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

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 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.

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

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.

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