Stop & Stor Provides Tips for Storing Fine Art

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Self-Storage is the perfect solution for keeping things that are important to you safe & secure. Most customers store seasonal belongings, larger items that they cannot currently fit in their homes, and business items including legal documents and inventory, but It also is the perfect place to store valuable items like paintings, sculptures and gallery quality photography prints.

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Self-Storage is the perfect solution for keeping important things safe & secure. It also is the perfect place to store valuable items like paintings, sculptures and gallery quality photography prints.

Expert storage facilities like Stop & Stor, New York’s Self Storage leader understands that fine art items are often invaluable and irreplaceable, and offers tips for storing them, whether it be portraits, chandeliers, priceless antique furniture or sculptures, we maintain them with care and respect.

Here are a few storage tips from our storage experts on how to best prepare certain pieces of valuable art.

Protect the artwork with acid free tissue paper on both the front and the back. Place two or three layers of cardboard on both sides of the art to prevent any sort of bending. Tape around the outside of the cardboard pieces so they stay together. Leave a lip of tape where the tape is folded over at the end so it is easier to remove upon receipt. Prevent the art from moving around within the cardboard: Fold a sheet of paper into a triangle that has one open end. Place a triangle on all four ends of the print or drawing. Then tape only the triangles to the cardboard. The triangles can be easily removed by removing the tape on the triangles when it is received. Leave a lip of tape on the triangles as well so they are easier to remove. Never try to bend the print into a triangle. Place each triangle on an edge of the artwork, then tape each triangle to the cardboard. Place the taped up cardboard between two pieces of corrugated cardboard and tape all sides securely. It could also be further packed into a mirror pack or another couple pieces of cardboard to prevent any type of bending. It is recommended that one never lifts an un-mounted print or drawing by the corners. When lifting a print or drawing, slide a sheet of cardboard beneath it as a support and hold the cardboard, not the art. Packing materials are important: industry leaders like Stop & Stor have everything you need to safely prepare valuables for a safe and successful stay in storage.

Make sure to buy enough storage boxes to actually create a large enough box to allow 3" of packing space around all four sides of the frame. Wrap the framed artwork in a piece of material or simply cover it with tissue paper. This will protect any glass from the sticky substance of bubble wrap that can be applied next. Wrap the bubble wrap completely around the material or tissue paper making sure to cover all corners. Specifically, protect all the corners of the frame since the corners tend to be the points of impact when the box gets moved around during shipping.Place some packing peanuts or additional bubble wrap inside the bottom, top and sides of the mirror box to create a cushion for the artwork. Place the bubble wrapped piece on to a layer of packing material inside the mirror box and stuff the sides and top with additional packing material. A tight fit will ensure the artwork does not slide around in the box. Tape the entire box securely by taping completely around the edges.

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