How to Properly Store Antiques and Family Heirlooms

Moving Tips

April R.
April 17th, 2023

From your grandma’s beloved piano to your father’s pocket watch, antiques, and family heirlooms are items you want to keep around for generations to come. As they age, these items become more fragile and need special care to keep them in good condition.
If you have antiques and heirloom items you need to pack away in a self-storage unit, you’ll want to know how to store them properly so they don’t become damaged. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to wrap furniture and prepare them for storage. We’ll also explain how a temperature-controlled storage unit at Granite Mountain Storage can help protect your treasured items.
Preparing Items for Storage The way you prepare items for storage is just as important as where you store them. If you are storing items made from fabric, you’ll want to wrap them in acid-free paper. Most types of paper break down over time and will cause the items to react with the paper itself. In other words, it can actually change the color tone of your fabric items. Acid-free paper ensures that dyes don’t transfer from your special item to the paper.
You can also find acid-free boxes for safely storing clothing, pillows, and other special items made of fabric. Give wood furniture a good wipe-down with gentle soap and water on a sponge to remove dirt and dust. Once your wood furniture is completely dry, wrap it up to protect it from getting damaged in the move and breaking down over time.
Wrapping Furniture for Storage Properly wrapping your antiques before storing them will help protect them from damage over time. Begin by removing legs, drawers, and any other removable pieces. Then, carefully wrap each piece individually in bubble wrap. Keep like pieces near to each other to avoid misplacement. For larger pieces, you can use a moving blanket or heavy cloth to wrap them in.
Pro-tip: If you have removable hardware like screws and hinges to pack away, put them in a Zip-loc baggie and tape them to the underside of the furniture for safekeeping. Then you won’t have to hunt them down when it’s time to reassemble the furniture.
Protect Antique Furniture with a Temperature-Controlled Self Storage Unit Antiques and family heirlooms can suffer damage when exposed to humidity and extreme heat over a long period of time. That’s why it’s important to store these items in a temperature-controlled environment. Your belongings are safe with us at Granite Mountain Storage. Our temperature-controlled units protect your belongings from weather damage, mold and mildew, rust, corrosion, and color deterioration.
In addition to temperature-controlled storage units, we also have 24-hour video surveillance across the entire property, and alarm systems on all exterior doors and passcode-controlled gates.
When you’re looking for storage units in Taylorsville, Granite Mountain Storage has got you covered. With temperature-controlled units, top-notch security features, and affordable pricing options, storing your antiques and family heirloom items is as easy as Sunday morning. Contact us today to rent a storage unit near Taylorsville.