If you have never been to a frame shop before, you may find it difficult to know if the service you received was good enough or if the framers in the shop can deliver you high-quality results. There are some features you should look for in a frame shop; if these features are not present in a particular frame shop, you may have to leave that shop for another.
Some frame shops flatter to deceive but if you can take note of the features that will be mentioned in this guide, you’ll be able to tell the difference between a professional frame shape and one that is not doing so well. Features you should look for in a frame shop include experience, design quality/credibility, frame designers, customer service, selection, cost, timeliness, and professionalism. Let’s now consider these features in detail.
Experience is one quality you must look for in a frame shop. The art of frame design takes time to master and so, it is important that you choose a frame shop that has been in the field for a good number of years. When you walk into a frame shop, as part of the conversation you’ll be having with the designers, ask how long they’ve been in business. Only commit to a frame shop that has been in business for at least a couple of years.
Design quality and credibility are other features you should look for when visiting a frame shop. Look round the shop and observe the frames that are on display. Do you see a wide range of frames? Do you see variations in the design choices? Does the frame shop have very little on display? Are the designs on display attention-catching? The first impression you get when you enter a frame shop matters a lot. They are important indicators you must take note of. If the designs on display that are in a frame shop are too generic or if you see only straight frame designs (no mats), it may be a pointer that the shop has limited design experience or ability.
Selection of frame samples is another thing you should look for when you visit a frame shop. How many options do they offer? Is any style over-represented? Will you find something that will match any type of décor? If the frame shop does not have an extensive selection of different frame samples or options, you should consider searching elsewhere. Frame shop you should stay loyal to is one where you can find anything you’re looking for.
The quality of designers in a frame shop is another quality you must take note of when you visit a frame shop. Does the shop have frame designers who listen? Are the designers good at what they do? When you talk to the designers in a frame shop about your décor, color preference, and personal taste, they should be able to suggest ways you can blend the framing into your surrounding to give it the perfect look. If the frame designers in the shop are not interactive and well-equipped to suggest styles and colors that would suit your project best, consider leaving that frame shop and search elsewhere.
Besides the frame designers, also observe the staff or customer service of a frame shop. Are the staff concerned about your project? Do they treat your project with respect and dignity? Do they give priority to your project? Do the staffs pay attention to you or show care to your project? You should watch out for all these in a frame shop. If the staff of a frame shop does not regard you or your project, you may need to leave that shop for another. Only stay with a frame shop that has great customer service.
Timeliness and Professionalism:
How well a frame shop does its work is another thing you must look out for when you visit a frame shop. How quickly do they get jobs completed? How professional are they in the handling of jobs? Does the frame shop notify their customers on time if there is any delay in the completion of a framing job? Do they outsource jobs or do it themselves? You should look out for these things in a frame shop. The frame shop you should consider doing business with is one that can get jobs completed on time – one that does not take years in getting a basic framing job completed. Also, the frame shop should be one that shows great professionalism in the handling of jobs (that is, one that professionally handles jobs). If a frame shop does not show timeliness and professionalism, look elsewhere.
Cost is another thing you must look out for in a frame shop. Is the frame shop budget conscious? Do they overcharge for their framing? Do they have a great range of pricing options? Do they have in-stock frames or ready-made options that can be given at a discount? If a frame shop is not budget-conscious, you may have to leave that shop for another. Stick with a frame shop that offers a variety of pricing options – one that makes every effort to accommodate your budget for specific projects without under-framing your artwork or compromise the quality of materials used.
From the features that have been discussed above for you to look out for when you visit a frame shop, we can conclude that you should:
1. Stay loyal to a frame shop that has experience on their side.
2. Stay loyal to a frame shop that has design quality and credibility.
3. Stay loyal to a frame shop that has framers that are interactive and well-equipped to suggest colors and styles that would best compliment your project.
4. Stay loyal to a frame shop that features a good selection.
5. Stay loyal to a frame shop that has great customer service.
6. Stay loyal to a frame shop that does its work in a timely and professional manner.
7. Stay loyal to a frame shop that is budget-conscious.