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How to Locally Transport Artwork Safely Without a Crate

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When deciding how to ship a painting locally, you will face a number of logistical obstacles. Choose a method that is convenient and protects the integrity of your artwork.


If you decide to transport your painting without an expert service, consider using a crate to ensure the safety of your artwork. Although a crate is a preferred method, if you decide against it due to space constraints or cost restrictions, you will need to follow a few important steps:

  1. Wrapping: Your painting should be wrapped in craft paper or, if you need to ensure extra protection, wrapped in bubble wrap with the bubbles facing inward.
  2. Bin Box: You will want to get a bin box with cardboard dividers. If you have a telescoping box, it will allow you to include multiple paintings in one shipment. This cuts down on costs while providing a basic level of protection for your paintings.
  3. Securing the Art: When moving in a truck or van, secure the artwork by tying it down with straps. Even with protective packaging, sliding around in the back of a van has the potential to seriously damage your painting.

White Glove Service

Ultimately, there are risks associated with attempting to transport a painting by yourself. Although the steps above will help ensure a safe transportation, you should consider an expert service so you don’t have to worry about causing damage the first time you learn how to ship a painting.

White glove services provide a number of benefits, not the least of which is relieving you of the responsibility for your painting’s safe transportation. Choose a white glove service that will transport locally and that will create a specialized crate for your artwork. Rely on the professionals and you can be sure that your painting will have a safe and timely delivery.

How to Properly Ship a Painting

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If you spend time and money on supplies to create amazing artwork or are a collector who buys other’s art, the last thing that you would want would be for the art to be ruined in shipping. If you are an artist, you may be shipping it to a show or to a buyer. If you are a collector, you will probably be shipping it to move it- either from house to house, to a gallery, or to storage. Following these tips for how to ship a painting will help ensure that your precious painting isn’t damaged.

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Avoid Bubble Wrap

Bubble Wrap can damage paintings because of its texture. Paintings that are shipped will spend time in hot trucks or planes where temperatures can get warm enough to cause the medium soften and absorb indentations from the bubble wrap’s texture. If you are a bubble wrap lover, just put a sheet of a firmer material in between the painting and the bubble wrap. Glassine or plastic are two great options.


Wrap, Wrap, and Wrap Some More

No matter what material you decide to wrap your painting in, you should wrap it thoroughly. Be sure not to wrap it very tight, though. A layer of wrapping material then something sturdy (like a piece of cardboard cut to size) to cover the front of the painting to protect it from sharp objects and finally another layer of wrapping material should ensure that your painting is protected.


Ship in a Tube When Possible

If you need to ship prints that are on paper or canvas not on a frame, don’t even think about shipping these flat. A tube will offer much more protection than a flat package will and is a lot less trouble. You may need to roll the piece with tissue paper covering the front of the painting to protect it from any smearing or transferring.


These are easy tips to follow for shipping paintings, but some people would prefer to leave packing and shipping to the professionals to ensure that their prized artwork is protected from anything that could happen to it. No matter what you choose, just choose with care.


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