What picture frame size do I need? The Ultimate Guide

October 22, 2023

What picture frame size do I need? The Ultimate Guide

Picture this: You've just received a beautiful print, and you can't wait to give it the showcase it deserves. But hang on a minute—"what frame size do I need?"

Well, fret not, because we've got you covered.

At Lelloliving, we offer a range of stylish black, grey or white wood frame, as well as top-notch solid oak picture frames.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll dig deep into the art of framing A5, A4, A3, and A2 prints, so keep reading!

A5 frame, A4 frame and A3 frame with plant, vase and ornaments


Framing A5 Prints

What Frame Size Do I Need for an A5 Print?

The first rule of framing: size matters. An A5 print measures 148 x 210 mm. This size usually fits snugly into an A5 frame. However, frames often include a bit of extra space for mounting.

For example, you've just bought an adorable A5 custom print, but you want it to pop. That's where mounting comes in.

A5 Prints with Mount: What You Need to Know

A mount acts like a border that adds extra style and draws the eye. If you choose to add a mount, you'll need an A4 picture frame. The mount will reduce the frame’s visible area to fit your A5 print. Simple, yet effective.

 A5 frame with butterfly print, plant and 2 small vases. One of our white picture framesA5 picture frame with dog art print, vase and ornament. One of our white picture frames

Solid Oak Picture Frames for A5 Prints

Solid oak frames offer both durability and a touch of class. Our range of solid oak picture frames ,these A5 frames are high quality, but affordable. They're not just frames; they're a statement.

Set of 6 solid oak picture frames

Framing A4 Prints

What Frame Size Do I Need for an A4 Print?

An A4 print is a bit more expansive at 210 x 297 mm. It’s like the A5 frames' big brother. Most people pop these into A4 frames without much fuss.

But let’s say you’ve got a dazzling A4 botanical print. You want to give it that extra oomph.

A4 Prints with Mount: The Essentials

In that case, a mount will be your best friend, elevating your print to gallery status. And for that, you'd need an A3 picture frame.

Solid Oak Picture frames set of 6 A3 frames

Framing A3 Prints

What Frame Size Do I Need for an A3 Print?

So you're into bigger prints, huh? An A3 print measures 297 x 420 mm. These A3 poster frames fill up more wall space and give off a grand vibe, especially as a set of 6.

Wood Picture Frame Options for A3 Prints

You can opt for our range of wooden picture frames. From black frames or white wooden frames to grey frames, a simple wood frame complements any modern home décor. They're affordable, stylish, and let’s face it, a bit of a show-off.

A3 Prints with Mount: The Guide

If you decide to go grander with a mount, your A3 print will call an A2 picture frame its home. Trust us, it’s like moving from a flat to a penthouse.

3 Green leaf prints in A2 black frames above a dining table

Framing A2 Prints

What Frame Size Do I Need for an A2 Print?

Now we're in the big leagues. An A2 print measures 420 x 594 mm. An A2 frame is into wall-dominating, conversation-starting territory. An A2 poster frame sits nicely above a mantlepiece or armchair or fills a nook.

Hokusai print in A2 black frame

A2 Prints with Mount: What to Consider

If you decide on a mount (you ambitious thing, you), then you're venturing into even bigger frame sizes.


Framing A1 Prints

What Frame Size Do I Need for an A1 Print?

We're entering the realm of the gigantic with A1 prints, measuring a whopping 594 x 841 mm. If you have artwork or a print that is this size, it’s likely the centrepiece of the room.

When framing an A1 print, you’d naturally look for an A1 frame - these are very large wooden picture frames.

Picture this: an enormous A1 Japanese print in a large wooden frame making everyone’s jaw drop as they enter your home.

Japanese horse print in A1 frame above a dining table in on of our white picture frames

TLDR/FAQ Section

  • What are the standard picture frame sizes? Picture frames are often measured in inches, however, we keep ours simple by offering them in A paper sizes, which can be found here.

    Our standard picture frame sizes include A5, A4, A3, A2, and A1. Knowing these sizes can make your frame shopping a breeze. For instance, if you're looking to frame an A3 print with a mount, you'd opt for an A2 frame.
  • How do you measure a frame for a picture? Measuring a frame usually involves taking into account the length and width of the actual print, plus any additional space you’d like for a mount. Measure the print, then add on any extra centimetres for the mount, and you've got your frame dimensions.

  • How do you hang a frame properly? Firstly, find the ideal spot on the wall. Use a pencil to mark where the top corners of the frame will go. You can use either nails or picture-hanging hooks to mount the frame. Use a spirit level to ensure it’s straight. Finally, step back and enjoy your handiwork. Yes, it's that simple!

  • How easy is it to hang Lelloliving frames? Super easy! Our wooden hanging frames come with hanging points for either portrait or landscape hanging. The A5 picture frames and A4 poster frames are also standing frames too.
    They're all kept nice and lightweight so they can be hung with command strips for a no hassle quick fix.

So there you have it—a deep dive into framing prints of various sizes. From solid oak picture frames to wood picture frames, Lelloliving offers a variety of options for all your framing needs.

Whether you're a casual buyer looking for a frame for kids art or an avid art collector, proper framing is more than just a sideshow; it’s the main event.

Happy framing!

Different wooden picture frames on a bedroom wall showing sizes

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