How To Store Art Correctly

Many don't realize how easy it is to store art wrong until they learn the hard way - by ruining their own. To help you avoid this we've created a handy guide to help you work out how best to store art if you're moving house or going away.

Ready to get clued up? Read on.

Is It Framed or Not?

Framed and non-framed art require different processes for correct storage...

Framed Art: Use a storage blanket or sheet of bubble wrap and wrap around the artwork. Then seal using packing tape. Now, grab a few pieces of hardboard to pad the front and the back, then seal them together too.

Unframed Art: Use silicone release paper to cover the front, then wrap with glassine paper. Use hardboard to pad the front and the back, then wrap in bubble wrap or a blanket. Secure it all together with packing tape.

Now for the dos and don'ts of proper storage...

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Do know the temperature conditions.

Sudden changes in temperature are dangerous to art because it can make the canvas slacken, stretch, or tighten. These movements cause the paint to flake off over time.

Another factor to watch out for is humidity, which encourages the growth of mold. The ideal conditions to aim for are 70 degrees Fahrenheit and 55% humidity.

Don't touch with bare hands

You should use gloves when packing because the oils on your skin can react with the paints and cause discoloration. The best option when it comes to gloves are white ones, as they're least likely to stain your art.

Do use padding

You should always aim to store your artworks separately, not on top of each other or side by side. But sometimes this can't be avoided. In these cases, make sure you use a painting rack or padding to separate them.

Do air your paintings

If you intend to store your paintings for a long time it's essential to air them occasionally. This prevents humidity buildup, which in turn, prevents potential molding.

Don't store in attics or basements

Never store your artworks in these places. The damp or dry conditions of the loft or the cellar are perfect places for damage to your art to occur. If you have to, then try to keep humidity to a low and temperatures constant.

Avoid direct sunlight

Always keep your paintings away from direct sunlight. That's because the UV rays from the sun can cause discoloration and fading.

If you're about to store your art, we hope these tips were helpful. Follow them closely to avoid any damage.