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External Frame Height Visible Artwork Height Visible Artwork Width External Frame Wdth Front of a frame as viewed displayed on the wall  

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Overall Frame Height. Measuring a frame in this way is normally reserved for when the need is to fill a given area. It is NOT a measurement used in the standard production of picture frames, although when specified calculations can be made to accommodate specific needs. You will see these sizes quoted on mirrors and pictures to give an idea of overall size for the framed item you may wish to purchase.
Overall Frame Width.  
Visible Height.
Visible Width.
   
Frame Height Fram,e Width Back of the frame showing rebate aperture  

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Frame Height.

These are the measurements given most commonly when ordering a picture frame. ( At LeCira all sizes are quoted giving these size references ). Often referred to as the "glass size" it is the size of the piece of glass required that will not fall through the central aperture in the frame.

Overall Frame Width.  
   
   
   
A typical cross section from a simple wooden picture frame design  

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Moulding Height

The general reason for requiring these sizes is to either match as close as possible an existing design or the check whether the artwork you wish to have framed will fit into the rebate of the chosen design. As some mount combinations can often be more than 10 mm in depth. Example, Plain glass 2 mm, double mount 3 mm, artwork on foamcore™ 5 mm and then a backing board another 2 mm, total 12 mm Making it difficult but not impossible to fit into a 10 mm rebate, a cost would therefore be incurred to work around the problem.

Moulding Width  
Rebate Depth
Sight Edge
   
A typical cross section from a simple Aluminium picture frame design  

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Moulding Height

Aluminium mouldings are measured slightly differently than wood, first they have a set rebate that cannot be extended and the width visible is nearly always smaller than the actual width of the design. Care should be taken when measuring an existing frame as the frame size is measured from the inner wall of the back edge.

Moulding Width  
Rebate Depth
   
   
Wooden Frame   Addition Information
When measuring frame sizes, remember to measure from inside the rebates on wooden frames and from the internal back edge on aluminium frames.
Aluminium Frame
Basic assembly of simple frame with double mount, Glass and Backing
   
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When measuring artwork and deciding on mounts, remember to allow about 7 mm over lap so that the artwork won't fall through the aperture cut in the mount.
Glass ( Plain, NRG, Plastic )    
Backing ( 2 mm MDF )
Top Mount
Bottom Mount
Artwork
     
Double Mount   Addition Information
      Mount measurements could be a subject all of it's own, but shown here is a simple double mount with even borders. When deciding of the aperture for your artwork remember to allow for a small overlap approximately 7 mm all around the image, so that your artwork won't fall through the aperture when on display. Smaller tolerance can be worked with, but this amount works well on most occasions. ( See our decorative mount section for more information on mounts and mount designs.
Aperture Height
Aperture Width
Top mount Width
Bottom Mount Width
   
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When talking about or ordering a frame it's very important that both you and the framer understand what you are try to achieve. Here are a few basic but very important rules and terms for how to measure and relate to certain framing terminology
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