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Why Space Customization is Critical When it Comes to Art Storage

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Art needs delicate handling and care to retain its beauty for as long as possible. Humidity, salt, mishandling and theft are some of the dangers that threaten art. Space customization helps minimize these hazards and is critical for art storage.


Climate Control

Humidity and water are among the greatest dangers to artwork. With space customization, a room, vault, shelf or space can be monitored with sensors to keep the air optimal for the works. In the case of a fire, sprinkler systems deploy only in very specific areas. Sleeves for ultraviolet protection cover lights, and customized spaces have backup systems in case the main system goes offline. This is especially critical in hurricane-prone areas, which is why Museo Vault has a building that is category-5 hurricane proof.


Maximizes Space in Homes

Many serious collectors of art have more pieces than they can display at any one time. Space customization allows them to rotate the art both inside and outside their homes to keep pieces safe and fresh. Collection managers are happy to visit homes and discuss ways in which art collectors can best store art given the house’s conditions. Collection managers also work with art collectors to install artwork based not only on the collector’s preferences, but on the strengths of the work and the house.


Peace of Mind and Accessibility

For off-site art storage, collectors do not need to worry about the safety of their pieces. Security is top-notch, and movers are meticulous in safe handling and transportation. They understand the intricacies of art, from the most delicate rice paper and tiniest paintings to room-size installations. They transport artwork locally or internationally. Video streaming and website features also allow collectors to see their pieces in real time and show them off to others. Viewing rooms also let collectors visit their works in person.


Space customization for art storage provides the best of all worlds. It provides flexibility, security, safety and accessibility.

How to Locally Transport Artwork Safely Without a Crate

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When deciding how to ship a painting locally, you will face a number of logistical obstacles. Choose a method that is convenient and protects the integrity of your artwork.


If you decide to transport your painting without an expert service, consider using a crate to ensure the safety of your artwork. Although a crate is a preferred method, if you decide against it due to space constraints or cost restrictions, you will need to follow a few important steps:

  1. Wrapping: Your painting should be wrapped in craft paper or, if you need to ensure extra protection, wrapped in bubble wrap with the bubbles facing inward.
  2. Bin Box: You will want to get a bin box with cardboard dividers. If you have a telescoping box, it will allow you to include multiple paintings in one shipment. This cuts down on costs while providing a basic level of protection for your paintings.
  3. Securing the Art: When moving in a truck or van, secure the artwork by tying it down with straps. Even with protective packaging, sliding around in the back of a van has the potential to seriously damage your painting.

White Glove Service

Ultimately, there are risks associated with attempting to transport a painting by yourself. Although the steps above will help ensure a safe transportation, you should consider an expert service so you don’t have to worry about causing damage the first time you learn how to ship a painting.

White glove services provide a number of benefits, not the least of which is relieving you of the responsibility for your painting’s safe transportation. Choose a white glove service that will transport locally and that will create a specialized crate for your artwork. Rely on the professionals and you can be sure that your painting will have a safe and timely delivery.

Important Things to Look For in an Art Storage Facility’s Viewing Room

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Finding the best place to store and display your artwork or other collectibles can be a challenging proposition. When assessing your options, a key factor should be the facility’s viewing room. You want to select a space that provides an appropriate and safe environment for your artwork. Consider these general guidelines when making your decision:


Viewing Room Set Up

The viewing room should emphasize your artwork in a pleasant environment. There are a few key factors to consider:

  1. Wall Color: The walls of your art storage facility’s viewing room should not distract from what matters: your art. Choose a facility with neutral wall colors.
  2. Lighting: You want flexible lighting options that work with multiple display arrangements. Look for a viewing room that provides spotlights for focusing on individual pieces as well as a broader lighting arrangement that illuminates the walls evenly.
  3. Furniture: The viewing room should be staged with a couch or other furniture available for visitors to sit and view the art. You and your guests should be comfortable while enjoying your collection.

Viewing Room Specifications

The art storage facility should have some basic physical specifications for its viewing room:

  1. Support: The viewing room must have reinforced support behind dry wall for installation security. Alternatively, you will need to find a facility that has a hanging system.
  2. Large Doorways: Particularly if you own larger pieces of art, the viewing room should have doorways that are at least twelve feet tall.

Protecting Your Art

The most essential requirement is that the viewing room and the storage areas at the art storage facility protect the integrity of your artwork. Two considerations are particularly important:

  1. Temperature: Select a facility that provides a climate-controlled viewing room. This is essential to maintaining the integrity of your artwork.
  2. Security and Privacy: To protect your art, choose a facility that maintains security over its viewing room, with a system to limit access to those persons you specify.