An Expert’s Guide How To Pack And Transport Artwork During Relocation
As a leading moving and self-storage company in Dubai, one of the most common questions we receive
is how to pack artwork during relocation. Moving or relocating requires special measures when you have
fragile items, particularly works of art. Following simple steps like below can help you safely pack and
transport artwork during a relocation.
1. Sort Your Artwork According To Sizes
The first thing you need to do is sort your artwork according to their sizes and get appropriate boxes to
pack them. Generally, small and medium-sized artwork can be packed and transported together. If you have more delicate and large artwork, it's best to pack them individually. Most self-storage companies have specialty boxes of different sizes and purposes, like for relocation.
2. Mark Glass With An 'X'
If your artwork has a glass covering, then use tape to create an x over the glass, fully encompassing it. If
the frame is larger, you might have to add more lines of tape across the empty spaces. This is to stop the
glass from totally shattering if it encounters any damages and to stop the glass from moving too much if it
3. Protect The Artwork's Face
If your artwork is not secured with glass frames, then you need to protect its face. For this, you can wrap
the artwork in several layers of kitchen plastic wrap or commercially available palette wrap. These
supplies can be easily bought at self-storage or moving companies.
4. Wrap The Artwork
The next step is to wrap the artwork. The wrapping paper should be twice the size of your frame. Lay the
frame glass-side down against the paper. Wrap the ends of the paper around the frame- just like you
would when wrapping a gift. Once you’ve done wrapping, secure it with packing tape all the way around
the frame, both lengthwise and widthwise. Then repeat the same process with the bubble wrap
Never wrap your artwork using newspapers. While it can work as good padding, it can leave a newsprint
on the artwork, so always use brown paper. If you are packing small photos and frames together, then
wrap each one in packing paper before putting them together in a box. This is to make sure the glasses
don’t strike each other and crack/break during the move. If you want to be extra cautious, add some
cardboard corner protectors to the frames.
5. Fill Empty Space With Shredded Paper
Once you’ve wrapped your artwork, put them into the sorted boxes. If there is additional space in the box,
fill them with shredded paper. This will protect the artwork from moving, breaking or ripping while moving.
If you don’t have shredded paper, use old scarves and socks.
6. Seal And Label
When you’re done with all the steps listed above, seal the boxes. Label them as “fragile” and also say
which way the glass is facing. While moving, don’t stack anything atop of these boxes that have your
artwork in it.