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Empty Vinyl Frames

Can I purchase an empty frame for my own vinyl?

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Written by Level Frames
Updated over a week ago

Have a special album you don't want to send through the mail? 

We have a DIY option that is completely archival and easy to assemble. It's designed to fit a standard size 12" LP:

  • 12.25" x 12.25" cover (with an 1/8" of tolerance), and

  • One 12" disc.

We recommend that you measure your album cover before ordering - if it's different than the dimensions above or thicker than 1/4", please let us know so that we can adjust accordingly.

Each frame comes with a UV protective, non-glare glaze to protect against fading and cut down on reflections, but you can request the straight UV-Protection option at no additional charge. Learn more about the difference in glazes.

Installing Your Record

Once your frame arrives, you can follow the steps shown in this video and listed below to mount your record inside.

Included with your frame you should find:

  • Small screwdriver with a reversible head (flat and Phillips)

  • Micro-fiber cloth

  • Hanging wire and screws

  • 2 plastic bumpers

  • Picture hanging hook for the wall

  • Anti-static foam padding (wrapped around the frame)

Once you have unpacked the frame, verify that you have the components listed above and roll out the foam padding to use as your work surface.

  1. Flip the frame over and pry up the flexible staples all the way around. You can use your fingers or the flat head screwdriver. Make sure the staples are bent ALL the way up and are now as flush to the frame as possible.

  2. Holding the back so that the contents stay inside, flip everything back over and remove the frame. If it does not slide up and off easily, check to make sure all of the staples are fully pried up. Set the frame aside.

  3. Remove the top two layers which are the acrylic glaze (wrapped in protective film on both sides) and the matting. Set them aside.

  4. On the right side of the backing board, you will see a small post sticking up. Unscrew the top of the post and place your vinyl record on top.

  5. Screw the top back onto the post - you can reach a hand behind the backing board to further tighten the screw and secure the record - just enough pressure so that the vinyl does not spin after you've positioned it.

  6. Now lay the album cover into the pre-cut pocket designed to hold it in place. You can slide the vinyl into the sleeve to partially cover it.

  7. With the cover and vinyl positioned how you want them, replace the matting with the bevel (the slanted edge) facing up. Set everything aside.

  8. Bring the acrylic glaze back to your work surface. The glaze comes wrapped in a protective liner that needs to be removed. Starting on one side, place the palm or fingers of one hand directly in the middle of the glaze, and with the other hand peel up the edges of the liner and pull them towards the center. Work your way around until all of the liner is peeled up with the exception of the middle section. Using the micro-fiber cloth to avoid touching the glaze, pull up the rest of the liner from the middle. Repeat on the other side.

  9. Now that your glaze is unwrapped, use the cloth to remove any dust, particles or fingerprints. Note that with our Non-glare glaze, one side will appear glossy, while the other side has a subtle, matte finish.

  10. Lay the glaze down on top of your record and the matting, with the glossy side down and the matte side up. Use the cloth again to remove any dust on the top of the glaze. If you see dust on the other side, lift up the edges so that you can reach underneath with the cloth.

  11. Once you have the record and matting with a clean glaze on top, square everything together and carefully bring the frame back down on top. Note the two holes on the back of the frame that determine the hanging orientation - those holes should be towards the top of the frame.

  12. With the frame all the way on, grip it on two sides while stretching your fingers around the back so that you can hold everything in place as you flip the frame back over again.

  13. Firmly press all of the flexible staples back down. Check both sides of the frame to make sure everything is secure and looks good.

  14. Flip the screwdriver bit to Phillips heads, and attach the hanging wire across the back of the frame using the included screws.

  15. You're done! Use the included picture frame hook to hang your frame on the wall.

If you prefer to send your record to us for framing, choose our Send-In option instead. Upon checkout, we'll provide steps for mailing your record to our studio where we will frame and ship it back ready to hang.

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