Thursday, October 11, 2012

Standard Frame and Mat Sizes

 
 
 
 
Below are notations that will help you decide what standard mats and frames to buy, based on the size of the image you want to frame. Posters, prints, giclees, and photos are generally printed in standard sizes (see mine at www.catmartinez.etsy.com), to make framing easier and less costly. A mat is required to prevent the image from sticking to the glazing (glass or acrylic) in the frame; but it also adds to the overall appearance of the framed work.
 
Keep in mind that "standard" does not mean that all framers everywhere use all these sizes. Many frame shops will carry them, but some shops may choose to limit the number of standards they stock. But it may help to know about standards to compare costs with custom framing.
 
In the table below I have left a number of potential image sizes and mat sizes blank. The frame is a standard size, and so may the mat size be; but if you have a custom size image that fits inside a standard frame you may still save dollars by having the mat cut to fit both your image and the frame.
 
(An aside: If you have an image to frame, the traditional rule of thumb is to allow a similar number of inches of mat around the top and both sides of the image, but add an additional 1/4" drop on the bottom side to give proper "weight" to the overall image once framed. However, framing the image with a mat cut the same all around is frequently done and aesthetically pleasing. All the mat dimensions below are for same size cuts.)
 




Standard Frames inches Mat Openings Image Size
4 X 6 2.5 X 4.5 3 X 5
none 4 X 6
5 X 7 2.5 X 4.5 3 X 5
none 5 X 7
8 X 10 3.5 X 5.5 4 X 6
4.5 X 6.5 5 X 7
8.5 X 11
8.5 X 11
8 X 12 5.5 X 7.5 6 X 8
9 X 12 5.5 X 7.5 6 X 8
11 X 14 7.5 X 9.5 8 X 10
12 X 16 7.5 X 11.5 8 X 12
8 X 11.5 8.5 X 12
8.5 X 11.5 9 X 12
12 x18 10.5 X 13.5 11 X 14
14 X 18
12 X 24
16 X 20 10.5 X 13.5 11 X 14
11.5 X 15.5 12 X 16
18 X 24
20 X 24 15.5 X 19.5 16 X 20
20 X 30
22 X 28 17.5 X 23.5 18 X 24
24 X 36 20 X 30
30 X 40 22 X 32

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