Storing Artwork? 4 Tips to Store Your Art Collection Like an Expert

If you’re going somewhere for some time and are taking your wall art with you, or are just keeping a few pieces to make room for new ones, then you should make it a point to store your prized collection properly. There are a lot of risks when storing artworks. This is why it’s important that you know exactly what you’re doing.

Storing your precious paintings

When you do things right, you’ll be saving yourself the headache and a whole lot of money in the long run.


Here are five tips to store your painting collection like a pro:

* Make sure art pieces are stored in a place with a suitable environment. If you’re looking to store a few of your art pieces in a closet or storage room in your house, you need to choose a place with climate control. If your basement or attic is finished and allows you to control the temperature, then it could be an appropriate storage area for your expensive works of art. The point is to make sure the room doesn’t allow air to blow directly on the artwork.


* Ensure proper documentation.

Before packing up paintings for archiving, make sure you protect yourself against damage or loss. Take pictures of the condition of the artwork before storing it. Make sure to document any changes in the piece of art or the storage space. Be as detailed as possible with your description. This is important if your collection is insured.


*Prepare your artworks for archiving.

Make sure to use a microfiber cloth to dust the hard surfaces of the painting(s). You can use a metal or wood polish if necessary to prevent scuffing. This will prevent dust particles or rust from settling on your artwork. You can also hire a professional cleaner if you’re not sure how to go about it.


What if you don’t have a spare room at home?

 You have to options to safely keep your art pieces even without a storage room in your house. One, you can secure your works of art in a climate-controlled storage unit. Or two, you can search for an art-storage facility near you. You have to make sure though that either option will meet the conditions mentioned above.

 It’s important to exert due diligence when storing your prized art pieces away. By following the tips mentioned above, you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re doing the right thing.