Where to Buy Picture Frames - A guide to DIY Frames in Australia

We have so many customers asking this question - where is the best place I can buy picture or poster frames? There are so many options out there, so we created this guide to buying DIY frames from popular Australian retail stores, so you can create the look you love without breaking the bank.

Here you will find cheap and cheerful frames, plus more expensive options. Each have their own pros and cons as we explain below. Below stores have frames which will fit our unframed art prints.

We suggest buying your frames first, then purchasing your unframed art prints or posters. More than a few customers in the past purchased their prints first and then found frames they needed were sold out.. despite seeing them in-store a week earlier. So if you see a frame you like, grab it! Most large retail stores will return or exchange for a different size later if you change your mind.

Be careful when buying unframed prints. They need to be above 220gsm + in thickness so they are less likely to warp over time. 

Pro Tip -- Prints should be MATTE not GLOSS! Gloss prints can stick to the glass and cannot be removed without ripping them off later.

 

 IKEA 

Let's begin with our favourite! We love getting lost here and finding all sorts of ideas and things we never knew we needed. The swedish giant has an incredible range of frames in a heap of the same sizes we offer, like A4, A3, 40 x 50cm, 50 x 70 cm etc. Have a look on their website before you go in to suss it all out!

Ranging from black, white, gold, silver and various shades of wood - sooo many to choose from! Prices range from really cheap (think 50 cents for a plastic frame of ambiguous quality) to medium range for something a bit more substantial (think 50-ish dollars). They used to have a lot of glass faced frames, however it has now moved to mostly acrylic. 

Their most popular is the RIBBA frame which comes in small, medium to large sizes at reasonable prices. Online ordering is also available which is a huge bonus.


Pro Tip
 - The thinner the acrylic glass is, the more your print may warp or ripple over time. The clear face can also look wavy in certain light. Go for thicker (2-3mm +) acrylic glass.. or real glass if you can! It may be more expensive & heavier.. but will look much better on the wall 🙌 



 

 KMART 

Here comes the most popular choice! Kmart is well known & most loved for its frugal yet fashionable home decor items. They stock a huge variety of frames in small + large sizes, which are difficult to find at a comparable price elsewhere. If you are lucky enough, you have a late night or 24/7 Kmart near you 😃

Be warned though, most of the frames here come with thin acrylic faces instead of glass. The quality is hit and miss. Carefully check the frames for any cracks in the frame or clear face before purchase. We have bought some in the past only to find damage later before we even opened them up!

Their ANKO brand largest frame size is 61 x 91.5cm, then goes down to A1, A2, A3, A4 and smaller. There are also popular frame sizes in inches for family photos etc. Worth mentioning you cannot beat their $2 price for the A4 black frame, this one even comes with a real glass face 🙌 

Keep in mind you get what you pay for. these are not excellent frames and may not last the distance. They are not built to last at these low prices. If you are after cheap and cheerful, this is the place to go. 


Pro Tip
 -  An easy way to tell if the clear face is real glass or not is to touch it with the tip of your finger (even if its got shrink wrap around it). If it feels cold, then it's usually real glass. If it's the same temperature as the room, then its usually acrylic!




 


 

 BIG W 

There is nothing better than aimlessly wandering the aisles checking out the camping gear, underpants, garden furniture, and homewares all in the same store 😂 We are sad to see some of these stores close over recent times. However we have found them to be a treasure trove of frames! 

Really cute decor style frames with metallic accents, decorative trim and chain hanging contraptions, there are so many to find here and they are changing the styles all the time. If you see it - buy it! It might not be there tomorrow. 

Their prices range from low to mid range. They are not as cheap as Kmart in some sizes. Expect to pay about $10-$15 more for a larger frame here. They do have glass options but these tend to be in the smaller frames only. 

Great options here for smaller frames to fit family photos, or medium sizes to fit small posters or certificates.

 


 

 TARGET 

Good ole Tar-jay! If you want something a little more posh but not overwhelming in price, this is the place to go. With their unique range of fashionable home, fashion and decor ranges it's always a pleasure to peruse the aisles for hours at a time. You never know what gems you may find here 🥰

Here you will find a nice selection of frames, which we would say are mid range in quality. They have a very limited number of larger frames, and a good selection of smaller ones. Some are unique like their current range of wicker and marble frames. They are constantly changing stock depending on the latest homewares trends. If you see something you like grab it, as the fashion ranges are only there for a limited amount of time. 

Their house brand is currently called FRASER or HOME, and the frames are available in standard colours of black, white and timber as shown in photos below. It's worth noting the largest empty frames we could find when we went was 28 x 36 cm. Most of them have real glass. Prices are reasonable -  slightly more expensive than their sister brands at KMART.





 

 MYER 

If you are after some quality frames, this is a great place to check out. We found the customer service to be the same as Kmart, and the ranges are not as fashionable in our opinion. However the plain frames in black, white and timber are great quality and Australian-made.

Size wise not as many as we hoped for, no one seems to be able to get as big as the Kmart 61 x 91.5 cm frame. However the quality is great and they use real glass. The ECO range also uses sustainable timber and offers a lifetime guarantee. 

Expect to pay 2-4 times the prices of Kmart here. The product you get is far more superior and will last a long time.

They do have a metallic range of frames in sleek designs, but nothing too trendy. Stuff you would gift to mum or gran for Christmas, think antique look heraldry or hamptons styles.



 



 DAVID JONES 

The most expensive, yet best quality so far. Expect to pay $40 for a small frame here. They also stock the ECO & PROFILE brands (same as Myer). Both these brands are Made in Australia.

Their fashion range of terrazzo, marble and gold styles are just lovely. They don't seem scared to offer trendy styles, unlike the current selection in Myer. Here you will also find high end frames by brands such as Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Whitehill. 

All the frames we looked at had real glass. The sizes were again on the smaller side. Nothing larger than A2 or similar. It's a shame the Poster frames are so hard to find. However a poster frame with real glass would be so fragile, it may not be sitting on the shop floor for safety reasons.


 


 OFFICEWORKS 

This place is a little gem where you find a lovely variety of frames usually displayed near the print and copy stations. You don't expect them to have such a great range, and it's worth noting they can do large frames too but most stores have to special order them in!

Prices range from cheap $2 certificate frames to $80 thick timber frames. Most of them are in acrylic and the smaller ones can have real glass.

Check out our local, there is no shortage of stores across the nation from Sydney to Perth, and they stay open till late - bonus!

 

 

 SPOTLIGHT 

The home of haberdashery and craft!  Who knew.. they now stock a range of homewares, decor and frames! We went hunting and then got lost in the home decor section.. whoops! Some really amazing stuff and great stock levels even during COVID at our local. Head to your nearest store to check out their massive range of frames, and we love that they have a good selection of larger sizes too! 

Keep an eye out for the acrylic though, we couldn't find much glass here. Pricing is reasonable as well but as above, not as cheap as Kmart in a lot of the larger sizes.

 



 TK MAXX 

These guys are new-ish to Australia but well worth mentioning. Although there are not many locations yet, we try and visit whenever we are near one as they have so many designer brand goodies at fantastic discounted prices.

Recently we visited the newly opened Belconnen store in ACT. They did not disappoint! Spotted some luxe brands like Marc Jacobs, Rachel Zoe, Profile and Studio Nova. Anywhere from plain, luxe metallic to cute kids styles, check it out and grab whatever you need before they go!

Prices and stock vary so much here, as they are constantly selling through and replenishing depending on what brands want to offload end of season items. 

Again not many larger sizes here. Keep in mind the stock varies every week, but you can get amaqualityuaity or a fraction of the cost. 


 


Looking for Freedom or the Reject Shop

We hear you! We need to grab some photos for you but stock levels have been SHOCKING during covid and all we have managed to take photos of are empty shelves! We will update you in the coming weeks.. meet you back here in a few xx

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