Tips for packing your artwork for storage

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Whether you are an avid collector with several works of famous artists or inherited something valuable from a good aunt, which is not quite to your taste, proper storage of works of art is necessary to save them. If you move and want to keep your precious works safe or just want to change your home environment without selling your works of art, read the tips below for packing your artwork for storage.

Cleaning before packing your artwork for storage

When preparing for storage units Orlando, clean the paintings very, very carefully. Use the artist’s brush to gently clean the surface of the picture. Art conservatives recommend using soft, natural hair and a width of about 5 cm. It is also important that the brush is clean! If you do not have access to such a brush, a clean piece of velvet will do. Never use a feather duster, damp cloth or stiff brush. Do not use household cleaners and skip cleaning if your paintings have a matte (not shiny) surface.

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Prepare your artwork the right way in order to protect them

Clean the painting with slow, careful strokes, moving in one direction. Be sure not to put pressure on the piece. Clean in the other direction to complete the process. If you are concerned that wiping dust may not be the best way to clean a painting or you have other questions, consult a conservator before storing.

Framed artwork

To protect the frame and structural integrity, add cardboard corners along the edges of the frame glued in place. A coating such as a blanket, bubble wrap or felt, wrapped and taped provides additional protection. To create protection from water or moisture, place the framed artwork in a plastic bag that you tie before the final packing. You can find boxes specifically designed for packing large paintings at most packaging stores. When packing your artwork for storage – put them on the rack. Do not lay things flat or on top of each other, because the frames may collapse under their own weight.

Without frame

Resist the urge to roll a frameless work of art, because it leads to wrinkling of the material and cracking of paint. Instead, carefully wrap the drawing in glassine – air-and water-resistant product. Place the wrapped pattern between two pieces of strong material, slightly larger than the pattern itself, such as foam, cardboard or plywood, and secure it with tape. As is the case with the frame, you can create an additional layer of water resistance by placing the artwork in a plastic bag and fastening it securely before packing it in a strong box of the appropriate size.

Prepare an environment that meets the conditions of the work of art

AAA Insta-Move Orlando has its own storage rental Orlando. And they also advise clients on how to create a repository of works of art in their homes. In combination with many years of experience, we have a unique understanding of the most important factors that should be considered when storing the fine arts at home or in storage.

How to choose the right storage room

Turning a closet or a small office into an art storage room is an option. But you should know what to look for when choosing a room in your home. The room must be finished. Avoid attics or basements unless they are finished and have climate control. Make sure that there are no vents or open windows. If there is a vent in your storage, you can talk to a specialist about creating a deflector so that the air does not blow directly onto the work of art.

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When packing your artwork for storage, you also need to think about dust, mildew and any musty odors that may indicate a big problem

And the last thing to avoid is to store your artwork in a room with an outer wall. Ideally, you will use a room that is completely inside the house. This eliminates the risk of exposure to the windows of sunlight and weather, which can damage and fade works of art.

Packing for proper storage

Once you have chosen storage of the right size, it is time to pack. As we already said, wrap the framed paintings in blankets, bubble wrap or felt. Use tape to attach the gasket and place the artwork in plastic bags. Use a plastic bag for each piece and tie each bag. For non-frame works, create protective “sandwiches”. For example, place a frameless piece of art between two slightly larger pieces of foam slabs, pieces of cardboard or plywood. Use tape to keep it protected, and use plastic bags for extra protection from water and air. Again, use one plastic bag per piece of artwork and be sure to tie them.

Setting up the storage

Try not to put paintings on each other when possible. If you must do this, use indents. If you need to put paintings against each other, use a stand for drawing. This is especially useful if you have many paintings to store.

Concrete floors and walls can absorb moisture, so avoid placing objects of art on such surfaces. Keep your work of art at least a few inches from the floor to protect it from moisture and dust. For best results, use paper or acid-free boards as a lining before putting painting onto various flat surfaces.


Remember the climate when storing works of art. Avoid placing artwork in excessively dry or too wet storage, and instead choose climate-controlled storage. Sudden changes in temperature or humidity can lead to tension or stretching of the paintings. So make sure that constant humidity and temperature are maintained in the storage room. For most works of art, storages with a temperature of about 70% Fahrenheit and a humidity level of about 55% are good enough.

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You can be calm knowing that your works of art are safely and securely stored

Final thoughts on packing your artwork for storage

The best tip we can give you is to hire professional packers for moving your art collection. But, if you still want to do it yourself, prepare your art pieces the right way. Sufficient upholstery and climate control are the cornerstones when it comes to packing your artwork for storage.

Professional Tips:

  • Use both hands when carrying pieces to temporary resting places
  • Keep the pieces on the sides, not on the tops
  • Carry one piece at a time


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