How to Ship Art Safely

preparing to ship fine art

Shipping art from one place to another can be a challenge, especially if you are trying to move an expensive piece of fine art or a framed family heirloom. You want to make sure that your art makes it there safely in one piece.

Tips for Art Shipping

Whether you are shipping artwork overseas or just across state lines, you want your piece to be protected. Damage or scratches are unacceptable, so our Boca art framers are sharing some tips on how to ship art safely so that you do not need to worry.

Use Quality Packing Materials

If you want to move framed art safely, you first need to get high-quality packing materials to protect your pieces. Depending on what you are shipping, you may need art shipping boxes or crates, tape, bubble wrap, glassine (to protect the surface of artwork), foam boards or cardboard (to protect framed glass), and Styrofoam, foam, or cardboard corner protectors to protect the corners of the frame or art. Foam tubes, such as those used to insulate pipes, can also be used to protect the edges of plexi- or dibond-mounted art.

Pack Your Art Correctly

It is one thing to get quality packing materials; it is another to pack your art correctly. Take your time and make sure that every portion of the piece is covered. Pay special attention to the edges, which are the most likely to incur damage during transport. Make sure the artwork doesn’t move around inside of the box or crate. Do not forget the “fragile” labeling.

Pay for Speedier Delivery

The last thing you want is your favorite painting sitting in a warehouse for two weeks unprotected. It could be damaged by fluctuations in temperature if the building isn’t climate-controlled or have other boxes stacked on top of it by a careless worker. The faster your artwork can get to its final destination, the less risk of damage.

Hire Art Professionals

By far the best way to ship art is to hire art shipping professionals. They understand the measures that need to be taken to protect your artwork and can even help with the logistics of the art shipment. Common carriers may claim to know how to ship large artwork, but they will likely not do it with the same level of care that a professional art framing company will. When it comes to knowing how to ship paintings safely or move expensive pieces of fine art, there are many added considerations, and you do not want to take any risks.

At Rosenbaum Framing, we not only know how to ship art safely, but we also understand that whether it is a large fine art painting or a framed family portrait, it is important to you. We offer fine art shipping services to ensure that your artwork makes it to your end destination in the same condition that it was in when it left. We can also help with packing, crating, and storage, if necessary, so that you do not have to worry about all of the little steps along the way. No matter what your art or framing needs are, we want to help. Call us today at 561-994-4422 to learn more.

Philip DeFrancesco

Author: Philip DeFrancesco

Philip DeFrancesco has been in the art framing business for over 40 years and has over 25 years of commercial interior design experience. His keen and experienced eye for art and design helps people find the perfect custom framing for their homes.