5 Tips for Properly Attaching Frame Backing

Thursday June 16 2022


 5 Tips for Properly Attaching Frame Backing

Frame backing refers to the back-most piece used to complete the framing process. The final stage of framing requires a backing board to secure the framed contents. Securing a backing board might require material as simple as adhesive tape to more advanced methods like a framing stapler. A broad range of materials are used for frame backing, and the techniques required for the framing application can vary. Before completing the final, but vital, step of your framing process, explore these tips for properly attaching frame backing to ensure the best result.


Determine the proper measurements for the frame and mat size prior to attaching the frame backing. After calculating the size of the print, photo, or artwork, consider the sizing of the mat board itself before choosing the overall frame.


A spacer forms a barrier between the frame backing and the contents inside the frame. The easiest method for applying a spacer is to cut the spacer to size, peel the backing off the adhesive, and slide the spacer onto the glass or acrylic, moving from one end to the other. Be mindful not to overlook using the spacer that comes with your frame packaging to avoid your picture or artwork sticking to the glass.

Acid-Free Mats

The matboard of your frame backing protects and stabilizes the contents you’re framing. Acid-free mats consist of wood pulp and are referred to as acid-free because of how the acid buffs out during the manufacturing process. Acid-free mats are the ideal type of backing for framing pictures or artwork without causing damage.


It’s important to seal and finish the frame backing prior to hanging the final product on the wall. Applying a sealant to your frame backing prevents dust and moisture from entering the frame, provides a hanging point for the frame, and helps stabilize it on the wall. Framing glue and adhesive tape are common sealant methods, but the right kind depends on your frame material.

Mounting Style

Once you’ve properly attached frame backing to your content, you’ll need to decide on the best mounting style. There are various mounting techniques, from non-conservation to permanent methods designed for framing different materials. Using the proper mounting style also eliminates the risk of using chemicals that could harm the contents you’re framing.

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