23 Jan 2017

How To Prepare Your Artwork For Storage

One of the biggest questions that people have when putting things in a self-storage unit is how to go about protecting your art. Art is something that people accumulate over a lifetime and new art replaces old art. You can’t keep all of those pieces just sitting around taking up space. Many people turn to self-storage units to help bear the load. Below are some tips for preparing your artwork for storage.

How To Prepare Your Artwork For Storage

Don’t Roll It Up

Many people have the image of the art school student on his way to class, big tube with his painstaking work inside and think that’s how you store art. That is how you can temporarily store art while moving it from one location to another. Keeping valuable art stored like this for a long period of time is a good way to ruin it.

Polyester Film

Once you have taken a painting off the wall for storage, you will want to place a polyester film over it that is thick enough to be capable of standing up to any casual punctures, but which is not attached to the artwork itself.

Photographs

If part of your art collection includes photographs or small prints, you can pick up some acid-free (very important) cardboard boxes at most art supply stores. Do not get regular cardboard because the acid in the material can degrade and fade the photos over time.

Sculptures

It’s a good idea to keep your sculptures, and indeed, any three dimensional art in either a cardboard box, or preferably a wooden box or crate while they are in storage. Also, keep in mind rules about stacking. Delicate things always go on top, so placing artwork at the bottom of a pile (any pile) is not a good idea.

Pre-dust

Before putting your art away and sealing it up, it’s always wise to make sure that everything is thoroughly dusted. If you put a car in storage and it’s covered in grime, that grime can do incredibly damage to the paint job. The same goes for art. If your art is covered in dust and grime and you put it away for months, or years on end, you might eventually remove it to find that it doesn’t look quite the same as it did when it went it.

Storing art can be nerve racking because of its sentimental, as well as monetary value. If you just don’t have any more space for art in your home and are considering placing it in self storage, do yourself a favour and follow the above tips for keeping your art safe and sound.

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