Use the right box size

Using a box that’s too large or too small may damage the artwork during shipment. Make sure you have enough room for packaging material by using a box that’s just slightly larger than your artwork.

Protect the artwork

Protect the artwork with acid-free tissue paper (if it is unframed) on both the front and the back. For additional protection against moisture, wrap the artwork with plastic folio.

Place two or three layers of cardboard on both sides of the art to prevent any sort of bending. Tape around the outside of the cardboard pieces so they stay together. Be sure that the corners are protected.

Use packaging material

Use bubble wrap, raffia, peanuts, foam, or paper all around the artwork. Before taping the box shut, close and shake the box first. If the artwork shifts, add more packing material.

Tape it

Tape the opening of the box and reinforce all seams. Use clear or brown packaging tape, reinforced packing tape, or paper tape that is at least 2 inches (5 cm) wide. Don’t use masking tape, cellophane tape or cord, because it’s usually not strong enough.

Insure your package

We highly recommend you as a seller on to insure your package when shipping your art piece. When your package is insuranced, you’re able to get a compensation refund from a damaged or lost shipment. We encourage you to talk with your local post office about insurance opportunities of your shipment.

Mark your box as fragile

To properly insure the piece, we suggest you to mark your shipment as fragile. You can download an Artboost fragile stamp right here.  

General shipping tips

  • Double-check the shipping information.
  • Include your return address.
  • If you’re reusing a box, cover any previous labels or cross out any old and unnecessary information with a thick black marker.
  • Remember to properly insure the piece if necessary and to clearly mark the box as fragile. 
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