The Fine Art Trade Guild specifies five acceptable levels of framing utilising different qualities of materials and framing techniques. These levels range from Minimum through to Museum - a brief description of each is given below, as it affects the cost, and more importantly, the level of protection and conservation for the artwork.

1: Museum Grade Framing

Not just for Museums, this is the highest quality framing available, using premium archival grade materials for lifetime protection. Any 'high value' or irreplaceable artwork or artefact should be framed at this level. Ask us for our advice.

2: Conservation Level

Our preferred minimum level of workmanship. All techniques are reversible and use conservation (archival) grade materials to protect the artwork. This level is suitable for medium to high commercial or sentimental value items, and provides protection for many years.

3: Commended Level

For items of moderate commercial or sentimental value but using "standard" work practices. At this level, we do not use standard or white-core mountboard. We don't regard it as being good enough.

4: Budget Level

For the budget conscious but not recommended for any items of value. This framing level is suitable for easily replaced items of low value, ie posters. Even at this level, we do not use standard or white-core mountboard. We don't regard it as being good enough.

5: Minimum Level

As the name suggests, framing to a minimum quality and budget. Only suitable for low value items. Although many framers work at this level to keep their prices low,  we do not frame at this level.