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Measuring frames

How to measure frames

1. Choose your moulding

BabyRice carries stock of over 40 different types of moulding,with new styles being introduced annually. You can view our full range of mouldings HERE >>


Want to try before you buy? No problem, simply order a chevron in the moulding(s) of your choice and we'll send you a sample chevron. Chevrons are cut at 7 inches each length, with the exception of Ornate frame chevrons which are cut at 6.5 inches each length. Order HERE >>


Can't find what you are looking for? No problem, just let us know what you need and we'll work with our partners to source the right moulding for you.


2. Decide whether you need a mount

Most artwork looks better with a mount. Adding a mount helps to complete your framed artwork by drawing the eye to the central part of you the image or object. When displaying items in shadow box frame, a mount ensures the inner boxing isn't visible.


When displaying multiple images and/or objects in a single frame, a multiple aperture mount helps to define an individual space of each item.


BabyRice carries stock of 19 different mount boards. You can view our full range of mount colours HERE >>


Consider if you want the same mount colour for the front and back mounts.


Also think about whether you want to have a double mount. When opting for a double mount you should avoid clashing colours as this will distract from your subject. It's best to either

    •     > choose a neutral colour for the top mount and a base mount that matches a colour from the artwork or item being framed
    •     > choose the same colour for the top and base mounts to create a softer look

Can't find what you are looking for? No problem, just let us know what you need and we'll work with our partners to source the right mount colour for you.


3. Measure your mount aperture(s)

Lay the items you want to frame out on a table and arrange them as you would like them framed. Measure around each item to determine the aperture size. Don't forget to take into account any space you want around the item. If you are framing 3D objects, be sure to measure the height of each item; use the largest height measurement to determine the depth of the boxing.


4. Determine mount borders and aperture spacing

The mount border is the total length and width of the mount from edge to edge. We recommend 5cm (and no less than 2.5cm) all round the mount.


If you are measuring for a multi-aperture frame, measure 5cm out from the apertures to determine your total mount size. Don't forget to consider the spacing between apertures. As a general rule, these spaces should be 60-70% of the mount side borders in order to acheive a well balanced and nicely proportioned frame.


5. Determine the frame size

Once you have your aperture sizes, borders and spacing, simply tot up the measurements to get your frame height, width and depth.


Please note, the height and width will give you the total display area (which will be the size of the glass or acrylic). The total size of the frame will be larger as the frame moulding will go around the display.


Don't worry if you struggle with this step. If you send us the other measurements, we can help with this bit.


6. Send us your measurements

Email the details to [email protected] - send as much detail as possible and use this guide as a checklist to ensure you have included the following details:

  1. > Tell us what moulding and mount colour you'd like us to use
  2. > Measure your mount aperture(s)
  3. > Determine mount borders and aperture spacing
  4. > Add the aperture(s), borders and spacing to determine the frame size
  5. > A sketch or mock up of your mount and will really help us to bring your vision to life



Glossary of framing terms

  1. Aperture(s) = hole(s) in the mount
  2. Chevron = ‘L’ shape frame sample
  3. Double mount = Two mounts layered on top of each other. The base mount is cut slightly larger to allow it to show through and produce a layered look.
  4. Moulding = the material cut to size to make your frame
  5. Mount bord = the thick card we cut to size to make your mount

Examples of BabyRice bespoke frames