“ Brand: Wilkinson / Type: Photo Frame „
As the house I moved into was a new build housing association house, I wasn't allowed to decorate or put up pictures for the first 6 months, until the builders returned to give it the all clear or to fix any defects. It meant living in a bare magnolia house for the first 6 months, I wasn't that bothered as it gave me time to buy things gradually. I was looking for some nice but simple photo frames to put some of the thousands of pictures I have on the walls. I found these photo frames from Wilkinson's, they were perfect.
---- The frame ----
The photo frame holds 6" x 4" photos, there are three slots in the frame for three different photos. The frame itself is 24cm x 44cm, there are fixtures on the back so it can be hung either portrait or landscape. The wood finish frame has a 2cm width all the way round.
The photo frame is available from Wilkinson's stores or online, but there is a delivery charge. It will cost you in the region of £5 and is available in different wood colours.
---- My experience ----
When it was time to get the photos into the frame so I could hang it, I had a bit of a problem, what I thought was going to be a 2 minute job after I had selected the photos turned into a stressful half hour with lots of choice words being thrown around the place. Taking the back of the frame off was easy, it was after this that things seemed to get impossible.
On the reverse of the photo frame there are little metal hooks holding the backing in place, three along each of the long sides and two on each shorter side. These are easy enough the bend backwards with a knife. They backing simply then lifts off to show and you are left with the paper insert that you can see when you buy the photo frame with all of the product information on it, and the white border to separate the pictures.
There isn't any kind of slot or something to keep each photo in place, this is where the tricky part comes in. You have to balance each photo on top of the separator then try and get the backing of the frame on top of the photos without any of them moving. I spent an eternity trying to get the pictures to all line up nicely, without any heads being cut off, or being all out of line. Once I had managed it for the first time, on the first of my 3 frames that I purchased, I had realised that once I had pushed all of the metal hooks back down on to the backing, holding it all in place, that I had put it on the wrong way round. The fixture on the backing, to put it in the wall was upside down! I had to take the backing off and start all over again.
There are two fixtures on the backing of the photo frame, one so that you can place it on the wall landscape if you have portrait photos in the frame, and one for putting the frame on the wall portrait for landscape photos in the frame. It would have saved my bad temper if there were four different fixtures, but I guess it was my fault for not checking which way up my photos were. The fixtures are of a nice size so you can adjust the frame easily once it is on the hook in the wall.
Once the bedlam of trying to get photos in the right place and the backing on the right way round has finished, the frames do look nice on the wall. The width of the wood part of the frame is just right. It isn't a bold statement frame, nor is it an invisible one. It's noticeable, but for looking simplistic. The colour of the frame is natural and it goes with my wooden lounge furniture well. The white separator that spaces the photos out is the perfect colour as it doesn't take away any limelight from the photos themselves and makes them stand out.
---- Overall ----
If you are willing to handle the hassle of putting the photos in the frames then I would definitely recommend this photo frame, it's a simple way of displaying multiple photos in one place in a nice way. If, however, you aren't willing to handle the hassle, I'd definitely not recommend this frame, I bought three of these and wont be buying anymore, I don't think I could cope with the stress of putting them up again.