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How to Store Antique Furniture

Posted on: December 15, 2017 | by: Lighthouse Self Storage December 15, 2017

An antique furniture shop selling items that will be placed into a storage unit

Antique furniture is often passed from generation to generation, increasing each generation in both sentimental and monetary value. Unfortunately, though, antique furniture is normally much more fragile than traditional furniture, and much more susceptible to damage. If you are moving soon, or the time has come for you to tuck your favorite antique furniture piece away for safe keeping, it is extremely important you store your antique furniture with care.

What You Should do Before Storing Antique Furniture

Try out these antique furniture storage tips!

  1. Be Cautious with Plastic: It is a common misconception when storing items that wrapping them in plastic during storage will help to protect them from any damage. While this is true, too much plastic can restrict the furniture from breathing and cause mold or mildew to form.
  2. Disassemble All Removable Pieces: Before placing any of your antique furniture pieces into storage, disassemble any removable pieces. Antique furniture is generally weaker than traditional furniture, and overtime the weight of various pieces on the structure can cause it to buckle or crack. For example, if your dresser or armoire has a mirror attached to it, remove the mirror before storage.
  3. Protect Your Antiques from UV Rays: No matter where you choose to store your antique furniture, make sure it is out of the way of UV light. Long-term exposure to UV rays can cause serious damage to your antiques. If you have to store your antique furniture in an area with light, invest in a UV protector.
  4. Do Not Store Your Antique Furniture in Your Basement or Attic: Two common storage locations are the basement and attic. Be cautious of storing your antique furniture in the basement or attic though, these locations can be extremely prone to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. This can cause mold and mildew to form, ruining your antique furniture. When storing your antiques, choose a location that has a steady range of temperature and humidity.
  5. Check Up on Your Antique Furniture: The last thing you want to do when storing a sensitive item, like an antique, is to put it into storage and never check on it. If an item does happen to get damaged, the quicker you notice the damage, the quicker you can treat it.

Are You Looking for a Location to Store Your Antique Furniture?

If you do not have a location to store your antique furniture that will keep it free from fluctuations in temperature or humidity, consider utilizing a climate controlled storage unit. A climate controlled storage facility will maintain a range of temperature ideal for the storage of more sensitive items. Lighthouse Self Storage has storage units ranging in sizes from 4X9 storage units to 10X30 storage unit. So, whether you’re storing an antique clock or your grandma’s antique couch, we’ve got you covered. Contact Lighthouse Self Storage today for any of your antique furniture storage needs!

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