How To Frame Art Prints

This is a question we get asked a lot, so we've put together this brief guide which will give you an idea of what to keep in mind and then, exactly what to look for when framing art prints...

Firstly, do you sell frames?

We don't, as it proves to be much more cost-effective to do the framing at the customer end. With most of our customers (over 20,000 of them) making multiple purchases, the additional costs of framing each print before shipping really add up quickly. We would have to charge for extra labour, frame storage (for all of the different choices), packaging, then have much larger parcel postage costs, plus insurances.

So, how do I frame Art Prints ?

Don't worry, it's pretty straight-forward. We use the standard 'A' paper sizes... A5, A4 and A3 (called ISO format) so there's plenty of choice for frames. This metric paper format is largely used across Europe. Whereas, in the USA, they tend to use imperial sizes for paper (measured in inches).

  • A5 Paper size - 148 x 210 mm
  • A4 Paper size - 210 x 297 mm
  • A3 Paper size - 297 x 420 mm

    print paper sizes

    Where Confusion Sometimes Arises

    There are two sizes to consider when framing art prints and this is where it can sometimes get a little confusing. But don't worry, it's really quite easy to understand once you know the differences :

    • There's the outer 'frame size', which is usually made of wood, metal or plastic. This outer size can vary and can be measured in metric or imperial sizes (centimetres or inches)

    • Then there's the inner 'picture size', which is the most important measurement. With our prints, this has to be exactly for the metric ‘A’ paper sizes (not in imperial inches). This makes sure that the opening will fit the size of the print correctly (even on all edges). The opening is usually a window hole cut out of a piece of card, called a 'mount'.

    inner and outer frame sizes

    Popular Frame Sizes...

    With the 'A' size paper, quite often the most common size frames to fit easily are the next size up. For example, a common online search might be for :

    • An A3 frame for an A4 picture
    • An A4 frame for an A5 picture

    What not to look for...

    Our 'A' prints are measured in metric sizes. If you use a frame that has an picture opening measured in imperial inches, then the opening 'window' won't match the edges of the print... and this will result in a very odd, unbalanced looking display where there are gaps on some edges or part of the print will be 'chopped off' from view.

    Where to look ?

    We don't have any links with framing companies, so can't point you in the direction of an exact supplier. But, now you know what to look for, you can find many examples of frames in popular high street home stores and especially online with a quick Google search, or in places like eBay and Amazon.

    There are also online services that can make custom frames based on your personal choices of sizes, colours, materials etc, though these services tend to be a little more expensive than pre-made, 'off the shelf' frame options.


    Framing certainly presents a 'cost vs convenience' dilemma when buying from artists online, but the savings that can be made (by framing at the customer end) far outweigh the convenience aspect of an order. Once you know what to look for, framing any artwork yourself is pretty straight-forward and rewarding.

    Of course, if you have any questions at all, please don't ever hesitate to get in touch, we're always only ever here to help.