A Look at My U2 Framed Album Cover Wall (PHOTOS)

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:

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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.

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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.

Final Thoughts

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!

18 Responses to A Look at My U2 Framed Album Cover Wall (PHOTOS)

  1. R May 22, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    That is pretty freakin awesome! Nice job there. I have a large black & white U2 360 photo, with Bono throwing up the peace sign. I’m never sure whether or not to include Under a Blood Red Sky among their actual album releases. It is but it isn’t but it is I guess. Much love to @U2.com!!!

  2. Missey May 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    That’s just beautiful Matt! I’ve been wanting to frame and hang the pics that came with the AB Deluxe, I wonder if those types of frames would work?

  3. m2 May 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    Thx for the kind words, R.

    Missey — I also gave some thought to using those prints, but always had a dream to do album covers. I do think the prints would work, though. They’re a bit thinner than album covers, so you might need an extra piece of cardboard to get them to remain in place. Or maybe a bit of tape?

  4. Paddyattitude May 23, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    Matt,

    Nice wall but i don’t get how you put up and count the Best ofs as U2 albums, when you forget Passengers.
    I know it is an old debate but always recognised it as a U2 Album. from the work Edge did for the dance show inspired from Le Brocquy, i can hear U2 and Passengers. For me the bit i heard confirmed Passengers as a U2 Album. if it is not because of Eno’s involvement, then No Line is not one either.
    Anyway, trying to make a point cause i like this album and the cover is a cool one to in my opinion :)

  5. Stereotype May 23, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I would certainly not include neither of the best of’s or U218. It has always annoyed me that U2 released these completely commercial products.

  6. m2 May 23, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Paddy / Stereotype — here’s the great thing: When you do your wall, you can choose whatever albums you want to include. No need to sit back and be critical of what another fan chooses to do with his wall, right? :-)

    I elected to go with all commercially available albums under U2’s name. So that removes Passengers, but includes the three best of/hits collections.

  7. Rashas May 25, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    How OCD of me is it that I just got out a ruler to measure the distance between some of them — on my computer screen! — because a few of them look like they’re not hanging completely straight? Needless to say, I wasn’t able to determine it using that method.

  8. Paddyattitude May 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Oh Matt, don’t get me wrong i was not being critical at all.
    It’s nice work.
    Your article was just a way for me to sneak in and talk about something else :)
    keep the good work!

  9. John May 28, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    Has anyone done this with U2 Rolling Stone covers? Since I started following U2 I would rush to the store every time they made the RS cover. I would love to hang those too… This wall rocks and I’m totally ordering these. Makes me want to hang the RS covers badly.

  10. John May 28, 2012 at 4:04 am #

    To add to the tiny debate; I would consider the greatest hits and not passengers as well, it’s what I believe Bono does too when referring to it in the opening track on HTDAAB, ” UNO, dos, tres, catorse!” one, two, three, here’s the 14th album. Good stuff.

  11. David May 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Matt,

    Very nice, looks great. Wide Awake in America is only an EP but it would fit in nicely as well.

  12. Conor May 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Hi Matt, just wondering if you received my earlier comment re art vinyl cases and display flats, or does it take a while to come up on the blog? Cheers

  13. Conor May 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Hi Matt, obviously not as its just come up! Was wondering if you had a view on how your frames compare with the art vinyl play and display frames which flip down to allow different covers to be put in? I have four of those and they work really well and look great. Was also wondering if you ever looked at the U2 display flats which you can buy on eil.com? They’re the same size as LP covers and also come in slightly different artwork and also some single and DVD releases, and also fairly cheap.

    Regards, and congrats on your new U2 wall, looks great.

    • m2 May 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

      Looks like the system is flagging some of your comments as spam, Conor – sorry about that.

      I’m not familiar with the play and display things you mentioned, so don’t have any thoughts on those. I’ve seen the display flats on EIL and other sites, but only have 1-2 of those in my collection (most of which I sold off years ago). I have all the vinyl already, so there was no need to spend any money on U2 albums to build this. Except for Atomic Bomb — I did need to buy that one on vinyl.

      Anyway, for most albums, it’s probably cheaper for me in the US to buy a vinyl via eBay than to have EIL ship display flats to me.

  14. Joanne Sawatzky June 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Hey Matt! Thanks for sharing your awesome wall photo and for the info about the album frames. . . .arranging for an @U2 discount was a nice touch too! I ordered mine May 24 and even with the USA Memorial Day holiday, I still received them within a week (to Canada). I got a little extra taken off to compensate for the international shipping, in addition to the 15% so I’m really happy with your buddy Gary. Not only that, he personally signed a little thank you note on my invoice, which made me feel like a very special customer. I will absolutely recommend his company to friends and family and look forward to showing off my new and improved U2 “shrine” with its framed albums. I’ll upload a photo of my own wall (currently home to only 4 albums. . . . but I’m working on procuring the remainder so Gary can expect another order in the future).

    Thanks again for the fantastic idea – they look Even Better Than the Real Thing!

  15. BK June 4, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    Hey Matt,

    Great wall! I always thought having a U2 wall would actually look great and as we can see from your photo, it certainly does. Adds a nice quality to your office.

    I too set out to make not so much a wall, but a hallway with the 12 studio albums. Since the hall isn’t completely straight and is broken up by door frames, I was able to break up the albums between 4 walls, putting 3 albums on each, thus sort of breaking up the albums by a sort of U2 era. Not sure what I will do when a 13th arrives…

    I also have a wall dedicated to the Achtung Baby cover. In the super deluxe edition of the remastering they had the 12×12 sheets for all 16 images and I got the crazy idea that it would make a great wall. So thus I set out to frame them all and somehow get it on the wall. It wasn’t easy, but it worked and I’m still excited every time I see it.

    http://s1116.photobucket.com/albums/k575/bkg3/U2%20Albums/?action=view&current=IMG_0885.jpg

  16. Paul June 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    I to have all U2 albums friend and on the wall. I statrted collecting the albums back in 1999. I even have a couple of B side albums up as well. This collection is my most prized possession. The only downside is I am still looking for The Best of 1980-1990 album to fininsh my collection.

  17. Paul D July 26, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I have all U2 albums framed and on the wall. I started collecting the albums back in 1998. I even have a couple of B side albums up as well. This collection is my most prized possession. The only downside is I am still looking for The Best of 1980-1990 album to finish my collection. I found it interesting that in the song “Vertigo” Unos, dos, tres, catorce means it is their 14th studio album.