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Made To Measure Picture Frames, any Size, Big or Small

How to measure your image when ordering custom size frames

  • When inserting sizes onto the website please enter the exact  IMAGE SIZE not the frame size.
  • Measurements can be entered in mms, cms or inches
  • The sizes entered are not the visible size, mounts overlap the image sizes approximatley 2.5mm each way. Frames without a mount overlap the image by approximatley 8mm on each side
Measuring a picture without any borders    How to measure your picture for framing      Framing and picture with borders
Unsure about your measurements:

Contact us  prior to ordering your frame if  you are unsure about any measurements. custom frames are made to specification and cannot be exchanged or refunded.

How To Measure

Measure the exact width and height of the artwork, for example a photo on 300mm x 600mm paper which fits whole of the paper. You enter 300 x 600mm onto the website.

If your photo has a border around and you only want to see the photo, measure from side to side and top to bottom of your picture excluding any borders. Only measure the paper size if you want the border to be showing.

Framing a poster or a print which has a white border around it, measure edge to edge of the piece of paper e.g for a poster with an image size of 600 x 800mm but the paper size is 800 x 1000mm (inclusive of the white border) if you enter the measurement of 800 x 1000mm into the frame designer this will ensure that the border is showing.

When ordering a frame only without a mount, the sizes  you enter onto the website relate to what fits in the frame e.g. the acrylic and backing board, it is not the visible area from seen from the front of the frame. There is approximately an 8mm overlap all the way your picture to make sure it does not fall through the frame. For example if you enter to measurements 500 x 600mm you will receive a frame with a backing board and acrylic of 500 x 600mm. Depending on the frame the you select the visible picture size will be approximately 8mm less at each side.

Framing and mounting your picture

If you would like a mount on your picture you need to measure the exact width and height of your artwork. You must enter the artwork sizes onto the website and then select the size of the mount you would like in the mount option. Usually the mount is the same size all the way round the picture i.e. 50mm at the top, 50mm at the bottom and 50mm at the sides of the picture so that it all looks in proportion, however you can change these measurements for example if you would like a larger border at the bottom of your picture than at the top and sizes.

The mount measurements you select are added onto the image sizes entered to make the overall frame bigger to fit the image and mount.

When cutting a mount we automatically reduce the sizes you entered by approximately 5mm to ensure that your picture does not fall through the mount. If you do not want the 5mm deduction on your image size and would prefer the opening to be exact measurements please contact us prior to ordering

For pictures already in a frame you need to remove the picture from the frame before measuring it to give you the correct measurements. If you supply the measurements of the frame this is different to the measurements of your picture and will therefore result in your picture not fitting the new frame.

Please note that all frames have a rebate of approximately 8mm which will overlap the edge of your picture and hold it into the frame.

Measure edge to edge of the mount and enter those sizes onto the custom frame page. The sizes you enter will relate to the backing board and acrylic size of the frame

Desigining and creating a Multi Aperture Picture Frame

How to measure photos for multi aperture frames.

If you have multiple pictures you want in the same frame you need to measure the exact width and height of each picture and enter them onto the multi framer designer page.

Select the number of pictures you would like in one frame between 2 and 12 and then select the layout for your pictures e.g. portrait or landscape. If all of your pictures are different sizes,  you need to enter the individual sizes of all pictures.

We will automatically calculate the distance between each picture, usually 25mm and the outside measurement of the mount, usually 50mm to ensure that the finished item looks in proportion.

Canvas Floater Frames

Floater frames are designed to frame paintings on canvas already stretched on canvas bars, this frame sits inside the floater frame. Floater frames or tray frames as they are often referred to can either sit directly around the canvas or you can have a gap between the edge of the canvas and the start of the frame to give it a floating look.

If you would like your picture to sit upto the edge of the frame you need to measure the width and height of artwork. We recommend taking a few measurements and using the widest one.

If you would like a gap between the edge of the canvas and the internal edge of the frame you need to add the required distance onto the artwork sizes. For example is your artwork is 600mm wide by 800mm high and you would like a 10mm gap all the way round the picture you need to enter the measurements 620 x 820mm

Box Frames

When ordering a box frame the sizes entered for box frames relate to the mountboard and backing board size. Take a few measurements of the height and width of the object you are framing and also the depth of the item.

Usually the object is placed on a piece of mountboard with a gap between the object and the start of the frame. You need to measure the object and then ADD the required border measurements ONTO the object sizes and enter these sizes onto the frame designer.

For example if you are framing a medal which is 150mm wide and 300mm high and you would like to place it on mountboard with a gap of 50mm at the top, bottom, left and right of the medal you would need to enter the size 250 x 400mm onto the frame designer.

You need to measure the depth of the item you are framing to make sure the frame you choose is suitable.

When choosing a frame the rebate refers to the internal depth of the frame, if your item is 15mm deep then you need to choose a frame with a rebate of over 20mm to allow enough space for the object as well as the backing board, mountboard and acrylic


All frames ordered online are made to the internal measurements. If you require a frame to the outside measurements – i.e from measuring edge to edge from the front of the frame including the frame itself – you would need to contact us via email : or phone on 01253 730 222 to discuss your requirements