Art shipping boxes are highly recommended when you need to ship fragile and valuable artwork. Don’t leave it to chance by using standard, run of the mill boxes. They simply don’t provide enough protection. By using these specialty shippers, you ensure that your portraits, prints, sculptures, and other art pieces arrive to their destination in immaculate condition.
There are several types of art shipping boxes available. The type or model that you should use depends on a number of things, such as the type of artwork, the size of the artwork, the value of the artwork, and the level of protection desired, just to name a few.
Consider using an art shipping box like the model depicted here.
This type of art shipping box is often referred to as a “strong box.” It is the most commonly used type, providing adequate protection for the majority of art shipping jobs.
In this highly protective shipper, art pieces are set in between layers of soft foam, which protect the pieces from being damaged by absorbing shock, should something strike the box or if the box is accidentally dropped. These foam cushions also help to secure the art pieces in place, preventing damage caused by excessive movements.
Some manufacturers of these art shipping boxes will add a plastic lining between the foam and the inner walls of the carton. This plastic lining provides additional protection, namely from punctures, but also can act as a barrier that shields the artwork from water, humidity, and trace amounts of gas vapors found in the air which can potentially damage sensitive art pieces.
The outer shell of these types of art shipping boxes are usually constructed out of thick cardboard sheeting, providing a protective outer shell that will be able to effectively deflect the majority of blows. This outer shell is also usually made of 350 pound test corrugate cardboard (standard art shipping boxes are made out of 200 pound test corrugated cardboard), which makes it very rigid and highly resistant to crumpling, so if you will be able to stack multiple units on top of each other. If an object accidentally falls on the box, it will not be crushed. These types of art shippers are also available in higher test cardboard, as much as 500 pound test, and you can use these to ship your most valuable pieces.
Typical sizes range from 14 x 19 x 2 inches to 58 x 58 x 4 inches. Prices depend on size and strength, but you can expect to pay around $50 – $265 per box.
How to use these boxes – a general setup guide
- These boxes will usually come with three layers of foam – a top layer, middle layer, and bottom layer.
- Remove the top layer and set it aside.
- Center the art piece onto the middle layer as much as possible. Trace around the perimeter of the piece.
- Remove the art piece and cut out the area within the outline. This, will in turn create a window in which you will place the art piece. Sometimes this middle layer will have a series of rectangular perforations. In this case, simply line the art piece up to the best fitting perforation and tear out the area within the boundaries. If you cannot get an exact match, use the nearest smaller perforation rather than the next larger perforation.
- Once the art piece is embedded in the foam, replace the top layer.
- Close the box and seal it with packaging tape. It’s now ready to ship.
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