How to pack pictures for a move?

It should come as no surprise that most home movers get down with the notoriously contagious packing fever as soon as their moving dates are confirmed. Unlike any other moving task during the organization stage prior to Moving day, packing up a home for a move should be viewed as an entire process that should begin from the very start of your preparations and end just a few days before your big day.

The packing process is then sectioned into various smaller packing projects that range from packing up your storage areas to boxing up your books, and even preparing your coin collection for the fast approaching relocation. And, oftentimes, one of your packing jobs is to pack your framed pictures for moving, regardless of whether they are hung up on the walls of your home or stored away safely.

What you will need to pack pictures and mirrors for moving

Before you get down to packing your pictures for moving, you will have to get hold of a number of appropriate packing materials to actually complete the job as quickly and safely as possible. Here’s what supplies you will ultimately need:

  • Cardboard boxes of adequate sizes or special picture boxes (ideally)
  • Soft packing paper
  • Large sheets of bubble wrap
  • High quality packing tape
  • A marker pen
  • And of course, framed pictures, or framed photos, framed paintings, and even mirrors

How to pack pictures when moving

The minute you have obtained the required picture packing supplies, you can start securing your framed pieces for shipping. Observe the following logical and consecutive steps to packing pictures for moving house:

  1. Take a large sheet of soft packing paper, place it on the floor or a suitable table big enough to accommodate even the biggest frame picture or photo you have for wrapping up.
  2. Then, place the framed picture right in the middle of that sheet with its face down and wrap it exactly the way you would wrap a present for a dear person. Use a few extra sheets whenever needed to cover completely the entire frame.
  3. Use as much packing tape as you need to secure the edges so that the framed artwork is wrapped as tightly as possible. Don’t waste any valuable time trying to make the whole package look nice and presentable. Safety rather than presentability should be your primary focus.
  4. If you’re packing extra delicate or very valuable framed pictures, then use an additional layer of bubble wrap over the initial paper protection. Make sure the layer of bubble wrap is well secured with packing tape as well.
  5. Then, it’s time to place the tightly wrapped bundle into a suitable transportation box. Ask your professional moving partner if they have special picture boxes you can use to pack your pictures and frames for moving. If they don’t, you can easily make such boxes yourself by breaking apart a couple of standard cardboard containers and fitting them around the frames of your pictures, photos, paintings, and mirrors. Generally speaking, you need transportation boxes that are slightly bigger than the framed items themselves.
  6. You will need two boxes (already broken apart) to pack a single larger framed item or a few smaller pictures. Take one of the two sections of your makeshift picture box and lay it flat on the packing station /the floor, a table or whatever spot suits your packing needs/. Then, lay some crumpled packing paper into its corners and sides to serve as a padding material.
  7. The next step is to place the well-protected framed picture over the already cushioned side of the first section of the picture box and press it down against the paper pads.
  8. Add some more crumpled packing paper along the sides and the edges of the package. If there’s enough space, you can actually pack more than one picture, photo or painting inside one box, but don’t forget to keep individual frames well insulated from each other via packing paper and/or bubble wrap.
  9. Place the second portion of the picture box over the frame and adjust it to fit into the first cardboard section. Press firmly but carefully the two box sections together so that the packed frame won’t have any space to move around.
  10. Use the roll of tape generously around the bottom and top of the customized picture box so that the two separate sections are kept together at all times.
  11. Once your box is sealed shut, take the marker pen and label it properly on both sides. Mark down what exactly is packed inside, the destination room and the mandatory FRAGILE label as a thoughtful reminder to whoever is handling the delicate package at any given time. If you wish, you can even write the handling instructions with a red marker to emphasize movers’ attention to the fragile nature of the package.
  12. Repeat the above steps until all your framed artwork or mirrors have been safely packed up for moving house.

Bonus tip for packing pictures and mirrors for moving

If you’re packing mirrors or if your pictures, photos or paintings are covered with a protective layer made of glass, then use your packing tape to make a big X along the glass area. This way, if there if the glass accidentally breaks during transport, the tape will keep the glass pieces from spilling inside the package and thus damaging the frames or even worse – ruining the valuable picture, photo or painting.

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