How to measure frame size?

How to measure frame size?

Measuring the frame size correctly is crucial to ensure that your artwork or photograph fits perfectly within the frame. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to measure the frame size:

Tools You'll Need:

  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • The artwork or item you want to frame

Step 1: Measure the Artwork:

  1. Place your artwork face down on a clean, flat surface.
  2. Use a measuring tape or ruler to measure the width (W) and height (H) of the artwork from edge to edge. Measure to the nearest fraction of an inch or millimeter for accuracy.

Step 2: Determine the Border Size:
Decide on the desired border size you want around your artwork. The border is the space between the edge of the artwork and the inside edge of the frame.

Step 3: Calculate the Frame Size:
To calculate the frame size, add the border size (B) to both the width and height of the artwork:

  • Frame Width (FW) = W + 2B
  • Frame Height (FH) = H + 2B

Step 4: Consider Matting (Optional):
If you plan to use a mat (a colored or decorative border inside the frame), subtract the mat size from the frame size:

  • Mat Width (MW) = Frame Width (FW) - 2M
  • Mat Height (MH) = Frame Height (FH) - 2M
  • Note: Matting adds an extra layer between the artwork and the frame, so it reduces the visible area of the artwork.

Step 5: Choose the Frame:
With the frame size (with or without matting) calculated, you can now select a frame that matches these dimensions. Frame sizes are typically available in standard dimensions, so choose one that closely matches your calculated frame size.

Step 6: Verify the Fit:
Before framing, double-check that the artwork fits within the frame and matting (if used) without any overlapping or excessive space. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure a snug fit.

Step 7: Frame Your Artwork:
Place your artwork within the frame, and secure it using the frame's backing or mounting materials. Be gentle to avoid damaging the artwork.

By following these steps, you can accurately measure the frame size for your artwork, ensuring a professional and well-fitted presentation. If you're unsure about any aspect of framing, consider consulting a professional framer for guidance and assistance.

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