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How to Improve Your Art Gallery Storage

Art Gallery Storage

Fine art gallery storage is almost an art form in itself. Quality art gallery storage must be stored carefully to avoid dangerous temperature fluctuations, humidity, smoke risks, and pests. It’s no surprise that temperature and humidity-controlled storage settings are costly to your organization. McMurray Stern is here to help. Our art gallery storage solutions are space savers, allowing more pieces to be organized and stored safely between exhibits.

As a professional artist or gallery proprietor, you know the basics of fine art storage. You already know about the potential damages of high temperatures, mold, and smog. You know fine art should never be stacked, nor stored on the floor. You’d never consider a damp basement or dirty warehouse to be the right storage situation for the works you’re curating.

We’re going to talk about ways to improve your art gallery storage at the professional level.

Improving Art Gallery Storage:

The larger your storage facility, the more it’s going to cost your organization. It will cost you to:

  • Control the temperature
  • Control the humidity
  • Clean the air
  • Keep it secured through video and security services

Remember, every square foot of space you’re dedicating to storage is a square foot that could be devoted to showing the art! In other words, the more square footage involved in art gallery storage, the higher your costs for a portion of your business that isn’t generating cash flow. Art gallery storage is something you must have, and it must be excellent, but it’s a significant monthly money-pit.

One of the best ways to improve your art gallery storage is to reduce the ongoing costs with art storage racks. By limiting your square footage and compacting your collection, you’ll keep climate costs and security costs down, while opening up more room to exhibit.

The Key Attributes of Art Gallery Storage Racks That Matter Most

Visibility and security should always be at the front of your mind when storing expensive pieces. Yet, it can be challenging to achieve these goals with limited art gallery storage spaces. The right art storage solutions will safely compact your fine art collections to make the most of your space. Beyond that, look for:

  • Low Vibration: Seek special floor rails and overhead tracks, plus precision frictionless roller bearing trolley system, that will work in unison to minimize the risks of damaging vibrations.
  • Sway Prevention: Look for anti-sway guide wheels and anchored guide mechanisms to eliminate the risks of tipping and swaying.
  • Controlled Deceleration: A device designed to slow the panel motion during the last 15″ of movement, to protects materials and reduce the danger of jarring stops that could damage your works.

For smaller collections, consider pull-out systems that allow for easy viewing and rearrangement. For larger, museum-grade operations, check out lateral art storage racks. They’re easier to grow and reduce as exhibitions come and go.

Our Goal

At McMurray Stern, our goal is to match your art gallery storage needs with the right solution. From the smallest collections that can be housed in art storage cabinets, to the largest, most comprehensive museum and collegiate needs — we have the art storage solutions that fit your space requirements and budget. 


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