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Things To Do When You Face A Challenge Of Moving Arts

If you plan on moving artwork there are several things you can do to ensure it arrives at your destination safely.

Use the right box
To begin with, sort out your artwork by size. Make three rough groups, the big pieces, medium size pieces, and smaller pieces. This will make it easier to decide how they should be packed.

Larger pieces should be packed into specialty boxes. Pack each one separately and choose a box that is only slightly larger than the frame. Try to get the best fit possible, as it will increase the protection of your art.

You can purchase specialty boxes from a moving company or moving supplies store. If you aren't able to get them, you can still use a regular box. Flatten it first and then cut it to fit your picture frame. As long as there is sufficient protection for the artwork then it is fine.

Medium pieces can be packed together. You can probably put three to four together in a box.

Small pieces can also be packed together. Use your discretion about the number to pack together. You want to pack them firmly but also ensure that they won't be damaged.

Use tape
If your picture frame has glass on the front, use some packing tape or masking tape to make an X over the glass.

This will hold the glass together in the event that it breaks.

If you don't use tape and the glass breaks, you will have pieces of glass sliding around in the box that the art is packed in. This can cause the artwork to get damaged and can be dangerous to the person who lifts it.

Use plastic wrap
If your artwork doesn't have a glass panel on the front, you can protect the artwork with plastic wrap.

You can use regular kitchen food wrap or industrial clear wrap for packing. Just wrap it around the artwork a few times to ensure that it is protected.

You don't need to go overboard. You just need enough wrap to protect the painted face of the art.

Use packing paper
Packing paper is a heavy brown paper that comes in rolls. It doesn't act as padding, but it does protect items from scratches and scuffs.

Start by laying out enough paper to cover your artwork. It should be more than double the length of the frame.

Then wrap up the frame just like wrapping a birthday present.

Use tape on the package to secure the paper in place. Put tape on it both lengthwise and widthwise. This will ensure the paper remains secure.

Repeat this for each piece of artwork that you are transporting. Your artwork should each be wrapped separately. There is no need to wrap them in multiples and this wouldn't give as much protection.

Don't use newspaper to wrap the artwork. Newsprint can leave black marks on your art.

Use bubble wrap
The next step is to wrap each package in bubble wrap. This will give the artwork protection from falls of being battered by other items. Don't skip this step just because the art will be sitting securely in a moving truck. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Just like when wrapping with paper, lay more than double the length of the frame in bubble wrap. Cover the artwork completely and use tape both lengthwise and widthwise.

This will give you a pretty secure package. Your artwork should be safe but if you need additional protection, you might consider purchasing some corner protectors for the frames. These are inexpensive and easy to obtain. They protect the corners of the frames in the event that they are dropped or bashed.

Keep it from moving
Once your art is properly wrapped, it is time to put it in a box.

You want to make sure that it can't move around inside the box. If it moves it will almost certainly get damaged. For this reason, you want to make sure it is nice and secure. You shouldn't be able to move it with your hand.

Give the box some test shakes to make sure the artwork will remain secure. If it wobbles around, add balls of packing paper or tissue paper to help secure it in place. You can use old newspaper as padding inside the box, as long as it doesn't touch the artwork or the frame directly.

Seal the box
You need to make sure that the box you pack the art in is sealed thoroughly. There should be no possibility that the box might come open and the artwork spill out.

If you have a specialty box, these typically open from both ends. Seal up one end first before putting the artwork in. This will avoid a potential accident while you are packing the piece.

If it is a very snug fit, you may need someone to help you pack it in.

If you don't have a specialty box, use a regular box that you have flattened and try to wrap it around the artwork.

It may be necessary to use two boxes. Just make sure to tape them together properly and ensure that it is robust enough to hold the artwork inside. You wouldn't want the box-package to split apart while you are carrying it down some stairs.

For small and medium pieces, place them in a box that will fit several pieces at once. Use wadded up paper between each piece so they don't bang together. Seal up the box tightly and give it a test shake to make sure nothing is moving inside.

Load carefully
Once all your art is securely wrapped and boxed, it is time to load it on the moving vehicle.

Position the boxes carefully. Don't put heavy boxes on top of lighter ones. Keep the large paintings on their side. Don't let them lay flat as they are more likely to be damaged. You may need to use some smaller boxes in between the large artwork to make sure that it stays upright and doesn't fall flat.

Find a moving company you can trust
If you are not sure you can carry out the process of moving the art yourself, the best way for you is to find a licensed moving company that have experience in moving valuable belongings like arts.

It’s becomes especially important if you need to move your art for a long distance. Then a process of moving can take a day or two, so it’s better to find professional long-distance movers like Eagle State To State Moving Company who are ready to transport fragile or expensive items.

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