Transform Your Space with Custom Frames Online: A Beginner's Guide to Picture Framing

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Picture Framing Blog: Custom Framing Online

Why Picture Framing Matters: Adding Personality to Your Home

Picture frames are more than just accessories; they're statements of style and personality. From showcasing cherished memories to highlighting your favorite artworks, the right frame can elevate any space and make it uniquely yours.

Discover the Convenience of Online Framing

Say goodbye to the hassle of traditional framing stores and hello to the convenience of online framing! With Framing Doctor, you can easily create custom frames from the comfort of your own home. Our user-friendly platform lets you choose from a wide selection of frame styles, sizes, and materials, ensuring that your frames are tailored to your exact specifications.

The Importance of Overlay Allowance

To ensure that your artwork is properly displayed and protected, it's recommended to allow for a slight overlay between the edge of your artwork and the mat opening. This overlay not only enhances the visual presentation of your piece but also provides a buffer to prevent the artwork from touching the glass, which can lead to damage over time.

Additionally, it's important to consider the frame's overlay, also known as the rebate. The rebate is the depth of the frame, typically around 5 millimeters, which will also cover a portion of your artwork. When calculating the overlay allowance for your mat, be sure to take into account both the mat overlay and the frame's rebate.

How to Determine Overlay Allowance

To calculate the overlay allowance for your artwork, follow these simple steps:

  1. Measure Your Artwork: Measure the dimensions of your artwork in centimeters, including any borders or margins.

  2. Calculate Overlay: Determine how much of your artwork you want to be covered by the mat, taking into account the frame's rebate. A standard overlay allowance is typically around 0.5 to 1 centimeter on each side, considering both the mat overlay and the frame's rebate.

  3. Adjust Mat Opening: When ordering your custom mat, be sure to specify the exact dimensions of the mat opening, taking into account the total overlay allowance. For example, if your artwork measures 20x25 centimeters and you want a 1 centimeter total overlay, you would order a mat with a 19x24 centimeter opening.

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