How To Properly Transport and Store Your Art and Sculptures

Shipping and storing delicate artworks and sculptures is a difficult task which requires time and effort for each individual piece in order to prevent unwanted damages or disfigurement. Both canvas art and sculptures have their own methods of how to properly protect their integrity and by following the following guide you will be able to safely transport and store your art with confidence.

What you will need:

  • Bubble Wrap
  • Clear Packing Wrap
  • Packing Peanuts (For Sculptures)
  • Packing Boxes
  • Packing Tape
  • Exacto Knife
  • Ruler
  • Marker Pen

Wrapping Your Art For Transportation And Storage

Before you begin to pack your art, it’s important to give it a protective layer of clear pack wrapping to prevent it from making contact with any external materials. Delicately, wrap the canvas, starting from the back and being careful to avoid diminishing any texture of the piece. After a protective layer of clear packing wrap has been applied, apply a secondary layer of bubble wrap. It’s important to wrap it quite tight, keeping some tension to add a layer of cushioning for transit.

When it comes to sculptures, the same applies. Wrap it with clear packing wrap on the surface while paying extra attention to any fragile elements. Any small extruding parts of the sculpture should then be carefully wrapped with bubble wrap to avoid breakages. Once the sculpture is wrapped in packing wrap, just like your canvas pieces, it’s time to wrap your sculptures with a layer of bubble wrap for cushioning.

Packaging Your Art For Transportation And Storage

Once your canvas art has been wrapped in both clear wrap and bubble wrap, it’s time to carefully package it for transportation to it’s new location. If you can’t find boxes that fit your artwork, carefully measure the piece, then outline and cut your box to fit the artwork nice and cosy. The bubble wrap should be against the edges of the box and the piece shouldn’t be able to move aroud.

With sculptures, if they are small, place them in a box that fits close enough without putting pressure on any delicate areas. Fill the remaining space with packing peanuts to ensure that there’s no wiggle room for the sculpture to risk damage. If you are moving a large sculpture, wrap it carefully in bubble wrap and strap it tightly in place to ensure it has minimal movements in transit and can’t fall over.

Suitable Storage Space For Your Art

Another factor to consider for both transport and storage, is climate. Many old oil paintings and delicate sculptures require a cool dry climate to avoid any weathering or disfiguration. Be sure to store your artwork off the ground (paintings on a shelf, sculptures on a palette) in case of floods while keeping them out of direct sunlight.

The most important factor when deciding on a removalist to transport valuable art and sculptures is their insurance policy. Here at Palmers Relocations we are fully insured for every job and continue to receive excellent feedback from our long list of happy customers who have turned to us for local, interstate and international relocations. As well as relocations, we provide state of the art, climate controlled storage solutions which are perfect for delicate canvases and sculptures.

If you are planning on moving or storing any artwork that requires the proper duty of care, then look no further than Palmers Relocation and Storage. Give us a call today on 1300 363 916 for a chat about your requirements and we’ll happily provide you with a free quote.