EaselMates are more stable than the flap thingies and may be used on wood, plastic, and metal frames. On larger, heavier frames -- up to, say, 11x14 frames of 4" wide moulding -- we can use two or more of them. Bigger than that, I would decline to help the frame stand up, as it could cause injury if it fell over on the cat.
Generally I would agree ... in fact like you I usually avoid easel backs like the plague ... but I have a good repeat client who has this nasty glass ready-made frame containing a wedding photo ... his kid broke the hinge on the easel back and his wife is strangely attached to the glass frame ... so it has to have a new easel back.
None of my existing suppliers has a really good easel back ... hence my question.
Yea Jen, There called doored easel-backs. I would like to find a cheap source for these. I have tons of moulding that is being made into photo-frames and I need backs. The cost of most easel-backs are more than they sell the photo-frames for.
You could suggest to your customer that she stand the frame on a tabletop metal easel. Amron has a nice selection. I find them to be a lot more stable especially on bigger pieces. AND, they're stylish.
And, speaking of cats, they are more of a challenge to knock over during Critter Happy Hour.