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Custom Crating and  Shipping for Your Artwork

Posted on Thu, Aug 09, 2018

Custom Crating and  Shipping for Your Artwork

woman receiving artwork that was shipped in a small box

Your art collection--whether grand or growing--is special to you, and needs special attention if you're moving or shipping it to a different location. Art comes in lots of shapes and sizes and demands custom care for relocating. 

Moving and shipping companies have specialty boxes that are made for flat art, like paintings and mirrors. They may have padding built into the layers for extra protection, and they come in a wide variety of sizes so almost anything from a small textile piece to an ornately carved mirror can fit! 

The Many Ways to Ship Art - From Boxes to Shipping

There are several ways to ship art, from really simple boxes to the bespoke crate. Sometimes you can blanket wrap an item and ship it on a small load truck. Nesting boxes work well for other things--bubble wrap the piece, put it in a box, and put that box in another well-padded box for shipping. Shipping companies can also build boxes for unusually sized art. 

Sculpture and ceramics may require the custom built crate. Send the shipper the dimensions, a photo, and the value, and they'll handle it from there. It's handy to have copies of appraisals or bills of sale to confirm the value of the shipment, both individually and the aggregate. Don't think a Steuben vase is too small for its own crate--if it's valuable in both sentiment and money, it's worth having a custom crate built!

How Experts Handle Shipping Artwork 

Here are some of the things the professionals do to ensure your art arrives in the same pristine condition as it left.

  • Wrap the items on a pristine surface to protect against dust and dirt
  • Wrap the whole thing in bubble wrap
  • Arrange for next-day delivery (but if you bring the artwork in on the weekend - Friday included - it won't ship until Monday)

There's an art, if you'll pardon the pun, to shipping art. One of the crucial things a professional shipper understands is how to pack each item securely enough to protect it, yet not so tight that glass will break under pressure.

Contact Pack n Send for Your Needs Shipping Artowrk

In the Houston area, Pack-n-send has been shipping artwork for generations. If you'd like more information on the custom crating process,contact us.

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Houston Artwork Shipper Answers Questions About Artwork Shipping

Posted on Wed, Apr 03, 2013

When a customer was worried how to ship artwork, pack n send wrote a blog to help her look for an artwork shipper.

I asked a customer what she worried about when shipping artwork.

Her answer was “Just about everything.” This is an updated blog is for my customer who needs help with artwork shipping.

When you want to ship artwork, look for a company that specializes in shipping high value items. If the company is experienced at shipping delicate and valuable items for their customers, you can then ask about how they intend to ship your artwork. Think delicate pieces of glass, marble statutes and glass chandeliers.

If you intend on shipping art, or a picture with glass, ask the company if they use a special tape in order to protect the glass. This tape will attach to broken glass to make sure that a piece of artwork is not ruined if glass breaks during shipping. The tape is easily removed upon receipt of your piece of art work.  If it is a sculpture, look at crating companies that can they build a crate in their warehouse that will specifically fit your sculpture. If it a valuable oil painting, see if they  can they build a custom crate for you to match the size of your painting?

We have a few basic suggestions of things that you should look for when you are choosing a company that you would like to use to ship your art work.

 In order to move a valuable piece of artwork, a custom built crate is highly recommended. You can line the crate with one inch of Styrofoam on each side. That would be top, bottom and all four sides. By placing the picture on top of the Styrofoam that fits perfectly around the picture, you have insulated the glass from shock

 We suggest that you use a custom built crate when you are moving or shipping fine art work. Let your shipping company determine the exact measurement of your piece of artwork. You want a secure fit inside of the crate. We make these suggestions because art work shipping requires special knowledge about shipping, custom boxing and custom crate making.  For less expensive paintings, you can ask that a custom box be built. Again, ask for the box to be lined with Styrofoam. Let the shipping company do the measuring of your art work.

When looking for an artwork shipper, ask if the company ships for private collectors. Do they specialize in shipping artwork for art exhibitions and then offer to ship the artwork back to the private collector?  When you are shipping a valuable piece of art work to an auction, ask for a reusable crate to be built.  That way if the piece of artwork does not sell, you can easily have it shipped back to you. We recommend using heat treated wood that is able to be shipped worldwide. That way if you sell the artwork at a later date, you can ship it anywhere in the world.

Be sure to ask if the company that you are using ships for both auction houses, art galleries, art dealers and individuals.  If you are shipping multiple pieces of artwork at the same time to the same location, see if more than one piece of artwork can fit inside the same crate.

Can the company offer freight, moving and common carrier shipping options? This is not a one size fits all shipping arrangement. Ask if the company can offer both international and domestic shipping. Ask if the company can offer both residential and commercial pick up and delivery of art.

For my customer, I hope that these suggestions helps you ease your mind the next time you would like to ship a piece of artwork.


If you have any other questions about shipping a piece of art work, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450. Pack n send is a Houston crating company that picks up and ships art work both in Houston and all over the United States.


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