How to Prepare and Transport Artwork

Among the more tricky items to transport when you are moving is your Artwork. Art is difficult for many people to deal with on moving day because it is a unique shape, and fairly fragile as well. There is a system for moving artwork which is safe, efficient, and relatively easy to accomplish. This system will be described in the following steps.

Step 1 : Gather the items you will need:

  • Moving Blankets

  • Packing Tape

  • Cardboard

  • A pencil

  • A knife for cutting cardboard

  • Bungee Cords

Step 2 : Cut cardboard to fit the frame

  • This can be easily accomplished by laying the art face down on a large sheet of cardboard, and marking the basic outline with a pencil

  • Then just cut the cardboard and tape it to the art so that the picture is completely covered with cardboard

Step 3 : Wrap with a moving blanket and tape

  • Place a moving blanket on the ground

  • Place the art on top of it with the art/cardboard side down

  • Fold the blanket over the art one side at a time

Step 4 : Use tape to secure the blanket to the art

  • Stand up the art (still in the blanket) on its end

  • Use tape at several locations to ensure the blanket will not fall off or move

  • Rotate the art on to each of it’s ends in order to tape it at each location needed

Step 5 : Securing the art in your vehicle

  • Whether or not you can stack the art depends on each individual picture and frame, don’t stack it if you are unsure

  • The art should be secured in your vehicle with bungee cords to make sure that it doesn’t slide around or fall over

Hopefully this process of moving art is helpful for you, and gives you a sense of direction. If you are interested in hiring professional movers to do this for you, reach out to us at The College Moving Crew, we would love to assist not just with your art, but with any moving needs you may have!

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Please use this information at your own risk, and be aware that if you decide to move on your own, CMC is not responsible for any damages or injuries.


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