Mounting Photos on Foam Board: What You Need to Know

by Gene Waxman on July 15, 2021

image mounted on foamboard on a wall


What is Foam Board and Where Can You Get it?

Foam board is a lightweight material that can be cut into any shape. It is designed to be used as the backing of an image, artwork or poster.

Foam boards are generally made from polystyrene foam sandwiched between two sheets of paper or cardboard. The foam board is then cut to the desired size and shape, and the edges are sealed by applying heat to seal the paper or cardboard together and create a firm edge to mount it on a wall.

Foam boards of 1/8” - 3/16" and thicker are generally the most durable for photo mounting and are used industry wide. You will want to consider self-adhesive foam board as well as acid free foam boards depending on your materials and experience.

Foam board such as all of these types are sold on our website at in all thicknesses, dimensions and variations of color and mounting type to offer you the largest selection of foam boards.


Select the Right Photo Mounting Method for Your Project

Mounting options for photos are only limited by the imagination of the person mounting them.

Mounting photos is a great way to create art, or simply display memories. There are many different ways to mount photos depending on how you want to use them and what type of materials you have access to.

Mounting photos on foam boards is a great way to preserve memories and show off your favorite family photos.

The process of mounting a photo onto a board is relatively simple and can be done in just a few steps. First, you will need an appropriately sized foam board. If you are using self-adhesive foam board you will need to peel the backing off the mount, position it on the board, and use an X-acto knife to cut out all of the excess around the photo.

Otherwise you will need to find an appropriate mounting adhesive that is picture friendly (you may want to use acid free foam board for this as it is designed not to let images change color from the glue).

After that, take up some tacky glue and put glue around the edges and on top of your photo to make sure it stays in place. Finally, use a credit card or anything else with a hard edge to gently push down around all four sides until all air bubbles are squeezed out from under your photo mount.


The Benefits of Mounting Photos on Foam Board 

Mounting photos on foam board is not just a convenient way to store them. It also provides the following benefits:

-Mounting photos on foam board can help photographers organize their work and keep it safe from damage.

-It’s easy to have a large number of photos on display by using foam boards.

-Photos mounted on foam boards are much less likely to be damaged by either humidity or temperature changes than those that are simply placed in frames.

In Conclusion, there are a number of advantages of mounting photos on foam board, including preservation, cost-effectiveness, and space-savings.