WHY? After putting energy and time into creating your art...

you want to make sure your artwork stays safe and in good condition whether you sell it or keep it. You may not have the budget to equip you studio with state-of-the art storage systems, but there are still plenty of things you can do to protect your art investment.

Protecting Your Art

Immigrant X-ing by Artist Boris Bally

Never store near windows, doors, vents, or ceiling fans

Protect works from above and below by raising above floor level and covering above and below with heavy plastic


Store three-dimensional works on padded metal shelving, placing the heaviest works at the bottom levels, but elevated from the floor. Financial Investment

Secure shelves to wall and/or floor Unsecured shelves can fall during earthquakes or float in a flood.

If earthquake is a possibility, add a rope or other barrier to keep items from vibrating off of shelves

Secure works on display with museum wax or museum gel This will keep works from vibrating off or being knocked off shelves.

Raise large works from the floor by placing them on pallets or low display pedestals This will protect the work from minor flooding/burst pipes. Remember that pedestals will float and fall over in a flood and if high enough, will fall over in an earthquake.


Consider storing paintings in vertical storage bins with barriers between artworks, preferably with acid-free materials. Financial Investment
Other storage solutions:  Raise artwork off the floor where they could be seriously damaged by even small amounts of water and to protect paintings from being damaged by one another.

Place artwork in pallets wrapped in scrap carpeting and heavy plastic  Check pallets for insects and mold before moving into the studio and be sure the pallet is dry before using.

If you must stack works, place corrugated cardboard barriers between artwork and stack work front-to-front and back-to-back. It is best not to stack unframed work this way. Unframed works are more vulnerable to damage.

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