Carefully consult our How to Package Your Artwork videos for detailed instructions on how to prepare your art for shipping. There you will find specific information on what packing materials your work will require for safe shipping.
To estimate your shipping dimensions, add a minimum of 5 inches to each dimension of your artwork. For example, if your unpackaged painting on canvas measures 24 inches wide x 30 inches high x 2 inches thick/depth, then your new measurements will be 29 inches wide x 35 inches high x 7 inches thick/depth. Of course, whatever type of packing materials you use will affect the shipping dimensions of your work.
If your canvas, photograph, drawing or print is being shipped in a cardboard box according to our shipping guidelines, the shipping dimensions should be AT LEAST an additional 5 inches on each side.
If your work is being shipped in a wooden crate, this will be a few inches thicker than a cardboard box, and so your shipping dimensions would increase.
If your work is being shipped in a mailing tube, simply measure the length and depth of the tube itself.
If your work is a sculpture, you would be the best judge of what packing materials were required to protect the piece in transit, and therefore would have the best idea of your art’s shipping dimensions.
These new measurements will be your shipping dimensions.
Your Shipping Weight will be the weight of your artwork PLUS the estimated weight of your packing materials. If you do not know exactly how much your packing materials will weigh, please estimate as best you can. If you are shipping your work in a wooden crate, you should add at least 35 lbs to the weight of the unpackaged artwork to come up with your total shipping weight estimate.
Remember that your packing material costs should be considered when you are pricing your artwork for sale.