The average college student just finishing up freshman year isn’t going to have a lot to worry about when it comes to packing up a storage unit. The truth is that no matter how attached you are to that chair or poster, chances are there really isn’t anything all that valuable coming out of the dorm room. However, if you ever find yourself with an overabundance of old family heirlooms or antiques from various estate sales, you’ll want to know how to store them right!
While different types of antiques will need different conditions to be at their best in storage, there are a few general rules of thumb you can go with to help increase your chances of a happy experience keeping your precious items as pristine as you remember them.
Tip #1: Go with climate control storage
This is a no-brainer, especially if you live in areas that have the full four seasons including extreme summers and winters. Extreme cold and extreme heat can affect a wide array of materials, especially wood. You don’t want extreme weather to end up warping it or causing damage that isn’t easily repaired or fixed.
Tip #2: Keep an eye out for potential disasters
Another important tip is to take some time to be fully aware of the surroundings. Are there swamps close by? Rivers and creeks that can flood? Anything that you could see becoming a hazardous in an extraordinary situation? While these might be rarities, that doesn’t do anything to help you replace your treasures.
Take it from me, you only need to have the experience of losing precious items to a freak accident once to keep an eye out for even those rare possible disasters.
Tip #3: Extra quilts are your friends
Now if you have antique quilts then obviously that’s a different matter, but for furniture, paintings, glass, or porcelain, don’t forget that large soft quilts can be a great way to offer padding and protection when packing in crates, or even keeping antique wood pieces from getting scratched. Soft padding is your friend, but make sure to have everything clearly marked so you don’t forget when you finally come back to storage!
Tip #4: Ask for advice from professionals!
I know a lot about wood and treating wood or restoring it. I don’t know anything about paintings and very little about silver or glass. When you know you have an heirloom or piece that’s important to you, don’t be afraid to find a local professional to ask for advice. You’re better off taking some time and advice from a professional than just throwing everything in and hoping it remains safe.
Follow these four tips and you’ll be much happier at how well even your most delicate antiques store.