Packing Tips for Antiques and Art Pieces
Antique furniture, paintings, sculptures, and other pieces of art are precious because of how they illustrate an emotion, a story, or an era. When preparing to store antiques and art pieces, it is very important to make sure that they are carefully handled because these items, being heirlooms, investments, or inventory, are valued based on how well they are preserved. Here are some tips when packing these items in preparation for self-storage.
Packing preparation for paintings, mirrors, and other framed pieces:
- Wrap mirrors, paintings, and pictures in protective covering such as paper mats, thick blankets, felt, or bubble wrap.
- Instead of tape, use clear plastic wrap to secure packing materials. These are available at office and packing supply stores.
- Use cardboard corners to protect the sharp or weak areas of the frames.
- Mark the packed items as FRAGILE.
- Store mirrors and other framed artwork standing and not flat, as they may collapse under their own weight.
- Use boxes that are specifically designed for packing mirrors and large paintings. These boxes can be purchased at packing supply stores.
Organizing pieces of furniture for storage:
- Use covers, large heavy-duty bags, or sheeting as additional protection for upholstered items, such as mattresses and sofas.
- Disassemble fragile or heavy pieces of furniture, such as a dresser with a mirror or a bed frame with a headboard.
- Wrap and cover each section of the furniture, then clearly mark these to identify that they are part of their respective items.
- Keep assembly components, such as screws and bolts, together in one plastic bag then tape this onto the covering of their respective piece of furniture.
- Cover chair legs with bubble wrap or thick cloth for added protection.
- Avoid stacking antique furniture – leave it free standing.
- Coat your wooden furniture with a good quality furniture polish before covering it to give it additonal protection.
- Treat leather pieces with a leather conditioner before packing them.
- Wipe metal objects and tools with oil prior to storing them to avoid any rust from forming, since these items will not be used regularly.
- Remove the light bulbs from lamps then wrap these, the lamp bases, and lampshades separately for protection.
By keeping these tips in mind while preparing your treasured items for self-storage, you are guaranteed to keep your pieces protected while they are transported to the storage facility and in great shape even when they are not in use for a long time. If there are some pieces of furniture or art that may be especially fragile, do not hesitate to seek professional help to ensure that these items are well handled and preserved.