How to Frame a Poster

Written by Mark Rogers

Posters are a timeless and fun way to express our interests, personal style, and bring to life virtually any room of our home or apartment. Often they become collector’s items or a reminder of events we enjoyed in our youth.

Like most people, you likely want to put it on your wall. But because youre no longer a teen and are a responsible adult (with good taste), you know that simply pinning it to the wall with tacks or tape simply wont do.

Well then, how about putting it in a stylish frame and hanging it on the wall like a piece of art? Youve had photos, family portraits and even your college certificates framed, so why not a poster.

Lets explore your options below…

How to Frame a Poster: Quick, Easy and Reliably

Local Picture Framing Store

You could take the simple (but expensive) path of taking your poster to a local custom framing retailer to have them frame it for you.

Given that posters tend to be large in size, having a local picture framer do this for you will likely be quite expensive.

The downside to local home decor or craft stores that carry poster frames is that they often have a limited selection of suitable frames to choose from. Most picture frame stores tend to have ample picture” frames in stock, but their stock of larger poster sized frames may not necessarily be your style of the best choice and fit for showing off your poster. Also, many chain retailers import pre-manufactured frames which can result in less than desirable quality or workmanship.

Specialty Online Framing Store: Learn How to Frame it Yourself

The internet brings everything within the reach of just a few clicks of mouse. Online specialty framing stores such as Frame Destination bring decades of experience and a wide selection of high-quality goods to the table. Best of all, because were online, we have lower overheads and can provide you with competitive prices that wont break the bank.

At Frame Destination we provide our visitors with step by step instructions, expert advice and helpful resources to ensure your new frame perfectly fits and is guaranteed to impress.

We make it easy for you to select the right poster frame that best suits your needs, as well as your personal taste and style. You can customize a frame in our Build-A-Frame section or find the perfect pre-configured poster frame in our Find-A-Frame section just for posters. So dont panic if youve never framed a picture before. We have lots of short videos and tutorials on our website that show you exactly how to frame a poster.

Choosing the Right Frame for your Poster

When selecting and fitting a frame for a poster, you need to consider two key aspects of your poster:

If your poster is black and white (or greyscale) then a neutral frame may be a great way to showcase the image.  If you have a decor theme, framing a poster with a frame profile of a color within your theme will help you coordinate your art within the room. If your poster has a lot of color in it, then a complementary colored frame may aid in accentuating the art. 

As it relates to the size – if your poster is a standard large size such as 24” x 36” or 27” x 40” – then a thin profile frame is likely to look better than a wide frame unless you have a large space to fill and really want to make a statement. If you have an off-size or small event poster, adding a mat and frame will kick it up a notch and make it look more like an art piece.

When you buy a frame from we will supply you with all the fittings you will need – as well as with step by step instructions to show you exactly how to frame a poster.

See our guide to framing concert posters and how to frame a movie poster!

Framing the Poster

1. Decide on whether or not to use a mat

A mat can accent your posters colors and provide an extra border that provides a space between the poster and frame. Mating can also be used to manage sizing if you dont order a custom frame that perfectly fits your poster.

2. Decide on the right frame

Options are diverse, including budget plastic frames, to high-quality metal or composite. Well made wood frames or other high-quality frames can provide protection for a vintage poster or collector’s edition.

3. Undo frame hinges or clips and remove the contents

4. Clean the glass or plexiglass front and let dry

5. Attach poster to an adhesive foam board

In many cases, rolled-up posters wont sit flat easily. Attaching it to a thin foam board can make framing easier and provide an extra layer of protection.

6. Slide the glass/plexiglass piece into place in the frame

7. Fit your mat (if applicable) into the frame behind the glazing

8. Gently slide the poster/foam board into the frame behind the mat

9. Add poster backing (if applicable)

Picture frame backing defends your art against dust and dents.

10. Attach the hanging mechanism

When you buy a complete poster frame from we will supply you with a free hanging kit.

Ready to Find the Perfect Frame for your Poster?

Finding the right frame for your poster and getting it framed isnt as hard as you might have first thought. With a little guidance and help from Frame Destination, youre just a few short steps from having the perfect frame ready to be hung with care on your walls and prepped for showing off. Choose the Find-A-Frame ordering option for a selection of standard size and color frames or the Build-A-Frame ordering option to have complete control over the frame style, size, mat, glazing, and backing.

Last Updated August 7, 2020

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4 thoughts on “How to Frame a Poster”

  • charlotte

    Hello, I have a poster and I want to put it on something to hang on my wall I do not want it in a frame do you have any suggestions

    • Heather

      Hi Charlotte,
      Absolutely! You can hang this many ways with a foam board backing, a mat board, the use of corners, etc. We recommend you take a look at our website and see what you can find!
      Give us a call if you have any questions about anything we carry.

      Thank you and have a great day!

  • Del

    I have a 50x40 poster that has been dry mounted to a foamboard. I would like to protect it with a plexiglass cover and using no matt. Are there clips that I can put along the outside to keep the poster and plexiglass aligned to each other? How would you recommend hanging it?
    Thank You

  • Juliz

    Hi, I have a very large oak frame ( inside dimensions 50” x 77”) that I want to mount, mat. Is this too large use glass over it? How do you suggest I mount the 48” x 72” poster I plan to use? Thanks for your help!

    • Heather

      Good afternoon! Thank you for reaching out to us! We offer glass up to 26" x 30" and acrylic up to 40" x 60". I would check with your local framer to see if they are able to provide larger pieces.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

  • Mitch

    How would I attach the poster to the foam board? What is dry mounting?

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