Types of Picture Frames

Wood picture frames are by far the most common. There’s a good chance that all the picture frames in your house are made out of wood. There are three sub-categories in the wooden category.. They are: wood veneer, solid wood, and composite.



Solid wood is pretty self-explanitory. It’s 100% wood. Picture frames you see in stores are rarely made out of solid wood. Usually, they are made from composite wood (see below). The reason for this is that Solid Wood is expensive, and if you can get the same shape from using a cheaper process, why not do it?The cheapest of the three is composite wood. Composite wood is made from many compressed wood pieces which are glued together. The majority of decorated frames you see are made from compressed wood. Also, it is the most common of the three types of wooden picture frames. Whenever you think you’re getting a real “wood” frame, you usually are just getting a composite one.Wood Veneer attempts to give a wooden frame a “real wood look” without using solid wood. This is done by glueing a small, high quality piece of wood onto the top of a composite frame. These are a bit more costly then the composite frames, look very similar to solid wood frames.

Wood frames are usually a good choice when it comes to framing your pictures, but they do have a couple problems. Many people complain that when they get a wood frame, it often has knots or other imperfections in it. This isn’t a flaw in the particular frame, it’s how wood naturally is. If you want a perfect frame with no wood li