Float presentations for Works on Paper


artwork by Elise Nicol

artwork by Jody Williams

Float presentations are used when the artwork has a deckled or uneven edge or the entire image is critical and it is important that nothing is covered. It is also used on artwork that is dimensional or doesn’t lie flat which requires a spacer to separate it from the glazing. Spacers can be made of wood, plastic, or matboard. Metropolitan has designed a line of exhibition frames that will accommodate our custom wood spacers that can be purchased in depths ranging from 1/4″ – 2″. Custom sized are also available.  We also carry econospace plastic spacers in 1/8 and 1/4″ depths. Flatter images can be separated with a mat. See mat and float combination.


Be sure and measure from edge to edge (if the image is out of square, measure from the widest and longest point).Border size
Generally, smaller borders are used on float presentations than on matted presentations. Sizes generally range from 1/2″ on smaller pictures to 1 to 1 1/2″ on larger pictures.Custom calculator
Just measure your artwork and decide on the border size and our new custom calculator will do the rest.


Hinging is done with a V-Hinge method using archival tapes or Japanese rice paper and wheat/starch paste. Metropolitan has step by step instructions and a video on how to attach a V-Hinge to the backing board.