Planning a move and you have no idea how to pack the beautiful large painting you love and cherish? Whether it’s oil on canvas, acrylic, or paper with a glass frame, if you want it to arrive in one piece in your new home, you should learn how to pack it properly, and use the right materials to wrap each type of art.
Note: Packing with bubble wrap isn’t the right solution for everything. In some cases, it can damage the art.
Protect your picture frames by stack standing on the frame versus lying down. If you have few medium picture frames, stack them in a large box, with paper between them, to avoid scratching the frame.
There are two sizes of boxes and if the art is even bigger, you can always combine two mirror boxes into one. If the box is bigger than the frame, be careful of the art being loose and shifting in the box. To avoid this, stack some paper, roll a small mat (wrapped in a bag), or use a pillow.
But if you are moving long-distance or shipping overseas, you should wrap the art or add some extra cardboard protection. Pictures with glass frames are best protected with bubble wrap or paper pads- these are 3 layers of strong paper.
In some cases, it can damage the art. Oil painting, for example, is sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. We recommend that you avoid using bubble wrap or paper when you pack an oil painting, as bubble wrap can hold moisture and damage the painting. Using paper can be harmful, as the oil changes form with changes in temperature – which means the paper can stick to the art and cause damage. We also recommend asking your movers to bring the oil painting into your new place as soon as possible, to avoid leaving it in the hot truck.
As most moving and packing companies will have a $1000 deductible on their insurance, they will require special care for high-value items. We will add to this, irreplaceable items, that may not have monetary value in money, but do have sentimental value. This type of art needs special care – a wooden crate for example. These crates are custom-made for your art. When we do an estimate, we will always ask you If there is any irreplaceable art that may need special care.
Always make sure you store art in temperature-controlled storage. Take a picture of your art and its condition before you pack and store it.
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