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8 Tips for Packing and Moving Artwork

December 10, 2020

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8 Tips for Packing and Moving Artwork

Moving is a scary thought when your belongings are fragile—especially when it contains precious artwork or family images. Artwork can be big and unwieldy, and even the things that are intended to protect the art or the photographs—that is the frame and the glass—can end up damaging it when moving. However, you can avoid this situation when you enter your dream home if you pack the artwork and picture frames carefully and correctly. If you’re not good at packing and moving artwork, then you can hire professional packers and movers in your locality.

Place the artwork in suitably sized boxes

Categorize your artwork by size. Small and medium-sized artwork can be clustered and packed together in most situations. When you move large pieces of artwork, it's safer to pack each item in a separate specialty box that's slightly bigger than the frame you're packing. At a moving supplies store or from a truck rental agency, buy specialty boxes. Take out a used box and flatten it if you don't find specialty boxes. You're going to need a box that is larger than the frame and the picture.

Mark Glass With an 'X'

Use masking tape to put an X across the glass if the frame has a glass covering. This could stop the glass from shattering or moving too far if it breaks.

Cover the Artwork's Face

If your artwork has no glass over it, cover the painted face by wrapping it in multiple layers of kitchen plastic wrap or commonly available palette wrap.

Wrap Artwork With Paper and Bubble Wrap

Spread out the brown paper evenly on your work surface on a flat work surface, so the ends overlap to create a paper region that is twice the size of your frame. Lay the glass side of the frame flat against the page. Just like a gift, wrap the ends of the paper around the frame. Never wrap paintings or frames in a newspaper. Although it works well for padding, the newsprint can leave a mark on the artwork.

Wrap the packing tape in the length and width around the frame. During the move, this will ensure the paper remains in place. With bubble wrap, repeat the process.

Check Movement

Check it for movement before sealing the box. Gently shut the box and wiggle it a little to see if anything looks like it's moving. In order to pad the artwork, add crumpled newspaper if it looks like the frames would move around.

Seal the Box Properly

When you use a specialty box, tape one end of the box. Hold on to the sealed end of the package and transfer the wrapped frame gently into the box. If you're having a difficult time getting it to fit, ask a buddy to help hold the box.

Consider placing the artwork on top of the flattened box that you took apart previously and secure it using tape if you're not using a specialty box. If the flat box is wide enough to fold around the frame, bend it, and then secure it with the tape.

Label the box with contents and a warning. 

On both sides, mark the outside of the box with the content, the word 'Fragile,' and its place, such as the family room, kitchen, or master bedroom.

Placement of the Boxes in the Truck

When packing a box and loading it into a moving van, put a packed artwork on its side, not flat. The artwork can withstand pressure on an edge better than when it is flat. Pack frames on their edges and in a position where they're not going to fall. Wedge them between heavy objects during the move that will not shift.

How To Pack 3D Artwork

  • Corrugated cardboard boxes are an ideal way to pack and store such for artworks
  • You may use Zotefoam, Plastazote, Volara foam, Ethafoam, Sonofoam, and several other kinds of foam for packing 3D artwork, but it is best to consult art packers first on your specific artwork.
  • Use a bubble wrap for protecting unusually shaped pieces and fragile glassware.
  • For transportation of 3D Artworks, wooden crates are specially used. Ensure the movers you choose offer crating services for your art work. 

If you’re planning for a move and need assistance with packing and moving your artwork, get in touch with Local Moving Company in Stamford, CT

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