How to Determine Frame Size
Important: The words "frame size" refer to the dimensions of the recess (or "rabbet") at the back of the frame into which the matboard, backing and glass are loaded. For this reason, once you've determined the overall size of your matboard, backing and glass for a given project, you've determined your frame size.
Special instructions for floater frames. Floater frames are cut to the size of the artwork unless otherwise specified. If you want to acheive the affect of the artwork floating within the walls of the frame, add 1/4" to the width and height of the artwork. This will give you an 1/8" space between the edges of the artwork and the walls of the frame. This only pertains to floater frames.
Special considerations for shadowbox frames, collectibles and sports memorabilia. Figure the overall area you need to display the items including adequate area around the items to make for a pleasant presentation and this will be your frame size.
Special considerations for mirrors. If you are framing a mirror to fit a given wall space, please understand that this is not how frames are typically measured and the measuring in this instance can be challenging. Note: you are responsible for measuring properly. Framing4Yourself will not do this measuring for you. Also be aware, custom frames are not returnable and will not be refunded if ordered incorrectly. Some advice: when measuring to fit a given wall space, you must add the width of the frame on each side to the overall width of the mirror and then subtract the lip of the frame on each side, usually 1/4" on each side, and then add 1/8" overall to have some wiggle room. Order a corner sample or chip of the frame to confirm the measurement of the lip. If in doubt, you may want to consult a professional framer who may do the measuring for you for a fee.
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