How Big Are Polaroid Pictures? (Photo Sizes)

For those of us who adore the nostalgia and charm of instant photography, Polaroid pictures hold a special place in our hearts. In the digital age, the tangible quality of a physical photograph that develops right before your eyes is a delightful experience. But when it comes to framing these snapshots of life, it’s essential to know their dimensions. Here’s a quick guide to the size of Polaroid pictures so you can find the perfect frame for your memories.

Polaroid pictures come in various sizes depending on the film type used. Below is a table that outlines the most common Polaroid formats and their dimensions:

Film Type

Image Size (inches)

Full Size Including Border (inches)

Polaroid 600

3.1 x 3.1

4.2 x 3.5

Polaroid SX-70

3.1 x 3.1

4.2 x 3.5

Polaroid i-Type

3.1 x 3.1

4.2 x 3.5

Polaroid Go

1.851 x 1.811

2.623 x 2.122

When choosing a frame for your Polaroid, you’ll want to consider the following:

  • Border Space: Polaroids have a classic white border that you may prefer to show. It’s iconic, after all. If you want to showcase it, select framing options with enough space to accommodate the border without cropping it. (If you don’t want to show the border, you can cover it with matting.)
  • Matting: Consider using a mat to enhance the photo and protect its edges. The mat should have an opening slightly smaller than the Polaroid to secure it in place and still display the white border. Simply have a smaller mat cut if you want to cover the border. The other benefit of matting is that it prevents the polaroid from touching the picture frame gazing, thus aiding in photo preservation.
  • Backing Board: professionals always use backing (or mounting) board to create a sturdy, stabilized frame and minimize any warping that can happen to your Polaroid photo over time.
  • Glass or Acrylic: Protecting your Polaroid is crucial because the photos can fade over time. UV-protective glass or acrylic can help preserve the colors and integrity of the photo.
  • Sealing the Back: Ensure the back of the frame is sealed properly to prevent dust, moisture, or mites from damaging the photo.

Remember, when considering a frame size, always factor in extra space for any matting/border you plan to have around the photo. Also, consider whether the frame style matches the era and aesthetic of your Polaroid. Often, a simple, classic frame works best to keep the focus on the image.


In conclusion, whether you’re a collector of vintage Polaroid cameras or a fan of newer models, knowing the size of your Polaroid pictures is key to choosing the right frame. We hope you found the information in this post useful. If you need help framing your photos, FastFrame offers free design consultations. Simply stop by your local FastFrame store, and we’ll be happy to help you create the perfect frames for your Polaroid photos.