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Top Tips for Packing Paintings and Other Artwork
Take precautions when relocating valuable artwork. Here are a few important tips to follow as you pack framed and unframed wall art for a move to a new location.
Order or Create Appropriate Containers and Boxes
All artwork should be packed in an inner and outer container. Order custom crates and boxes for your artwork that include both inner and outer protective containers, or you can make your own containers using cardboard boxes, cardboard sheets, and a box cutter. Artwork boxes can also be made with plywood.
Regardless of the materials used, a custom box should provide at least three inches of space on all sides of the frame. Order or make triangular cardboard corner pieces that slide over the corners of frames to protect the frame materials and prevent any loosening of fasteners that join the frame sides together.
Foam, bubble wrap, and cardboard sheets protect packed artwork from moving around during transit. Use ample amounts of protective materials to fill all voids in artwork packing boxes and crates.
Never use packing peanuts to cushion artwork. The peanuts can destroy the work if they make contact with the piece, and the peanuts become a nightmare during unpacking.
Use Archival Barriers for Unframed Art