Whether you’re preparing for a move or putting items into storage, picture frames need extra care when being packed. Here’s how to pack picture frames for moving and storage:
- Thick blanket
- Mirror box
- Packing tape
- Packing paper
- Bubble wrap
Step 1: Lay down a thick blanket on a flat surface.
Pick a flat surface that’s big enough to fit your picture frame and packing materials. Throw down a thick, cushiony blanket for added protection during the wrapping process.
Step 2: Get a mirror box, and tape one end closed.
The safest vessel for a picture frame is a specially-designed mirror box, which is flatter and longer than regular moving boxes. Moving and office supply stores sell them, and Home Depot makes an especially heavy-duty line.
Each box should be slightly bigger — approximately 30% — than its designated frame(s).
For smaller picture frames, you can put more than one into each box. Just make sure to wrap each frame individually.
While the box is still folded, tape one end closed with packing tape. This will create a CD-case shape.
Step 3: Wrap the picture frame with packing paper.
Lay the frame, glass-side down, against the packing paper. Stretch one layer of packing paper around to the back of the frame, just like you would if you were wrapping a present.
Step 4: Secure with packing tape.
Tape around all the edges of the wrapped frame with packing tape. Use enough to tightly secure the packing paper.
Step 5: Repeat with bubble wrap.
Using bubble wrap over the packing paper, repeat steps 3 and 4.
Step 6: Stuff the bottom of the box with wadded-up packing paper.
This will protect the frame’s bottom.
Step 7: Insert the frame into the box.
Push the sides of the box together firmly. Fill any excess space with wadded packing paper. (This is the only time you’ll ever hear us say more space isn’t a good thing.)
Step 8: Tape the box shut with packing tape, and label it as “FRAGILE.”
You could follow all these steps to make sure your picture frames are safe and secure. Or you could simply schedule a MakeSpace pickup, tell us you’re storing fragile items, and let us do everything for you.
We’ll come to you and carefully wrap your frame with protective wrapping, a moving blanket, and packing tape. We’ll then transport it to our secure temperature-controlled storage facility and create an online photo catalog of it so you always remember what you have in storage.
The best part:
When you want your picture frame back, simply log into your MakeSpace account, select the item’s photo, and we’ll deliver it to you.