Common poster frame sizes

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Common poster frame sizes
A proper frame can make a poster more attractive. (frame #7 image by Adam Borkowski from Fotolia.com)

Posters can be used for decorative wall hangings in the home or office, or to convey information on topics mandated by law, such as workers' compensation. If matting is used, allowances must be made for its width. Otherwise, purchase frames the same size as the poster. If you can find a common size, it will be more economical since you will not have to pay for custom framing.

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40 Inches by 60 inches

This size poster is most often designed for outdoor use or in large, indoor settings such as the courtyard of a mall or a store window. While this size frame is a stock item at most frame suppliers, it may be difficult to find at a local hobby or craft store.

30 Inches by 40 inches

Posters in this size are normally printed on heavy card stock for outdoor displays. Frame stores and framing departments in hobby stores commonly stock this poster frame size.

27 Inches by 41 inches

This is the standard size for vintage movie posters printed in America and is also referred to as a "one sheet" size. In recent years, movie posters have also been made in 27 inches by 40 inches. Frames in both sizes are available as ready-made items from online retailers as well as local hobby and craft stores.

22 Inches by 28 inches

Posters in this size are also called "half sheets" and are available as movie collectibles, motivational posters and legally required business law posters. Frames are in-stock items at frame retailers online as well as offline at craft and hobby stores and large department stores.

24 Inches by 36 inches

This poster size is commonly used for printing reproductions of classic movie posters along with decorative posters. Because this size is so widely used, the frames are carried by many "supercenters," such as Target, Wal-Mart and Kmart, as well as hobby stores and frame shops.

18 Inches by 24 inches

Considered the standard size for indoor posters used by businesses, posters with these dimensions can often be found in employee break rooms, hallways and lobbies. Some decorative posters are also produced in this size. Ready-made frames in this size are available at many frame shops and hobby supply stores.

16 Inches by 20 inches

This is a common size for many commercially produced decorative posters. Frames in this size can easily be found at frame stores (both online and offline) as well as department stores and craft or hobby stores.

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