Moving and hauling paintings can be quite risky as such items are very delicate and fragile, and may get damaged beyond repair if the project goes sideways. This is why it is very important that you use the right shielding materials and pack properly your paintings. If you have never prepare such objects for a relocation, keep reading because we will present to you a painting packing tutorial.
Step 1: Take your paintings down and arrange them on a flat and stable surface
Don’t make the mistake of putting next to a wall as they may slide and get damaged. Also don’t arrange them on the floor as somebody may step on them and tear the canvases.
Step 2: Secure the frames
Protect the corner of your frames with specialised corner cushions. If some of your paintings are framed with glass, make an “X” across the glass with masking tape. This way the canvas will be kept safe from the glass in case it cracks or breaks as the tape will keep it together.
Step 3: Secure the front side
Cut pieces of cardboard which are large enough to cover your paintings but not bigger than the frames. This will add a supplementary protective layer which will keep the glass or canvas safe.
Step 4: Wrap the paintings
Contact your local removal company that does art and antique removals and purchase a roll of bubble wrap. Use the materials to wrap your paintings. The wrapping direction (horizontal or vertical) will be determined by the size of each painting that you are taking with you. Once you are done, secure the edge of the bubble wrap with masking tape. This way you will have the peace of mind that they won’t get unwrapped during loading, transportation and unloading.
Step 5: Pack your paintings
You should use cardboard boxes as they won’t be able to handle the weight of your paintings. Instead opt for hardtop containers with soft interiors. This type of gear will provide sufficient protection to your artwork. If your painting are too big and cannot fit into the containers, you can ask the man and van contractors which you have hired to custom built wooden crates with the right dimensions. Also place one painting at a time in order to avoid any accidents.
Step 6: Fill the crates (only if you are using wooden crates)
Wooden crates are hollow, so you should fill them with packing peanuts in order to create a soft interior that will keep your paintings safe. If you don’t have packing peanuts you can cut cushioned pads into small pieces and use them instead.
Step 7: Label the containers and crates
Movers don’t know what they are handling and hauling, so label the crates and containers that are holding your paintings are fragile. Also, draw an upward arrow, so that the man and van technicians can know how to arrange the crates and containers.
Bonus tip: If all this seems too complicated and time consuming for you, you can also delegate the task to professional and properly equipped removal specialists.