The beauty of making your own picture frames is that you can make them any size you want and it allows you to frame odd sized items, but...
...you should know what the standard picture frame sizes are.
Sometimes it's just easier to use a standard frame and it may even save you some money.
This is particularly true if you're buying mat board to fit frames you make.
Mats are pre-cut and sold to fit standard frames...
...getting mat board cut to custom sizes will empty your wallet much quicker!
Remember what we covered on the Frame Anatomy page - standard sizes refer to the the all important measurement of:
inside edge to inside edge on the back of the frame.
We will cover this in detail on the Custom Sizes page but remember this (I forgot how much there is to remember!):
the size of the picture, artwork or document should be your starting point.The size of the mat and frame build off that measurement.
If you are framing an 8 x 10 picture and make an 8 x 10 frame, you will have no room for a mat board. You have to make a larger frame, for example, an 11 x 14 frame so you can put a mat around your 8 x 10 picture.
Use these charts as a handy guide to help you plan your project.
The chart below simply lists all of the standard sizes in the US and Europe.
The standard poster frame sizes chart give you the common sizes used for posters today in the US.
The suggested border width chart helps you figure out what size borders you should cut in your mat boards depending on the size of your picture.
Simply add the measurements of 2 sides of your picture.
For example , with an 11" x 14" picture:
11"+14" = 25"
Find the range that 25" falls into on the chart -which is 25" - 36" - follow the chart to the right column.
Your boarder suggestion is 2" wide. A fast and simple way to figure it out. Simply add that number, in this case 2", to all 4 sides of the picture and your overall mat size and frame size becomes 15 x 18.
Remember, these are just guides and suggestions, be as creative as you like. If YOU like it - you can't go wrong!