Measuring for Frame with a Picture Mount
A picture mount is the card insert that surrounds your artwork in the frame. The mount window opening is cut according to the size of the artwork you want to see in the frame.
To measure your artwork, first lay it flat on a table and measure its width and height in millimeters excluding any white borders. Please note we will cut the window opening 2.5mm per side smaller than the size you tell us to stop it falling through the mount opening, this means you can tape the artwork to the back of the mount with ease.
Sometimes your picture or photo will have a small white border. If you don’t want to see this in the frame so don’t include this in your measurements.
For those not used to using a tape measure, a cm has 10 mm. One mm is indicated by one of the smallest lines on a tape measure. i.e: 104 mm is 10 cm and 4 little lines.
Measuring for Frame only ( Without Picture Mount)
In this case you need to measure your artwork including any white border. ie: the full size of your photo from outer edge to outer edge. You can of course trim the border prior to measuring.
A useful tip - the “internal frame lip” in the frame designed to house your photo will cover up approximately 6 to 8 mm.
Please note: we will make the internal size of your frame, 2mm bigger than you tell us so it will fit in the frame with ease.
Measuring for a Replacement Frame (You already have a picture Mount)
You already have a mount and are looking to swap your frame.
In this case you need to measure the width and height of your mount from external edge to external edge, making sure you keep your ruler or tap horizontal. We make your picture frame larger, by 2 mm. This is to ensure a perfect fit every time.
Measuring for Mounts only (You already have a Frame)
In this instance you have two sets of measurements to take, the internal size of your frame and the size of your artwork.
Measuring your artwork & Frame
To measure you artwork. lay it flat on a table and measure its width and height in millimeters. Please note we will cut the opening 2.5mm smaller per side you tell us automatically to allow sufficient overlap stopping your picture falling through the opening window. You can adjust this if you require by adding 5mm to the width and 5mm to the height.
Measuring your frame
To measure the frame, lay it down on a flat surface face down. Remove any backing board, mounts and pictures. You will see the frame has a rebate your mounts and backing and glazing will fit on to.
Measure the width and height of the internal size of the frame in mm. minus 2mm.
You now have all the measurements to calculate your border sizes. Take the artworks width from the frames width and divide by 2, this will give you your left and right border sizes. Do the same for the height to give the top and bottom border sizes.
Should I choose a Frame with a Mount
Artwork will nearly always look better in a frame with a mount. The reason is simple. It offsets the artwork from the frame and visually proportions the artwork in the frame. It also transforms an inexpensive piece into something expensive. In our experience, people often make the mistake of thinking their artwork already has a white border, so there is no need for a mount. Mounts give an opulent depth to appearance that white borders cannot. See our gallery for some inspiration.
Choosing Mount Border Sizes
The picture mount border sizes refer to the width of the card insert surrounding your art offsetting it from the actual picture frame. The min border size we cut is 25mm but we do recommend at 50mm. You can change each border left right top and bottom. Professionals often add a 10% to 15 % weighting to the bottom border this works best on landscape artwork. They will also sometimes use 10 to 15% narrower side borders for portrait apertures. In terms of maximums you can go as large as you like. You often see small pieces of art in large mounted frames in upmarket galleries. These do create a stunning centre piece in any room.
Choosing Mount Colours
Mount colours are a personal choice and the right mount is different for everyone, the best way to decide is to experiment with our online Picture frames designer. Even better if you can upload an image of your artwork so you can see what it looks like.
As a rule of thumb you should not pick a colour lighter or darker than the lightest or darkest colours in your artwork, this will ensure the mounts don’t over power the art. Double mounts gives you the opportunity to use the bottom mount as the darkest colour and the top mount as the lightest colour. This will ensure success.