Glass Framed Wall Art vs. Plexiglass 

When it comes to framed wall art which is better glass or plexiglass?  It may seem like a trivial question, but it will make a huge impact on the condition of your wall art now and through the future.  

Looks will also come into play as well, so keep that in consideration.

Framed art on white wall

Pros of Glass Framed Wall Art

Glass framed wall art may be viewed as fragile, since glass can be shattered easily.  However, there are a few pros when going with glass framed wall art.  Some of the positive features include:

  • It has continuously provided the most clear, uninhibited viewing of artwork.
  • UV-filtering options are easily attainable.
  • Not as easy to scratch as plexiglass
  • Doesn’t wear down over time and damage the art
  • Gives a sophisticated, luxury look
Glass panels
glass panels

Cons of Glass Framed Wall Art

Just like with everything else, there are cons to using a glass frame for your wall art.  It is important to weigh out the pros and cons when deciding on what to do for your wall art.  Some drawbacks are: 

  • Glass is very heavy and could be hard to move if you are relocating or rearranging.
  • Glass is easily shattered if you are not careful.
  • Potentially more expensive due to the material

What is Plexiglass? 

First and foremost, plexiglass may have glass it its name, but it is not glass.  Plexiglass is made up of acrylic.  To put is simply, plexiglass is a plastic.  Though it is not as luxurious or expensive as glass, it does have its pros.

  • Not nearly as heavy as regular glass
  • Will not shatter like glass
  • UV filtering options are available
  • Cheaper options
plexiglass
plexiglass panels

However, the one big con that plexiglass has is that it is very easily scratched and it may not stand the test of time keeping your wall art from deteriorating.  This could potentially swing things in favor of glass; nobody wants scratches on their framed art or for it to be destroyed over time.

This is another clear cut case of weighing out your pros and cons of each material.  If you have the budget for it, glass framed wall art can really give a room a luxurious feeling and you wouldn’t have to worry about scratches.  If you’re more worried about budget and weight, plexiglass might be the way to go.

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