Standard Photo Sizes for photo frames and fine art — revisited

We are often asked what our most popular standard picture frame sizes are. We thought we would bring it back as we enter into the holiday season as a resource for you as you purchase picture frames. Enjoy!

Most popular frame sizes

We are often asked what our most popular picture frame sizes are. It is first important for us to clarify how our sizes work in general. Here is the list of all of the sizes that we consider to be standard frame sizes:

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A listing of our standard picture frame sizes.

In our experience, these are the most popular and most utilized sizes overall. These sizes cover a wide range of photograph sizes, poster sizes, art print sizes, and many other common sizes we see every day. Our most popular standard picture frame sizes are:


5×7’s are a very popular frame size because so many photographs are printed off in the 5×7 size. 5×7’s are the perfect size to display your photos on a desktop at work, home, or to give a precious memory to someone close to you.

Corporate Thin Family Picture Frames
Corporate Thin Family Picture Frames

Frames with a smaller molding such as our Corporate Thin series are great but don’t be afraid to go with a wider moulding such as our Bistro Series


Our 8×10 picture frames are top sellers at Frame USA. Once again, 8×10 is a common photo size, but it is also a perfect frame because it includes a mat. Our 8×10 frames come with an off white mat for a 5×7 image, allowing you to mat your 5×7 picture to help highlight your memories.

8.5×11 Frame

8.5 x 11 frame is a popular size for documents and certificate. Check out our wide variety of specialty diploma picture frames or our very popular certificate series. But all of our wood frames and metal frames can be used for documents,diplomas and certificates.


11×14 frames also include an off white mat but for an 8×10 image. Many of our customers love this size because they can use the frame with the mat, or remove the mat and highlight their 11×14 photographs. Our picture frames all offer this versatility, making Frame USA’s picture frames perfect for any occasion or event.

Architect Picture Frames
Architect Picture Frames

Some great frames in this size would be our Architect and Corporate series

Corporate Family Picture Frames
Corporate Family Picture Frames


If you are looking for a medium sized picture frame, the 16×20 size is a great choice. Our 16×20 picture frames include an off white mat for an 11×14 image. This option provides just over 2” of matting on each side of your image. This is a great size picture frame because you can make it a highlight piece on your wall, or part of a mixture with other frames to form a collage on your wall.

This is a great size to go with a wider picture frame such as our Verona Wide Series.

Fashion Photography - Verona Wide Picture Frame
Fashion Photography – Verona Wide Picture Frame


Our largest popular picture frame size is our 24 x 36 size. 24 by 36 is the main size that most posters that are sold come in. Therefore if you are looking to frame a poster for a dorm room, your office or house, or to give as a gift, this is the perfect picture frame size for you.

Plaque-mounting your image is another option that would work well, which is basically a way to display an image without a frame. (They do get considerably heavier with size, though!)

Know the size of your fine art but not sure which frame you would like to order? Purchase a sample!

When choosing the best picture frame size for you, always make sure to measure your image first. All of our common photo frame sizes are based on the inside dimensions. Therefore if you have an 8×10 image and do not want to use the mat, you still want to order an 8×10 frame. If you have an 11×14 image and do want to include a mat, it is important to order a larger frame size to accommodate this.

Now the question is what is a custom size frame? A custom size frame here at Frame USA is any size outside of our standard 32 sizes (refer to the chart listed above). We can produce almost any size frame your heart can imagine. Our only limitations come into play with the width of the moulding- the thinner the frame, the smaller the maximum size will be.

We hope this article on our most popular picture frame sizes has provided you with all of the information you may need when ordering our picture frames. If you ever have any other questions, please feel free to contact us via Email at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!

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  1. Trying to find prices for the 11×17 frames, I’ve purchased before from your company. I would need 6 in burgundy, which is what I got last time. Thanks

  2. Is it possible to get 2- 12×24 poster frames? Is so, what would be the cost? Thanks in advance for your help.

    • That is something we can definitely help you with, we just need a little more detail about what specifically you’re looking for. Give a call to one of our sales reps (800-577-5920) or send us an email ([email protected]) and we can further assist you with this.

  3. Do you sell 20 x 20 frames? I will not be using a boarder. My cardboard backing and picture fits frame size 20 x 20.

  4. I am looking for a frame that holds 3 5×7 photos either vertically or horizontal. Is this possible ‘?

    • Hi Arndrea! While we do not offer a ready made frame that holds 3 5×7 photos, (closest would be our 10×20 frames that hold (3) 4×6 images) You have the option of purchasing a custom mat from us at You also are able to purchase a custom size frame from our main site ( . Currently, Mat Designers has not been migrated over to so if you are interested in getting a frame and custom mat made all in one transaction, give one of our customer service reps a call and they will be able to help you out with the perfect size and frame for your project! They can be reached at 1-800-577-5920.

    • Hi Debbie! 9×12 is considered one of our standard sizes so almost all of our series will come in that size! (there are a few exceptions I.E Corrugated poster frames and specialty items).

    • Hi Kerry! If you wanted to just frame it with no mat you will want to get a 16×21.5 frame (which is considered custom so you would want to make sure to click the custom tab on any of our series pages). For matting it depends on how much mat you would like shown, standard is about 2 inches all the way around. If you go with that you would want a 20×25.5 size frame which is also custom. If you’re curious as to what the mat and frame would look out check out our Design a Frame feature You’ll just enter in the size of your image, choose your frame, mat width and color and the math is done for you!

    • Hi Lisa, If you have a frame that has an opening size of 14×20 you will want to have an image that is 14×20. All of our frame sizes refer to the opening of the frame, so you can use the size of the frame as the size of your image. 14×20 is considered a custom sized frame so you will want to click the custom tab on any of our series pages and enter in that value!

    • Hi Matt! If you are purchasing a frame from us, you will want to order the frame at the exact size of your print so 31.5 x 21.5. All of our frames are sized at the opening dimensions!

    • Hi Kyandra, We offer printing services through our Design a Frame feature on our website. All you have to do is upload your image and then go through the process of selecting your frame and mat if you desire. We do the rest!

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