Certainly, not by lifting one by the top of the frame as the man is doing in the photo. Unless the string, cord, wire or chain at the back is loose, frayed or damaged and unless the retaining hangers or fixings are missing or loose, picture frames and photo frames ought always be carried by whatever hanging devices they were fitted with. That's why they're there for. The danger with carrying picture frames by their frames, especially larger frames, is that doing this might break the framing tape, seal, "spring" open the backing loosen, or upset the picture frame assembly, pop out the backing board, or, heaven forbid, move or allow the glass out of, or to fall out of the frame. This isn't an exaggeration. We've actually seen this happen a few times over the years, causing varying degrees of customer upset and heartache. That said, there are some people who specifically advise the opposite, and that is, never to carry picture frames by their hanging devices. Doing so, they say, places unreasonable stress on the fixings and these may fail as a consequences. We disagree. If this happens, then the picture framer may have made a faulty picture frame. And, talking about lifting, carrying and handling picture frames, if there are any issues with the hanging, it's better that this be this be discovered while carrying it rather than have it crash down while high on a house wall and possibly damaging furniture and~or inuring someone. And seeing as you're reading about carrying picture frames, it might also interest you to read about hanging them, if so see our Picture Frames Hanging page. For quick, free quote on picture framing try our Picture Framing Prices Estimator. Thank you for reading this post "What's the best way of lifting, carrying and handling picture frames?"
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