How can I store my framed photographs in my barn?

I have many fine art photos up to size 30" x21" (mostly 21" x 18" ) that are currently stored in open tubs. I want to keep them organized and protected from dust.

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  • M. M.. M. M.. on Dec 16, 2017
    I wonder if your barn is the best place to store these items,esp if they are valuable and you are not planning on re-matting and reframing them.. Is the barn heated? IS the dampness controlled? Damage may take years to show and then it might be too late. If indoor space is small, could you store them indoors in their mattes, flat, even at the back or a closet, wrapped or under a bed,boxed and undisturbed and keep bulky frames in barn in closed tub or box?

  • Lulubelle Lulubelle on Dec 16, 2017
    I really appreciate your concerns. I do not have room in my house and my barn is freezing cold in the winter. I understand it is not good to store in the cold. But that seems to be my only option now. Do you have a suggestion for my creating bin type of unit?

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Dec 17, 2017
    Barn? I would think not the best place for them. Were they mine, I would take them out of the frames, place in a flat box with tissue paper between them and keep them in the house. You can make a flat box out of large pieces of cardboard...easily stored under a bed or on a closet shelf. Then store the frames and glass in bins in the barn. Put cardboard between the panes of glass as well as the frames.

  • Gail Gail on Dec 17, 2017
    If the barn is your only option & you can't even put them under pieces of furniture such as bed, sofa etc in flat-like tubs or in perhaps pillow cases, one barn protector to hold them might be a non-working chest type freezer. These are usually pretty easy to get. An appliance place might even gut one for you to make lighter weight which would still give you a mouse & dust proof tub as well as providing some temperature & humidity stability that won't fluctuate as much as a cardboard box or plastic tub.

    This is thinking outside the box, but old non- working freezers are great for storing farm animal feeds, horse blankets, saddle pads etc. Why not art work as well ? Even quilts & blankets during summer months. Hope this helps.