Tips For Choosing Shipping Boxes For Art Pieces

Posted on: 16 March 2021

Shipping small art pieces can be a challenge. You need to protect the item, both from the outside rigors of shipping as well as from conditions inside the box. Plus, you want the unboxing experience to be pleasant for your recipient. The following can help you choose the right shipping box.


Size is the most important consideration. The right size box will hold the item snugly with only one or two layers of packing material necessary. The idea is that the item won't be able to shift in the box, even if the packing material becomes compressed. Yet, there has to be enough room for one layer of cushion (two for fragile items) to provide protection from outside impacts. If you ship art of various sizes, then you will need to use boxes of various sizes for the safest shipping.


Generally, corrugated cardboard is the best material for shipping boxes. It's sturdy, and the corrugation provides some additional padding that helps protect from outside impacts. Corrugated cardboard is also readily available and thus cost-effective. One thing to keep in mind if your artwork can be discolored, a common issue with paper or painted objects, is to opt for acid-free boxes and packing materials so that discoloration won't be an issue if your recipient leaves the item in the box for some time.

Opening Type

Boxes need to be relatively easy to open if they hold delicate art pieces, otherwise struggling with the box can jostle the item and even lead to breakage. Plus, it is simply more fun to carefully open a box to reveal the delightful piece inside. Opt for boxes that have the opening end clearly marked with words or arrows. You can also get tuck-top shipping boxes that have an obvious flap or tear strip on them for easy opening.

Color and Coatings

Your last decision is mainly about aesthetics — do you want plain brown shipping boxes or custom printed ones? You can get a box in nearly any color, plus it can feature your logo or another design of your choice. Although boxes are generally matte, you can also opt for a coating that makes the box have a nice glossy finish so that it is especially eye-catching when it arrives in the mail.

Contact a shipping box dealer in your area to view the options available that will work best for your product.


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