close friends and colleagues and they were also incredible happy with the quality of work and services.
Custom Shirts / February 17, 2014 at 07:39 am
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Toronto is a fantastic town for custom purchasing. We've got swaths of shops and multi-stores.
Nerissa Pineda / February 28, 2014 at 10:00 am
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Have had artwork framed at Framing Depot for a few years. Great until 2013. In my last two visits (2013), service had deteriorated and prices did not seem as good.
Nerissa / March 1, 2014 at 06:53 am
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Correction to my Framing Depot comment. Last visit 2012. Might try again as I was very satisfied with service and prices previously.
RZZ / April 19, 2014 at 02:38 am
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not quite downtown but after shopping around quite a bit, Simon gave me an amazing price on getting two canvases stretched. he's a great guy, a total pleasure to deal with.

Decorators Art & Framing Ltd.
Simon Camicyan 416-292-6978
2770 Victoria Park Avenue, North York. M2J 4A8
Jacy / April 25, 2014 at 09:56 am
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Really Great post,i Really happy to see this post.this is amazing idea about picture framing tools and how to create picture frame.
Amy Zhang / May 17, 2014 at 05:34 pm
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Hello,
Please tell me if you make a frameless picture. I have bought 3 pieces 50 cm X 50 cm picture online. Please tell me the total price.
Thanks
Amy
Nick replying to a comment from Amy Zhang / June 13, 2014 at 08:29 pm
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Hello Amy, Frameless? You mean MATS Mat Borders? Theres a shop at yonge steeles in inside mall that offers it. Very low prices and excellent quality. I think stores called Galleriya or something. Cheers!
Mlb / June 14, 2014 at 07:35 am
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Try Adina Photo and Framing downtown on Grosvenor street. You'll never look back, and your art will look better than ever. They use only archival materials to preserve your art, they are creative and their prices are more than fair - some people call it "the little shop that could" - but don't be fooled by its size: they will frame any object for you and will make it look fantastic. They also have a second location called Galleria 814 on St. Clair west. They have a computerized matte cutter on both locations - you can have your matte cut in seconds.
Mel-Z / June 18, 2014 at 01:35 pm
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Yeah, this list is seriously lacking. I've been going to Adina photo since the mid-90's and wouldn't even think about going elsewhere. All archival materials and the staff is ACTUALLY interested in framing my art in a fun and creative way. They even have a basement full of pre-made stock frames that they will resize, I have had this done before and it is always flawless.
Miriam Nikolovsky / July 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm
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Hey guys, Just Tried a shop at Centerpoint Mall for the first time as they have a groupon going on I believe $39 for $120 worth of framing. Excellent service. Very fair prices too! You must try them! I haven't experienced better quality framing to be honest with you. Cheers!!
waqar khan replying to a comment from Bianca Bell / July 26, 2014 at 04:18 pm
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nice to meet u i am waqar khan from pakistan peshawar
i want to work in canada
CASSANDRA BERTUCCI / August 12, 2014 at 05:18 pm
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I just recently bough a new condo and got all my framing from a gallery on Yonge st called Sevan Art Gallery located at 619 they are so reasonable in price and quality is amazing they had everything I need and the woman was so nice enough to deliver everything for me , I highly recommend it try it out.
Sarah K. replying to a comment from CASSANDRA BERTUCCI / August 12, 2014 at 05:24 pm
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Wow I was just looking for a framer while visiting here in Toronto and recalled getting something done on Yonge st and couldn't remember the name and while searching I see someone made a comment about the gallery I was looking for Sevan Art Gallery I recall they had the best prices in town and I had shopped around cant wait to pay a visit to there new location
Sarah K replying to a comment from Jason / August 12, 2014 at 05:43 pm
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Sevan Art Gallery 619 Yonge st
Jeremy / August 15, 2014 at 12:51 am
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I went to 2 frame shops on Doncaster in Thornhill and I walked right out..Horrible service! And very expensive. They didnt even really know what they were talking about. Ive heard alot of good things about some shop at Centerpoint Mall which I plan on checking out tomorrow. I will still shop around and check out some place called Frames depot and Thanks to Sarah and Casandra I will also pay Seven Art Gallery a visit or a call as you mention and than see where I like the best. I used some place called Frames and Pictures couple of yrs ago and was not very happy at all. The results of these top 10 however I must say is very biased. Half of the places mentioned my collegue and 2 family friends have used and they had the worst experience to be honest and there pricing was ludicrous. And what you do..DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT GOING TO MICHAELS!! Unless your money grows on trees and you dont mind getting robbed. lol
nick replying to a comment from Jeremy / August 26, 2014 at 01:20 am
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Hi Jeremy, I live in North York area and looking for a local place. I agree about those stores on Doncaster. Did you check out the other places by any chance? Are you speaking of that gallery in the mall by canadian tire? Perhaps you can save me some time and let me know what you thought about there service and prices. Someone at my work was telling me that they have good prices and a good selection. I would never go to Michaels! Insane prices. Frames and pictures Ive never heard of. Sevan Gallery I think Ive driven by them along yonge DT? Thanks!
Patrick / August 31, 2014 at 07:50 pm
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This is a bit of shameless self promotion for our company, but check out Archetype Custom Framing (King + Bathurst area):

http://www.archetypeframing.ca/
patrick / September 1, 2014 at 03:14 am
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What a small world..I checked out Archtype framing
Nick / October 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm
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As mentioned above I highly recommend the shop at Centerpoint Mall!!

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