Today’s blog is for all of the art lovers out there. If you are like most of us that love to decorate our homes with framed art, you will surely be interested in trying to pack those pieces properly for a move. Your goal is simple: to protect and pad your art.


  • Packing Tape

  • Blue painter’s tape

  • Packing paper

  • Glassine paper

  • Bubble wrap

  • Plastic wrap

  • Cardboard corner protectors

  • Boxes

  • Cardboard pieces

  • Foam core boards


  • Newsprint (will “etch” it’s print onto your glass/art)

  • Wax or parchment paper

  • Packing peanuts (due to their potential of moisture retention)


Glass-Covered Artwork

Before you wrap a glass-covered piece of art, you must first secure the glass itself. This can be done by using blue painter’s tape to make an ‘X’ across the surface of the glass. Once you have secured the glass, you can follow the directions below to complete the packing process.

Different Paint Mediums Require Different Wrapping

If you are an artist, or else own original pieces of art, and need to protect the piece during a move, the following advice can be helpful.

Charcoal, watercolors and pastels should be wrapped in glassine wrap, after which you should sandwich the piece in between two pieces of cardboard.

Oil, acrylic or mixed media paintings should first be wrapped in acid-free paper. Acid-free paper, also known as archival paper, is defined as “paper that if infused in water yields a neutral or basic pH (7 or slightly greater). It can be made from any cellulose fiber as long as the active acid pulp is eliminated during processing. It is also lignin- and sulfur-free.” (Wikipedia). These types of art should also be sandwiched in between two pieces of cardboard then secured with packing tape.

Once your paintings are wrapped sufficiently, you may put a second layer of bubble-wrap about them. Bubble-wrap should never be used directly against the art itself.

However, the use of bubble-wrap is an excellent way to protect the edges as well as the surface from damage. Cardboard corner protectors can also be used for this purpose. You can either purchase them pre-made or, if savvy, you can make them yourself.


The choice of box for packing your artwork would depend on the size and weight of a piece of art. The heavier the piece, the more security you will need in the outside box. Side-loading boxes are great for this and come in various sizes.

Prior to purchasing your boxes, you will need to know the dimension, volume and weight of your art piece.

If you are planning on putting more than one piece within each box, it is a good idea to have something to pad in between each piece. Foam core boards are good for this and available at most art or hobby supply stores. These boards can also be easily cut to fit your inside the box. Use these foam core boards to slip in between each piece of art, once you have sufficiently wrapped it, as instructed above.

Once you have finished placing the art piece(s) in the box, secure it with packing tape and label.

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

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