Too many of us take photos and leave them sitting on our hard drives, hidden away from view. But now, thanks to a new company called Snapswall, we may have a new and easy way to display our photos on our walls.
Snapswall create frames that hold 6x4inch photos. 'So what's new about that?' we hear you ask. Well the new bit is the simple yet effective design of the frame which according to the Snapswall site: "allows you to swap and change your photos really quickly." So, do the frames do what the website says and can you really create eye-catching, personalised photo displays? We're about to find out.
Snapswall Frames Unboxing:
The clear polycarbonate frames arrive in packs of six with sticky tac to help you mount them to the wall. The frames look nothing like a conventional photo frame and actually remind me of the ghosts from the Pacman game. Odd but cute shape aside, the frames are sturdy and they are easily fixed to the wall with a bit of sticky tac or a drawing pin and as they're light-weight, the frames won't fall of the wall very easily once you've got them in place. You can then continue to add frames by lining the small shapes found on the ends of the 'legs' and 'arms' up – as you would a jigsaw. You can connect the frames from top to bottom too. To put your photos in the frame you just need to flex them slightly so they snap into the corner tabs that hold them in place. If you struggle, not that you would as it's really easy to do, there are instructions available on the back of the box the frames arrive in.
You can spend a long time clipping the frames into various shapes until you have something that's a real focal point on your wall. In fact, as the frames clip together so easily and evenly, it would be really easy to turn a whole wall into a huge photo collage - you just need enough frames! Once you're bored with the images on display or want to create a new shape, simply slot in new photos and take your pins out of the frames to move them around the wall. You can put your photos in the frames before or after you've put them on the wall, however we found it slightly easier to clip them in once we had our design set out. As they're a quirky product, the kind of thing you'd expect to see in Ikea, they'd be a great gift for teenagers too who have a habit of just pinning photos to walls, putting big holes through the images as they do. The photos do have a slight barrel-like appearance to them once they're fastened into the frames as the centres of the image sticks out which some may not like. However, it isn't particularly annoying and it doesn't spoil the appearance of the shots.
The downside? It costs £11.99 for just six frames (including P&P) and if you're going to create something that has real impact you'll certainly need more than six frames on your wall.
Snapswall Frames Verdict:
So, to answer our first two questions: can you swap and change your photos quickly? Yes. Can you create eye-catching, personalised photo displays? Yes. It's just a shame the price is so high.
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Snapswall Frames Specifications:
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