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How to Determine the Frame Size for the Calculator

1.)  The frame size is always considered to be the size of the recess at the back of the frame that contains the glass, mat, art and backing you load into it.  This recess is known as the "rabbet" of the frame.

2.)  The frame size conforms to what you load into it.  So if you know the size of any of the items to load into it, you also know the size of the frame, and this is the size you will enter into the calculator.


Some examples: 

You want to frame art under glass but without a mat. 

Measure the width and height of the art.  This is what you enter into the calculator.

You want to frame art that is matted.

 Measure the overall size of the mat.  This is what you enter into the calculator.

You want to frame art that is mounted on a backing board without a window mat.

Measure the overall size of the backing board.  This what you enter into the calculator.

3.)   Be aware of the allowance.  Whenever a frame is built, the frame builder adds an "allowance" of 1/16 inch along each edge (or 1/8 inch on the height and the width) so the framing components can drop easily into the recess.  You DO NOT need to figure this into your measurements.  We will automatically add the allowance when we cut the frame for you.  Enter only the size of the items you are loading into the frame into the calculator. More about the allowance.


4.)  Size limitations:  Please note that we are unable to make custom sectional frames smaller than 5"x5" or larger than 60"x60".

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.  More about measuring for 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 will do the measuring for you for a fee.

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Remember, Your Frame Will Come Unassembled - Here's How You Assemble It

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