Storage Solutions for Small Art Collections

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Even collectors with small art collections need safe and secure storage options when the need arises.

The vast majority of art lovers never end up collecting a gallery’s worth of pieces. Instead, their collections consist of beloved paintings, prints, or 3D pieces that can fit comfortably into their homes to be enjoyed day after day. For those who have the space and the resources, small art collectors might also dedicated a room or rooms in their living spaces as a home gallery to specifically showcase these pieces.

But there are situations in which a small collection might need another safe and secure temporary home. These might be:

  • During a move
  • When homeowners leave the state or country on extended trips
  • When hurricanes or other inclement weather threatens to make landfall directly in your area
  • During an extensive home remodel, when dust and debris might damage the pieces
  • When you are preparing for a gallery showing and wish to have all the pieces easily accessible

Preparing Artwork for Storage

Because your collection is small, it is more likely that you will be able to prepare the pieces for storage on your own or with the help of friends and family.

First, gather the materials you need to safely store your art pieces:

  • Acid-free paper or boards for canvases and prints, framed or unframed
  • Clean, dry cloths that cover pieces
  • A storage rack or shelving unit
  • A climate-controlled storage area in which to house the pieces
  • Thicker blankets or materials to use as padding

Second, make sure your hands are clean and remove all jewelry to prevent accidental scratching. Be sure to handle only one piece at a time.

For temporary storage, framed and unframed canvases can be wrapped with clean, light cloths or padding to prevent dust buildup before being stacked upright in a art storage rack. You can also use bubble wrap, being careful to lay a piece of acid-free paper between the front of the canvas and the wrap. Tape the bubble wrap closed. 3D pieces can also be covered with a cloth to prevent dust buildup and set on open shelving or on the floor. NEVER place art pieces directly on a concrete floor; instead, use heavy padding as a layer between the concrete and the art pieces.

For long-term storage—or when you are storing your pieces to protect them from possible damage due to incoming hurricanes or tropical storms—it’s best to invest in renting a unit at a storage facility that specializes in art storage. Such facilities are often able to pack up your art pieces, move them safely, and unpack them into the storage facility for an additional fee. The units are humidity- and temperature-controlled to prevent mold and mildew growth as well as prevent stress on the pieces themselves. In addition, a highly rated art storage facility is built to withstand fire, flooding, and wind damage.

Small but valuable collections deserve the same respect and care that large collections do. For art lovers who maintain a small but personally precious collection, investing in the right types of storage materials and spaces will pay dividends as your pieces maintain their value over time. Museo Vault is a top-rated art storage facility that also offers other art services to clients. Visit our Homepage now to get more information about our facility and other services today.