How to Store Art Correctly

How to Store Art Correctly

For those who collect fine art, be it collectible paintings, unique sculptures or perhaps a variety of both, it’s important that you store them in the right way. Sometimes it’s necessary to store these luxury items, like if you’re moving, selling them, downsizing, or simply don’t have space for all of your collectibles. But it’s vital that wherever you tuck your prized possessions away, that you make sure you store your art in the proper way. Here, we’re sharing tips for how to store art correctly. 

Temperature is Vital

If you’ve ever visited an art museum, you’ll know that temperature and humidity are very important for preserving painting and other fine art objects. When choosing an area to store your paintings, you’ll want to make sure the room is finished and climate controlled. A room that is not finished and properly insulated is likely to develop moisture, which is extremely damaging to fine art. Ensuring that your room is temperature controlled and free of too much moisture will go a long way in keeping your paintings in good condition. 

You ideally want to store your art in a room with between 40% - 50% humidity, and a temperature of between 20-25C. To help control humidity, you can always introduce a humidifier into the room. Did you know that we offer climate controlled storage units that can make a safe environment for storing art? 

Proper Packing

You may not know it, but packing your art in certain items can do more harm than good. For instance, did you know that cling film can cause mould to grow on your collection? Instead, you’ll want to pack your items in bubble wrap and glassine paper. Glassine is a special paper that will not stick to your art and is also grease and water resistant. Where possible, you should ensure that once your artwork is wrapped carefully in a proper underlayer, that you secure it in a sturdy box or padded blankets that you can wrap around it. For framed art in particular, you want to pay special attention to the corners. You can purchase cardboard padding that is made especially for frame corners that will prevent damage or chips of your quality frames. 

You can always contact us to find out which of our packing supplies are appropriate for storing art. 

Don’t Stack or Lean

One thing you should never do when storing your art is stack or lean items together. Sometimes you see people leaning a number of paintings against a wall, but it’s important that you don’t do this with more than one painting, as they could damage each other, especially if you haven’t packed them correctly. The same can be said of stacking smaller items, like sculptures, that might be in boxes. You don’t want the weight of one item to damage another, resulting in what could be irreparable harm to your precious art. 

Move Carefully 

When you’re moving your art in and out of storage, you need to be very careful. Again, when moving items, avoid stacking or leaning them against each other in the vehicle during transport. They can rattle around and damage each other when moving. Make sure you have a vehicle that allows plenty of room for the item or items you’re moving so they won’t come into contact abruptly. If you need a vehicle with extra space, you might be interested to know that we offer free van hire or free move in service when you store with Easistore.

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