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Standard Picture Frame Sizes

Standard Picture Frame Sizes
When you buy a piece of art to display on your wall, do you know what size of picture frame you will be using?  Do you know if your art is "standard sized" or not?  Do you even know what "standard sized" art means?

Graphic image depicting the standard or common picture frame sizes for photography and fine art by Cramer Imaging

In the world of visual art, there are certain standards of size or dimensions.  These govern whether or not you have a "standard sized" piece of art or not.  "Standard sized" art will fit comfortably into one of the standard sizes of picture frame common on the market today.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature animal photograph of a yellow goldfinch bird taking off to fly in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
For demonstration purposes, we will use this photo of a goldfinch in 4x6 inch format (full width and height) to show the sizes of pictures in frames and crop accordingly.

So, if these dimensions are so important, what are the standard sizes of picture frames?  Glad you asked.

5x7


 Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature animal photograph of yellow goldfinch bird taking off to fly in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho in 5x7 format
5x7 is the smallest common single picture frame available on the market.

Five inches by seven inches is a popular medium print size for portraits.  This is also the smallest of the standard sized picture frames available on the market today.  Some people like to use this size of photo for wall art.  It is most often available as a stand-alone frame with the option for wall mounting.

8x10


Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature animal photograph of yellow goldfinch bird taking off to fly in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho in 8x10 format
8x10 format size crops a lot off of the sides of this photo.  It will take a lot off the top and bottom of a portrait format picture.

The next size up in popular picture frames is the eight by ten inch frame.  Many portraits and wedding photos are printed in this size.

It is, perhaps, the single most popular size for a picture frame on the market today.  This size of frame is available in stand-alone, wall mounted, and both together options.


8.5x11 or Document Size


Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature animal photograph of yellow goldfinch bird taking off to fly in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho in 8.5x11 format
This size of frame is not often used for fine art.

Perhaps the second most popular size is that of 8.5 inches by 11 inches.  These are the dimensions for a standard sized sheet of paper.

Many people like to use these frames sizes for displaying certificates, degrees, awards, licenses, and other important documents.  This frame is most commonly seen as a wall mounted option though stand-alone varieties are also available.

11x14


Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature animal photograph of yellow goldfinch bird taking off to fly in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho in 11x14 format
This is a common frame size to use with a mat and an 8x10 or 8x12 inch format picture.  It is not so common as a stand-alone frame with a picture and no mat.

This particular standard size is generally where you also begin to see matting being used.  If you wish to mat a picture with dimensions from 8x10 inches to 8x12 inches, this is the size of mat and picture frame which you would use.

This is a popular size of frame for small format fine art prints.  This size is only available in wall mounted options.

16x20


Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature animal photograph of yellow goldfinch bird taking off to fly in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho in 8x10 format

The 16x20 inch format cuts off just as much on the top and bottom or the sides as an 8x10 picture.

The final commonly available picture frame size is the large format sixteen by twenty inch frame.  This is a common size of frame for large prints of portraits and weddings.  This is the general size of those portraits grandparents display of all their descendants together.  This size is only available in wall mounted options and probably should be hung using picture wire due to the weight of the frame and its contents.

Important Notes


Most cameras these days will take pictures in an aspect ratio of 2:3.  This is the exact ratio of a 4x6 inch photograph.  Displaying any photo in any of these listed standard frame sizes will necessitate some cropping.  The only way around that is to mat the picture before framing it.  Then your mat will need to have outside dimensions of the frame you want to display it in.

Many non-photographic pieces of art may come in sizes other than those standard dimensions listed here.  For this you will either need to mat the art or seek out a more custom size frame for your art.  Such are available at local framing shops (often paired with local craft shops) or online.