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Art can often be highly valuable and sentimental, and the thought of it getting damaged during a house move or in transit is quite literally a nightmare. Moving these precious pieces takes consideration and great care to ensure that no part of your framed artwork gets damaged during packaging and transportation.

The last thing you want is to hang your beautiful art on the walls of your new home only to discover the frame, or worse, the canvas itself has been irreversibly damaged during the move. In order to protect you framed artwork during a house move, you should consider the best packaging and transport practices by following these handy tips.

Prepare your art to be moved

Good preparation is paramount to ensure the safety of your art during relocation. Whether it is your own personal collection or you are an art dealer looking to safely transport pieces of work to their new owner – the best preparation and packaging practices are the same.

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Get the right materials – Investing in the proper packaging materials can be the difference between safe transport and a disaster. Artwork can be wrapped in cellophane wrap or acid-free tissue paper to protect it from any moisture, while bubble wrap and cardboard can protect it from physical damage during transportation.

Carefully dust it off – Before packaging up a painting, you should remove it from the wall it has been hanging on and carefully dust it off using a dry fibre cloth. Take extreme care when wiping the canvas itself. A build-up of dust and debris on a painting can shift when in transit and risk of damage is a possibility.

Wear gloves – If your canvas is unframed then you should wear gloves when handling and use acid-free tissue paper to cover all four corners so that it can be handled without the risk of oils transferring from your hands on to the painting and ruining it forever.

Transporting your artwork

It is during transport itself that your artwork is at most risk of damage; this is where good packaging will ensure your artwork arrives at its destination in perfect condition.

Wrapping your artwork- Depending on whether or not it is framed, wrap your artwork in a suitable protective wrap to protect from moisture damage, as well as physical damage caused by movement when in transit. Take extra care to properly wrap the corners of any frames as this is where damage is most likely to occur.

Box it up – You can purchase cardboard boxes specifically designed for transporting artwork which your paintings can slot into. Try to leave around 3cm around the painting for extra packaging to prevent movement inside the box to protect the frame from damage. Measure your painting from corner to corner and buy the appropriate size.

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Using a crate – If you are moving multiple pieces of art you may decide to use a crate in which to place more than one painting. If this is the case, then separate the individual paintings using sheets of cardboard cut to size to prevent the paintings bumping or rubbing together during transit. Also, slot the paintings into the crates front to front and back to back to help prevent damage.

Transport upright – Ensure that the box containing your artwork is being transported upright to avoid pressure on the canvas which could cause it to come away from the frame or tear. Mark your box as fragile and indicate which way up it needs to sit. Ensure that nothing else is placed on top of the box as this could damage the frames or cause the canvas to rip under the weight.

Insurance – If your artwork is irreplaceable and expensive then you may want to consider insuring it for the move so that in the unfortunate event that damage does occur you can be compensated to cover the costs of repair.

Keeping your artwork safe

If you’ve packaged your artwork securely then there shouldn’t be at too much risk of damage while it is in transit as long as whoever is moving it for you is sensible about where it sits in the removal van. The crate or box containing your artwork should be secured upright somewhere that it is not likely to fall over. Propped behind the back of a sofa, wardrobe or another solid piece of furniture is ideal as it is unlikely to become unstable during transit. If your art is being transported separately in a car, then sitting it upright in the footwell behind the driver or passenger seat is the best place for it so that it does not move if the driver should be in a position that they suddenly have to brake hard.

Experienced artwork movers

If you are looking for experienced movers to take on the challenge of transporting your prized art then look no further than AnyVan. Our team of removal experts have spent years moving a wide range of artwork and sculptures and understand exactly how much time and preparation it needs. Our team can expertly package your paintings to ensure that they are kept safe and protected during transit no matter if they are coming from a house move or going from gallery to new home. Call us today on 020 3872 3050 for a safe and secure transit.

 

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