Why You Should Use A Crate for Shipping Fine Art Instead of A Box

Shipping fine art can be a delicate task with a lot of moving parts. Here at Art Work FAS, we have the experience, extensive knowledge, and proper training to create a smooth shipping and transportation experience for your piece. 

When it comes to relocating your valuable artwork (like the Zaria Forman piece pictured to the right), there are several options to choose from. Here are some differences between using shipping boxes and custom wood crates to help you decide what works best for you and your piece. 

Shipping Boxes

Shipping boxes might be a tempting choice to transport your artwork as they are the most common type of packaging material in the shipping industry. They are lightweight, affordable, and easy to handle and pack.

However, shipping boxes offer a lot less protection as compared to crates. They should not be used for shipping heavy or large items as they might collapse under the weight, leaving the piece exposed and unprotected. In addition, they do not provide safety from the elements and weather, unlike custom crates. 

Custom Crates

Here at Art Work FAS, our crates are built to precisely fit your objects and are constructed of high-quality plywood, providing you with ample protection. In addition, these crates can be customized and constructed to ship items of any weight and size. 

When we are finished assembling your customized crate, our team recycles wood waste and scrap ethafoam to area recyclers. In continuation of our green efforts, we also use reusable and recycled wrapping and packing products whenever possible. 

Specialized Knowledge From Our Experts 

Our team is here to help you protect and secure your fine art with our custom crating services. Get in touch with us today for a full range of crating and packaging options. 

For nearly 30 years, Art Work Fine Art Services has served as the trusted logistics partner to some of America’s most highly-regarded museums, galleries, collectors, and artists. We specialize in expert and custom solutions for domestic and international shipping, warehousing, and preservation of artwork.  

Our team is made up of passionate experts in many mediums, including design, painting, printmaking, carpentry, photography, and sculpture. Art Work FAS offers services in Portland and Seattle, in addition to California’s Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York City, and across the Rocky Mountains.  

To request an estimate or find out more about the services Art Work Fine Art Services offers, contact us

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