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Measuring picture frames like a pro

With a little patience you can measure the dimensions and gauge the necessary amount of materials and work on it like a pro. The measuring methods for framing different things is different. If you measure each the appropriate way then you will have less rework and wastage in your hands.

When we have framing needs we usually go to a professional picture framers. But many of us are more ‘Do-It-Yourself’ers that like to work their hands. And I got to agree some things are much better with a personal touch.

Where the problem arises however is that some people sometimes end up gluing their heads to a plank.When you carry out such tasks it is sometimes more prudent to know your measures. Now you might be a skilled machinist but it never hurts to learn the measuring nuances of framing. When you work with costly framing mats it is a great to know your measures and say you are framing memorabilia. You could do with knowing how to measure the dimensions.

So let’s get started on the methods of measuring.

Prints or Posters

Nearly all prints and posters these times will have the sweeping size of the paper printed on the packaging somewhere, which will be the bare overall size of the print or poster and handy if you wish to discern the full paper size, but several prints and posters will have a pale border heading adjacent to the outside edge of the main feature or the ordain of the designer printed underneath. Measure what you wish to place into the picture framing.


It’s frequent for photos to have a lean white-coloured boundary around the outside fringe of the paper, if this is the situation simply calculate just within the white line and cut accordingly otherwise measure what you want to place into the Frame and again cut accordingly.


We have to believe the product is either already stretched and or in an ideal Square - Evaluate the actual dimension the product that you wish to put into the shape.


Position the object on a flat work surface, assess from the upper left to upper right, take a note, then calculate bottom left to bottom right, take a note & use the larger of the two dimensions for the Breadth.

Now gauge from the upper left to bottom left, make a note, then measure upper right to bottom right, take a note & use the larger of the two sizes for the height.

Water Color

Commonly its most effective to calculate just exterior to the Outermost Painted areas, this will keep the paper and subject matter in ratio. When framed, & trim appropriately .In any other case determine what you wish to put into the frame & Cut

Football / Rugby Shirts

This can be quite a challenging one as most tops when set out fully can be larger than the greatest dimension we can deliver to you with an install which is 1120mm x 815mm, we find it best if you lay the clothing out on a smooth working surface and times the clothing, first at the end, if you times it back up inside itself and then secondly times both fleshlight sleeves inwards, doing this will decrease the clothing enough to be able to purchase a shape, as all tops are differentFree Web Content, finalized in different locations etc.
it is difficult for us to offer a common dimension.

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David Botham is a framing expert and has an experience of six years with blue label clients.

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