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Pre framing storage

Postby tebbles » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:37 pm

Looking for ideas on safe ways to store customers art before framing. I personally use plan chest and shelving.

Suggestions, or better, pictures of your storage systems please.
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Re: Pre framing storage

Postby prospero » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:24 am

When I stopped selling prints I took all the sleeves from my print browser and use them for temporary
storage. Otherwise, you can't beat plan chests.

Beware loose objects on the top when you have a drawer open. (and cats :roll: )
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Re: Pre framing storage

Postby Framemaker Richard » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:34 pm

Big plan chests are great, I also have a tall file drawer, with 30 drawers, each is about 14" x 9" x 1" so is good for lots of small works before framing.

Right angle brackets with some timber and foam padding for hanging up frames, I have round dowel and pipe cladding on mine but think flat timber is probably better... also some very heavy duty brackets with 3x2 for holding lots of large frames.

I have a racking unit for storing completed work and framed paintings and so on. Also some wider storage racks for just keeping stock frames in, I've seen some great looking setups in gallery store rooms with huge racks for paintings and frames...
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Re: Pre framing storage

Postby Framemaker Richard » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:06 pm

Better with pics..
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Re: Pre framing storage

Postby Not your average framer » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:31 pm

Storage can be a particular problem for those with small premises and is not something to ignore if you are already struggling for space. I am slowly down sizing and expect to eventually be moving into a smaller working space.

If you are tight for space, you need to be aware that no matter how much a customer promises to collect a large job quickly, because you don't have enough working space, then don't count upon them keeping their promise.

Some customers think that you are providing a free storage facility!
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Re: Pre framing storage

Postby poliopete » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:07 pm

Large plan chest for me plus a couple cheapo pine chest of drawers from the local auction house. One (4 drawer) fits nicely under my 7 x 7 ft work bench. The other is positioned conveniently behind me when doing the final assembly. I find it quicker and less hassle to pop in my local auction house on a viewing day, inspect what is of interests, leave max' bid. I think buying (furniture) from the bay is far more time consuming and often more expensive.

To keep the work shop clear I store stuff that is not so often used (hand tools, framed seconds etc.) in banana boxes under my work bench. They stack nicely and are light to handle.

Because I consider wall space very important for displaying framed items for sale and examples I do not have any shelving.

BTW Framemaker Richard, your pics are great :clap: such clarity. I envy the fact that you, and others, up load pics so effortlessly. They are always a great help and very interesting.

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Re: Pre framing storage

Postby Not your average framer » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:51 pm

I got rid of my plan chest, because I am down sizing and eventually plan to operate from smaller premises. I out grew my existing premises years ago, which has made life difficult for years. I have finally decided to down size and not to take on certain types of work in the future. I was already too busy and I want my life back. More storage capacity might not always be the easiest answer!
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Re: Pre framing storage

Postby Katie Dougan » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:37 am

Hi all - a first time poster - but my husband and their family have been framing since 1991. They have been going through a period of reorganisation and refurbishment over the last few years. It’s an ongoing process getting everything sorted and efficient. They now store mounted and loose Work up to a0 in a plan chest that is part of custom built design desk island. Completed work up to a certain size is safely stored there too, in a different section. Joined chop frames awaiting assembly are currently being stored in a StiffyBag for each job awaiting completion. the real problem they have is storing Framed Pictures awaiting remounting reframing et .. They’ve just removed several shelving units which were being used to store junk from a store cupboard and the plan is to store them in big StiffyBags. Although it’s not an ideal solution.
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