How to Store Antiques

  • A close-up shot of an antique chair.
In our world of disposable everything, antique furniture offers us a portal into the past. An antique desk reminds us of a time when people actually wrote letters. A dining table evokes family dinners from 30 years ago. A grandfather clock takes you back to a time when everything seemed to move more slowly.

What’s more, a piece of antique furniture can add grace, elegance, and beauty to your home.

In return for all of that, antiques ask just one thing—to be handled with the love and care that they deserve.

Antique Storage Units

Go ahead and store Ikea furniture in your attic or basement. If it gets ruined, chances are you can buy the exact same piece again for around $100.

That’s not true for antiques, which are basically irreplaceable.

If you must store antiques, it’s critical to avoid swings in temperature or humidity. In your home, that generally means in the living spaces of your home, not the attic or basement, and certainly not the garage.

The problem with that? Most of us don’t have that kind of storage space.

There is, however, a solution—a climate-controlled self storage unit that will protect your antiques from heat, cold, humidity, the elements, mold, and mildew.

When the time is right, you can bring your antiques out of storage and they’ll be in the exact same condition as before—and ready to add a bit of history and charm to your home.

Tips for Storing Antiques

Choosing a climate-controlled storage unit is definitely the first step in properly storing your antiques, but there are a few other points to keep in mind.

First, make sure it’s dust-free and clean when you store it. Secondly, you’ll want to wrap your antiques in old blankets or drop cloths. Lastly, never stack furniture on top of each other. The extra weight will stress both the wood and the joints.

Climate-Controlled Units at Storage-Mart

At StorageMart, we offer clean, well-lit storage units in a variety of sizes—all of which can be rented on a month-to-month basis. Check out our storage unit guide or rent a unit online today.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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