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How to transport artwork safely


If you have a lot of artwork in your inventory and you plan on moving soon, there are a few things you need to do in order to transport artwork safely. Moving is a difficult and complicated process. This is especially the case when you have items such as artwork in your inventory. From hiring trusted long-distance moving companies New York to preparing supplies, we have it all covered in this article.  In order to protect your artwork and prepare it for a safe and secure transportation, let us take a look at the things you need to do, before you start packing.

Prepare your artwork for relocation

To begin with, you will want to properly prepare yourself and your artwork for the upcoming relocation. There are a few steps you should take before you start packing your paintings and sculptures.

Packing materials and tools.
Gather the necessary packing materials for your artwork.

Clean and organize your artwork

First of all, make sure your artwork, be it paintings, framed canvases or sculptures is properly cleaned. This will help you tremendously when you unpack it as it will be good to go on the walls in your new home. Moreover, after you have cleaned all your art pieces, categorize them and sort them out accordingly. This will give you a better insight as to how many artwork items you have and also how much packing material you might need for them. Organized packing and moving is especially important when you are moving in a big area such as New York City.

Gather the right packing supplies

If you want to transport artwork safely, you will need to prepare the right packing materials and tools. The packing supplies which you need will depend on the size of your inventory as well as the type of artwork you have. However, whether you are transporting paintings or sculptures, you will need to prepare the proper packing supplies which will protect them during relocation. The basic packing supplies that you will need are:

  • Hard, high-quality cardboard boxes. The cardboard boxes will come in various sizes so make sure you measure your artwork properly. If you are unable to find high-quality boxes, make sure you contact your movers.
  • Bubble wrap and packing foam. These will ensure your items are protected from any damage that might come from the outside during transportation.
  • Packing tape and scissors. This one is a must have. Use packing tape to secure each side of the cardboard boxes.
  • Labels. Make sure you properly mark each box for its content.

Prepare your storage

If you plan on storing some of your artwork inside a storage unit make sure there is enough room inside it to fit larger boxes and wooden crates. It is important to prepare your artwork for storage. Furthermore, make sure your storage is not damp or hot otherwise your artwork will get damaged overtime.

Cardboard box.
In order to transport artwork safely, secure each box with layers of bubble wrap and newspaper on the inside and packing tape on the outside.

Packing steps

Once you have all of the necessary packing supplies, it is time you begin packing. During relocation, packing is the process which will likely take the most of your time. Since your artwork is fragile and can be damaged, it is important that you properly pack it. Packing framed artwork and paintings is slightly different from packing sculptures.

Packing framed artwork

Begin packing framed artwork by securing each piece properly with several layers of bubble wrap. Put packing foam or old newspaper inside your cardboard boxes to soften the edges. Next step is to carefully put the painting inside the box and test if it moves around. If it does, you will need to fill the empty space with more softeners such as extra layers of bubble wrap. Once your paintings are tightly secured inside the cardboard boxes, thoroughly wrap each side of the box with several layers of packing tape.

Packing sculptures

When it comes to packing sculptures, you want to take it slowly. Sculptures are in many ways, more fragile that your framed artwork. It is for this reason that you should divide and pack each sculpture separately. Smaller sculptures can be wrapped in several layers of bubble wrap and carefully placed inside the cardboard boxes. Similar to the process of packing your framed pieces, you should make sure there is no room for sculpture to move during transportation. Larger sculptures may require different type of packaging. Try to measure the weight of the sculpture and prepare wooden crates if you are unable to fit them inside cardboard boxes.

Wooden crate.
Use wooden crates for larger and heavier sculptures.

Hire a professional moving company

When relocating and transporting valuable items such as artwork, hiring a moving company which can be trusted is on of your main goals. The key to a safe transportation of your artwork as well as finding good storage units Brooklyn, is to hire movers which will be responsible, efficient and organized. When hiring movers, always make sure they provide insurance. The last thing you want is for your artwork to be damaged during transportation. However, relocation, as we have already mentioned, is a difficult and complicated process with many challenges which can happen along the way. If any of your items get damaged, it is important to have the full insurance from your moving company. Professional movers will also provide you with the necessary packing supplies and boxes if you do not have them. Moreover, they will send the required number of hired workers so you do not have to do any heavy lifting. The benefits of hiring professional and organized movers for relocation are many but the most important one is that your artwork will be safely transported and delivered in one piece.


To sum up, we have discussed a few steps you need to take in order to transport artwork safely. Make sure you have the right packing materials and tools. Properly pack and seal each box or crate containing your artwork and sculptures. Label boxes for their content. Take your time and pack each item separately. When packing and storing artwork in public storage New York, or simply relocating your inventory, make sure you hire a professional moving company which offers full insurance and can be trusted with your artwork.

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Allison "Elnoods" N.

From Brooklyn, NY

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