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Solutions for how to store your wall art prints properly

Whether you are following the current decor trends and have to swap-out your wall art, if you are simply moving storage space, or just want a fresh burst of color in your home - you are bound to have to store your wall art eventually, but the million-dollar question is: How do you actually store your wall art properly?

A question we will answer in today's blog post, stay tuned to learn how you can store your wall art, without ruining it!

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How to store your wall art properly

The best way to store whatever kind of wall art you have, be it; canvas prints, oil paintings or acrylic paintings, is to store them out of direct sunlight, not in direct contact with the floor, in a room with balanced temperatures and low foot traffic, and in a room with around 55% humidity.

Phew, that was a lot to take in, let’s dissect it!

 

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Keep your wall art out of direct sunlight

The sun has no mercy for the fancy things we have in our homes, your wall art is no exception. If your windows have UV-protection, it definitely helps, but I wouldn’t count on it protection my art 100%.

The safest way is to remove the danger of the sun gnawing away at the paint, entirely - which means, moving your art out of direct sunlight.

Anything to protect your art collection, right?

 

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Do not store your art directly on the floor

The reason for why you shouldn’t store your art directly on the floor is simple - it is easy to for people, and animals to step on (either accidentally or as a result of exploration), which will ruin your art (and day).

If your storage room has a concrete floor, you also run the risk of exposing your wall art to humidity and dirt - which is a big no-no, and is why you shouldn't store your art directly on the floor.

 

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Alternatives to storing art on the floor

There are some alternatives you can consider however, you can either place your pieces upright on top of a spacer with cloth in-between your paintings and the spacer, leaning the back of the pieces against the wall. This way you protect your piece against dirt and moisture coming from the floor, as well as giving the piece some breathing room due to the spacer.

This spacer can be of any material you desire, if you have some scrap wood laying around, waiting to be used - you can put them to the test, just make sure there isn’t anything sticking out from the wood pieces, as this easily can harm your works of art.

Also make sure you remember to put a cloth in-between your art, and the spacer - this will protect your art, and potential frame, from scratches and tearing.

 

The room should have balanced temperatures

Museums recommend storing your artwork in a clean room in 70 Fahrenheit or about 21 Celsius - which is considered standard room temperature.

If the temperature of your storage room fluctuates rapidly, it can result in wood warping, paint cracking, and even the paper of your artwork deteriorating.

So much for long term storage...

 

 

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Keep the foot traffic to a minimum

Accidents happens, that’s just how it is. If you can reduce the amount of running, trampling, striding, sprinting and moon-walking around your favorite pieces - you have a higher chance of someone not making a foot-sized hole through the cotton canvas.

 

Watch out for humidity

Museums generally recommend that the room humidity is between 40- and 60% with less than 10% variance in any 24 hour period.

Humidity along with temperature, plays a big role in the lifetime of your artwork. If you want your piece to be truly “timeless”, then you should follow the recommendations.

High levels of humidity can lead to mold growth, water damage, and make any paper-based art look as soggy as one of the clocks from Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory”.

If there is one take-away from this blog post, it is that you watch out for the humidity and temperature of the room you are going to store your art in.

Renting a storage room

Storage rooms are an ideal place for storing excessive art for long-term storage, but there are a few things to watch out for.

If you have chosen to rent a storage room, it is especially important to make sure that the humidity are within the recommended levels, and that there aren't any sudden changes in the temperature of the storage room.

 

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The best method for countering humidity and temperature issues is making sure that your storage place is heated, and adjusting both humidity (with a humidity collector, or air humidifier) and heat to the recommended levels.

If you follow these instructions, self-storage facilities become a great way for you to store artwork.

 

How to move your wall art safely

When moving your wall art, you have to show a great deal of extra care for your piece of art.

There are many elements that can damage your piece, which is why it is important to take some time to be sure that your artwork is safe, before moving it.

There are many options for different packing materials out there, but the best option is to use a combination of bubble wrap, acid-free paper, cardboard, and packing tape.

 

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Use the original packaging

If you still have the original packaging the artwork came in when you bought it - you can save some time, and pack it back up in it - if it not completely ripped to shreds (when you so eagerly tore it open).

 

How to pack your art safely

The first step is to place a few sheets of acid-free paper in the front, covering the motif.

Next step, is wrapping the piece in enough bubble wrap, that it won’t be damaged by anything bumping into it.

Now you can either lay two cardboard pieces, the full-size of your piece - in the front and back, to protect it from damage from sharp object - before you wrap if with even more bubble wrap, and tape the whole thing down, securing both your collection of paintings and your piece of mind.

Remember to be really careful when unpacking your wall art, in many cases it’s almost easier to damage the piece when you are unpacking it, rather than when you are moving it.

Packing down unframed art

For unframed art, you can place acid-free paper in the front, covering the motif, before wrapping the entire piece with a solid two layers of bubble wrap. Now you have a surface you can tape extra cardboard on to protect the corners of your piece.

Following the steps for framed art, you continue with placing cardboard sheets on both the front and back of your piece for extra protection, before wrapping it with another protective layer of bubble wrap and taping it together with packing tape.

 

There you have it, the best practices for storing and moving your wall art, without tearing a great big hole in the canvas! Remember to watch out for too low- and high humidity, dust, the unforgiving sun's rays, and please don't store your art on the floor - your precious paintings will thank you.

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