If you haven’t ever ordered a mounted print, you may want to consider it with your next investment. Mounted prints are prints that are adhered to a solid backing. Instead of a simple, flexible print on photographic paper, you have a rigid product that holds its form. Mounting your prints helps to protect them from bending and warping, keeping them safer for years to come.
There are many different types of materials used to mount your images. Some of the most commonly used materials are:
- foam core board – a 3/16″, extremely lightweight polystyrene material with white foam edging, recommended for very large framed prints
- styrene board – 2mm thick, extremely rigid plastic material resistant to warping, edging in black or white, can be displayed with or without a frame
- matboard – cardboard material bonded together to create a board perfect for mounting prints, recommended for framed prints (in single- and double-thicknesses)
- bamboo – 3/4″ thickness of FSC-certified bamboo, keyhole backing ready-to-hang, very dense and heavy
Mounting your prints not only better-protects them, but it can also create a few new options for you to display them. For example, because your styrene-mounted print can now stand alone, you can display your print without a frame. One easy look is to set the mounted print on a shelf leaning against the wall, or you can simply put it in a small easel. You can also hang the frameless print directly to the wall using Command wall strips. Heck, if you mount it on bamboo, all you have to do is put the nail in the way and you’re all done!
Next time your order prints, consider getting them mounted, you’ll be glad you did.