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Sometimes it can be stressful to move artwork, especially when you have valuable pieces that need extra care. Whether you’re relocating to a new home, moving your office, or sending artwork to a new gallery, packing and moving artwork safely is crucial. At Freeline Movers, we understand the importance of protecting your valuable art. This guide will show you the best way to pack and move your artwork safely.

 Why Proper Packing of Artwork is Important?

Artwork is often delicate and can be easily damaged if not packed correctly. Scratches, cracks, and breaks can ruin valuable pieces. Proper packing ensures that your artwork arrives at its destination in perfect condition. This is why it’s important to follow the right steps and use the right materials.

Step-by-Step Guide to Pack and Move Artwork

Gather Necessary Supplies

Before you start packing, you need to have all the necessary supplies:

  1. Sturdy Cardboard Boxes
  2. Bubble Wrap
  3. Packing Paper
  4. Tape
  5. Corner Protectors
  6. Glassine Paper (For extra protection)
  7. Foam Sheets
  8. Marker for labeling
Packing Supplies Packing Tape Wraping Supplies Bubble Wrap

Preparing the Artwork

Start by cleaning the artwork. Dust and dirt can cause scratches. For paintings, consider wrapping them in glassine paper to protect the surface.

Glassine Paper Wrapping Paper

Packing Artwork with Glass

If your artwork has a glass front, it needs special care:

  1. Place tape across the glass in the picture below. This prevents the glass from shattering.
  2. Wrap the artwork in bubble wrap, ensuring the entire piece is covered.
  3. Use corner protectors on each corner of the frame.
  4. Place the wrapped artwork in a sturdy box, filling any gaps with packing paper or foam sheets to prevent movement.
Glass Frame

Packing Framed Artwork

For framed artwork without glass:

  1. Wrap the frame in bubble wrap.
  2. Secure with tape.
  3. Use corner protectors.
  4. Place in a box with enough padding to prevent movement.
Wooden Frame

Packing Sculptures and 3D Art

Sculptures and 3D artwork require different handling:

  1. Wrap the sculpture in bubble wrap.
  2. Secure fragile parts with extra padding.
  3. Place the sculpture in a box, filling gaps with foam or packing paper to prevent movement.
Packing Sculpture Packed Sculpture

How Freeline Movers Can Help?

At Freeline Movers, we specialize in fine art relocation. Our team is trained to handle artwork with the utmost care. We use high-quality materials and techniques to ensure your art is safe. Whether it’s a single piece or an entire collection, we have the expertise to move it safely.

Contact Freeline Movers for all your artwork moving needs.


Packing and moving artwork safely requires careful planning and the right materials. By following these steps, you can ensure your artwork arrives in perfect condition. Remember, if you need professional help, Freeline Movers is here to assist you.


By following these guidelines, you can protect your precious artwork during a move. If you need any help, don’t hesitate to reach out to Freeline Movers for professional assistance.


Can I use regular boxes for packing artwork?

It’s best to use sturdy, high-quality boxes specifically designed for moving artwork to ensure maximum protection.

How can I protect artwork with glass?

Use tape in shape under Packing Artwork with Glass across the glass, wrap it in bubble wrap, and use corner protectors before placing it in a padded box.

What should I do if my artwork is very large?

For large or very valuable pieces, consider professional help. Freeline Movers offers specialized services for handling and transporting large artwork.

How soon should I start packing my artwork before a move?

Start packing your artwork at least a few weeks before your move to ensure you have enough time to do it carefully.