Mat Boards for Picture Frames

Australian Made | Acid-Free | Beveled Cut


    Looking for mat boards for picture framing? We offer a broad range of custom cut mat boards in popular colours and sizes for you to choose from. All of our mat boards are acid-free to ensure you can properly protect and elegantly display your treasured memories for years to come.

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    What are matboards?

    A matboard is also sometimes also referred to as a Window Mat, a Frame Mat, a Mat Board, a Photo Mount, a Mount Board, a Window Mat, a Border Mat, a Matt Board, a Photo Mat or a Window Mount.

    Matboards are a piece of dense cardboard with a window cut-out which surrounds an artwork like a border inside a photo frame or a picture frame. A mat board is commonly white or off-white but can come in different colours. It will usually have a white core with a bevel cut.

    What is a double matboard?

    A matboard and can also be multi-layered, such as a double-layered matboard commonly referred to as a Double Mat.

    A double matboard (often known as a "Step Mat" or "Accent Mat") is when two pieces of mat board are used together. Both pieces are cut in a way that the window openings line up to expose the inside edge of the lower matboard layer. The reveal of the inside edge of the bottom matboard layer is usually around +/-0.5cm (5mm).

    A double matboard is a premium, designer method of matting frequently used in custom framing. It creates an elegant, tiered effect, which looks like a step down, creating an element of depth.

    Why are matboards important for picture frames?

    Matboards are an essential element in framing a photo or artwork. They provide several important purposes, such as providing a buffer between the glass and the artwork, protecting it from dust and moisture. Matboards can also add balance and proportion to an image by creating a visual break between the artwork and the frame, which can enhance its overall aesthetic appeal.

    Another function of a frame mat is to provide support for the artwork. A matboard can act as a barrier to help prevent buckling or creasing that may occur over time due to changes in temperature or humidity. It can help keep the photo or artwork flat and smooth inside the frame.

    Matboards also come in different colours which can allow you to customise your frames according to your preference. You can choose colours that complement your artwork's hues or opt for neutral shades like white or black that will make your picture stand out on its own.

    When would I need a matboard?

    When you have photos or pictures professionally framed, the matboard is usually included in the framing cost. However, you may need to purchase a matboard separately from your frame if you decide to change the image in the frame, if you've purchased a picture frame separately, or if an existing matboard in a frame your own is somehow damaged.

    In any of these situations, when you buy a brand-new frame mat board from Profile Australia, you know that it will provide your framed image with the clean look you want. Simply adding a window matboard can really do wonders for your picture frame and the image itself, instantly creating a more professional look for any self-framed work. This is a great option when framing your own photos and artworks or framing the kids’ drawings and paintings.

    Many professional photographers and artists also choose to buy our professional matboards for their work., because our matboards are all made from premium quality, acid-free pulp which is buffered with calcium carbonite for stability and longevity.

    Tips on framing your images with matboards

    In some cases, simply using a matboard instead of a frame alone, can also create a sleek, minimalist look. Here are some tips on how to frame a photo or image with a matboard:

    • Using acid-free tape to affix the photo or artwork to the window mat is a simple and affordable homemade solution, but make sure you never tape anything to the front of the image, as this may damage it.
    • For a more professional job, there are plenty of different adhesives available specially designed without harmful chemicals for photos and artwork. This will ensure the matboard and the image is undamaged.
    • You only need to add tabs of tape along the top of the image, not the sides or bottom.
    • If you want to do a top-notch job, use gloves when handling the image and the matboard to avoid leaving unsightly marks or fingerprints.
    • We also we also have another helpful how-to article on "How to Attach a Photo to a Matboard"

    Can Profile make custom cut-to-size matboards?

    Are you looking for professional custom cut matboards to display your photos? We can help. At Profile Australia, we can customise your selected frame mat board and make cut-to-size photo mats and openings to your specifications.

    Choosing the best pre-cut mat boards in Australia?

    Proudly Australian-owned and operated, Profile Australia has been in business since 1977. So, if you’re looking for the perfect way to display your cherished memories, you know you’ve come to the right place.

    Our state-of-the-art CMC (Computerised Mat Cutting) machinery has been imported from Switzerland and ensures precision cuts, perfectly accurate corners and uncompromised quality.

    Our matboards are made using only the highest quality board and papers, so they are acid-free and photo safe. When you buy mat boards online from Profile Australia, you know that you’ll be receiving professional, high-grade frame mats and framing products that won’t be compromised in quality.

    Shop for Mat Boards, Photo Frames and Framing Accessories Online

    At Profile Australia, we are best known for our high-quality timber photo frames, photo albums and other photo and framing products. We also offer a range of popular custom, cut-to-size foam boards. To see what else is available at Profile Australia, make sure you check out our best sellers. No matter the occasion, you’re sure to find just the right thing at Profile Australia.

    If you would like to request custom matboards or would like further information on any of our products, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We would be happy to help.

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    Precision cut on our Swiss Computerised Matcutter
    Cello-Bag Packaging

    All matboards are individually packaged into resealable cello bags for protection from marking and moisture.

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    We proudly offer a lifetime guarantee on our matboards as we are confident they will stand the test of time.