Custom Picture Framing Price List - 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed - Updated 9/2023

By keeping our overhead low, we can offer some of the best prices anywhere. Satisfaction is 100% guaranteed and this is for high quality work. I am a low volume shop, ensuring every project gets my full attention.

This is a price list estimation chart for standard custom picture framing projects (frame, joining, mat, glazing/glass, assembly). It is periodically updated and feedback welcome. Prices are estimates but shouldn’t be too far off for the most common types of picture needs, please call or email for getting a formal quote or an appointment. Highly customized requests such as jerseys, object mounting, acrylic enclosures, oversized pieces, French mats, repairs, etc will be done on a quote basis.

(This is an outdated screen shot, see below for current prices)

Costing is composed of a frame, glass, mat board and assembly charge. 

How to Use

The intent is that you pick one frame, one glass/glazing, one (or more) mat optional, and appropriate joining and assembly charge. Add them up for the estimate. Size is based on largest length or width which cannot exceed any specified dimension, for example if you are framing a piece which is 10” x 33”, that would be a Large.

To determine the number of feet of new moulding needed for a frame, just compute below from measurement of width and height in inches:

            ((2 x width) + (2 x height) + 12) / 12    (it’s an estimate here, so generally will be close enough)

For example, if you have an 8” x 10” picture and it will have a 2” border on the mat, that would be (12” x 2) + (14” x 2) + 12” = 64 / 12 = 5.33. Then round up and you get 6 feet of moulding would be needed.

I’m trying to keep the model as simple as possible and the prices are based on 1/4 (small), 1/2 (medium), and full (large) fractions of a 32” x 40” mat board size. 

Custom Framing Price List - Last Update 9/2023

* Note prices will increase as workload exceeds capacity.


Small    up to 16” x 20”

Medium up to 20” x 32”

Large.   up to 32” x 40”



Frame - Wood - Recovered




Frame - Metal - Recovered




Frame - New

Per foot

Per foot

Per foot

I have a large stock of a variety of styles and those will be at best prices.  Special orders are very common, but will be more. Most in-stock moulding under <=1” wide will be $4 / ft, >1” and <=1.5” / $5 and over 1.5” / $6 / ft. I say “most” as some of my inventory is a growing collection of new stock.

Frame Joining or Resizing Charge




Takes 1-2 hours, disassemble (if recovered), miter, glue, then biscuit or V-nail. Recovered frame must be a minimum 3” longer an all dimensions. If you found a frame, I will cut yours too. Only applies to metal frames if cutting is necessary.


Includes cutting. Have in stock new standard glass, non-reflective and some conservation. All new glass is Tru Vue brand. Acrylic and Museum-grade glazings also available. 

Glass - Single strength - Recovered




Free of defects. A great way to keep costs low and upgrade later.

Glass - Single strength - New


40Tru Vue Premium Clear (non-UV). Non-reflective also available. In stock.

Glass - UV Single strength - New

203560Tru Vue Conservation Clear (97% UV). Non-reflective also available.

*** MAT BOARD ***

Multiply by 2 for Double mat, 3 for Triple mat, includes cutting, cheaper if I have remnant pieces which can be used. Lots of in stock colors to choose from. Specialty mats will be more. If you need a colored mat board for a background, that counts too.

Mat - Crescent Select - Single opening




Mat - Crescent Select - Multiple/complex opening




Highly complex cuts will be quoted, includes V-grooves, ovals/circles, irregular shapes, etc. I don’t do irregular curves beyond ovals and circles.


Assembly, Frame “refresh” pricing is same plus additional charge for frame, glass, and/or mat / backing from above if needed.

Metal Frame - Backing board, backing tape, hardware




Wood Frame - Backing board, dust cover, hardware




  • Labor rate is at $25/hour (already factored into standard pricing above).
  • As I get more savvy with wholesalers and get better pricing, I update this estimator to pass on the savings. 
  • The larger the frame, the larger the value proposition. If you are framing a standard 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 and you are just doing something simple, Costco or craft store ready-made frames may be a better more cost-effective route.
  • Special order moulding can take 2 to 3 weeks.
  • You are welcome to “bring your own” glass/glazing, frame or mat and you can remove most or all of those associated costs. Joining and cutting fees will still apply.
  • Many options have upgrades available for additional charge, new frames can be significantly more based on selection…now I know why framers charge so much, moulding is expensive. I do have a large in stock selection of moulding and mat board with special pricing. 
  • Mat board, backing and all mounting corners / adhesive that come in contact with artwork are archival / acid-free / buffered unless stated otherwise. Certain projects may require more than average or special materials and have an impact on price.
  • Custom Fabric-covered mats are available at $25 + cost of the fabric and mat (you are welcome to bring your own).
  • We do have some new sheets of acrylic / plexiglass in various sizes and thicknesses. Not my preference as they scratch easily, but available at a very low cost and more resilient if shipping.
  • Some costs may be reduced or free if sourced at a lower cost and savings passed on.
  • Just need glass cut? $10 and have lots of glass for low cost based on availability. For that matter, I’ll cut your mat also if needed for $10 single opening. Cut while you wait.
  • We do not charge more if you bring some or all of your own materials (actually less). I am human, so if I need to by a replacement due to an issue (I.e. a mistake), those costs will be covered by me.
  • We also do frame repairs, re-mounting, glass replacement, mat replacements, upgrades, mirror repairs, custom acrylic display boxes, etc. Call or email for a quote.



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