How To Handle, Display, Move & Store Art at Home
Works of art are a passion for art enthusiasts, especially the collectors. The works displayed in museums or galleries are given a special environment to regulate temperature, optimize humidity to increase the longevity and preserve them for a longer time. These conditions are controlled and maintained in a way that humans feel comfortable in them too.
In homes however, to maintain accurate temperature limits and regulate humidity levels is an impossible task. However, if the spot and position of the display and storage is chosen carefully, environmental stability can be more successfully approached and implemented.
Following is a list of factors that need to be considered when attempting to handle, move, store or display your prized collection of artworks.
- The rooms that are on the inside of the house and have no external walls are more suited for the artworks as they provide a more stable environment.
- Spots that are more open to the outside elements, like rooms with an open window or external walls are more susceptible to changes in environmental conditions and hence have a fluctuation in the conditions.
- Spots that are just above or very close to heat sources like the fireplace, the radiator, or hot air vents are hot and dry and more susceptible to sudden fluctuations, hence making them unsuitable for any kind of artworks.
- Kitchens or bathrooms are hot and humid, thus wildly unsuitable for any artwork to be hung or displayed in there.
- Attic is great for storage of most objects but definitely not for artworks. These are poorly insulated and suffer great fluctuations in temperature and humidity.
- Many houses have basement storages which might make great cellars, but they are unusually cold and damp, hence storing artworks may damage them in a significant manner.
- While hanging or displaying the works of art there should be enough gaps left for air circulation that prevents extreme cooling, heating, or dampness in the paintings.
- In addition to choosing the placement and location of the artworks, it is advisable to make the environment more stable with the use of humidifiers or dehumidifiers.
- While moving or handling the paintings, care should be taken not to apply any kind of pressure on the canvas; this may cause cracks to develop in it especially in case of oils.
- While transporting the painting from one location to the other the paintings’ packaging and wrapping should be waterproof, sealed in a manner to not let any humidity through, puncture resistant both in the front and back, padded in order to prevent damage from any shock, and insulated well to resist any damage that may be caused by the sudden change in temperature during the transit.
- When you decide to store your paintings for a considerably long duration, the best way would be to wrap each of them individually and protectively and store them in a closet which is preferably on the inside in a room with no external walls.
- While these paintings are on display in any room, it is bound to collect some dust and grime from exposure, it is therefore advisable to protect them with a sheet of glass or acrylic for a longer life.
Small care and concern can actually go a long way in keeping your paintings protected from the elements and making them last longer.