Protect artwork and posters during shipment with a few easy tips.
Whether you’re shipping prints from your online store or mailing home a poster you bought on vacation, it’s important to properly package artwork to avoid damage in transit. Follow our helpful guide to ensure that your artwork is delivered safely — when happy customers leave you a positive review, you’ll be glad you did!
Unframed Posters and Prints: Roll Them Up
To select appropriate packaging, first measure the length and width of your artwork. Then, roll the poster or print so that it measures approximately 1½” in diameter. This will leave additional air space between the poster and most standard packaging options. Remember: if the poster rests against the inner wall of the package, it’s more likely to get damaged.
Next, wrap the rolled-up poster in plastic or tissue paper for an added layer of protection. Use masking or painter’s tape to secure the paper in place. Do not use an elastic band, which can crease and damage the poster.
Framed Artwork: Secure with Bubble Wrap and Cardboard
When shipping framed art, it’s essential to choose the right box. After taking measurements of the artwork, add six inches to each dimension to calculate the ideal size for your packaging. Apply painter’s tape in a criss-cross pattern over the glass (unless it has a UV finish, in which case the tape could damage the coating).
Next, trace the outer frame of your artwork onto a corrugated sheet. Cut out the tracing and place it on top of the frame with a layer of bubble wrap between the glass and the board. Using masking or painter’s tape, secure the board to the back of the frame. Then, cushion the entire piece in additional layers of bubble wrap.
If you’re shipping an oil painting, take measurements as you would with any other piece. However, you’ll then want to cover the painting with a sheet of glassine paper. Then, wrap the artwork in a cloth and bubble wrap, thus protecting the painting from dust and moisture.
Package Artwork in the Right Containers, with the Right Support
Mailing tubes make ideal shipping solutions for rolled-up posters and prints. Opt for tubes with walls at least one quarter of an inch thick to better protect your artwork from damage. Consider adding bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or other cushioning material at each end of the tube to protect the exposed edges of your print.
For more sizeable pieces, choose a box slightly larger than your art when wrapped. Then, add extra cushioning with bubble wrap, tissue paper, or packing peanuts to prevent your artwork from shifting too much during transit.
If you’re using your own packaging, be sure to select a heavy duty corrugated box. When taping, opt for the “H” taping method to secure the bottom. Then, apply tape along the box’s seams, with additional strips perpendicular to the seams at four-inch intervals. This provides additional support so that the packaging is secure, and your artwork doesn’t get damaged.
With these packaging guidelines under your belt, you can send your posters, prints, and paintings with confidence!