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Cheapest place to take a painting to get a basic wooden frame in Zurich?

As per title, I am looking for the cheapest place I can physically take a pair of canvas paintings to get a basic wooden frame made for them so I can then hang them up.

Does anyone please know a good and cost-effective option for this?

PS: Before anyone suggests it, no I am not going to make them myself in order to make it more cost-effective.
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Re: Cheapest place to take a painting to get a basic wooden frame in Zurich?

what about Coop Bau und Hobby?
https://www.bauundhobby.ch/service/b...ngsservice/_de
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Re: Cheapest place to take a painting to get a basic wooden frame in Zurich?

Hornbach has a framing service. I've not used them yet, but when I checked a theoretical price they seems quite a bit cheaper than a local-ish framing store.

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Many years ago I decided I wanted a simple 20x40 frame for a photo collage of Melon, simple white mat. Went to a local-ish framing shop. I didn't even think to ask for a quote, silly me, as I *knew* something like this couldn't cost much...

CHF 480.



Never go to a local framing shop unless you have a true work of art. And if you have a true work of art, you likely want to go to a museum, or at least someone better than a local framing shop...


So for cheap and cheerful, get thee to Hornbach (or as K and E suggests, B/H).
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Re: Cheapest place to take a painting to get a basic wooden frame in Zurich?

Are you talking oil paint on canvas? That may limit your options because you probably can't have a glass plane in front, which also serves to stabilize the whole thing.
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Re: Cheapest place to take a painting to get a basic wooden frame in Zurich?

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Are you talking oil paint on canvas? That may limit your options because you probably can't have a glass plane in front, which also serves to stabilize the whole thing.
My wife has had maybe 50 frames done over the past few years, most costing CHF 140-200, with the size not making much difference in price, both with and without glass and passepartout.

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Thanks ke I'll check them out.

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Hornbach has a framing service. I've not used them yet, but when I checked a theoretical price they seems quite a bit cheaper than a local-ish framing store.

Classic Switzerlanded moment:

Many years ago I decided I wanted a simple 20x40 frame for a photo collage of Melon, simple white mat. Went to a local-ish framing shop. I didn't even think to ask for a quote, silly me, as I *knew* something like this couldn't cost much...

CHF 480.



Never go to a local framing shop unless you have a true work of art. And if you have a true work of art, you likely want to go to a museum, or at least someone better than a local framing shop...

So for cheap and cheerful, get thee to Hornbach (or as K and E suggests, B/H).
480chf? *chokes*

I had no idea that Hornbach did framing so I will check them out, thanks.

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Are you talking oil paint on canvas? That may limit your options because you probably can't have a glass plane in front, which also serves to stabilize the whole thing.
Dude it's a canvas that will be mount-wrapped onto a simple wood frame, you don't put a sheet of glass on the front of it.
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Old 11.09.2017, 18:04
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Are you talking oil paint on canvas? That may limit your options because you probably can't have a glass plane in front, which also serves to stabilize the whole thing.
Although typically oil on canvas paintings have the canvas stretched around a wooden rectangle (not sure what you call this). This bit is mounted before you even start painting. This is what gives the rigidity to the canvas. Tthe frame you see from the front, which is added later, is more decorative that functional.
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Although typically oil on canvas paintings have the canvas stretched around a wooden rectangle (not sure what you call this). This bit is mounted before you even start painting. This is what gives the rigidity to the canvas. Tthe frame you see from the front, which is added later, is more decorative that functional.
Oddly enough the wooden framework canvas is streched over is called... a stretcher.
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Dude it's a canvas that will be mount-wrapped onto a simple wood frame, you don't put a sheet of glass on the front of it.

Try to actually understand what's before you. That's just what I say.
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Try to actually understand what's before you. That's just what I say.
As usual Urs, I have no idea what you are talking about.
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Re: Cheapest place to take a painting to get a basic wooden frame in Zurich?

I ran my own framing company in the UK many years ago and I think the confusion stems from... is the canvas already on a stretcher? (that's a wooden frame behind the canvas with pegs in the corner to "stretch" the canvas tight).

If it is, you just need a simple frame outside of that to hide the unfinished edges of the painting. Hornbach or Bauhaus (I use Bauhaus at Schlieren) will do. If it needs a stretcher as well you will need a proper framer unless it's a standard size canvas in which case you can get a stretcher frame ready made from an artists supply shop (I think bauhaus may even sell these in standard sizes too) and stretch it yourself (I'll do it for you for a beer).

You can also order stretchers and frames online in the UK pretty cheap. I've used this company before.
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As per title, I am looking for the cheapest place I can physically take a pair of canvas paintings to get a basic wooden frame made for them so I can then hang them up.

Does anyone please know a good and cost-effective option for this?

PS: Before anyone suggests it, no I am not going to make them myself in order to make it more cost-effective.
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As usual Urs, I have no idea what you are talking about.
Well, at least you're aware you're a little challenged understanding what's said. You have my compassion.
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Well, at least you're aware you're a little challenged understanding what's said. You have my compassion.
No, it's because you seem to speak Ursglish, a variation of English which follows a different logical pattern to the one that the rest of us speak and write.

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I ran my own framing company in the UK many years ago and I think the confusion stems from... is the canvas already on a stretcher? (that's a wooden frame behind the canvas with pegs in the corner to "stretch" the canvas tight).

If it is, you just need a simple frame outside of that to hide the unfinished edges of the painting. Hornbach or Bauhaus (I use Bauhaus at Schlieren) will do. If it needs a stretcher as well you will need a proper framer unless it's a standard size canvas in which case you can get a stretcher frame ready made from an artists supply shop (I think bauhaus may even sell these in standard sizes too) and stretch it yourself (I'll do it for you for a beer).

You can also order stretchers and frames online in the UK pretty cheap. I've used this company before.
It's a bare canvas that just needs mounting on a basic wooden frame. If it was already framed I would hang them right up. Thanks for the kind offer with the framing but I wouldn't want to inconvenience you by doing it yourself as I know you're run of your feet at the best of times so I will check Hornbach and then Bauhaus too if it's closer. Cheers GG.

Hmm I will contact them and see, if they are cheaper than Hornbach et al though I shall be pleasantly surprised. Thanks omt.
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Re: Cheapest place to take a painting to get a basic wooden frame in Zurich?

I have a few medium to large frames, dragged them all the way here (real nice frames). Would you like to provide canvass measurements, including depth and i can see if my frames would do the job. Will provide you with pics and measurements if needed.
They are not cheap supermarket stuff btw. Most are solid wood, 40-60 years old.
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Re: Cheapest place to take a painting to get a basic wooden frame in Zurich?

we tried to use Coops framing service, once, they quoted something stupid like 400chf for a very basic frame for a largish photo. Hornbach have a pretty big frame section with lots of weird and wonderful sizes, see if you can get one off the shelf, else be sure to be sitting when you get the quote
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we tried to use Coops framing service, once, they quoted something stupid like 400chf for a very basic frame for a largish photo. Hornbach have a pretty big frame section with lots of weird and wonderful sizes, see if you can get one off the shelf, else be sure to be sitting when you get the quote
Yeah, this stuff makes no sense.

I bought an aquarelle about two years ago, directly off a moderately well known and moderately succesful artsist. I bought it directly off him in his studio. I payed 600 CHF. He said in a gallery I would have payed at least double that because that's the profit the gallery makes. Fair enough. Yet if the frame alone cost upward of 400 (and its a nice frame) it makes me wonder how the artist even makes any wortwhile income at all.
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Yeah, this stuff makes no sense.

I bought an aquarelle about two years ago, directly off a moderately well known and moderately succesful artsist. I bought it directly off him in his studio. I payed 600 CHF. He said in a gallery I would have payed at least double that because that's the profit the gallery makes. Fair enough. Yet if the frame alone cost upward of 400 (and its a nice frame) it makes me wonder how the artist even makes any wortwhile income at all.
A simple frame with glass suitable for a watercolour, off-the-shelf in a standard size can be bought for around 20CHF for something like 30 x 40cm.

A custom-made frame for an oil will cost, here, around 400CHF.
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we tried to use Coops framing service, once, they quoted something stupid like 400chf for a very basic frame for a largish photo. Hornbach have a pretty big frame section with lots of weird and wonderful sizes, see if you can get one off the shelf, else be sure to be sitting when you get the quote
I was already quoted around 70chf per frame at the place at Sihl City.

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I have a few medium to large frames, dragged them all the way here (real nice frames). Would you like to provide canvass measurements, including depth and i can see if my frames would do the job. Will provide you with pics and measurements if needed.
They are not cheap supermarket stuff btw. Most are solid wood, 40-60 years old.
The canvas are 36" (91.44cm) x 24" (60.96cm).

I'm just looking for a basic thin frame in this style:

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I was already quoted around 70chf per frame at the place at Sihl City.



The canvas are 36" (91.44cm) x 24" (60.96cm).

The chf 70 includes the frame and labour?
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