Your paintings are an investment, and your photos hold your most cherished memories. When you need to pack them away for awhile, protecting them from deterioration should be your utmost concern. Delicate, decorative items are prone to damage from a number of factors, and improper storage tops the list.


At Phil’s Transfer and Storage, we know your artwork and photos are precious. You can’t just stack them in the attic or the back of a closet and expect them to hold up over time. To help you protect these items during periods of extended storage, we’ve put together this brief guide.


Use Protective Packing

To prepare your artwork and photos for extended storage, you’ll need to wrap and pack them properly. Wrapping will help prevent rips, tears, dings, and markings from other items you have in storage. Items you will need include:


●        Acid-free paper or glassine paper

●        Bubble wrap

●        Sturdy cardboard boxes

●        Painter’s tape

●        Flat cardboard sheets or foam board

●        Dunnage (shock-absorbing packing material)


If you’ve always used newspaper to protect items in storage, think twice before using it to wrap photos and paintings. The ink can easily rub off, leaving stains on the items’ surfaces.

Place wrapped, unframed artwork in between cardboard, foam, or plywood sheets and secure the sheets with tape. Finally, place the artwork in a sturdy, cardboard box and fill any empty space with shock-absorbing material.


Stack or Stand Artwork Safely

When storing artwork or large, framed photos, it’s best to give them plenty of space to help avoid damage. Do not stack paintings or photos on top of one another, especially if they have frames. The weight of heavy frames can damage items underneath them, so it’s best to stand them on their ends.


If you have a painting rack, this is an ideal place to store your artwork as it keeps each piece separate from the others. And finally, do not allow your artwork to touch the ground while in storage. Always keep it elevated on a riser or shelving.


Control Temperature and Humidity

High temperatures can cause ink and paint to degrade over time. As a rule, the cooler the storage area, the better your artwork and photos will fare. Similarly, humidity can lead to mold development and cause photos and art to stick together. When this occurs, ink and pigments may run together or fade, leaving you with barely recognizable pieces.


Insects also love moist, warm environments, so storing your valuables in such a location is an invitation for damage. If you cannot control temperature and humidity in your home, your best bet is a climate-controlled storage building.


Art Storage Solutions in Los Angeles

When you need to store and protect your valuables, Phil’s Transfer and Storage is your solution. Our climate-controlled storage units are routinely inspected to ensure your belongings remain safe, secure, and clean. We offer both short and long-term storage options and provide routine inventory checkups. We even offer detachable cab storage units available at an hourly rate.


To learn more about our services or to reserve your space, contact us at 323-666-8550, or you can message us at