How To Frame Art Prints ?

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, but we do have some very good reasons as to exactly why that is...

  1. Customers like to have all kinds of different frame finishes, sizes and colours.
  2. We'd have to source (and store) many thousands of frames.
  3. We'd have to charge for that and extra labour.
  4. We'd also have to charge for extra packaging materials, for every shipment.
  5. Shipping costs dramatically go up with increased parcel size, weight and insurances.

Cost vs Convenience

All in all, these considerations actually (at least) triple what a frame 'should' cost (the retail price). With most customers making multiple purchases of our prints, you can quickly see how the overall prices would soon escalate to extortionate prices.

In a Nutshell...

It's proven to be much more cost effective to frame the prints at the customer end, and with over 50,000 unframed prints sold to date, we're happy to report that we don't experience any issues...

How to Frame Art Prints...

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
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    animal art prints 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 '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'.

    nursery art prints frame sizes

    What to look for...

    So, if you're looking around at frame options that have a mount, keep the two different measurements in mind. Always make sure that you're searching for something like, 'frame for A4 picture', 'frames for A5 prints' or 'picture frames for A3 size prints' etc... if you stick to that, your print will fit and display perfectly.

    And what not to look for...

    If you use a frame that has a picture size (mount opening) that's measured in imperial inches, then the opening 'aspect ratio' won't match the edges of the print's metric paper size... 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.

    Other Options...

    Some of our customers prefer frames without a mount. Our prints arrive with a small white border around the edge (you can see it on all of our product images). This is purposefully done for handling (it keeps oily fingertips off the print surface). But also, it allows customers a small 'built in' border so that they can use the print in frames without a mount (the print fits right up to the edge of the outer frame).

    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.

    Conclusion...

    Hopefully, this guide has made you feel a little more confident about framing, so now's a good time to let your imagination kick in, put your feet up for five minutes and have a leisurely browse through our range of prints...