Antique furniture is generally more sensitive and often more valuable than newer furniture so there are some tips to follow when placing such items in storage. Following these rules and warnings can help preserve the condition of your pieces and help them hold their value.
TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY:
This is Critical when storing antique furniture. Temperatures need to be consistent and kept between 50 degrees to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Some storage facilities also regulate humidity which is good for the furniture and can help avoid expansion and contraction.
Disassemble furniture as much as possible before storing. Mirrors on dressers, headboards and footboards, doors with removable pins are all items that should be taken apart and wrapped separately before placing in storage.
PREP AND WRAP PROPERLY:
Before you put your items into storage, make sure everything is prepped and wrapped properly. For wood use a wood conditioner before storing, for leather a leather conditioner. When wrapping wood, use brown paper pads as they won’t react with or harm the finish of the piece. For leather, use paper pads first, then if you want to use plastic stretch wrap go ahead. Do not use plastic stretch wrap directly on wood or leather.
POSITIONING THE ITEMS IN STORAGE:
How you place the items is also important when it comes to antiques. Don’t stack the pieces as you would normal furniture. The less weight or strain on the joints the better. Glue can loosen and joints can become sloppy over time, if strained. Place the piece as it would sit on the floor. A table should be on all 4 legs, a sofa or other upholstered piece should always be left on their feet, it’s much better for the frame.
Insuring items is important when it comes to antiques. Most storage facilities offer some type of coverage options. Check them out or check with your home owners or renters policy. Full coverage isn’t just included or assumed. If you need to get appraisals on your pieces to verify value, visit www.appraisers.org, or contact:American Appraisers Society P.O. Box 17625 Wahsington D.C. 20041 1-800-ASA-VALU (1-800-272-8258)
If you follow these tips, your chances of keeping your antique furniture safe are greatly enhanced.