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Expert Art & Antique Crating

The Art of Crating Fine Art & Antiques

Our expert art and antique movers are highly trained professionals, educated in the proper techniques of crating artwork and antiques, small or large. We only use the highest quality materials and protective equipment to ensure your pieces will be delivered in the exact same condition they were picked up. After transit, your pieces can begin to fill your new home with the same aesthetic charm as before. Our personalized moving services allow you to be able to relax and adjust to your new space sooner.

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Crating and packing services

Packing Oil Paintings

Oil paintings require expert care so as not to damage the surface of the painting. If the painting is extremely large, heavy or valuable, we are required to build a wooden crate since this method will provide maximum protection. An expert art surveyor will carefully measure the painting to ensure that the crate is made to the correct size. If you decide not to crate your painting, there is an option for packing your painting in a specialized box.

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How to Pack Valuable Paintings

  • Wrap the painting in a special glassine paper, which is similar to wax paper but is designed especially for packing paintings
  • Carefully wrap the entire painting in a thick layer of bubble wrap
  • Purchase construction foam which usually comes in 1” to 2 ½” thickness, the larger the painting, the thicker the Styrofoam
  • Cut a sheet of Styrofoam to a size that is 2” wider than the size of the framed painting
  • Cut strips of Styrofoam to fit all around the frame, making sure they’re the depth of the frame
  • Tape the layers together securely making a foam package
  • Cut two large cardboard sheets the same size as the Styrofoam package so that you can fold the cardboard up over the ends
  • Tape the cardboard securely to the Styrofoam
  • Encase the entire package into the appropriate size picture box
  • Securely tape the carton closed
  • Maximum weight for large mirror/picture cartons is 65lbs if your painting weighs more then be sure to use a wooden crate.
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Packing Prints with Glass

  • Put masking tape across the glass in an x pattern
  • Cover the glass with a piece of heavy or corrugated cardboard, mat board or foam sheet
  • Wrap the entire painting in bubble wrap
  • Secure edges of bubble wrap with masking tape to keep it secure
  • Pack the art into brand new mirror carton (4 Piece Box)
  • If putting more than one piece of artwork in the same box, pack them facing each other
  • Fill extra spaces in the box with crushed packing paper or other filling
  • Close box and securely tape it especially around outside edges

Packing Sculptures and Figurines

When it comes to moving art, sculptures are especially difficult to pack because of their irregular shape and size. Very large, heavy or extremely valuable sculptures should be crated however smaller pieces can be packed in cartons provided they are properly protected.

How to pack small figurines

  • Wrap the entire sculpture in bubblewrap leaving no area exposed
  • Use high quality packing tape to secure the package
  • Use an appropriately sized box that is not too large, and won’t allow for movement within it
  • Fill the bottom of your box with packing peanuts to a minimum depth of 2″
  • Put your piece in the box and use packing paper or other fill material to surround it
  • Seal the box with packing tape
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