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How to Store Antique Furniture

An antique chaise before it is placed into an antique storage unitIf you have antiques, you’re likely either an antique collector or they were passed down from generation to generation. Sometimes, situations arise where you are temporarily no longer able to display them and you need to be able to safely store them. Whether you are moving, remodeling, or renovating your home, storing your antiques is a smart way to keep them safe until you’re ready to display them again.

It’s important to keep in mind that antiques are very fragile, and if you don’t treat them with care, they may not be around for the next generation. When storing your antiques, try out these tips!

What to do When Storing Antiques

Break Down the Furniture

Before storing your antiques, disassemble all removable pieces. As mentioned above, antique furniture is generally much more fragile than traditional furniture and breaking it apart will help to reduce the stress on the structure and joints.

Use a Furniture Polish

It is a good idea to use a wooden furniture polish on any of your wooden furniture before storing it to prevent cracking from fluctuations in temperature. A furniture polish will help to keep the furniture moisturized while it is in storage. Before storing leather furniture, it is important to find out what kind of leather was used so that you’ll be able to properly protect it and keep it from drying and cracking.

Never Stack Your Furniture

While it can be tempting to stack furniture pieces to save room, this is not a good idea for any type of furniture Instead of stacking your furniture, consider storing smaller items inside of larger items and stacking similar-sized boxes so that you maximize the available square footage of the storage unit without damaging any of your items.

Check on Your Storage Unit

When storing items in a storage unit, it is always smart to check on them periodically. This is especially true when storing antiques because of their fragility.

Use a Climate Controlled Antique Storage Unit

Fluctuations in temperature can be extremely detrimental to antique furniture, and so it is important to never store it in a location with temperature fluctuations.. Unfortunately, this means that your basement, attic, and garage are not ideal storage locations. When storing antique furniture, consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit.. A climate-controlled storage unit will maintain a steady temperature year-round that is ideal for the storage of antique furniture.

Self Storage Specialists Has Antique Storage Solutions

We strive to offer you storage tips to make your storage unit rental experience as smooth as possible. Self Storage Specialists has storage facilities with climate-controlled storage units all throughout Michigan and Ohio. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!

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