Dos and Don’ts of How to Store Antiques

Antiques are beautiful items. No matter what the object is, they are fully embedded with beauty, depth, and a sense of history that you simply cannot get from new purchased items. However, despite how beautiful they are, at times you won’t want to display them around your home. But you also don’t want them to get damaged, so what do you need to do to make sure that your antiques are properly stored?

Packaging

“One of the most important things that you need to consider when storing your antiques is packaging,” says an antique restorer at Abbey Group. You never want to simply throw your antiques inside of a storage location and then leave them there. You absolutely need to have high-quality packaging materials. That means having a lot of corrugated cardboard boxes and heavy bubble wrap on hand. Corrugated boxes are the least likely to break or bend and are the most secure and so provide the most protection. Another option is to use felt and thick blankets for wrapping fragile items such as clocks, glass-topped tables and mirrors. Heavy-duty packing tape should be used to secure the packing materials around your items, and also make sure that the tape doesn’t come directly into contact with your antiques since that can ruin the fabric, leather, finish of wood, or any other surface that is easily damaged.

If you have any antique furniture that you would like to store, make sure to thoroughly examine it. If possible, take large pieces apart and wrap up the components separately, since that will reduce the risk of unnecessary strain and will preserve the piece’s value. Cover up the legs of the chairs and tables with blankets or bubble wrap to protect them from dents, scratches, or other accidental damage. Be sure to never stack big pieces of furniture on top of one another. The weight of these pieces can damage the ones that are underneath quite easily.

Hanging artwork, like mirrors, drawings, and oil paintings, are other common antiques that are stored. You need to ensure that you can store them upright instead of flat. That is due to the fact that they are not designed for holding extra weight. Before they can be placed in storage, be sure to use a clean cloth to wipe them down, and then use a thick blanket to wrap each of them individually.

Selecting Your Location

Your location for storing your antique is nearly as important as the packing materials that you use. Antiques are especially vulnerable to environmental impact and location, so before choosing the location there are a few things that need to be considered:

Environment:

Many items, such as wooden furniture or oil paintings, are sensitive to certain environmental factors, like humidity and heat. It is critical to have a climate controlled environment to safely store your antiques in that maintains their integrity. If there are poor conditions it can result in such damages as warping, fading, and yellowing. If it isn’t possible to control the climate, then be sure to choose a place that is dry, without a lot of fluctuations in temperature, and where it doesn’t get too cold or hot, or suddenly change.

Insurance:

By nature, antiques are valuable – so you need to ensure that you protect your investment. No matter where you decide to store your antiques, be sure that you have valid insurance for the location. Also, be sure to have your pieces valued before putting them into storage, and have them insured for the proper amounts.

Access:

You may be placing your cherished antiques into storage, but that definitely doesn’t mean you don’t ever want to see them again. Be sure the location is easy to access and is not in an inconvenient place )such as 100 miles away). Many antiques, after all, are seasonal or might be used on occasion, and you won’t want it to be hard to access them

Based on everything above, many individuals decide to store their antiques at an off-site storage centre, instead of their garage or attic. After all, in normal household storage areas, atmospheric conditions tend to vary, and there is questionable insurance coverage. However, don’t just select the first facility that you happen to find – instead, do some research ahead of time.