How to Transport Artwork Safely
As I’m writing this, I’m still stinging from a botched delivery I recently made. I offered to help a customer by delivering two beautiful but large framed serigraphs. While driving to the customer’s house, I had to brake hard to avoid a collision, and one of the pieces slid in the back of the van and struck the back of the seat, getting a small dent in the edge of the frame. Not horrible, but unsightly. Completely my fault. Back to the shop it went for a new frame at my expense. Please learn from my mistake – secure your framed art as best you can in your car as you transport it home. Here are a few tips for avoiding damage to your newly-framed art.
- Assume you will have to brake hard on your way home. Think how you can position the art to avoid it flying around the car.
- When you have more than one piece of art, put the pieces front to front and back to back to avoid the hanging hardware from one piece scratching the adjacent piece. We see lots of frames scratched this way.
- If you need cardboard pieces to cushion your art or to secure it, please ask. We keep cardboard scraps around for this reason.
- If you need us to deliver your pieces, especially oversized pieces, please ask. I promise – I’ll be careful!
- Generally, it is better to transport art on edge rather than flat. We like to put art in the back seat on the floor at an angle leaning against the back seat. Sometimes the passenger seat can be leaned back to help secure the framed piece.
- If your larger pieces are laid flat in the trunk or the back of your station wagon or van, slide them forward against something solid in case you have to stop quickly.
- If you like, bring a blanket or pillow along for cushioning on your way home.
We work hard to frame your art beautifully. A little care helps get your art home safely.