If you are a new collector of movie posters or are looking into upgrading your skill to ensure your treasures are protected through the ages, this guide will help you achieve that dream. If you are also out there and planning to transforming your collection’s display, this article will give you tips on how to go about it. There are dozens of frames out there to help create whatever theme you are after, but first get a few things right before diving into the next stage.
Scrutinize The Poster
Get to understand what type of a movie poster you are working with by examining it carefully. Depending on when the poster was made, there are different things you need to consider before framing it. For vintage posters made before the 80s, some extra care will be required especially if it’s damaged, but it would also be a great idea to take it to a restoration professional for a face lift. Vintage posters are a true treasure, if you come across one that has the details on the release date of that particular film, treat it with love, they are the most valuable posters one could ever have.
It by any chance the poster has a linen backing, which is very common with vintage ones, it won’t damage it doing some trimming so that the edges don’t touch on the frame. If trimming isn’t necessary, it is also a great idea to maintain the original shape of the poster.
Choose Framing Materials
Whatever material is used to frame the poster will determine how long it will remain in good shape. Depending on the kind of poster that is being framed, there are different materials appropriate for different types of posters.
Metal or wood: These are suitable for poster framing, but it also depends with what your taste is and how you want your display to turn out. If you wouldn’t want the poster to come into contact with wood, then metal would be a great choice in this case.
Backing board: This is more appropriate for decorative posters as it is sturdy and light. Acid-free foam board is recommended especially for vintage posters and high value ones.
Mat board: This comes in handy when you want to keep the poster away from touching the frame but remain in place at the same time. Picture frame spacers do the same job in case you don’t want to use a mat board.
Pick the right materials and display your collection with pride!