How to Pack Picture Frames for Moving

How to Pack Picture Frames for Moving

When it comes time to pack, some things need a little bit of extra care. Your art and photos are certainly one of these items. Packing picture frames right will help you save your memories and prevent damage. There are different ways to pack frames and art, but here’s our favorite way. Learn how to pack picture frames for moving below, the supplies you’ll need, and how to get them safely to your new home.

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Packing Supplies

Art and photos are one of the first things to pack first in our experience. But before actually packing, you will need to gather the necessary supplies. If you have mirror boxes, you can use them. These thin boxes are perfect for moving picture frames, and you can find them online.

Things You Will Need:

  • Artist’s tape
  • Packing paper
  • Packing Tape
  • Bubble wrap (optional)
  • Boxes (picture/mirror preferred)
  • Cardboard or flat foam
packing picture frames for a move

Packing the Frames

Now that have you have all of the materials together, it’s time to start packing. Whether you’re packing up photos in frames or transporting artwork, you’ll want to protect the glass. Here are the steps to take.

  1. Use artist’s tape to create a simple “X” across the glass. Although this seems simple and silly, it actually makes the glass much stronger and prevents it from breaking during transport.
  2. Cut a piece of your cardboard or flat foam board to a size just slightly larger than the frame or glass. Place it gently on top, and secure it to the frame with your packing tape.
  3. Now, wrap it all in a few pieces of packing paper, and tape it together. You can also add a layer of bubble wrap at this point for extra safety.
  4. If you have flat mirror boxes, slide the frame into your box. If you don’t have the right sized boxes, you can put multiple frames in boxes together with bubble wrap and/or packing paper in between for protection. Note: Do not stack frames flat. Pack them vertically if you are using a bigger box.
  5. Whatever box you use, make sure to fill the empty space with packing paper. Many people use newspaper, but be advised that the ink may leak. The less free space there is, the less shifting the frame will do during the actual move and transportation.

Relatively simple, isn’t it! These step by step instructions can help you pack your frames in a way that is safe and effective.

Extra Tips to Help

There are a few more things to consider when packing up your picture frames for an upcoming move. Here are a few tips from our moving experts here at Relo.

  • Don’t overload any of your boxes, especially these ones. Keep it under 50lbs per box, and make sure the box you’re using can stand the weight. If you need to, reinforce the box with extra tape or by double-boxing.
  • Don’t use packing peanuts or newspaper! We already covered newspaper, but packing peanuts can also cause issues. Often, the static energy will stick to glass and be a headache when you are unpacking in your new home.
  • Stay vigilant with humidity. If photos are packed tightly in a box in a humid environment, they can suffer from water damage. Feel free to put a paper towel or two in the box to absorb humidity.

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