How to Pack Large Pictures for Moving


A common problem people come across when they move is the inability to properly pack and protect large pictures. The dimensions of large pictures make it difficult to find the right sized box. This calls for getting creative with your packaging techniques. With a few common packaging materials, you can custom make a box to fit the exact dimensions of your picture. This will help ensure that stays safe throughout the entire moving process.

Things You'll Need

  • Bubble wrap
  • Tape measure
  • Sturdy cardboard
  • Box cutter
  • Packing tape
  • Wrap the picture in a layer of bubble wrap. Make sure all edges of the frame are covered in the wrap. If the frame has glass, you may want to wrap it in two layers.

  • Measure the height and width of the picture frame. Write the measurements down on a piece of paper.

  • Cut two pieces of sturdy cardboard to the same dimensions as the picture frame. If you want the cardboard to cover the edges of the frame, you can add 3 inches to each side of one of the cardboard pieces. A box cutter is the best tool to use for this.

  • Lay the picture on one sheet of the cardboard. Place the other sheet of cardboard on top of the picture. The picture should now be sandwiched between the two sheets of cardboard.

  • Tape the two sheets of cardboard together with packing tape along the sides, top, and bottom of the frame. If you cut one piece of cardboard bigger than the other, fold the excess cardboard over the edges of the picture frame before you tape. Be sure to use enough tape so that the picture does not wiggle around between the cardboard. The amount of tape needed depends primarily on the size of the picture.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may be able to find boxes for large pictures at moving supply stores.

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