The Difference Between A Quality And A Standard Wooden Photo Frame


Solid wood is better than a veneer, but if the latter is done well it is nigh on impossible to spot the veneer, and a veneer is not likely to suffer during normal Quality cornerswear and tear – although it could peel in the unlikely event the photo frame is submersed in water for a lengthy spell.

More important are the corners of the frame. Most wood frames are stapled, using one or two staples in each corner to pin the four sides together. This is a weak spot: if the frame is dropped the staples could give way. When stapling papers together the ends are bent inwards to prevent anyone handling the papers hurting their fingers on the sharp points. But this bending also secures the papers and prevents them coming apart. The staples in a wooden photo frame just stick into the wood and their grip is consequently not strong. It is quite easy to break a frame by simply twisting the wooden sides – although this is of course hardly fair wear and tear. Whilst such treatment is unlikely, a relatively small knock can cause a stapled corner joint to come apart slightly leaving an unsightly gap – even one millimetre is very noticeable.

Corner splice in a wooden photo frameA top quality wooden frame on the other hand has a spline inserted into the wood (see image) which ensures maximum strength. The high precision machines that insert the splines ensure that each corner is tightly joined.

The following wooden photo frames all benefit from having corner splines, and all are solid wood:

If you have a special photograph you wish to display, surely it is better to spend a little extra on a good quality frame?