Tips for moving sculptures and fine art

Moving can be tricky. There are many things to consider in any move. The timing and planning of the move will be very important considerations. On the other hand, properly preparing your items will be no less important. This aspect of the move becomes even more prominent when you consider the valuables that you have to move. Some of these, like cash or jewelry, you can keep close by during the move. However, when it comes to moving sculptures and fine art, you probably won’t be able to keep these on you during the move. With that in mind, it becomes clear why properly preparing these items for the move is so important. So, let’s discuss that a bit more.

How to plan for moving sculptures and fine art

When it comes to any kind of a move, planning is key. This fact becomes even more clear when it comes to moving expensive items. Moving sculptures and fine art is really something you don’t want to do on a tight schedule. While last-minute moving tips might help you even with these the risk is too great. In a rush, you may fail to protect your artwork properly which may lead to irreversible damage. Therefore, if you will be moving sculptures and fine art, try to leave ample time for preparations.

If this is not possible, at least take your time when packing these, to reduce the risk of damages occurring in transport. Also, you could look into moving insurance options. These might reduce your moving stress when having to move items as fragile and valuable as artwork.

Moving sculptures and fine art yourself or hiring professional help?

The first thing you will need to decide when it comes to moving sculptures and fine art is will you be moving them yourself or hiring professional help? Most people do not prepare artwork for shipping on a daily basis. Therefore, most of us will need professional help when moving art pieces. After all, we are talking about very valuable items here. Even if they were not made by a famous artist, they will make our new space feel more like home. With that in mind, many people will choose to hire professional fine art movers NJ to move their art. After all, professional movers relocate artwork daily. Thanks to that they know how to properly pack these items and the many pitfalls to avoid, that you simply may not think about.

A man giving the thumbs up
When it comes to moving sculptures and fine art having reliable professional help is invaluable!

On the other hand, not all moving companies are equal in this regard. That’s why it is so important to compare moving companies and find a reliable one that you can trust with your art. With all this said, you still can decide to move your sculpture and fine art yourself. There are, however, several things you should keep in mind. So, if you decide to move your artwork yourself, here are a few tips to help you along.

Moving sculptures

When it comes to moving sculptures, a rule applies that goes for moving antiques as well. That rule is to make sure everything is packed well. Sculptures are tricky for packing as they are both fragile and can be of an irregular shape. Also, they come with many variables. They can vary in size, shape, and weight. Depending on the material they were made of, they can be sturdy and heavy or really fragile. Therefore, there are a few ways you could go about packing them. For heavier and larger sculptures you will want to get a moving crate. For smaller and lighter sculptures, you can go with a string box. One important thing to do with both is to protect them well.

A statue of a Buddha. Moving sculptures and fine art such as this comes with a few challenges.
When it comes to packing statutes, there are many variables depending on the size and material.

First of all, you will want to wrap your sculptures in a protective wrap. Bubble wrap would be best here. A good idea here would also be to wrap your sculptures in bubble wrap twice. Next, you will want to fill the crate or the box you will be moving the sculptures in with soft packing material. You can use packing peanuts, crumpled up newspaper or pieces of clothing. These will serve to absorb any shock that might occur during the transport. Just make sure there is no wiggle room in the box for your sculptures to shuffle around. Also, it would not be advisable to pack two larger sculptures together, as they could damage each other during the move.

Moving other types of fine art

Framed artwork and mirrors

Framed artwork and decorative mirrors are some of the most common types of fine art found in any home. However, they are also some of the more fragile ones, due to the glass that they come with. This goes double when you think about how that same glass if broken can damage the art piece itself! Therefore it is very important to pack these art pieces very carefully. A good idea here is to use duct tape to reinforce the glass. Make an X mark or several crossing lines on the glass with the tape. This way, even if the glass breaks in transport, the shards will stay in place. Apart from that, you will want to arrange corner protection. You can either buy these pre-made or make them yourself.

Framed paintings of birds and plants
Framed artwork is generally easier to pack, just take good care of the glass.

Finally, use a thicker piece of cardboard and place it over the glass for protection and wrap it all up in bubble wrap. Just as with moving sculptures and other types of fine art, you will want to pack these in a box with soft packing material. Also, same as before, leave as little wiggle room as possible.

Moving unframed art

Oil paintings and prints can be harder to prepare for a move. This is because they lack a frame that provides a good amount of protection. Even packing these items is a bit more complicated. First of all, you will want to use gloves, as the oil from your hands can damage the art pieces. Next up, you will need Glassine paper. This special kind of paper will protect your art piece from smudges in transport. Place the glassine paper over the face of the artwork. Next, tape it to the back of the piece. After that, you can wrap it up in bubble wrap and pack it in a tightly filled box with soft packing material.

Moving sculptures and fine art like a pro

After reading through our article, you should be well equipped for moving sculptures and fine art. It is still a good idea, however, to leave this to the professionals. If this is not an option, we are certain that you will do just fine!

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