Buy Exam Room Posters Without Being Blamed

Get praise, not condemnation.

By Kevin RR Williams

DECOR When tasked with decorating medical office examination rooms, you are rightly cautious about getting it right. It may seem that the best way to please everyone is to buy the cheapest posters. Then you can boast about how little you spent. Unfortunately, this generally nets a bunch of crumpled posters and a host of other problems. After taping posters to the wall, the communal disdain becomes audible. Isn’t saving money on quality materials more desirable?

When walking down store isles, you enjoy a tactile interaction with products. This experience is absent from online shopping. At many places, poor-quality overseas products are sold with high markups. You are limited to comparing digital photos. Black picture frames look like identical rectangles, even though prices can range from less than $50 to several hundred dollars.

Products from Store.ClinicalPosters are manufactured in the United States to stringent standards. We have already compared alternatives and, acting as your remote eyes and hands, made optimum choices in materials to eliminate your purchase dissatisfaction because, frankly, we don’t want them shipped back.

Best Advice for Anatomy Poster Shoppers

Thousands visit Store.ClinicalPosters every month. We stock over 300 different human anatomy posters with lamination, grommet and framing options. You might eschew the mention of poster upgrades but remember, we are your eyes with your best interest in mind.

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Our best advice is purchase one DeuPair Pocket Frame (ceiling at least 36 above hung frame) or DeuPair Flip Frame (low ceilings) with every two or three interchangeable laminated posters purchased. Each frame mitigates curling. Front-load DeuPair Flip Frames are especially recommended for the oversize posters. If you are on a tight budget, increase the amount of interchangeable posters within each frame—even if this requires having just one frame per exam room.

A few posters, like Muscular System and Skeletal System are available in extra large sizes. They can be carefully rolled to ship. Because of the unwieldily size, curling is likely. Adding extra grommets helps. Though more costly, the ideal solution is to order them with front-load DeuPair Flip Frame. This a convenient menu option on applicable product pages.

Our next piece of sage advice is for a niche market: If you plan to spend over $8,000 for a bulk quantity of a single poster, consider having us prepare custom artwork for greater marketplace distinction. ClinicalPosters has a full-service art department. Beyond the purchase, you have the added benefit of reading A Bit More Healthy blog.

Why Laminate?

Laminated posters are 10 to 25 percent more vibrant and protect surface from soiling that can occur during normal handling or when some coughs, sneezes in the direction of the poster. Lamination also includes UV filters to preserve colors longer. However, lamination can stress encapsulated paper, resulting in curl one way or another. Reverse roll during shipping helps mitigate this. A brass grommet in each corner helps to tack things down. However, if this does not provide the optimum aesthetic decor for which you’re striving, the ability to frame posters is jeopardized by grommets.

The Wisdom of DeuPair Frames


Many shoppers take a convoluted approach. They buy unlaminated paper posters and thumbtack them to the walls. Unsatisfied with the appearance, they hunt for cheep frames that lack the fit, finish, versatility and quality of DeuPair frames. Startups and small offices may think this is the only way to stay within budget. Actually, properly installed DeuPair frames can be more cost effective. Consider how:

  1. Cost of a framed anatomy poster is easily recouped after one exam-room visit.
  2. Framed posters are more professional-looking than thumbtacks or transparent tape used in adolescent bedrooms.
  3. When properly installed, DeuPair frames don’t skew or fall from the wall. This saves valuable time straightening pictures and removes liability from falling objects.
  4. Framed laminated posters are more hygienic than exposed paper posters. Therefore they require less frequent replacement.
  5. Using a two-in-one or three-in-one frame frees up wall space and saves one half or one third the cost respectively of framing each poster. More frames can be added later if desired, after your budgets increase.
  6. Each DeuPair frame ships with a shatterproof clear overlay that can be upgraded with picture glass at the point of purchase or any future date.

Spend Less For More Value

Suppose that three examination rooms each require three different posters. Flimsy frames may be available for half the price of commercial-quality DeuPair frames. So you might purchase nine cheep frames for $30 each at a total cost of $270. Alternatively, only $180 could have been spent for three DeuPair frames, which each hold three interchangeable posters.


How likely is it that one patient with hives in a dermatology office also happens to have third-degree skin burns? If a patient in an ob-gyn office has a benign tumor, isn’t it somewhat disconcerting to stare at an anatomy poster detailing breast cancer stages? Interchangeable frames allow physicians or nurses to instantly customize visuals to the specific patient.

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It takes about 20 seconds to slide a different poster to the front of a DeuPair Pocket Frame. The featured poster can be switched within a DeuPair Flip Frame in 60 seconds. No tools are required and the frames do not need to be removed from the wall. So if you are an office manager, head nurse or procurement manager, what’s keeping you from receiving the praise you deserve? You have control over the reaction. Choose your posters; choose your frames and enjoy the accolades.

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