How would you like to have a wall in your house covered with perfectly framed U2 album cover art? You could just have your favorite U2 albums on the wall or, like me, you could go all the way and put every U2 album on display in order — like this:
That’s one of the walls in my office. If you read our OTR column on a regular basis, you probably know that I moved a couple months ago. In the April 1st column, I briefly mentioned my U2 album cover wall and linked to the photo above, which I’d shared on Twitter.
Several readers asked where and how I found the frames and wanted to know more about the wall project, so I’m finally following through on a promise to answer those questions in this blog post.
Where’d I get the album cover frames?
I did a bunch of research before buying. You can get album cover frames via a number of online websites, but the first ones I saw looked too cheap/flimsy.
But I was more impressed when I found Rock Art Picture Show. The frames looked nicer, and when I read on the website that these frames have been used by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Capitol Records, Warner Brothers Records, the Smithsonian, and many others … well, that was enough for me. There’s also a demo video on the website that shows the owner, Gary Freiberg, showing his frames during a radio interview — that helped make the buying decision easier.
I decided I wanted to fill an entire wall in my new office, which meant using 16 frames. (I elected not to include the Passengers album cover since it’s not technically a U2 album.) I ordered 20 album cover frames just in case a few didn’t survive shipping.
Shipping & Packing
Shipping wasn’t a problem at all, so I now have four extra frames that I’m saving for future U2 vinyl releases.
Each album cover frame is packaged individually in bubble wrap and a lot of care was taken in the packing process. This is what one frame looks like when you get it.
Each frame also has a protective liner taped onto the front to prevent scratching during shipping. Some of those were a bit difficult to remove, but it was worth the extra effort to have pristine frames. Be patient and follow the instructions for getting the liner off.
Hanging the Album Cover Frames
The instructions that are included with the frames recommend that you remove the vinyl if you’re displaying a double-vinyl set. I left the vinyl in despite that suggestion, and found that, yes, the double vinyl sets were a little harder to place inside the frame, but once you got them positioned, they were set in stone.
Even the single-vinyl albums make a good, tight fit inside the frame. They’ve been hanging on my wall for a couple months now, and none of the albums have slipped or moved — even with the office door opening and closing on a regular basis.
This is something I’d been wanting to do for a long time and, I have to say, the wall filled with framed U2 album covers turned out even better than I’d hoped. We’ve had a few guests visit our new house, and everyone — U2 fan or not — says nice things about how the office looks, thanks to this wall.
So, if this is something you want to do — whether with just one or two U2 album covers, or with the band’s whole catalog — I can definitely recommend Rock Art Picture Show. The frames look great and are packaged with great care.
If you make a wall of your own framed U2 album covers, put a photo online and leave a link in the comments below so others can see. And, if anyone has any more questions about the frames that I’m using, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll reply as quickly as possible.
(Note: The links in this post to Rock Art Picture Show are affiliate links. Gary F., the owner, has kindly agreed to share a small percentage of any sales with @U2. We’ll treat any revenue the same way we do your donations that help us pay for the website and our coverage of U2 news.)
UPDATE: Discount for @U2 Readers
Gary at Rock Art Picture Show has contacted us with a special offer for @U2 readers:
Type “U2″ in the message box during checkout and he’ll take 15% off your cost! This is a private, manual discount that will be applied after your order is placed online — it won’t appear in the shopping cart. This discount is good until June 15th.
Also note that shipping is half-off this month, so don’t delay!