How to Prepare Your Artwork Before a Big Move
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The time has come to move your beloved artwork, and you couldn’t be more nervous.
There are a multitude of websites, articles, and how-to guides available to help prepare your artwork for a big move. Some examples include Life + Storage and Wheaton World Wide Moving. Both websites offer useful tips, such as considering the value of your art and choosing the right supplies for the task. Each guide offers unique tips and tricks, but few online resources make the process as simple as you’d like.
Whether you’re visiting an art show, changing homes, or moving your pieces to a studio, packing up artwork can be stressful and scary – even if you didn’t craft it yourself.
Follow these four tips for a simple, stress-free moving process.
Use Cardboard and Tissue Paper
According to Moving.Tips, you should start with a large sheet of cardboard or packing paper. Lay the material on the floor or a table. Ensure the space you’ve set aside is large enough for your heftiest piece of artwork. Then, place the piece in the middle and begin wrapping carefully. Artwork can be touchy, and you don’t want to take any risks. If necessary, ask for assistance from a close friend or family member.
Once the piece is wrapped, secure the edges with packing tape. This should be done as tightly as possible, with your focus on safety – not presentation. Use extra sheets of cardboard or packing paper, if necessary. Continue this process until you can comfortably say a trip down the stairs won’t break your piece. Repeat until all of your artwork is wrapped.
Add Bubble Wrap
Next, you’ll need to add a layer of bubble wrap around the initial paper or cardboard wrapping. Secure this layer with packing tape. This will be the outermost layer of protection, so consider multiple layers of bubble wrap if you feel uncomfortable. When it comes to wrapping artwork, money spent on supplies is far less important than losing an irreplaceable piece.
Finally, add corner protectors for paintings or artwork with sharp edges.
Obtain Transportation Boxes and Packing Peanuts
Spend as much time as possible finding the right transportation boxes for your pieces. You don’t want to use an oversized box that will leave too much room for jostling around in the moving truck. Instead, measure your artwork and find boxes with dimensions just two or three inches larger than your measurements.
After you’ve found a suitable transportation box and wrapping is complete, slowly place your piece into the box. Fill any open spaces with packing peanuts. Remember, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask for help if the piece is too heavy for you to transfer on your own.
Remind Your Movers About Valuable Items
When moving day comes, remind your movers about valuable items – in addition to labeling the box with large and clear font. If you don’t feel comfortable allowing movers to handle your artwork, consider moving the piece(s) yourself with the assistance of a friend or family member. You can rent or borrow a van. You can also use your personal vehicle, if you have enough room in the backseat or trunk. Learn more about additional protection and supplies through The Spruce.
There are few things you can overdo when it comes to moving expensive or priceless artwork. Whether you made the piece yourself or purchased the piece from someone else, the value is far higher than your clothing or books. Work through the process carefully and take it step-by-step. You’ll have your artwork transported and safely unpacked before you know it.
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