The Framing Process
Why do so many people make the trip to frame at Artists Frame Service? As Chicago's best framer (so says Chicago magazine) and over 40 years of experience, we've perfected the art of custom framing.
It Starts With
Bring your art, photos, treasured objects or favorite print into either of our locations to begin your framing adventure.
“We frame what inspires us. Getting the things that speak to you on a wall is why I love framing.”
– Josh, Frame Consultant | 4 years
Things Get Hands On
You'll be matched with one of our framing consultants who will guide you through the framing process and help you pick the perfect materials.
“Framing is creative problem solving. As an artist, I love coming up with interesting solutions. When we arrive at the right combination, we’ll know because the art “sings”!”
- Kristin, Frame Consultant | 14 years
Then it's time for our framing artisans to handcraft your frame.
Right From the Start
With precision machinery, individual care and attention, our team makes sure your design ideas are transformed into frames that work.
“My job is cutting and joining the wood mouldings, but my work is part of the big picture. This frame is going to be hanging around for a long time, so I want to give you the best."
- Omar, Cutter/Joiner | 5 years
Our computerized mat cutter can create intricate designs within .001% margin of error. It cuts through fabric, boards and 8 ply museum mats like butter.
“The cutter makes quick work of the easy projects, but I prefer the challenging hands-on ones.”
- Rocio, Special Projects Facilitator | 17 years
The final inspector is the first one to see all your framing choices assemble into a complete frame.
“I’m always impressed with the craftsmanship and care our framing staff puts into each piece.”
- Alejandro, Fitting Department Specialist | 23 years
Handled With Care
When things need a little help getting to their final location on your wall, you can call on our expert delivery and install team.
“Getting bigger pieces or a gallery wall up requires a lot of skill. I love helping customers and adding my eye for detail when they need it.”
- George, Delivery and Installation Expert | 22 years
In a Week, It's Ready
Your art has come full circle. Now we get to enjoy the reactions on people's faces then they are reunited with their masterpiece.
“Designing from corner samples and swatches gives a sense of the look, but it’s always very exciting to see the finished piece.”
- Dave, Framing Consultant | 22 years
Then it's time for the moment of truth,
when your frame finds its home in your home.
Ready to Start Framing?
The best way to start your framing experience is to come in! You don't need an appointment - we always have several framers ready to help you when you stop by. If you have any questions before you come in, feel free to contact us.
The short answer? Everything! In four decades, we have framed a lot. Here are a few of our favorite framing projects showcasing just a sample of our enormous selection and our unparalleled abilities to bring your art to life.