How to store your fine art safely

There are a lot of risks when you want to store your fine art safely. Whether you want to use a storage unit or at-home storage space, it’s a good idea to consult a professional. It’s never a good idea to wrap a painting with a simple sheet of newsprint and call it a day. Also, you don’t want to just lean a painting against a storage unit wall. There are safer ways to store artwork. Storing paintings requires specific conditions. This is to ensure that the paint, canvas, and frame don’t withstand any damage. Here are some useful pieces of advice on how to store your fine arts safely. 

Choose the right storage room to store your fine art safely 

 The easiest place to store your fine arts is a storage unit. But keep in mind that you still cannot choose a random one. Choose someplace with consistent temperature and moderate humidity, like a climate controlled storage unit. A lot of professional storage units, like storage NYC, offer these conditions. In this case, you can be sure that your fine art will be safe. If you plan to keep your art in storage for an extended period, consider working with professionals. Professional storage can provide climate and temperature controlled storage, clean and secure units. 

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Fine art needs special storing conditions

Turning a closet or small office into an art storage room is an option. However, you need to know what to look for when choosing a room in your house. The room must be finished. Don’t choose attics or basements unless they are finished and have climate control. Make sure there are no air vents or open windows. If there is a vent in your storage space, you can speak to a specialist about modifying it. This way the air won’t blow directly on the artwork.

You also want to be thoughtful about dust and mold. Also, watch out for any musty smells that could be the indicator of a bigger problem. Additionally, avoid is storing your art in a room that has an exterior wall. Ideally, you will use a room that is completely inside the house. This eliminates the risk of windows bringing in sunlight and weather which can damage and fade artwork. 

 Pack your fine art properly  

 The first step to conserving oil paintings and other artwork during transportation or storage is to minimize human contact. An easy way to accomplish this is to create a barrier between you and the painting during the packing process. For example, you can wrap your fine art in plastic. This will keep your fine art clean and protect the finish. Also, it’s good to pack and move your picture frames as well. Secondly, seal your art with styrofoam. Use a custom-sized styrofoam box to ensure that the painting is safe and snug. 

Once the art is packed in the styrofoam, put in a small box. Place the styrofoam-packed painting into a close-fitting cardboard box. If you already have the right relocation packages, use them. If you do not have a box, you can make one from a couple of good-sized sheets of cardboard and a box cutter. 

Additionally, fill any extra space with dense packing material. Make sure that you fill any space with bubble pack to avoid bouncing or moving in transit. Then seal the entire thing shut with packing tape. Avoid peanuts or any packing material that can get smashed or settle over time. 

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Wrapping tape will be a life saver!

Transport your paintings with care

 If you choose to transport the art yourself, be careful when driving. Make sure your art can’t move around, or worse, fall over if you stop suddenly. This could cause some serious damage to your art. Another thing you can do to store your fine art safely during transport is to store it vertically. When lying flat, something (or someone) could fall, flop or sit on your painting. Additionally, protect your fine art with other objects. If you must lay the artwork flat, slide the painting against something solid in case you have to stop quickly. This way you can lower the opportunity for sudden impact. Furthermore, you can bring a blanket or pillow for extra cushioning. 

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There are safe ways to store artwork

In case you don’t want to transport the art by yourself, you can always hire the professionals. Make sure to pick a reliable carrier. Check the reviews or ask friends for a recommendation before you make your choice. Whether you are considering the United States Postal Service or a private company, like Brooklyn movingpay attention to the cost. Each service has unique rates, rules and standards for shipping based on the size and weight of your parcel. You can use an online calculator to compare rates to get an idea of what you will pay. 

Insure against damage. You should also strongly consider purchasing shipping insurance since your work of art could be irreplaceable 

 Store your fine art safely 

 When you get your artwork to the storage unit, you have to know how to store it safely. Never store artwork someplace dry or damp. Do not store paintings in a basement or an attic. Choose someplace with consistent temperature and moderate humidity, like a climate controlled storage unit. 

Don’t store paintings on top of each other. However, if you must lay your painting or paintings flat, use a rack to keep the artwork off each other. Furthermore, frames and canvases can absorb dampness from concrete and other materials. This dampness can make the frame lose its shape if there is too much weight on top of it. 

Additionally, keep artwork away from rooms where temperature changes often. If there is a furnace in your storage space, or poor heating or cooling, the sudden changes can damage your art. Also, it’s very important to keep your fine art away from the sun. Direct sunlight can fade colors. Keep your artwork covered with a cloth or leave the artwork in its travel packaging. 

Once you leave your artwork in the storage, make sure you don’t forget about it. When storing artwork, it’s easy to toss it into storage because you’ll think it’s safe. The problem with this is that potential dangers can’t be seen and put right if you don’t check in every few months. Keep an eye out for signs of rodents or moisture and make corrections to any problems that may arise. 

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