How to Pack Your Artwork for Long-Term Storage

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Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Tissue paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Wadded paper
  • Foam peanuts
  • Paper
  • Tape

There may come a time when you will not be able to have all of your artwork on display, and will need to put some of it away in storage. There are specialized businesses that can be contacted specifically for artwork storage, or you can take it upon yourself to pack your artwork properly and store it so that it will not get damaged or weathered over time. If you choose to pack and store your artwork yourself, be sure to follow the proper steps to ensure that it will remain safely preserved.

Framed Artwork

Choose an appropriately sized cardboard box to put the artwork in. The box should be large enough to allow three inches of packing space all around the artwork.

Use a material, such as tissue paper, to wrap the artwork. Place a layer of bubble wrap all around the tissue paper-covered artwork.

Place a cushioning material on all sides of the inside of the box. Use a material such as wadded paper, foam peanuts or more bubble wrap.

Place the artwork inside the box. Add cushioning material until the artwork fits snugly to ensure it will not move around inside the box. Tape the box closed and label it appropriately.

Unframed Artwork

Place tissue paper on the front and back of the artwork.

Fold four pieces of paper into triangle-shaped sleeves. Carefully place these over each corner of the artwork by sliding the corners of the artwork into the open ends of the triangles.

Place sturdy cardboard on both sides of the artwork. Use more than one piece of cardboard on each side to ensure that the artwork will not bend. Tape the paper triangles to the cardboard. Tape the pieces of cardboard together.

Place a piece of corrugated cardboard on each side of the artwork and tape them together. Place a label on the cardboard.


Find a cool, dry place to store the artwork in.

Consider placing a lock on the storage area if it is accessible to the public.

Consider renting a professional artwork storage area. Look for an area that offers climate-controlled units with video surveillance, as well as insurance.