Chapter 30: Storage Furniture

Barbara P. Moore, Jeffrey C. Weatherston, Russell D. “Tim” White, Stephen L. Williams

Storage furniture is used to organize space efficiently and facilitate access while providing suitable physical support and environmental protection for objects and specimens. Well-designed storage furniture should be thought of as a primary form of preventive conservation, the “first line of defense in ensuring the longevity of collections” (Fitzgerald, 1987: 72). In addition, storage furniture should encourage logical organization within a collection, facilitating retrieval and promoting careful handling. Good storage also fosters a cost-effective collection care program; time is saved by reducing the need for ongoing maintenance and remedial conservation treatments. Because different materials have varying preservation requirements, it is important to select furniture that will provide protection against the agents of deterioration that present the greatest threats to a given collection in a particular space. This approach to storage encompasses the concepts of risk management developed by Michalski (1992) and Waller (1994).

Key words: Storage, furniture, specimens, artifacts, access, retrieval, mounts, handling, design, cabinet, shelving, pallet, racking, panels, doors, hinges, gaskets, handles, bases, leveling devices, drawer, tray