Picture Frames: Which sizes are there?

Finding the right picture frame is not that easy. In addition to the numerous frame styles, size is often the first obstacle. What standard sizes there are for frames, how to determine the right size, and what else should be known about frame sizes, see our post.

Standard sizes for pictures

For picture frames, certain standard sizes have become common, which are frequently in demand, and which each manufacturer therefore offers in larger quantities (and therefore usually mostly cheaper).

Here you have to distinguish three size categories:

  • DIN sizes (standardized)
  • Square standard sizes
  • Other standard sizes

DIN sizes

The DIN sizes correspond to the paper sizes, ie in the visible area of ​​the frame finds the paper size exactly.

Standard sizes for frames are here:

  • DIN A4 (21 x 29.7 cm)
  • DIN A3 (29,7 x 42 cm)
  • DIN A2 (42 x 59.4 cm)
  • DIN A1 (59.4 x 84.1 cm)
  • DIN A0 (84.1 x 118.9 cm)

Fewer pictures in DIN sizes are found, even most photo formats (except posters) deviate from it.

Square standard sizes

With the square sizes are common:

  • 20 x 20 cm
  • 30 x 30 cm
  • 40 x 40 cm
  • 50 x 50 cm
  • 60 x 60 cm
  • 70 x 70 cm

Other standard sizes

Outside the sizes mentioned above, there are standard sizes that are also commonly used. You will find them sorted by size in the following overview.

  • 10 x 15 cm
  • 13 x 18 cm
  • 15 x 20 cm
  • 18 x 24 cm
  • 20 x 30 cm
  • 20 x 60 cm
  • 24 x 30 cm
  • 25 x 60 cm
  • 28 x 35 cm
  • 30 x 40 cm
  • 30 x 45 cm
  • 30 x 74 cm
  • 34 x 99 cm
  • 35 x 100 cm
  • 40 x 50 cm
  • 40 x 60 cm
  • 45 x 60 cm
  • 50 x 60 cm
  • 50 x 65 cm
  • 50 x 70 cm
  • 50 x 100 cm
  • 56 x 71 cm
  • 60 x 80 cm
  • 60 x 90 cm
  • 62 x 93 cm
  • 70 x 90 cm
  • 70 x 100 cm

So you see that, especially in the smaller dimensions significantly more formats are common than the larger ones.

Find the right size

Finding the right size for a picture frame may seem pretty straightforward - but it can be tricky.

Basically, the Image size of the frame size, This means that a 10 x 15 cm image is always visible in full size in a 10 x 15 cm frame. However, the frame coverage causes about 5 - 6 mm of the extreme edge of the image on all sides are not visiblebecause they are covered up.

If you want to avoid this overlap, you need to choose the frame accordingly larger - or use a passe-partout in a much larger frame.
For passe-partouts, there are rules of their own in terms of frame size - these will be explained below.

The size of the back wall and the glazing also correspond to the image size.

Passepartout sizes

Passepartouts are overlaps of images within the frame. The picture is released only in the middle of the frame, the rest cover the passepartout sheets. This creates a wide border in the frame.

The mat should, for a good visual effect, form a distance from the frame, but at the same time create a transition. The right dimensions are necessary for this.

Basically, the following rule applies here:

A passe-partout border should be at least 5.5 cm wide

Here, however, the so-called visible surfaces must also be taken into account: A passe-partout disappears laterally for about 5 - 6 mm into the frame. This part of the passepartout border is not visible. Due to the diagonal cut at the cutout of the passe-partout even further 1 - 2 mm are lost. If you want to apply the rule mentioned above, you will have to add about 6 - 8 mm to this value, depending on the frame, in order to obtain a sufficient visual effect (then 5.5 cm of the passe-partout are really visible)

Passepartouts for very small works

If you want to present a small picture in a large frame, be sure to use wider passepartout edges. 9 cm is the minimum that you should reach.

For this reason, you can present smaller works or photos only in sufficiently large frames from 24 x 24 cm really well. Only if the optical power of the work is very high, you can make smaller passepartout frame - but usually this is not recommended.

Tips & Tricks

How to properly design passe-partouts is a science in itself. As a basic rule, it is always assumed that the passepartout the Main color in a picture should always underline. The color that you choose for a passe-partout should therefore never be a complementary color to the main color and possibly represent one of the secondary colors of the image. When in doubt, choose black - this draws attention to the image and makes it stand out clearly.

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