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If you are moving soon and have some art pieces to transport, you should keep in mind that they need to be packed properly. Packing these items is more challenging than packing the regular ones. If you are stressed about this, you can always book movers who provide fine art moving DFW services to help you with this task. Be sure to choose the right company with a lot of experience in fine art moving. However, if you decide to do it yourself, check out these tips on how to prepare fine art for moving.

Get proper packing supplies

The first thing you need to do is decide what you want to bring with you. Once you decide what should be packed and transported to your new home, you will need proper packing supplies. You should know that you can’t pack all these items the same way. You should adjust your approach depending on their size, shape, and material. The supplies that you will need for most of your art pieces are these:

  • gloves
  • bubble wrap
  • artist tape
  • scissors or Exacto knife
  • tape gun
  • glassine – smooth paper that is air, water, and grease resistant
  • foam boards
  • tape measure
  • crates or cardboard boxes
  • foam or moving blankets

Besides all the packing supplies and tools, it is important to have the right skills to prepare your fine art for transportation. If you don’t know how you can watch some tutorials. If you want to keep them in good condition, you need to treat the items properly. Or, you can find the best packing services DFW movers offer. You will feel less stressed if professionals take care of your valuable pieces.

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Once you learn how to prepare fine art for moving, get the necessary moving supplies!

Tips for how to prepare fine art for moving

Once you have gathered the right supplies, you can start packing. First of all, make sure your hands are clean or wear gloves. Packing is the most challenging and exhausting task, especially when packing fine art pieces. To ensure it’s safe, you can start by lining art pieces with protective non-acidic paper and then wrapping it in bubble wrap. Considering that art pieces are fragile, pack them last and put them last in the moving van. You will take them out first, put them in some safe place and avoid heavy boxes being stacked on them.

Packing framed art

Finding a larger box or building a crate is ideal for framed art pieces. Use wider artist tape and make an “X” across the glass to prevent it from breaking. If the glass breaks, the tape will prevent the glass from moving and damaging the artwork. After this, wrap the painting in packing paper and then in two layers of bubble wrap. If you want to double secure the frame corners, you can add cardboard corners and prevent damage.

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Use extra layers of bubble wrap to secure your paintings.

Packing unframed art

As already said, when packing fine art, use gloves and have clean hands. The gloves are especially needed if you are about to pack unframed pieces. Wrap the item into a glassine. You can also protect the corners of these pieces with an extra layer of cardboard. In the end, secure them with tape. Remember that you should use artists and not duct tape.

Packing sculptures, vases, and small pieces

To secure the sculptures or vases, you should wrap them up in bubble wrap. Then, use the tape. When you have wrapped them all in bubble wrap, you can put them in a cardboard box. You can fill the box with shredded paper, make a hole in the middle of the paper, and put the sculpture in. Once you place the statue or a vase into the box, you can cover them with more shredded paper. In the end, secure the box with tape. One thing you must do when preparing fine art pieces for transportation is to label them as “fragile.”

You can use a custom wooden crate for sculptures, vases, figurines, fragile items, and paintings. If you have more small pieces, you can pack them together in one bigger box or crate. Just put an extra layer of bubble wrap between the items inside the box.

sculpture in a box
You can pack more small sculptures into one bigger box, just separate them with an extra layer of bubble wrap.

Make packing and moving of fine art easier by hiring movers

If you are moving by yourself, you should first make a plan. Starting the packing of fine art without a plan can become a disaster. So, first of all, make a plan, a list of tasks, and a list of packing materials. We understand that hiring professional help for transporting art pieces can be very pricy, but it is better to pay a little bit more and prevent your valuable pieces from damage. Find one of the moving companies DFW residents highly recommend. An experienced team of movers will easily handle this task since they know how to prepare fine art for moving.

If you are living in an apartment or moving to an apartment, it can be tricky to move artwork due to stairs, elevators, and narrow hallways. Prevent the headache and hire the best DFW apartment movers. Skilled movers are worth every penny. Keep that in mind.

Are you ready to move your fine art?

Preparing valuable and fragile items is tricky, so hiring a trusted moving company to handle this task is the best option. If you are unsure how to prepare fine art for moving, the safest way is to hire professionals. If not, follow these guidelines, and arm yourself with proper supplies. Your transportation of fine art pieces will be smooth. 

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