Your Ultimate IKEA Frame Photo Print Size Guide

Frames

Already have an IKEA frame but unsure what size print would fit? By the end of this IKEA Frame Guide, we hope to clarify some of your doubts! Note that this guide is for the single frames only.

Let’s begin by going through the things you should look out for when shopping for frames in IKEA.

MOUNTING (MATBOARD)

A mount, also known as matboard or mat for short, is a white piece of board that comes with the frame. Now, not all IKEA frames come with the matboard for instance, their ‘Fiskbo’ model. The photos below show how the frames look like with and without a matboard.

Silverhojden Frame
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Hemmingsbo Frame
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You can easily spice up your photos by framing it with the matboard. This additional touch of style may be just what you need!

When you pick up a photo frame in IKEA, the labels on it serve as a guide to the sizes of photos it can hold. 

There are frames that include the mount, and frames that do not have mounts included at all. Wait, but what is a mount?

What to look out for while frame shopping

Every IKEA Frame comes with a label. These labels contain information such as the model and the size of photos that would fit. As seen below, there are 2 measurements – one without the matboard and one with. 

Ribba 23x23cm
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According to the label, should you want to display your photo to fit the full frame, it should be 23cm by 23cm. If you want to utilise the matboard, it should be 13cm by 13cm. These labels are available so you don’t have to crack your head to figure out the different sizes!

Ribba packaging

This is how your photos would look like in a ‘Ribba’ frame with and without the matboard.

With mount
With mount
Without Mount
Without mount

 

 

 

 

 

 

When using the matboard, remember to tape your photos down to it. This helps in keeping it in place. You should tape the back of your photos so as not to ruin the picture.

Taping process
Tape your photo print to the back of the mount

On the IKEA website, they provide more information such as the size of the frame and the matboard

Here’s a breakdown of what the different measurements refer to:

Ribba breakdown
Ribba breakdown

We strongly advise you to print your photos according to the dimensions provided by IKEA. The measurements are inclusive of a small allowance that is meant to help your photo fit nicely into the frame.

To ease things, we’ve come up with a table indicating the size your photos should be printed in (with and without the use of a matboard) for your reference.

Photo Size Guide (Matboard)

RECTANGLE FRAME SIZE (Main Label)

PHOTO SIZE

WITH Matboard

WITHOUT Matboard

8cm x 12cm (~3R) 8cm x 12cm (~3R)
10cm x 15cm (4R) 8cm x 12cm (~3R) 10cm x 15cm (4R)
13cm x 18cm (5R) 10cm x 15cm (4R) 13cm x 18cm (5R)
21cm x 30cm (A4) 13cm x 18cm (5R) 21cm x 30cm (A4)
30cm x 40cm (~A3) 21cm x 30cm (A4) 30cm x 40cm (~A3)
40cm x 50cm 30cm x 40cm (~A3) 40cm x 50cm
50cm x 70cm 40cm x 50cm 50cm x 70cm
61cm x 91cm (~A1) 50cm x 70cm 61cm x 91cm (~A1)

 

SQUARE FRAME SIZE (Main Label)

PHOTO SIZE

WITH Matboard

WITHOUT Matboard

10cm x 10cm 10cm x 10cm
20cm x 20cm 10.5cm x 10.5cm 20cm x 20cm
23cm x 23cm 13cm x 13cm 23cm x 23cm
32cm x 32cm 20cm x 20cm 32cm x 32cm
50cm x 50cm 30cm x 30cm 50cm x 50cm

To mat or not to mat?

Generally, people tend to use matboards when displaying portrait photos. The matboard helps the photo to stand out more while adding a touch of style.

Balancing the size of the photos and the frames are also important. In some cases, it may be better to avoid using a matboard. However, for larger spaces or frames, the use of a matboard can make your photo look more artistic. 

Do note that not all matboards are created equal. Therefore, it may be a better idea to create a white digital border around your photo prints instead! This allows you to achieve the look of having a matboard without the uneven sides.

Take a look below. The left one is with the matboard and the right is with the digital border.

Looking to print your photos for the IKEA frames that you already have? Head over to our photo printing service website to find a product that best suits your needs! Check out this page for our IKEA Photo Frame Size. If you have other custom-sized frames, check out our Premium Prints.

We hope that you’ve found this IKEA Frame Guide useful! If you still need some help, do get in touch with us. Till the next post, cheers!