Moving Antique Furniture From Humid to Dry Climates

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Moving antique furniture from a humid to a dry climate requires you to treat the wood in a very particular way. Move antique furniture from a dry climate to a humid one with help from an experienced interior design professional in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Jane Brown from Jane Brown Interiors and, and I'm here at my favorite furniture store in New York Furnish Green hidden away on 31st and Broadway. It's actually the most inconspicuous antique store so I encourage you to come along and find it, you go up an elevator and then there's this beautiful expansive you know treats and gifts to find inside. Today I'm gonna be talking about moving antique furniture from a humid climate to a dry climate and humid climates here in America are those wonderful climates that hug the coast predominantly like L.A. and here in New York as very humid trust me in summer as opposed to say those dry climates like Utah and Nevada. The thing I want to talk about is that because furniture is such an organic material and the wood breathes, it expands and contracts according to how much moisture or heat is in, in the atmosphere so the, the problem with moving an, an expensive piece from a humid to a dry climate is that it, it is going to lose a lot of its moisture and the moisture is what's kept the wood in that, that condition and that, that, that pristine shape and size. So the thing is that you know you can insure against this but a lot of you know fine antique dealers will recommend you not, not moving the piece from a humid to a dry climate if it's an expensive piece because the likelihood is that the wood will shrink and then this will cause call cracking and warping and there is no remedy to fix that. Once that's happened with the wood there's no fixing that so you might want to think about you know maybe if you have a piece that you know you've inherited from a grandmother or a you know a relative or your thinking about buying a piece maybe on the West Coast or the East Coast and you live in the Central America where it's drier. You might want to actually consider that before you invest in the piece especially if it's expensive. People have asked me about insuring against that and a lot of good insurance companies won't insure against the wood cracking because they're aware that this is what happens when you do move pieces from a humid to a dry climate, unfortunately that is just mother nature. So I hope this tip has helped and I'll see you next time.


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