Monday, January 23, 2017

Moving and Storage of Paintings

I just hung this painting in my bedroom.
Number Six: High Minded, 24 x 24 inches,
Mixed-media on Wood
Copyright 2009 Mary Gravelle.
I moved into a new living space a few days ago. I'm happy that I was able to move out of all but one storage unit. This means that most of my paintings are with me now!

I have hung a few. Most are still in boxes waiting to be hung. The paintings that I don't hang will be safely stacked up in a corner somewhere.

Moving requires that your paintings be packed well for the journey. They need to survive storage if that is where they end up.

Packing Your Paintings

I have found that UHaul carries the perfect boxes for my paintings. They usually are referred to as mirror boxes. They come in a few different sizes that seem to fit most painting sizes. For large paintings, use 2 or more boxes. Cut and tape them together to fit. You want the entire painting to be boxed so you can tape the top securely so it will lie flat.

Two or More Paintings

This painting hangs in my bathroom. It's just the right size.
Sun Fire, 9 x 12 inches, Acrylic on Canvas.
Copyright 2008 Mary Gravelle
If you are placing two or more paintings in a box together, use foam core or cardboard to protect the paintings from scarring the surface from rubbing against each other. Place the face of the painting toward the outside of the box with the backs of paintings facing each other in the box.


When transporting your paintings, you can stack them on top of each other if you managed to keep the tops flat. Be careful in the UHaul trucks or other trucks that they are secure from falling down. Usually, if you are like me, there is plenty of other stuff to keep it all together.

I think you will find that if you take these preventive measures in packing your paintings, they will arrive intact and just like new.

Resources for Painting Boxes for Moving and Storage

UHaul Boxes
ULine Boxes

Let me know if you have anything to add the conversation.

About the Author

Mary Rae Rush (Mary Gravelle) is an artist, author, and creativity catalyst and consultant. She resides in Sedona, Arizona with her loving and efficient assistant, Sir Kitty. Her other services are Sedona Art Hikes and Wisdom Painting.

Contact her today with painting commissions, requests for creative work, consultations, or one on one coaching sessions. She is happy to paint something just for you. Or she can help you delve into your creativity and come out with your own unique expression.


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