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Measuring for Bespoke Frames

How to Measure up for a Bespoke Box Frame

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 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 the image or object. When displaying items in a shadow box frame made in a standard frame moulding, a mount ensures the inner pine boxing isn't visible.

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

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

Consider if you want the same mount colour for the front mountcard and the backing card.

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 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. Measure for aperture spacing(s)

If you are measuring for a multi-aperture frame, don't forget to consider the spacing between the 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. Overall frame size

Once you have your aperture sizes and spacing we can then determine the overall frame size you will need for your project.

6. Send us your measurements

Use the contact us form and 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 (frame finish), mount colour and backing card colour you'd like us to use
  2. Tell us your mount aperture(s) sizes
  3. Tell us the aperture spacing (where applicable)
  4. A sketch or mock up of your frame design 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 frame surround cut to size to make your frame
  5. Mountboard = the thick card we cut to size to make your mount and the apertures within it