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3 tips for storing antique art

3 Tips for Storing Antique Art


Collecting vintage art is a fun and creative hobby. If your inventory grows too large and you cannot use all the pieces as decor, you are probably wondering how and where you should store the extra antiques. Use these three tips to take good care of your art even when it is not hanging on your walls.

1. Keep Them at an Appropriate Temperature 

Because of the materials, older works of art are typically extremely sensitive to heat. Extra Space Storage suggests using room fans, air conditioning systems or heaters to maintain a temperature between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You should also try to maintain low humidity in the space you store the paintings.

2. Choose a Good Storage Unit and Location

Do not just stash your art in any old box – different pieces require different methods of storage. Framing company Church Hill Classics recommends putting loose, unmatted artwork in cabinets or drawers. Place blank sheets of paper between each piece and try to group them according to size. The source notes that acidic pieces, such as scraps of newspaper, should be kept in a separate drawer since their ink can easily transfer to other items.

Works that have been framed should be kept vertical. Because they are heavier, separate each picture with a piece of foam or felt. If you are planning to leave a framed work in storage for a while, Church Hill Classics recommends taking off any hanging devices, as these can cause damage to nearby artwork. Also, make sure the area you select is free of mold and bugs – while it might be convenient to place pieces in the garage, they could easily get ruined there.

3. Check the Pieces Often 

Extra Space Storage recommends taking frequent inventory of your stored artwork to make sure the pieces are still in good condition. Take a photo of each piece before you put it away. When you check it later, you will be able to tell whether or not it has changed. This can be useful for slight alterations that happen over time, such as fading. It is also a good idea if you choose to store works in an area prone to leaks, like an attic or basement. If water does start dripping on a picture, regular checks will ensure that you will catch the problem in its early stages and avoid permanently ruining the image.

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