Standard Frame Sizes Full Details With Pictures
As an artist or photographer, have you ever struggled with matching frame sizes to your prints? I know I have, until I learned that the frame size actually relates to the inside dimensions of a frame (For instance, an 8×8 frame holds an 8×8 image). With that in mind, I started making art that fit these pre-determined standard frame sizes. It saves you a lot of money, especially considering the sometimes outrageous price of custom framing. What kind of artist or photographer can afford that kind of job? None that I know, that’s for sure!
What is standard frame sizes ?
US Standard Frame Sizes were originally developed from statistical data in the 1940s–1950s. At that time, they were similar in concept to the EN 13402 European size standard, although individual manufacturers have always deviated from them, sometimes significantly.
Through extensive research we will able to find some size consistencies throughout the major framing companies. These consistencies have allowed us to create a standards document that will allow you to see the most consistent standard frame sizes standards to aid you in your purchase of frames and to avoid the high costs of customizing your standard frame sizes to your picture or art.
There are many types of Standard Frame Sizes such as :
- Picture Frame Sizes
- Artwork Standard Frame Sizes
- Posters Standard Frame Sizes
- General and Art Standard Frame Sizes
- custom frame sizes
Typically custom frame sizes are the most expensive and scare some buyers after the initial purchase of the arts or photo. Knowing the standard frame sizes can drastically lower your costs and aid you in purchasing a frame.
Standard Frame Sizes :
If you are making your prints to fit in a standard frame with a pre-cut mat, the following is a list of frame sizes and mat openings that you can find at most arts and craft stores.
You should only use our guideline since mat openings can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
We are often asked what our most popular frame sizes are. It is first important for us to clarify how our sizes work in general. Here is the list of all of the sizes that we consider to be standard frame sizes:
Most Popular Standard Frame Sizes :
- 5×7 Frames
A 5×7 picture frame is best suited for family photography and desk display.
2) 8×10 / 8.5×11 Frames
Frames of this size are often used for standing displays (much like a 5×7) with an easel backing, but are versatile enough to be used in wall display. An 8×10 frame is great for certificates and diplomas
3) 11×14 Frames
11×14 frames can often include an off white mat for an 8×10 image, just like an 8×10 can hold a mat for a 5×7 frame.
4) 11×17 Frames
11×17 Frames are one of the most popular picture frame sizes for artists who sell prints of their work. These are also effective as mini-posters.
5) 16×20 Frames
These dimensions are perfect for mid-sized displays of art. When you want your art to take up more space than the other options, this is the way to go. In this size, you will typically find more decorative and interior design-driven art.
6) 24×36 Frames
The classic poster size. Most posters you will buy online are in this size – plenty big enough to cover a great deal of wall space without really trying. Frames this big usually suffer from a bit of “hangxiety” – a lot of times they will break off from the wall unless you have some good support keeping it up. I also would recommend a wood or sturdy polystyrene material for the moulding material (the “shell” of the frame.) These are a great seller if you take very detailed photographs or want to show off your art skills in a large size.