Feeling Lost in Spacers? Here's Help

picture frame spacerPicture framing is both art and science, and unless you go with premade framing kits or other ready-made frames, tackling this skill requires an understanding of the components and a fair amount of experience. You’ll soon find there are many different components that go into a frame, including mat board and glazing. Often the smaller components such as frame spacers are less discussed.  To help you sort out some of the basics we will discuss the fundamentals of frame spacers, including their role and what you need to know when selecting them for your own projects.

Picture frame spacers are placed around the edge of the glazing, preventing it from coming in actual contact with your painting, photo, or other visual artifact. Without framing spacers, the image can buckle, or get stuck to the glazing – not a desirable thing if you ever plan to switch out the frame. If, heaven forbid, moisture should sneak its way under the glazing, framespacers also serve to allow air circulation, thus preventing the formation of destructive mold and mildew.

Another reason to use picture frame spacers is that they provide a smooth surface between the edge of the glass and the framing material itself. This not only protects you by preventing possible injury when installing the glazing into the frame rabbet, it also keeps those otherwise rough edges from digging into the frame materials, shedding particles of paint, or other substances into the picture.

At Frame Destination, we are pleased to offer FS-1 and FS-6 frame spacers from FrameTek Inc., a well-known company specializing in innovative framing solutions. This company's FrameSpace product is an extremely easy to use frame spacer product. You can prepare a piece of glazing in under two minutes, and it can be readily cut to the proper length using a good set of garden shears. It is made from a pH neutral material, so there is no worry about acids or alkaline substances leaching into your artwork. These picture frame spacers are versatile and can be used with both metal and traditional wood frames, and no messy adhesives are required.

Furthermore, FrameTek's picture framing spacers fit all glass and acrylic glazing that we carry at FrameDestination (both 1/8” and 3/16').

If you have questions about using frame spacers for glass, please feel free to contact us through our website or by calling 1.877.FRAMES, and someone will be happy to answer your questions. FrameTek  also has some instructional videos available online where you can see how this innovative, modern product is used and installed.

Frame spacers may not be the “final frontier” when it comes to framing, but they have simplified the process and made it much easier to achieve professional-looking framing results in a very short amount of time. Check out the selection today, and remember that Frame Destination offers quantity discounts!

About the author


Mark Rogers is an amateur photographer and the founder of Frame Destination, Inc. In 2004 Mark realized the framing industry was not keeping up with the evolution of photography via new digital technology and started Frame Destination in his garage. Now his company has thousands of do-it-yourself framing customers across the US that it helps with its 11,000 square feet production facility in Dallas, TX.

2 thoughts on “Feeling Lost in Spacers? Here's Help”

  • Bill R

    Do you need to adjust the glass measurements when you use FrameTek spacers? For example, if I have a 16 x 20 frame and use spacers, what are the measurements of the glass?

  • Mark Rogers

    This type of spacer will add about 2/32 - 3/32 inches to glass. Normally frames should be cut to about 1/8 inch larger than the contents going into and that is what we do with our frames, however if you buy an inexpensive ready-made frame it may not have the extra room. In that case you will want to use the spacers that have adhesive on them to attach to the glass.


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