how to frame art prints

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 what to look for when framing art prints...

Paper Sizes

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 


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 are two sizes to consider when framing art prints :

  • 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'.


      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, 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.

      Hopefully, this guide has made you feel a little more confident about framing, so please feel free to take a look at our range of unframed prints  

      -or- if you have any other questions then please don't hesitate to get in touch. We're always happy to help.