Quote Originally Posted by Nicole McGrade
Thought I might add a couple more questions (I'm good at that )
Today I had to go to the gallery to get 2 prints mounted on white mat board (50cm x 40cm = $25 AUD each)
1) Cutting your own - does it make financial sense in the long run? (How longer run?)
2) How much room would you need?
Thanks to all.
Kind regards,
Whether it makes financial sense sort of depends on your volume. I met a pro photographer this weekend who used to cut her own mats, but due to the volume of her work, it's just too time consuming for her. She found a place that cuts all her mats and gives her a good price. I'd say if you are doing it for yourself, or your volume is low, cutting things yourself does save time & gives you a sense of satisfaction.
As to how much room...most matboard is around 32"x40" (~81cm x 101cm) and that is close to the max size you might see. You can set up the mat cutter on a kitchen table then store it under your bed or in a closet when you are not using it. So not really much room at all.

There are many sites with some good info on matting & framing. Here's a couple: