How to Safely Ship Artwork

So, you are in the market for art, have just found your favourite masterpiece, or are looking to ship a valuable piece to a dealer?  Regardless of what situation you find yourself in, the most important part of any shipment is making sure that it arrives on time and undamaged.  As your premier shipping company specializing in packing and crating, here are some suggestions on how to safely and securely ship art.

Wrap it Up

The better protected your artwork is, the better chance it has of arriving at its destination unmarked and in perfect condition.  To protect your valuable commodity, be sure to wrap it in as many layers as possible.  Before starting the wrapping process, it is important to:

  • Measure your artwork’s length, width and height so that you know the dimensions. This will allow you to choose a properly sized shipping container.  Knowing your dimensions will also help you estimate your shipping costs.
  • Protect the corners of the frame or the artwork by placing cardboard corner protectors.

Once you have protected the frame’s corners and measured your artwork, it is time to wrap your art. Bubble wrap is the best way to protect your artwork as it provides extra protection and cushion, in case of any bumps or bruises along the way.  Wrap your artwork in at least two layers of bubble wrap.  Place the smooth side against the art with the bubbles facing outwards to avoid any impressions or other damage.

Ensure that surfaces are completely covered by at least two inches of bubble wrap.  Tape seams along the bubble wrap with packing tape to create a moisture free barrier.  If you are shipping rolled artwork, make sure that you completely wrap the piece in at least one layer of bubble wrap and seal it before putting it in a mailing tube.

After you have wrapped your art, sandwich it between two pieces of rigid foam board that are at least a half inch thick to provide extra stability and protection.

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Do not tape these boards too tight as excess pressure can damage your artwork.

Select the Right Container

After you have the correct measurements of your artwork and have secured it with wrapping and foam board, it is time to select a shipping container.  The external box or crate must be rigid and free of any creases or damage.  Do not reuse shipping boxes with delicate art.  Try to choose a container that has minimal extra space in it and fill this extra space with packing peanuts or newspaper to prevent any shifting during the shipping process.

By following these simple guidelines, you will be able to ship any type of art with the piece of mind that it will arrive in the same condition that it left.  If you have any other questions about shipping artwork or are interested in the shipping services we offer, please contact us today.  We would love to be a part of your shipping network and look forward to working with you soon