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Here us out: all you have to do to transform an old poster into decor suitable for a home where an adult lives, is to put it in a frame. Stick anything from a Monet print to Tupac album cover art in a plain black frame and suddenly your living room says “vintage cool” instead of “dorm room.”
While you certainly could, you don’t need to get them professionally framed or anything either. Simply find an appropriately-sized frame that is decently constructed and easy to install and hang, and you have an instant upgrade.
Things to Consider When Buying a Poster Frame
Here are a few of the things we keep in mind when choosing a frame for posters, including dimensions, materials, and convenience.
Size: First, and most obviously, measure your poster and the size of the frame you’re looking for. Because posters are often non-standard in size, you may have to look a little harder to find the right frame. Some poster frames or hanging mechanisms can actually be adjusted, which is a bonus.
Materials and Construction: Frames constructed of wood, plastic, or even metal are all common, as are glass or plexiglass covers, or no cover at all. Whatever the materials, we look for well-made frames that hang flush against the wall and don’t warp the poster inside.
Hanging Mechanism: Look for frames that include hardware for hanging included. Hanging wire and brackets, hinges, or visible hanging cords are all attractive and easy to use.
1. Americanflat 16 x 20 Black Poster Frame
Well-jointed wooden frames, plexiglass, and sturdy backboard to keep the poster in place all make this frame a more well-constructed and durable option. We also like that the frame border is a bit larger in width, which feels more sophisticated than narrow or plastic frames.
Hanging hardware comes attached to the back, and allows the frame to be hung portrait or landscape style according to your needs.
2. MCS Original Poster Frame
These frames come as a set of two, which make them great for displaying matching prints, his and her photos or just as a convenient pick up when you have multiple posters to hang.
While they are a little less robust than the wooden frame above, they have an easy snap-in-place assembly mechanism, as well as pre-installed hinged hanging hardware. These frames measure 22.5 x 24 inches — a pretty standard poster size.
If you’re looking for the most hassle-free way to frame and hang your posters, this set is a good way to go.
3. Benjia Magnetic Wood Poster Frame
This poster frame holds the artwork in place using strong magnets on the top and the bottom, with a rustic hanging cord for displaying on the wall. We like the creative look of this hanging system, as well as the ability to adjust the frame to suit multiple poster sizes.
There’s no glass or acrylic screen here, so you’ll want to make sure whatever you’re hanging can be exposed to the heat or A/C in the house. Still, we like the “floating”-style frame, which adds a nice design touch to your wall.
4. V-LIGHT Poster Frame
Another set of two, users were particularly impressed with how easy it is to slide posters in and out of this frames, thanks to the handy clipping mechanism in back. While most cardboard backs are stapled in place, these frames have user-friendly locking clips, which make it easier to change up your display.
Your posters are protected in front with thick plexiglass, while pre-installed hangers allow for horizontal or vertical display.