All the Do’s and Don’ts of Storing Antiques

Antiques are beautiful and have a depth and history that you would never be able to get with a new item. Regardless of their beauty, there are times when you will not want to have […]

antiques exhibitionAntiques are beautiful and have a depth and history that you would never be able to get with a new item. Regardless of their beauty, there are times when you will not want to have your antiques displayed around the house. However, you do not want to damage your antiques either which is why you need to know how to store them correctly.

The Packaging

When it comes to storing your antiques, the packaging is one of the most important things to consider. You should never just place your antiques in a storage area and leave them there. High-quality packaging materials are essential to ensuring that your antiques are protected while stored.

Heavy-duty bubble wrap and corrugated cardboard boxes are a must. It is important that you use corrugated cardboard because they are more secure, less likely to break or bend and will offer the best protection. You should also consider using thick blankets and felt to wrap up any of the more fragile items you have like clocks, mirrors and glass.

To secure these materials around the antique, you should use some heavy-duty packing tape. Of course, the packing tape should not come into direct contact with the antique as this could damage the wood finish, fabric or leather.

If you have any antiques that you want to store, you should carefully look at them. If you can, disassemble any of the larger pieces and store the parts separately. This will reduce the risks of undue strain and preserve the pieces. You should cover the legs of chairs and tables with blankets or bubble wrap to protect from scratches, accidental damage and dents. You should also never stack larger pieces of furniture on top of others as the weight could easily damage the bottom items.

If you are going to be storing antique artwork, you need to ensure that you can do this with them upright. You should never store these items flat. This is due to the fact that they are not made to hold any extra weight. Before storing these items, you need to wipe them down with a clean cloth and wrap each up n a blanket on their own.

Choosing the Storage Location

Where you choose to store your antiques is as important as packaging them. Antiques are vulnerable in terms of the location and the environmental impact. When choosing a location, there are certain factors to consider.

The first is the environment because many antiques are sensitive to environmental factors such as humidity and heat. Ideally, you will want to have a storage location that is climate controlled where electric heating installers have installed a temperature control unit as this will ensure the integrity of your antiques. Poor conditions will result in your antique fading, yellowing and warping. If you cannot get climate controlled storage, you need to choose somewhere dry that does not have great fluctuations in temperature and will not get too hot or too cold.

The next point to consider is insurance because antiques are valuable and you need to protect your investment. Wherever you choose to store your antiques, you need to ensure that your insurance is valid for the location. You also need to have your antiques valued before placing them in storage and insure them for the right amount.

The access to your antiques also needs to be considered because storing them does not mean you never want to see them. The storage location should be easy for you to access and not somewhere that is very inconvenient. There are a lot of antiques that are seasonal or could be used occasionally which is why you do not want to have limited access only.

Off-site storage is an option that a lot of people choose when storing their antiques. This is better when compared to the attic or your garage. These areas will have atmospheric conditions which could cause damage to your antiques and will not protect them. Additionally, insurance coverage could be problematic in these areas. Of course, this does not mean that you should choose the first storage facility that you find as you need to research them first.