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Packing paintings for moving – tips and tricks


Moving preparations often take quite a long time and quite a lot of effort. And as you know, one of the bigger parts of the preparation stage is packing. Not only is this part of the process time-consuming, but it’s also something you can’t do mindlessly. Especially when it comes to certain valuable items, you need to pay attention to what you’re doing and make sure you’re packing them properly. Your paintings and artwork are a good example of that. When it comes to these pieces, they need to be properly handled in order to make sure they don’t get damaged. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’ll give you some tips that will make packing paintings for moving or for New York storage facilities much easier. So, stick around to learn more.

What you need for packing paintings for moving

First things first, let’s talk supplies. As you know, when you’re calculating your moving costs NYC, one of the things to consider is the packing supplies you need to get. Well, when it comes to packing artwork for moving, you need to be sure to get the right materials. So, here are the things you should add to your list of supplies (and costs).

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Getting the right materials is important when packing paintings for moving and bubble pack is a necessity.
  • Boxes in various sizes
  • Packing tape
  • Masking tape
  • Packing paper
  • Bubble pack
  • Markers

Step-by-step guide for packing artwork for moving

Step 1: Get boxes of the appropriate size

Once you’re ready to start packing, here’s what you need to do. The first step is measuring your art pieces and seeing what size of boxes you need. When you’re packing art for moving, you want to be sure you’re using appropriately sized boxes. What that means is that you should find boxes that don’t allow your paintings to move around during transport. If the boxes are too big, your paintings aren’t protected enough and are at risk of getting damaged. So, get boxes that are slightly bigger than the painting.

Also, keep in mind that you’re supposed to pack each art piece separately, so get enough specialty boxes. Of course, if you’re packing smaller pictures and frames, you can place them in a box together – but wrap each one of them individually.

Step 2: Mark glass with an X

One thing that is the most important when you’re packing paintings for the move is protection. You want to take all the steps that ensure the safety of your art and prevent damages. Well, here’s one of those steps. If any of your frames have a glass covering, you need to protect it from breaking. What you should do is simply apply masking tape across the glass in the shape of an X. This will keep the glass from moving around or shattering into a million pieces during transport.

Step 3: Wrap up your artwork

Another step you should always take in order to provide maximum protection to your valuable art is wrapping up each piece. This is where the packing paper and bubble pack comes into play.

couple packing paintings for moving
Before you place your paintings into boxes, make sure to wrap and protect them properly.
  • Before placing your paintings into the appropriate boxes, you should take the time to wrap them into a few layers of packing paper.
  • Once you’ve completely wrapped up the painting, use packing tape to secure the paper and make sure it stays in place.
  • And now for the final step – bubble pack. Once you’re done with packing paper, repeat the same process using bubble pack. This is a very effective way of keeping your art free from damages and scratches.
  • For extra protection, you can consider getting cardboard corner protectors.

Warning: Don’t use newspapers for wrapping your art pieces when packing fine art for moving. The ink can stain and damage your valuable paintings.

Step 4: Put padding into the boxes to prevent movement

So, you’ve wrapped the paintings and you’re ready to finally put them into their boxes. But don’t rush to seal the boxes just yet. When you place the painting into its box, check for movements. If there’s a lot of empty space inside the box that allows the painting to move around, it would be best to add some padding. You can use packing peanuts or crumpled paper to pad the painting and prevent it from moving around inside the box. When packing paintings for moving, it’s important to make sure they’re not moving inside the boxes in order to ensure their safety.

Step 5: Seal the boxes

When the paintings are all in their respective boxes, it’s time to make sure the boxes don’t fly open. Here’s what you should do whether you’re packing paintings for relocation into specialty or regular moving boxes.

person sealing a box
Sealing the boxes is important if you want to protect your paintings as best as possible.
  • Sealing specialty boxes: Tape one end of the box and stand the box on that end. Slide your wrapped painting into the box carefully. Secure the other end of the box with tape and make sure it can’t open on its own.
  • Sealing regular boxes: Take apart the box and flatten it. Place the painting onto the flattened box and wrap the box around the frame if possible. If you can’t wrap the box around the frame, try disassembling another box in order to protect the exposed parts of the painting. Use tape to secure everything.

Step 6: Label the boxes

Whenever you’re packing, one of the crucial steps is labeling the boxes. This lets your movers know how to treat each box and fit there’s anything fragile or valuable inside. When it comes to packing art for relocation, this is very important. Use a permanent marker to write the content of the box, and label them as fragile. You can also write which room the box belongs to if you want to make unpacking a little easier. Other than leveling them with a marker, you can also find pre-designed moving labels that you can print and use.

The simplest solution – hire fine art movers

So, as you can tell packing paintings for moving requires you to take a few crucial steps and make sure you’re doing everything in your power to protect your art. However, if you want to save some time and energy, there is a simpler solution. Simply find a company that offers moving and storage Brooklyn and let them help. Plenty of moving companies offer fine art moving services and packing services that can make your life and move much easier. The pros know how to properly take care of your belongings and make sure they stay safe and intact during transport. So, think about this option.

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