At The Framer's Workshop, we are skilled at measuring artwork accurately so the matting and framing fit the way it should. If we measure incorrectly either inntially when taking the order or during the production process, we correct our mistake. For this reason we prefer that you bring your artwork in for us to measure before we cut your materials.

We understand, however, this is not always possible either due to size, fragility or the nature of the art. Please follow the guides below for accurate measuring. If we are working from your measurements, we assume they are correct. We are not responsible for your incorrect measurements.

Measure in inches. Our tools are not calibrated to metric measurements. Also be aware that our tollerances are about 1/16 of an inch. We'll cut materials as close to 'right on' as possible but due to the nature of the materials and tools we use, some variation must be allowed.

It is best to draw a diagram while measuring and bring this diagram in for us to see.

When measuring an image on paper be sure to measure all four sides and the diagonals across from corner to corner to make sure it is actually square. Most pre-cut paper is square but if you cut it to size by hand, it may not be. Printing plates (etching, etc.) are often not exactly square. We also need to know whether the matting will be overlapping the edges of the image or the paper as a whole. If the former, we usually overlap the image about 1/16th of an inch on each side; if the latter we usually overlap about 1/8th of an inch on each side to make sure the paper does not slip out from under the mat. If, howeer, the matting is falling outside the image area to reveal a border of the paper upon which the image is drawn, painted or printed (called a "reveal"), we need to know how much reveal you want on the top, sides and bottom. In the same way, if a work on paper is being floated to show the edges of the paper (often done with deckeled edged paper), we need to know not only the sixe of the paper (measured from the widest points) but also how wide the outside margins should be on all four sides.

When measureing canvases it is doubly important that you measure the diagonals to determine whether the canvas is square (frequently they are not). If the diagonal measurements are not identical, the canvas is NOT square, and we need to know how 'off' square it is. Moreover, when measuring a canvas, it is important to measure across the center from side to side. Canvases that have been stretched too tightly often bow inward or warp the surface out of plane. Also, meausre the outside edge or side—INCLUDING the folds of the canvas. The frame must fit these folds. If you are using a museum quality deep stretcher, be sure to measure the stretcher's depth.

If you have any questions abou thow to measure a piece you can not bring in, you can call us at 510-849-4444.