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Measuring Your Artwork for Framing

How to measure the dimensions of paper-based artwork

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Written by Level Frames
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We need the width and height of your artwork to the nearest 1/8”.

Flatten out your print as much as possible and measure from paper-edge to paper-edge. Round up to the higher 1/8” if you are in between and provide your dimensions.

For example, a print that is 12" wide by 15-3/4" high would look as follows: 

Now that we know the exact size of your artwork, we'll make all the necessary adjustments when making the frame to fit.

Important note about matting

Note that if you add a mat to a frame, the matting will overlap your artwork by approximately 1/4” on each side to hold it in place. As noted above, we will make this adjustment for you based on the actual edge-to-edge dimensions you provide. 

However, if you would like to achieve a specific mat window opening, you can add 1/2" to the width and height of those dimensions when entering your artwork measurements.

For example, to achieve a mat window opening of 9.5" x 9.5", you would enter artwork dimensions of 10" x 10". And then when you get to the frame customizer, we will confirm the mat window opening that you can expect:

To see more details, we have a full guide to measuring your artwork and dealing with mat window openings for borders, signatures and edition numbers:

If you have any other questions or special requests on the size of the mat window opening, please contact us via chat or

Centimeters and European Measurements

If centimeter measurements are more accurate, you can toggle over to "cm" on the measurements screen.

Happy framing!

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