pre-framed customer art storage?


Sep 6, 2005
Tryon, NC
Without spending a small mint, what ways do the grumblers store customer art before framing?
Blue print drawers, Print sleeves (from United), coroplast boxes on metal shelves.

depends what it is. Mostly the print sleeves stacked vertically in bins.
Print sleeves, boxes (for pastels and dimensional art), and foamcore/poly bag for the everyday items.
Boxes constructed from Artcare foam core, with lids, and with layered paper inside. I have 8 boxes that are about 15x27, one that is about 31x39.5, and a couple of 15x15x6 deep boxes for dimensional stuff. I also have a couple of flat "boxes, that are about 20x30x1 that I use for sensitive items, like pastels, that can't really be stored normally. Rolled prints go into tubes.
Between clean cardboard or foamcore, or snuggly wrapped in a polybag and stored vertically in bins; boxes for 3-dim. art or pastels and layed horizontally, all with a copy of the work order firmly taped to the outside and **one copy in an alpha rack to track status and bin location.
**In the procss, and that is our goal and getting closer to it.
Oops, just realized you said "preframed". Sorry, stiff morning... :(
Ditto above, except for the big ones, and there's a seperate bin for those. If they don't want the frames back, the art is removed and stored like my post above...
I realize that those offering the highest level of protection will be the most eager to share their technique

We aren't quite as "diligent"

We do have large (30x40) acrylic poster sleeves to store larger, flat (poster type) art and we have shelving under one of the worktables where work is generally stored in a bag or envelope(sorted by due day)

On the rare occassion that something requiring special handling comes in, it goes in a nice out of the way location (for several framers that might be next to the cash register)LOL

It has served us pretty well, but I guess if I were to have a steady stream of heirlooms, we might revisit that storage situation

I'm guessing that at any given time we may only have 100-150 pieces of customer art. I can probably count on one hand the number of those that might require special handling above what we do presently
Sounds like another poll to me
I am so excited, I just scored two sets of blueprint drawers for $100 each set.
I got them from a frameshope that was closing down. I haven't seen them for less than $700 on line. I really don't think I have room for both sets so I am going to have to probably sell the 25 drawer one. For a lot more than $100.............
I think Jim meant "before framing" as opposed to preframed, but it wouldn't be the first time I've been

Keep an eye on liquidation sales from your local goverment or school system. I've akwired a number of functional if ugly flat files from the gummint when they either upgrade or decide to go paperless.
Hey Kathy-Make a couple of hundred bucks off that cabinet and buy a box of Studio 26101

Then you will see some real results off a $200 expenditure (You kept the notes on how to mak ethe most off of a $200 purchase didn't you?)

Also, contact me privately for an update on that World Class Consulting you guys got in Orlando. Need to know where the Magical Mystery Tour is headed
yeah Wally, I meant before framed! Thanks for correcting !!
various sizes of print sleeves stored vertically with the customers name printed on tape attached to the outside of sleeve. Most art fits in the various sizes, anything larger is stored between foamboard and labeled.

Flat/architectural files under our granite sales counter. There are (4) five drawer units. Each is 53.5" X 41.5" X 16.5"
Flat files...I used to be (and maybe still am?) a Safeco Dealer/Distributor such that I have two ten drawer 44X34 units and two 5 drawer units the same size. In addition, I have two 6 drawer 20X26 white laminate flat files and two larger antique flat files my grandfather built. I'm fortunate to have so many! I've cut two pieces of museum board to fit all the files to keep work flat and safe.

I have a two drawer fireproof safe for valuable smaller items and utilize print sleeves when needed.

Buying new flat files is extremely expensive and you can buy perfectly usable ones 10-20% of the cost of new ones.

Dave Makielski
We have something similar to blue print drawers except we paid $15 for them.

When we first opened, money was very tight (still is), so we were able to scoff some wooden drawers from the materiéls department of a large teaching hospital. Often when grants run out, hospitals dismantle entire labs and whole departments and place the equipment in storage never to be reused. I contacted the guy who oversees this orphaned equipment and browsed the warehouse. I was able to glom onto this wooden flat file cabinet which, I think, was used to store slides. It is ~ 48” x 20” x 33” with 10–3” slim drawers perfect for storing flat artwork. (I also nabbed an old beat up wooden desk [with a fold up drawer for typewriters], and two dented, metal file cabinets for another $15 each.)

The “slide” cabinet is pretty ugly, but I designed the front counter to surround it so the customers cannot tell how bad my taste in furniture is.

If you’re not too fussy about appearances, and you don’t have a teaching hospital near you, you might be able to find something you can adapt at a used furniture store especially if an engineering firm has recently gone belly up.