Our Guide to Shadow Box Frames

The Ins and Outs of Shadow Box Frames

When many people think of frames, the first thing that comes to mind is a classic flat frame, designed to encase photos and paintings. But these aren’t the only types of frames in the market. When it comes to framing anything out of the ordinary, from your child’s first clothes to that signed tennis ball that you treasure, a unique and eye-catching shadow box frame is often a go-to option. In this blog post, we'll explore what shadow box frames are and why they can be an excellent choice for your framing needs.

What is a shadow box frame?

A shadow box frame is a type of frame that has a deeper profile than a traditional flat frame. This depth allows for the creation of a three-dimensional display for objects such as sports jerseys, medals, seashells or other memorabilia.

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Why choose a shadow box frame?

Shadow box frames can fit (almost) any object

Flat artworks and photos aren’t the only things that should be displayed in a high-quality frame. Unlike traditional flat frames, shadow boxes have the versality to showcase a wide variety of items. This can include 3D objects such as sports memorabilia, baby clothes, jewellery or even that spoon collection you have been building for a long time.

Shadow box frames are protective

By creating a physical barrier around your object, shadow box frames are perfect for protecting those items and art pieces that matter most from dust, moisture and other potential damage.

Shadow box frames are aesthetically pleasing

Shadow box frames can match almost any aesthetic. By arranging items at varying depths within the frame, you can create a dynamic and eye-catching display. This can be especially effective for displaying items that have sentimental value or that you want to highlight in a special way.

Shadow box frames can be customised

One of the benefits of shadow boxes is that they can be highly customised. From the size and depth of the frame to the colour and finish, you can create a shadow box that is tailored to your specific needs.

Should you build or buy a shadow box frame?

When it comes to shadow framing, there are two options; build it yourself or buy a custom made frame. Each option has its pros and cons, so it's important to consider your specific needs and skillset before making a decision.

If you have some woodworking skills and the necessary tools, building a shadow box frame can be a fun and rewarding DIY project. By building your own frame, you can customise the size, depth, and finish to suit your needs. However, this process can be time consuming. These DIY frames may also not have the protection and quality you need to protect those items that matter most, such as a family heirloom handed down through the generations.

Alternatively, buying a custom made shadow box frame is a convenient option if you don’t have the skills, tool, materials and time to build your own. They can be built to a custom size, depth and finishes, so you can design one that fits your needs. These frames can offer a higher level of quality, with many professional-level options available.

How much does a shadow box frame cost?

Framing costs will always depend on the item, including its size and type of frame. To learn more, please contact us or visit any of our Frame Today stores and our qualified Picture Framer Association (PFA) framing consultants will provide you with an on-the-spot quote.

As the Australian shadow box framing experts, our team would be excited to help you find your perfect frame.

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