Packing Tips for Storing Fragile Artwork and Other Pieces

Moving can be stressful and sometimes you need a little help. To make it easier, consider, renting a self-storage unit, where you can keep artwork and items you don’t need right away.

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Are you preparing to move soon but the thought of moving the entire contents of your house seems overwhelming? In order to stay calm, it’s imperative that you take inventory of the contents early to figure out what is going directly with you to the new house and what you can keep in self-storage until you need it. Once you’ve figured that out, you’ll want to want to follow certain tips so not of your valuables get broken.

As prepare for your move, make sure that you have secured a reliable self-storage facility, such as 1st Access Self Storage in Peterborough. If you are an avid collector of art or you simply own a couple of art pieces in your home, here are some tips for handling artwork and other fragile items during a move.



  • Measure your pieces so that you know what size and how many packing materials you’ll need. This may include wooden crates or storage boxes, as well as painter’s tape, Kraft paper, and bubble wrap to protect your art work.
  • Dedicate a specific work spot and keep it clean so that your artwork isn’t subject to extra oil or dirt. For that reason, limit touching except when absolutely necessary.
  • Prepare your painting. If it’s protected by a glass frame, secure it with blue painter’s tape by putting an X over it, and a square all the way around it to prevent it from shattering. If it’s a just a painting and would be exposed, begin by wrapping it in acid-free canvas paper. After that, wrap your painting in Kraft paper and then bubble wrap to further protect it from any damage.
  • Place the painting between two strong pieces of cardboard and attach foam corners to it. Carefully place the prepared painting into a new storage box that’s got 3 inches of extra space on all sides. Fill the excess with packing peanuts. Alternatively, you can use specific wooden crates for artwork.

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  • Use actual dishpacks, however tape the bottom of the box and use plenty of extra tissue or dish towels for extra padding.
  • Distribute the weight evenly. Pack larger plates and bowls near the bottom, add a layer of padding and add more fragile items like glasses on the sides, wrapped in paper.
  • Remember not to stack more than five or six plates at a time as it becomes too heavy.



  • Pack silver in clean, unprinted paper tightly because any air can cause silver to tarnish.
  • Try to keep your silverware in sets and together.
  • Even if you already store your fine silver in a chest, think about re-wrapping pieces individually again and then filling the chest with clean paper, as well as wrapping the chest in a large clean blanket for added protection.

We have a few more package tips for storage to help secure your important items.

  • Store vintage photographs in a dark container such as a Solander Box, so that they won’t be exposed to direct light. In addition, choose scrapbook materials with care, double checking that all of them are acid-free.
  • Pack a sculpture by wrapping it with bubble wrap. Wrap around half of it at a time, going around twice. Find the proper size box and fill it around 1/3 full with packing materials and then make a hole in the centre so you carefully place your sculpture and secure the box.
  • Label each of your boxes with the contents, marking “FRAGILE” on it.

After all this, take your fragile items to a reputable self-storage unit, where you can keep your art work until you’re ready to display it or until you need your china or silver for a special event.


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