Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

How to Choose the Right Packaging for Your Artwork?

The right packaging materials can make the difference between successful shipping of fragile items and having your valuables arrive in pieces. A short list of factors to keep in mind when choosing appropriate packaging includes the item’s ability to withstand a long-distance move, its weight, value, and whether the package will be subjected to moisture and other unfavorable natural conditions. Another important thing that many art collectors do not take into account when packing the artwork for transportation is that in addition to choosing high-quality packaging materials, they need to decide on the right way to utilize them. The method they choose plays a crucial role in the art shipping process because it may lead to both a spectacular success and a complete failure in keeping the items secured during transportation.

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There is a wide range of packaging materials and containers that are used to protect valuables in transit. Here is a short guide to the most common ones.

Most common art packaging materials


  • Bubble wrap


There are many packaging and cushioning materials out there, but bubble wrap has always been the most popular, largely due to its light weight and affordable price. This material guarantees protection from shock, vibration, and damage sustained to goods in transit.


  • Foam


Foam sheets are used to protect delicate art pieces from scratching or damage during relocation and while they are in storage. This packaging material can be cut into various sizes, based on your needs and requirements.


  • Cardboard


Cardboard is frequently utilized for making corrugated boxes for shipping and storing artworks. It can be easily adapted to suit a wide range of art objects in varying shapes and sizes. Moreover,due to the fact that cardboard is lightweight, it does not add much to the overall weight of the artwork.


  • Crate


A crate is a special shipping container, usually made of wood. It is frequently utilized for transporting large, heavy,fragile, and awkward artworks. It is also recommended that youopt for a custom-built crate that will ensure the right fit for your particular artwork.


  • Blankets


If you are going to transport artworks that require reliable temperature control,you need thermal shipping blankets that will help maintain the item’s temperature by creating a protective barrier.

Things to consider when choosing the packaging for your artwork


  • What kind of art are you going to pack?


The choice of packaging materials is one of the most significant stages of the preparation process. It crucially depends on the particular kind of art you are going to ship. For example, if you are shipping a framed artwork, you should utilize special painter’s tape to protect the glass from breakages and scratches.Acid-free paper is suitable for packing paintings, art prints, photographs,and drawings, either they are framed or unframed. You may also use bubble wrap for extra protection. Besides, if you want to guarantee the safety of a particularly fragile or valuable painting, usesheets of foam and corner protection. 


  • How will your artwork be transported?


Durability is tantamount to proper packaging, and,therefore, the mode of transport should be carefully considered when it comes to the choice of art packaging. For instance, if you choose sea transportation for your art, keep in mind that it is known to be a lot slower as compared to air transportation, so the packaging should be sustainable enough.


  • Does the size of packaging matter?


It is almost impossible to find a shipping box that will perfectly fit the size and shape of your artwork.For this reason, shippers usually utilize some filler and padding so that the item won’t shift in transit.However, do not overdo it. You do not need a large box with lots of padding inside.


  • What is your budget?


Before you begin any art packaging endeavor, you should determine the scope of your budget. In that way, you will find out what packing materials you can use and what you can spend to protect your precious possessions from damage.

Packaging is more than just putting your items in a box. It isan art by itself, so it is time for you to become an artist!

Author: EyeT Solutions

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