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Tips for Safely Moving Your Artwork

Tips for Safely Moving Your Artwork

Moving can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to transporting delicate and valuable items like artwork. Whether you’re relocating to a new home or sending your art collection to a gallery, proper packing is essential to ensure that your precious pieces arrive at their destination unharmed. At Lile Relocation Services, we understand the significance of your artwork, and we’re here to provide you with expert tips on packing to make the process smoother and stress-free. Check out our tips for safely moving your artwork. 

Take Inventory and Document: 

Create a detailed inventory of all your artwork, including photographs and written descriptions. This documentation will serve as a reference in case of any issues during the moving process. It’s also helpful for insurance purposes.

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Gather the Right Packing Supplies: 

Before you start packing your artwork, make sure you have the necessary supplies. Invest in high-quality materials to provide maximum protection. You’ll need:

  • Acid-free packing paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing tape
  • Custom-sized boxes
  • Corner protectors
  • Stretch wrap
Tips for Safely Moving Your Artwork. A couple hanging artwork.

Choose the Right Packing Technique:

Flat Artwork (Paintings, Prints, and Photographs):

  • Place a layer of acid-free packing paper on the front of the artwork.
  • Cover the front with a sheet of bubble wrap, ensuring the bubbles do not touch the surface.
  • Secure the layers with packing tape.
  • Add cardboard corner protectors and wrap the entire piece with stretch wrap.
  • Place the artwork in a custom-sized box, filling any gaps with additional packing material.

Framed Artwork:

    • Remove any hanging hardware and wrap the frame in bubble wrap.
    • Use cardboard corner protectors to safeguard the corners.
    • Wrap the entire piece in stretch wrap.
    • Place the artwork in a custom-sized box, securing it with packing material.

Sculptures and 3D Artwork:

  • Wrap each component of the sculpture individually with bubble wrap.
  • Use stretch wrap to secure the entire sculpture.
  • Place it in a custom-sized box with adequate padding.

Label and Organize:


Clearly label each box with its contents and denote whether the artwork is fragile. This will help movers handle the boxes with care and ensure they are placed in the appropriate location during unloading.

In Conclusion | Tips for Safely Moving Your Artwork

With the right packing techniques and a meticulous approach, you can ensure the safety of your artwork during the moving process. At Lile Relocation Services, we specialize in handling delicate and valuable items, providing you with peace of mind as you embark on your relocation journey. Trust us to handle your art with the care it deserves, making your move a seamless and worry-free experience.

Are you preparing for a move? Contact us at 888-507-6304 or fill out our online residential services quote form to set up a FREE in-home or virtual moving survey

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