Fine Art: To Bring It With You Or To Store it?

Posted by on Dec 7 | 2015

Moving is generally a stressful process: you need to pack the things that you can pack yourself, separate perishable and hazardous items that cannot be moved, and if you have fine art among your possessions, figure out whether to move with it or keep it in storage.

Packing Fine Art
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Improper packing is considered the most common cause of breakage and other kinds of damage during moving. While handling things like books and clothes is easier done, packing valuables like art, antiques, and other collectibles is a tough job because they are more prone to damage, plus they require extra care.

Improperly stored valuable paintings and artwork are not only susceptible to scrapes, scratches, and tearing, but also to element related damage like warping, mold, and mildew. So, it is important that you pack your valuable pieces of art properly for transport, or simply keep them in specialised self storage units.

Look for a specialist in fine art storage

When it comes to packing and storing valuable items, hiring professionals who specialise in fine art is the best way to ensure that they don’t get damaged during the move. Professionals know the best way to handle, pack, and transport different types of valuables. They also provide humidity and climate-controlled storage units to prevent changes in temperature that may cause the fine art and frames to crack and warp.

The only foolproof way to ensure that your items are going to be packaged properly is to have your relocation company do it themselves. However, if you’re still interested in the process of packing your fine art goods, here are the basics on how to package different kinds of artwork:

  1. Framed art
  2. When packing a painting or framed photography, you can use the same procedure as for mirrors. Simply use a packing tape to run a large ‘X’ from corner to corner of the frame to prevent the glass from shattering and damaging the image inside.

    Afterwards, wrap the frame in multiple layers of bubble wrap and secure it with the tape. Pick an appropriately sized box and spread a layer of wadded newspaper at the base. Place the wrapped frame inside and fill the extra space in the box with extra wadded pieces of paper for padding and additional support.

    Close the lid and seal it completely, and remember to label the box clearly as “FRAGILE.”

  3. Canvas/Painting
  4. Start by wrapping the entire painting in acid-free tissue paper to prevent any damage to the painting. Sandwich the piece using cardboard from the front and back, and secure it with packing tape so it cannot move within the packaging.

    You can wrap the package with additional cardboard pieces and tape the edges. Use only high quality materials to provide maximum protection from sharp objects that may pierce through. Label the package clearly: “DO NOT BEND.”

  5. Artwork
  6. For pieces like antiques and sculptures, you need to be very careful as even the slightest pressure can break or ship their edges. Choose a box that is slightly bigger than the piece and fill one-third with bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or wadded newspaper.

    Then wrap each item with bubble wrap or unprinted newspaper (to avoid ink damage) securely and seal it with packing tape.

    Place the wrapped piece inside the box in an upright position and fill up the side spaces with packing peanuts to prevent the artwork from shifting during moving or handling. Pack each item separately.

The Final Verdict

Whether storing your fine art, moving it, or both, you should consider working with a company that offers a full range of professional resources that get the work done safely and efficiently. Whether you’re taking your valuable art pieces across town, the country, or around the world, Armstrong’s moving experts will help you rest easy.

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