September is upon us. Soon a gaggle of fresh faced young adults will move into their student halls of residence. Among them could well be one of tho…
How to Pack a Picture Frame
Here is everything you need to know about packing a picture frame.
What you’ll need:
- Two sizes of bubble wrap
- Foam wrap
- Two cardboard boxes large enough for the frame
- Duct tape
- A marker pen
- Tea bags / Coffee
Putting you in the picture
You’ve found the perfect picture frame for your favourite picture. Now, imagine your horror if you damaged it on the way home, or when moving to your new pad.
Well, we can tell you everything you need to know about packing a picture frame properly to avoid any nasty scratches, scuffs or breakages.
Scratch and scuff proof
First of all, you want to make sure your frames won’t become scratched or scuffed. Metal, plastic and wooden frames all all vulnerable when you’re moving them. To begin with, wrap your frame in some kind of foam wrap – like the foam you use to insulate electrical cables in an office.
If there is a glass front, you can use duct tape to help protect it from fractures or chips. This can be tricky to clean off, but soapy water should do it.
Now for the fun part…
Does anyone need an excuse to buy bubble wrap? Well now you have one!
Bubble wrap is the ideal material to protect fragile objects when you’re moving. A double or triple layer of wrap, taped firmly in place, will be necessary to protect both the frame and the glass.
Bubble wrap comes in a variety of sizes: usually small; medium; large and extra large, which refers to the height of the bubble, not the diameter.
Delicate or fragile smaller items can be wrapped in smaller bubbles. Larger, bulky frames can be wrapped in medium sized bubble wrap, with larger bubbles wrapped around the outside.
Watch your corners – they’re very vulnerable when you’re moving. You can use extra layers of bubble wrap, or the corners cut out of a cardboard box on the corners of your frame.
In the box
Take a cardboard box and flatten it – once flattened it should be able to wrap around the bubble-wrapped frame with one or two inches spare. Now the box fits around the frame flatly and tightly, you can securely tape it together with duct tape.
Highly valuable or bulky frames may require even more protection. For even more protection, you can now wrap this box within a larger box filled with Styrofoam, towels, or extra large bubble wrap, all of which will fill any gaps nicely.
Tape the box closed, then mark on the side which way up it goes, and ‘FRAGILE’.
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