Interiors // How to measure for a picture frame

This might come as a surprise to some, but getting a picture to fit into a frame isn’t as easy as some people seem to think it is. There is a knack to it. Some would call it an art. Others would probably call it a science. It depends on how you look at it. There are already some very interesting articles out there on the art of picture framing. But everyone has their own way of looking at things. Different people can approach a similar matter in very different ways.

Why Frame Pictures?

Before even discussing the matter of picture framing, it might be a good idea to ask, why would anyone bother framing pictures in the digital age? Surely there’s no need of picture framing and photograph albums nowadays? Doesn’t everyone view photos on mobile phones and laptops? Yes, they do. But no matter how times change, having a nicely framed and carefully chosen photos adds a personal touch to your living space. Photos of family scenes and family events make a house a home. And they anchor that sense of family in the minds of our children like nothing else can.

Getting The Kids To Help

The actual process of picture framing is something you can get the kids involved in. To some extent at least, depending on their age, of course. You can get them to help choose the photo or picture. They can help choose the frame too. This gets them in on the process and makes them feel involved. Engage their support before you start. If you have older children, they may be able to do the job better than you can. But that’s another story entirely.

The Process

  • The process of measuring isn’t very difficult. Just take the following steps and you’ll be finished in no time.
  • PIck a flat surface like a table top or work top. Tidy it up and put down some chart paper or newspaper.
  • Lay your picture on the flat surface.
  • Using a ruler or measuring tape, take the length measurement of the picture.
  • Again using a ruler or measuring tape, take the width measurement of the picture.
  • Once you know the picture measurements, you may add an inch or a few centimetres to it depending on whether you would like to have a border or not. Then you’ll know what size of picture frame you need.
  • And that is it. You can go out and look for your frame now, secure in the knowledge that you know exactly what you need.

The Frame

A common frame size for photographs is the A3 page size. It’s a useful piece of information which saves a lot of trouble. Particularly if it’s photographs that you usually wish to frame. A3 picture frames are easily available in most shopping centres in most areas. Without too much difficulty.

Framing Complete

There’s a lovely sense of satisfaction which comes with getting a photograph framed. You’ve taken a moment from your family history and turned it into a treasured memory. And there’s nothing nicer than that. And the best part is, you can have the most fun deciding on a good place to display your picture.

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