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OK to store antique furniture outside?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: November 05, 2010 11:05AM
We have a collection of antique furniture (desks, tables, chairs, etc.) that is in unheated storage. It gets pretty cold around here in the winter: down below zero on some days. We don't have room in our house for most of it and I am wondering if it would be OK to keep the furniture stored out doors in the storage locker over the winter. I've Googled this topic, but haven't found a lot of info. Anyone have any knowledge of this?
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Re: OK to store antique furniture outside?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: November 05, 2010 11:07AM
Depends...
Do you mind if that antique furniture looks like old wooden deck chairs after a couple months?

Short answer; No... it will probably destroy it.



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Re: OK to store antique furniture outside?
Posted by: rgG
Date: November 05, 2010 11:15AM
Not a good idea. Those harsh conditions will be very hard on any wood furniture.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: OK to store antique furniture outside?
Posted by: billb
Date: November 05, 2010 11:51AM
The humidity changes alone can destroy decent wood.
Unless you want firewood, then outside will be ideal.

It usually the humidity variances that do wood in more than the temperature changes although those are rather relative often.
Mold (even in the Winter) can be an issue, too.

If you don't have huge humidity variations like we do in New England ( tough on pianos even inside a home if there is no humidity controls) then you might be all right . I'd be wary of anything old and valuable.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/05/2010 11:54AM by billb.
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Re: OK to store antique furniture outside?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: November 05, 2010 01:31PM
No.



It is what it is.
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Re: OK to store antique furniture outside?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: November 05, 2010 02:05PM
Find an old Mom and Pop store on main street and see if they will store it for $50 - 100. A lot of those stores have extra space in the back or in a loft. Your UPS guy might know specifically of the ones that do.
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Re: OK to store antique furniture outside?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: November 05, 2010 04:49PM
Old furniture that looks new is that way because of the environment in which it lives. Likewise old furniture that looks old.

The cold alone will cause hairline cracks all over the finish.
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Re: OK to store antique furniture outside?
Posted by: eustacetilley
Date: July 24, 2014 09:05AM
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