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How To Frame Concert Posters

Posted by Liana Orenstein on May 30, 2018

For many of us, concert posters are the first type of art we collected. We tacked them to the walls of our childhood bedrooms as souvenirs of fun-filled weekends with friends, and also as early attempts at home decor. Years later, once we’d graduated from the dorms and moved on to “grown-up” spaces filled with matching furniture, where did those posters go? Instead of rolling them back into cardboard tubes to be stashed away, custom frame concert posters to give them new life—and a permanent place in yours.

The first step to framing concert posters is to choose the style of frame that best suits the artwork and the space in which it will live. You can never go wrong with our Black, White, or Natural Gallery Frames. Just look how amazing this Black Keys poster looks floated in our Natural Gallery Frame, in the home of Homepolish designer Molly Torres:

black keys concert poster custom framed


Photographs by Ira Yousey for Brooklyn Magazine. 

From Molly: “My fiancé, Harry, was at the Black Keys show at Terminal 5, which is where he purchased the blue poster. We both love the poster artist, Todd Slater, and we’ve displayed our posters together in our last few NYC apartments. However, since the posters are an odd size, they never fit perfectly within their standard frames and that always bothered me. So when we moved to Brooklyn, I immediately knew that I wanted to have them custom-framed and float mounted, so they’d really pop off the wall. We’re so in love with the job Simply Framed did! The beautifully framed posters are a great focal point in our living room.”

Looking for something sleek and modern? Custom frame your concert posters in one of our Metal Frames. Old School, New School, and Metal Gallery Frames all work equally well for framing concert posters, and they come in a wide variety of colors. (Bonus: These frames can be taken apart and reassembled, just in case your musical tastes change.) For best results, we recommend skipping the mat; instead, frame concert posters full-bleed to let the artwork take center stage. That’s what Greta Braddock, our very own Content Manager, did when framing a few of her concert posters, and the effect couldn’t be cooler.

custom framed tune-yards poster
We love the high contrast of this super-colorful Tune-Yards poster in our minimalist Old School Metal Frame in Matte Black.

From Greta: “My husband Thomas and I met at a concert (for the record, it was Sharon Van Etten at Music Hall of Williamsburg)—and we have continued to frequent many epic shows since that fateful night. We started a tradition of always trying to buy a poster at every concert we went to. We now have a colorful collection of custom framed prints that reminds us of all the fun times we had during our previous life—before we had an almost 1-year-old. (Our concert poster collecting is on hiatus for now, but we will get back to it some day!) It is so wonderful to have a wall that brings back so many warm memories and tells the story of our relationship through music."

custom framed edward sharpe poster
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros looking, well, sharp in Warm Silver Old School Metal.

simply framed custom framed concert posters
How chic do all of these framed concert posters look in a row? Showcase a collection on a picture frame ledge like this, or even consider a full-blown gallery wall of framed gig posters:

concert poster gallery wallPretty rockin’, right? Click here to see more of this impressive concert poster gallery wall in the home of John Fosco, president of Miami-based VFD marketing and die-hard music lover.

Not sure where to start? Browse our list of favorite online sources for gig posters, and build your own custom frame right here.

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