Relocation is scary – there is no doubt about that! You have to say goodbye to everybody you know and pack your things so that they arrive in one piece at your new address. However, when you add packing something as delicate and fragile as wall art to your already long moving list, things get a lot more stressful and complicated. This is because wall art is not only expensive but also personal and extremely valuable to you and your family. But, fear not! There are plenty of things you can do to ensure that your precious wall art is relocated safely. And we are here to share those things with you. Thus, without further ado, here are some tips and tricks on how to pack wall art for relocation.
Gather the Right Packing Supplies
One of the best ways to make your home more luxurious is to use wall art. That is why so many people have art pieces on their walls. But, of course, luxurious items cost money! So, if you want those expensive paintings to be relocated the right way, you must gather the right packing supplies first. Do not even try to cut corners on this one. Buying your materials in a dollar store or using second-hand ones can cause more damage than good. So, do yourself a favor and gather the right packing supplies:
- Packing paper
- Plastic wrap
- Packing peanuts
- Moving blankets
- Duct tape
- Permanent marker
These are the essential packing supplies you would need for any kind of relocation. You can buy them either from your local moving company or in a hardware store or stationery shop. And, remember – when buying moving boxes for your wall art, make sure to find boxes that are slightly bigger than the art itself (anything too big or too small will be problem-causing).
Prepare Your Wall Art for Packing
Whether you plan to hire movers like Movers Toronto or have a DIY kind of relocation, you must prepare your wall art for packing. That implies, of course, taking it off the wall and placing it on the ground. Leave the art somewhere where it can lay horizontally. Avoid placing it against the wall as it can accidentally fall and cause the glass to break and damage the painting. Then, remove any dust or dirt that has accumulated on the edges of the frame. Moreover, do not forget to wipe the glass thoroughly, too – that is especially important for the next step – marking the glass with an X. If the glass is dusty, the tape won’t hold on for long.
Mark Glass with an ‘X’
As previously mentioned, once you clean and dust the glass, you should mark it with an X. Take your duct tape, cut two pieces, and tape them over the glass. This will ensure that the glass doesn’t shatter everywhere if it accidentally breaks during transportation. This may seem redundant to you, but trust us, it can save your precious wall art and allow it to continue to beautify and make your new home more expensive and luxurious for decades to come.
Know How to Pack Properly
And now, the most important part – knowing how to pack wall art for relocation. The good news is that if you already gathered proper packing supplies, the packing process itself will be a lot faster and easier. Start by wrapping the pieces in packing paper and then in plastic wrap. Plastic wrap sticks to itself, so there will be no need to duct tape it. Then, match the wrapped art with appropriately sized boxes. If you have to choose between a box that is too big or the one that is too small, always go for the bigger one – bigger boxes can be filled with packing peanuts. Finally, seal the box with good-quality duct tape. Do not forget to label the boxes too! You can either write the name of the piece on the box or just ‘FRAGILE’ with big letters.
Know How to Stack Properly
Packing and stacking wall art properly is of crucial importance if, of course, you want to avoid any possible headaches along the way. If you are unsure how to do that, it might be a good idea to hire professional movers and observe. Yes, they can be expensive – but can you put a price on your family heirloom? Probably not. So, think about it. You will avoid overpaying for the service with reliable movers because their moving costs won’t be exorbitant! And, if you book them ahead of time, you can even underpay because of the so-called early-booking discount!
However, if you still want to do everything by yourself, be sure to follow the packing rules from above. But, do not neglect the stacking process. Stacking the art inside your moving truck is just as important. So, first, get some palettes – you will use these for raising the pieces from the bottom of the vehicle. You can use the splits from the pellets to help you separate your pieces (vertically!) It might also be a good idea to put some moving blankets or some big towels under them – these can be life-savers if something spills in the truck.
Do You Need Storage?
If you need to pack wall art for relocation because you are moving somewhere long-distance, or if you need to keep your belongings safe until your new home is ready, you will certainly need a storage unit. But that can’t be just any storage unit out there. It must be well-secured and climate-controlled! This will save your precious wall art pieces from melting, freezing, pests, fires, floods, vandalism, etc. Keep this in mind even when moving your luxury lamps, antique furniture, or other fragile and valuable items. At the end of the day, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Angie Collins is a professional home designer. In her free time, she also writes about home design, remodeling ideas and projects, moving, DIY-ing, etc.