We provide complete custom framing service

We provide, in our showroom and by on-site mobile service, complete and expert preservation framing for your paintings, prints, drawings, posters and photographs. While beautiful materials and craftsmanship are indispensable – a picture can only be well-framed if it’s in a well-made frame — the frame must serve the picture by protecting it and aesthetically enhancing it. With more than 22 years of framing experience, I take pride in my expertise as a complete framer. From design, to frame-making, to fitting the picture into the frame in a suitable, protective package, the entire framing project is executed with knowledge, care and expertise.

DESIGN

The true test of a frame is how well it suits the picture. Design is an integral part of the service we provide so that we can be confident that the frame we make for you is the right frame. Because frame design involves careful and subtle considerations as to color, proportion and form, the ideal arrangement is for us to meet personally and work together, whether you bring your pictures to our showroom where you can see all our corners and framed samples in person or we meet for an on-site consultation, preceded by telephone and email correspondence referring to our online catalog.  We understand that display context is important so we gladly offer in home design and consultation to make sure that your newly framed artwork fits into the intended environment.

To get a better idea of our design sense, view our Past Projects page…

PRESERVATION FRAMING

We are skilled in the proper handling of valuable artwork, provide u.v.-filtering and anti-reflective glass and acrylic, use only acid and lignin-free matting and backing, and employ contemporary preservation framing techniques.  Irvin Stafford is a Certified Picture Framer (C.P.F.) accredited by the Professional Picture Framer’s Association by passing a rigorous exam covering all aspects of caring for artwork including the selection of framing materials and the techniques needed for fully-reversible preservation framing.  We also know how to recognize damage that calls for conservation work and partner with professional conservators to address those problems for you.

Stafford Framing Company provides personal and individualized attention, no-nonsense design, and framing of unsurpassed beauty — the creation of a frame-making studio unusual in the industry.

Frequently asked questions

Who are our customers?

We work directly for individuals like you who are looking for honest, made-to-last settings to protect, enhance and honor their most treasured pictures. Whether they’re artists, serious collectors or just individuals who simply appreciate the things they look at every day, our customers care deeply about the pictures they live with, and seek a refreshing alternative to conventional frame shops. People come to us because they appreciate, too, the art of the frame and how it reflects the care they feel for their pictures. They also understand that the connecting link the frame provides between the picture and the space it will hang in is critical to creating a unified and harmonious decor. While we’ve made a specialty of framing for the traditional Tucson home (Spanish Revival and Mid-Century Modern interiors), our versatility appeals to anyone who loves wood, fine craftsmanship, and harmonious design. Read testimonials here…

What kinds of items do we frame?

We get framing orders for everything from the ordinary and commonplace — inexpensive posters, family photos and certificates — to the extraordinary and rare — historically significant oil paintings, artifacts and works on paper. We also frame textiles, and have created shadow boxes for objects such as vintage tool collections, African masks, etc.  In short, we frame whatever you treasure, as long as it can reasonably be hung on a wall.  Browse my Past Projects to get an idea of the range of what we do.

How much does it cost?

Custom archival framing jobs start at $150, using our simplest and smallest frame.  Frames for paintings are typically more, but our tastes being relatively simple, even important and large paintings often receive a fairly plain treatment. A 2″ wide white oak frame with your choice of stain, for example, on an 16″ x 20″ canvas, is $250. Hand-carved compound frames at that size, though, would start at around $700. Prices reflect the exceptional and enduring value of custom closed-corner, solid hardwood frames hand-crafted in a small studio. Also keep in mind that my design approach often saves customers money: economical design often leads to economical price. Whereas many frame shops shamelessly up-sell their customers to a showy, overblown presentation that’s often trendy and seldom wears well, I take a very direct, restrained and self-effacing approach based on timeless principles. A well-framed picture should never have to be framed again. You save money by framing it once and framing it right!

How long does it take?

Most custom orders are completed in 2 weeks from the time they’re placed. Occasionally delays occur. However, we are almost always able to positively commit to and meet firm deadlines.

Can I be confident in how my work is handled?

The job of the framer begins and ends with caring for the artwork. Your work will be in the hands of experienced professionals, accustomed to the demands and expectations of an intelligent clientele devoted to the preservation of fine art — artists, galleries, and serious collectors.