Honolulu - 10 months ago, Verified purchaser
As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
So let's look at the pros and cons:
- pros: well it's cheap. and functional.
- cons: it's cheaply made, and FRAGILE. and the instructions that come with it are terrible.
And on that note, you should really pay attention to the frame when you're picking it up and assembling it. Here are some tips:
1) Make sure the plexiglass isn't cracked when you buy it. I pre-ordered mine, and when went to pick it up, I noticed the plexiglass was cracked.
2) Be super careful when transporting it, because well, see my first point. In general, you should be extremely gentle with the frame. Believe me and others when we say that the plexiglass is fragile. It is SUPER THIN, and can crack if you look at it wrong (I wish I were joking).
3) There is a film on both sides of the plexiglass. Be gentle and patient when you're taking the film off. Be careful taking the plexi out and then back into the frame, otherwise you risk cracking it.
4) Do the framing on a soft carpet and/or a soft towel so you don't scratch the plexiglass after you take the film off.
5) If the plexi cracks, or even if it doesn't, you may want to consider getting a slightly thicker one from your local hardware store. It'll make the frame more rigid. I'm considering buying a proper plexi to fit the frame
6) The backing/mounting board that comes with this I comically bad. It's absolutely terrible, and made out of cardboard. You may want to get a more rigid one from your local art store. I'm worried the flimsiness of both the plexi and backing board will give way to warping at some point.
For me, it gets the job done. I needed a frame for some artwork I purchased years ago, and every framing shop in Hawaii wanted to charge me at least $200 and up. Trying to get a frame this size shipped to me was also close to impossible, and not cost effective at all. For $27, it's a temporary solution for me. Perhaps with some modification (as I mentioned above) it'll be a better frame.