Your art collection is valuable, whether it is the framed hand print of your granddaughter or the oil paintings of a deceased loved one. There are some tried and true methods of transporting these pieces of your soul.



The following is a list of items you should purchase for packing artwork:

  • Cardboard boxes [that fit the shapes of your art]

  • Extra pieces of cardboard to fit in between framed art

  • Bubble Wrap

  • Polyurethane Paper (such as foam rolls)

  • Tissue Paper

  • Labeling Material

  • Packing Tape

  • Painter’s Tape

*avoid using newsprint and paper towels to pack these items


  • First: make sure your art work is dust free.

Use a soft dry brush

  • Secure any glass with painter’s tape [or any low-tack adhesive]

  • Tape all corners of your frames to prevent breaking

  • Wrap each piece in bubble wrap or polyurethane

  • Securely tape the wrap around the art piece


  • Line the bottom of each box with a layer of tissue paper to cushion your art

  • Determine how many pieces of art can fit into your box, standing vertical.

  • After carefully putting the first piece in the box, slip an additional piece of cardboard in between each piece thereafter in order to help cushion the art and keep them from rubbing against each other.

  • Put additional tissue paper on the top and into any open spaces.

  • Secure box with packing tape

  • Label with ‘THIS SIDE UP”

  • Label with “FRAGILE”

  • Label with name [or identity] and location [living room, bedroom, den, etc.] of painting


Sculptures can be large, medium or small, but we all agree that they are fragile and can be easily broken. When relocating your sculptures, the following measures are helpful.


  • Boxes that are larger than your item

  • Packing Tape

  • Bubble Wrap

  • Packing Peanuts or shredded paper


  • If possible, disassemble the bigger pieces or your sculpture

  • Dust all parts

  • Determine the size of art piece

  • It has been suggested that you wrap the top and the bottom separately with two sheets of wrap each, securing each area with packing tape


  • Place your wrapped item upright in the appropriately-sized box

  • Fill the surrounding empty areas with shredded paper or packing peanuts.

  • Label with ‘THIS SIDE UP”

  • Label with “FRAGILE”

  • Label with name [or identity] and location [living room, bedroom, den, etc.] of sculpture


There is the chance that you own a sculpture or other pieces of artwork that are too large to pack in a box. Unless overly large, these particular pieces should be first wrapped in bubble wrap and secured with moving tape prior to wrapping them in a moving blanket. Be sure to anchor the statute once on the moving vehicle.

Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.

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