Frames to match
these mount sizes are readily available high street outlets, photographic
dealers, Ikea, and some big-box DIY warehouses. The big outlets may
keep only the metric sizes, or a mix of both. The UK frame market has
fairly well accepted 40x30cm and 50x40cm as a replacement/alternative to the
traditional 16x12 and 20x16 inch sizes. The two sizes are fairly close - so
measure carefully before ordering mounts!
Frame Sizes: 6x4 inches, 7x5 inches, 8x6 inches, 9x7 inches, 10x8
inches, 12x8 inches (12x8 is a common photographic print size) 12x10 inches,
14x10 inches, 14x11 inches, 16x12 inches, 20x16 inches, 20x24 inches,
30x20, 30x24 inches.
Sizes: 15x10cm, 25x20cm, 30x25cm, 40x30cm, 45x30cm, 50x40cm,
70x50cm - 70x50cm is a popular print and poster size - 30x30 and
40x40cm square frames are becoming available in many outlets.
These are the
commonest sizes, other sizes are frequently made, and are available if
you look hard enough.. For reference here are the "A" sizes, the
international paper sizes. Highlighted = Sizes you should find frames
available in if you look. A4 size is often referred to as a "certificate
A Series Formats
841 × 1189
594 × 841
420 × 594
297 × 420
210 × 297
Common frame sizes
are for guidance only, we cannot guarantee that any or all will be
available at an outlet near you! Standard size picture frames are
sometimes made with an allowance - eg one or two millimetres oversize to
allow easy fit of the picture or mount, some are exact size. If
you order our mounts, the bevel cut outside edge does allow you a slight
ease of fit in case your frame is "tight".
buying ready made frames: Things to look for -
come with fittings to hang them? Cord? Is the glazing picture
glass, budget glass, or plastic (plastic, or styrene is safer).
Look at the
backs- they will probably be MDF. You may need a "liner" (protective
layer) between the back and the picture if the fittings to hang the
frame from are pressed or riveted through the backing.
are often metric sizes, or A-format paper sizes, and can come with
glass or styrene glazing.
glazing (not to be confused with ordinary clear plastic) is
optically as good as glass, and many framers and manufacturers state
that it offers better protection from ultraviolet light which can
fade your pictures.
If you cant
find the right frame, remember that you can order a
mount to fit a larger frame, and providing the frame is the same
ratio (height x width) as your picture, a mount will fill the space
evenly to the edge, as well as space the artwork off the glass.
be custom made, with custom size mounts to fit your pictures and
present them at their best.
Commonly available in 3.5 x 5 inch, most often in
6x4 inch and 7x5 inch, and enlargement sizes 8x6 and 10x8
inches. 12x8 is a traditional format for printing. These are the sizes
we see most often in our framing workshop.
print sizes are derived from
35mm film format so the ratio (width
to height) is 3:2
or from Large-Format
film, hence 4 x 6 inch ,
8 x 12 inch , 12 x 18 inch, 16 x 24 inch and 20 x 30
Digital photos may often be
"cropped" to fit onto a standard paper size, as they
are often a slightly different ratio (frequently
It is important to protect photos
from acid in the atmosphere and in the framing
materials. we recommend acid-free mounts,
particularly if the photos cannot easily be
Note that you will want 5mm or so
overlap of the mount over the edges of the picture,
to prevent it "falling through" the window, and help
it stay flat. If ordering mounts you will be asked
if you want them "to fit" a certain picture size, or
"exact" window sizes. We always supply "to fit"
unless you specify otherwise.