Acrylic Box Frames

Clean. Modern. Visual. From large perspex shadow boxes to custom acrylic display cases. Give your art more light and wider viewing angles.

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Description

What Are Perspex Box Frames?

An acrylic box frame (also called a Perspex box frame) is an enclosure used to display and protect a 3d object or artwork with depth, like a canvas.

They are used when:

  • It’s desirable to view more than one side of the artwork
  • A full frame would be too visually restrictive
  • A strong sense of light or minimalism is required

It becomes a box when there are at least 2 faces of acrylic joined together. Creating custom, highly quality acrylic boxes does not simply mean using a 6 sided plastic box. Much of the work is in creating the sub-structure to hold the object or artwork, then joining this to the acrylic.

The box can then be displayed on a table, pedestal or wall mounted.


I started using Art Graphics six years ago. These guys are the best framers in the UK, they focus on my needs and always deliver.
Lincoln Townley
Artist
Features

Acrylic Box Features

Here are some of the key features you get from an acrylic box...

1st Class Protection

The work is fully enclosed inside the box, protecting it from the environment (and curious hands!)

High Visibility

Your artwork will gain full 360 degree viewing angles - even better than your new TV.

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2 - 5 Sides

Your box can have anywhere from 2 up to 5 sides of acrylic, depending on your needs. The other sides of the cube will usually be made from custom finished, tulip-wood plinths.

Padded acrylic case to house a jacobean glass

Optional Access Hatch

Some items you need to display in full glory, but also want to take them out to play with or show friends. You can have a special hatch or lid to allow this at any time.

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Acrylic Options

Acrylic is naturally 70% UV resistant, 50% lighter than glass and incredibly tough to break, making it an ideal replacement to glass if preferred. Higher grade acrylic options include full UV resistance, anti-static or anti-reflective coatings.

Back view of the reverse structure

Customisable Plinths

The wooden plinth that the box stands on is highly customisable to best match your artwork. The finishes range from from clean colours to rust effects and gold leaf.

4-sided acrylic box for delicate porcelain dolls

Standing or Wall Hanging

Acrylic boxes can be free standing, or made to hang on your wall.

The framing of my piece has really made a statement in our new home, for a price that was unrivalled by any local competitors.
Alexander Wilson
Individual
Examples

Examples Of Acrylic/Perspex Box Frames

Browse 1,634 images from past projects, including many acrylic box ideas to give inspiration for your next project.

The only museum quality framers we’ve found outside London.
Chris Brooks
Gallery Owner
Benefits

Why Work With Us For Acrylic Box Framing?

Art Graphics have made beautiful frames for me for over 20 years.
Lou Moore
Artist
Clients

Perspex Box Frames Are Used By Companies Like...

Thank you so much - they look great and I am sure my client will be thrilled. The quality is superb too - I am very pleased with them, so thank you and your team for their hard work on them.
Sarah Glenn
Atelier Nine
Suitable For

What Types Of Artwork Can Go In An Acrylic Box Frame?

AcrylicMetal & Wood Frames
ArtworkBoxPanelBoxSimpleStretcherTray
3D Object
Board
Canvas
Digital File
Mirror
Paper
Textile
They are framers with a truly artistic eye and understand how to compliment artwork with colour, space and the right profile.
Helen Robinson
Artist
Construction

How Are Perspex Box Frames Created?

After discussing your project, the process for creating a display box is three fold.

The Acrylic Frame Sections

The sections of acrylic are cut from larger panels and the edges diamond polished to ensure a clean join. A shadow gap can be created in the space between the artwork and the acrylic sections.

Special acrylic glue is used to adhere the sections together. The edges are usually butt-joined which gives a sharp, clean 90 degree angle for the edges. These edges are softened slightly for safety after the glue has dried.

Another method of joining the panels is to use one piece of acrylic to form 2 or 3 faces. This is done by bending the acrylic with heat to create a curved edge. The other sides of the box are then either specially cut section of more acrylic to fit the gaps, or become part of the support structure (more below).

If any full sides of the acrylic will be exposed for any reason they will sometimes be gently flamed to soften then further. This might be done if the acrylic section is specifically designed to be removable to examine or change the object being displayed.

Artwork Treatment

It’s of great importance to ensure any method of fixing the artwork into place is non damaging and fully reversible. It would of course be easy to simply glue artwork into place but this is treason in the conservation framing world.

As not every object is the same we’re required to come up with safe and unique ways of fixing items into place quite often. However for more common types of objects like stretched canvas art, books, and small metal items we have developed special techniques for creating pleasing aesthetics.

The Support Structure

This is usually constructed from Tulip wood as a frame to house the artwork and acrylic enclosure. It can simply be a base, or can encompass several sides of the cube.

In the case of display boxes for canvas frames, the support structure will be very similar to a canvas tray frame but without the sides. This allows the acrylic box to wrap around the canvas for a very interesting display option. It allows you to view the sides of the canvas work which has been required before.

The approach to take will depend on a discussion with you about your art and goals for the work. Custom fabrics or finishes are sometimes required when building the structure. Other times complex, bespoke shapes are required that both hold the artwork in position and create the backing structure.

When attaching the acrylic enclosure to the support backing, it’s important to be as invisible as possible. To maintain safety we usually go with a number of small screws to hold the acrylic face into position. To create a more seamless visual we will paint out these screws the same colours as the support backing, or sometimes use special screw caps to hide them. Depending on the type of object you are framing it may be possible to create an interesting feature out of this fixing area, much like splines can do with normal frames.

Difference Between Plastic, Acrylic & Perspex

  • Perspex is a brand name for acrylic.
  • An acrylic is a type of plastic, usually polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA).
  • A plastic is any (usually synthetic) material that can be moulded into shape without breaking. I.e. it has plasticity.

There are other types of acrylic brands such as Plexiglas (Often misspelled as PlexiGlass). They’ve all got slightly different properties but for display boxes – Perspex is the most commonly used.

Glass can’t realistically be used to create display boxes. The main reason being that it’s particularly difficult to work into a clean looking, safe shape. Acrylic is shatter resistant, lighter weight and actually enhances the colours in the artwork.

The thickness of acrylic used for display boxes varies depending on the size of the item being displayed. 5mm is usually what is required for a pleasing, sturdy box.

Very large Perspex boxes can be created to display artwork several meters in length. We’re comfortable framing work this size so please contact us to discuss the options.

They frame everything for me and I put them down to a big part of my success as an artist and businessman. They have always bent over backwards to help me, they even assist my shows by hanging and delivering my paintings to site.
Lincoln Townley
Artist

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