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Shipping Frames with Glass

Posted in [Framing Tips, Tools, & Techniques] By Church Hill Classics

Proper Packaging and Shipping Techniques for Picture Frames with Glass


Since Church Hill Classics is an expert in diploma and picture framing, we have had a great deal of experience in finding the best way to safely ship frames with glass. There are many little things that come into consideration that make a big difference during the shipping process.

Here are a few techniques to keep in mind when packaging picture frames or framed art.


  1. Carefully assess the value of the art before packaging or shipping. The materials used for packaging framed art can be quite expensive. For picture frames or framed art items that have great sentimental value to you or you family, or those that are in their original context, the framed art will need extensive packaging materials. For particularly valuable pieces, it is optional to unframe the art and ship it separately from the frame with glass.

    For more Information on shipping valuable art and collectibles please read our blog: The Do's and Don'ts of Packing Art and Collectibles.

  2. Provide a significant amount of cushioning to the picture frame or piece of framed art. The recommended amount of cushioning is two inches on all sides and edges of the frame, and three inches on every corner. Medium density packaging foams; such as polyethylene or polypropylene, provide the best protection.

    Polyethylene Example of Frame
    Polyethylene Example Thanks To:  ULINE

  3. We do not recommend using Styrofoam peanuts, or shredded paper because they tend to settle during shipping, eliminating protection to most areas of your frame.

  4. To prevent glass from shattering and damaging the artwork or photograph beneath it, use bubble cushioning, a corrugated board or foam. This should be cut to the size of the glass. The space between the glass and the artwork should also be filled with a protective cushioning. For extra protection if shipping valuable art, apply masking tape to the glass to reduce shattering if broken in transit. The diagram below shows the correct way to package a glass frame to minimize damage during transportation. 

    Packaging Diagram for Proper Packaging
    Packaging Diagram Example Thanks to UPS Shippers Guide to Proper Packaging

  5. When deciding on a correct shipping box, use a full-overlapping box (sometimes called a FOL). This means the box flaps overlap one another and allows the box to add extra cushioning and increase stacking strength. We strongly recommend double walled corrugated constructed for the FOL.
    FOL Shipping Box
    FOL Shipping Box Example Thanks to Empire Container Corporation

  6. Insert liners within the shipping box to resist bending or rattling. The liner should surround the entire frame and have the corrugated flutes running in the opposite direction of the flaps on the box. The diagram below explains how to insert the corrugated liner correctly into the shipping box:

    UPS Shippers Guide to Proper Packaging for Box Liner
    Thanks to UPS Shippers Guide to Proper Packaging for Box Liner Example

  7. Lastly, it is important to use a durable closure method to provide additional strength and help keep all contents inside of the box securely. We recommend using a two-inch pressure sensitive poly packaging tape or a three-inch water proof tape.

  8. Keep in mind that even though some packaging materials might seem tedious or  unnecessary, the packaging must keep the framed art safe through many hazards  such as puncture, drop, compression, impact, drastic temperature or climate changes, and vibration. Any of these dangerous conditions could severely damage  the frame and artwork inside. The packaging materials must be able to withstand  the possibility of physical damage affecting the framed art.

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