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When you are storing nice wood furniture, make sure you store it in a dry, well ventilated room. If you store it in a damp basement, you could discover moldy and warped furniture when you go to retrieve it.
This is just an additional tip on storing wood furniture. Store it in a dry, well ventilated area, but one that does not get too hot. The wood might dry out and crack.
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I have a coffee table which was made by my grandfather 60 years ago. It was made with tiny individual pieces of wood, glued together to make a pattern. It is a beautiful piece, but now I have to store it in a storage unit for awhile. I am sure the unit is dry, but I am worried about the cold as it will be stored over the winter months.
By Karen C
It's best to store fine art, antiques, and precious family heirlooms like this gorgeous table in a climate-controlled storage unit. Non-climate-controlled storage is cheap but not cheerful when you return to find your stored goods nibbled by mice/rats or split/warped/otherwise damaged from temperature extremes.
Yes, climate-controlled storage will be a little more expensive than a 'regular' storage unit, but the piece will be protected from cold and heat extremes, and from pests.
The storage facility should have a tips booklet with tips on preparing your goods for storage, should also have comprehensive tenant insurance available (read the contract before you sign), a pest control programme, and finally, should have security measures in place like round locks for units, keypad entry gates that log all visitors, cameras, and alarms.
If you find climate-control storage is out of your budget, try to find a friend or family member you trust completely to let you store the table in their heated and cooled home.
That sure is a rare and beautiful work of art! I would be more inclined to ask a very trusted friend or relative to hold that table for me, rather than put it in a commercial storage unit, even climate controlled. You just never know what might go wrong when you use a commercial facility.
For instance; what if it changes owners or goes out of business, moves, has a fire, has a burglary, or someone botches your payment history and sells off your unit's contents for non-payment before you have a chance to prove you're paid-up? I would never trust such a precious item to a commercial storage place. Of course, you have to be absolutely certain that a friend or relative is totally trustworthy, too, and won't refuse to return your table. I hope you have this table appraised and insured, because it's absolutely priceless and irreplaceable. Good luck with your decision!
Look for a climate controlled storage place.
Cover lightly with a sheet to keep the dust off.
I think an unheated storage space could damage your beautiful table in 2 ways. The unheated units allow more humidity. To me that would be the real danger. Wood glue has been the same for a long time. But there is no way to know what glue has been used. A friend of mine stored a saddle of mine in an unheated unit for a few months. She returned it covered in mold. It is such a beautiful piece that I would not take a chance on it. I would get a heated storage unit.