Got an Ikea frame ready, and just deciding what size you should print your image? We’ve received lots of such enquiries and 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.
Frame sizes, photo sizes and mounting
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. Let’s first go through the different things to look out for when shopping for frames in Ikea.
There are frames that include the mount, and frames that do not have mounts included at all. Wait, but what is a mount?
In the case of the Ikea frames, a mount is a piece of board with a cutout window, which the photograph is viewed through. It is also known as a mat board. Here’s an example of an Ikea frame sold with a mount, and another sold without a mount.
Why mount photos?
Using a mount in your frames can give your photos an additional touch of style. The borders around the photo can also give a more complete overview of your image.
Now let’s look at what you’ll come across when you’re out frames shopping at Ikea.
Take this frame for instance. The label “Ribba 23x23cm” is the name of the frame and the photo dimensions it is used for. That is usually the size of the photo that fits into the frame.
When you take a closer look at the label, two different photo dimensions are given – one without the mount, and one with the mount provided in the frame.
If you want to frame your photo without the mount, the photo size you need to print is 23 x 23cm. However, if you want to frame your photo within the mount, the photo size you need to print is 13 x 13cm. These sizes are inclusive of a decent amount of allowance so that you can fill up the frame nicely.
So this is how an image would look like in a Ribba frame with mount, and without mount respectively.
Make sure to secure the edges of the photo print by taping them down when using the mount!
If you compare the details on the Ikea website, the frame’s external width and height are also provided. In the case of the Ribba frame, it is 25 x 25cm. But this is not the measurements written on the main label – that is still 23 x 23cm! Rest assured 23 x 23cm is the correct dimensions to print your photos in.
Here’s a breakdown of what the different measurements refer to:
- Do not measure the size of the mount opening manually and print that size. This might cause the photo to be too small to fit the frame nicely. The included small allowance is meant to help the photo fit the frame well!
- Tape the back of the photo to the mount. This can prevent the printed surface of your photo from being damaged as compared to using double sided tape.
- We’ve made a list of what photo dimensions you should print for each type of frame in Ikea, depending on whether you want to include the mount for frames that provide them.
RECTANGLE FRAME SIZE (Main Label)
|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)
|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|
Already bought your Ikea frames? You can purchase the photos to fit the frames right here. Make sure to upload the photos you want to print first, before you can select the print sizes by clicking on the “Order” button.
If you have bought frames from some place else, and you’re trying to figure out what size to print, let us know or you can also check out our premium prints page.
Now you don’t have to be confused about how to print the right image size to fit your Ikea frame! Let us know if this ikea frame guide was helpful to you. ‘Till the next one!