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How To Select the Right Size for Your Mat Board

1. Measure the piece of art that you wish to mat.

Keep in mind that you might want to crop sections of the work

For quick reference to common standard mat board and frame sizes please see the sizing guide found at the bottom of this page.

2. Find your mat board's inner dimensions.

The inner dimensions or window of the mat board should be 1/2 to 1/4 inches less than the dimensions of your piece of art. This provides a surface to which the work can be taped or glued.

For instance, a 5 x 7 photo ought to have a window that measures about 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches.

3. Choose your mat board's outer dimensions.

Along with custom-cut mat board, REDIMAT offers a variety of outside dimensions for most of its precut mat board sizes. Some works may benefit from a wide border, while others may simply get lost.

You might also want to consider these other matting options:

Double Mat Board Example

Double Mat

In double matting, two mats are used, the window opening for the top mat is slightly larger than the bottom mat window. The difference between them is called the reveal. Our standard size double mats have a reveal that is 1/4" all around but with any custom matting the reveal can be larger or smaller

Price is twice that of the single mat board pricing found on any mat board material page.

Triple Mat Board Example

Triple Mat

Triple matting uses three mats to accent your art or photography.

Price is three times that of the single mat board pricing.

Bottom Weighted Window Mat Board Example

Bottom Weighted

With bottom weighting, the border is wider on the bottom than the top, which can look quite nice.

Price is the single mat board pricing.

4. Choose the quality of mat board.

Different pieces of art require different grades of mat board. An inexpensive snapshot will benefit from standard economy mat board (paper) while an important family heirloom deserves nothing less than museum-grade mat board 100% Cotton RagMat board.

Economy Mat Board Graphic

Economy

Affordable paper mat boards come in an exciting range of decorative colors and styles.

Choose From:
Cream Core
White Core
Black Core
Double Thick Gallery Board
White Core Suedes

Conservation Mat Board Graphic

Conservation

An elegant, refined 100% virgin alpha-cellulose mat board offering archival protection at a much discounted price.

Choose From:
Crescent Select
RagMat
Alphamat
Select Solids
8ply Select Solids

Museum Rag Mat Board Graphic

Museum RagMat

Superior 100% cotton mat board offering quality and unsurpassed protection.

Choose From:
Museum RagMat
UnBuffered Museum RagMat
Alpharag
8ply Museum RagMat

5. Choose a backing board.

Backing boards or mounting boards go behind the piece of art to offer support to the mat board and the art. REDIMAT offers an extensive variety of sizes in foam core (archival acid-free or standard craft grade), museum grade rag and economy acid-free boards. Also, available in solid black mounting boards, and black foam boards.

6. Make sure you have the right supplies.

REDIMAT sells acid-free, archival adhesives for matting as well as archival crystal Clear Bags for protecting and displaying artwork. Clear Bags come in a whide selection of sizes to fit most any matting project. Choose from Body Closure style (100pkg) or Tradition Style (25pkg and 100pkg

7. How many photo mats do you want?

REDIMAT offers bulk discounts on orders with as few as six mat boards (same color, same size). Plan ahead and save.

8. Have your Visa/Mastercard/American Express and order information handy.

Order online Or call us at: (707) 584-9600 Toll Free: (877) 883-1011 Fax: (707) 584-9601 sales@redimat.com

Quick reference guide to selecting the right size mat board for your pictures and art.

We offer our all of our mat board products in the most popular picture and frames sizes including several harder to find square picture sizes. The chart below is a guide to matching your artwork with the perfect matting.

  • Frame size is the same as the outside dimensions of the mat board.
  • The mat size lists the outer dimensions and the the exact window size to fit a given print size.
  • Fits artwork is the size of the printed area of your photos or art.


Be sure to check out our full line of bulk pre cut matting from our Economy, Convervation and Museum RagMat or discounted Show Kit offerings. You can also easily create custom mat sizes in any material.

Fits Frame Size
Mat Board Size
Fits Artwork
5x7
5x7  (3 x 4.5)
3.5x5
5x7
5x7  (3.5 x 5.5)
4x6
8x8
8x8  (3.5 x 3.5)
4x4
8x10
8x10  (3.5 x 5.5)
4x6
8x10
8x10  (4.5 x 6.5)
5x7
8x10
8x10  (3.5 x 6.5)
4x7
9x12
9x12  (5.5 x 8.5)
6x9
10x10
10x10  (7.5 x7.5)
8x8
10x20
10x20  (6.5 x16.5)
7x17
11x14
11x14  (7.5 x 9.5)
8x10
11x14
11x14  (6.5 x 9.5)
7x10
11x14
11x14  (7.5 x 11.5)
8x12
11x14
11x14  (8.25 x 10.75)
8.5x11
12x12
12x12  (7.5 x 7.5
8x8
12x16
12x16  (7.5 x 11.5)
8x12
12x16
12x16  (8.5 x 11.5)
9x12
12x16
12x16  (7.5 x 10
8x10.5
12x16
12x16  (8.25 x 10.75
8.5x11
14x18
14x18  (10.5 x 13.5)
11x14
14x18
14x18  (7.5 x 11.5)
8x12
14x18
14x18  (8.5 x 11.5)
9x12
14x18
14x18  (8.25 x 10.75)
8.5x11
16x16
16x16  (11.5 x 11.5)
12x12
16x20
16x20  (10.5 x3.5)
11x14
16x20
16x20  (11.5 x 15.5)
12x16
16x20
16x20  (8 x 10.5)
8.5x11
16x20
16x20  (9.5 x 14.5
10x15
18x24
18x24  (11.5 x 17.5)
12x18
18x24
18x24  (10.5 x 16.5)
11x17
18x24
18x24  (12.5 x 18.5)
13x19
20x20
20x20  (15.5 x 15.5)
16x16
20x24
20x24  (15.5 x 19.5)
16x20
22x28
22x28  (17.5 x 23.5)
18x24
22x28
22x28  (16.5 x 21.5)
17x22
24x30
24x30  (19.5 x 23.5)
20x24
24x30
24x30  (17.5 x 23.5)
18x24
32x40
32x40  (23.5 x 31.5)
24x32