Furniture

This is the page where you can find introductory information about how to care for the furniture in your museum collection.

Best Practices

Dianne van der Reyden and Don Williams for the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education compiled this guide on a Victorian “Japan Ware” Chair.

This helpful guide from the North Carolina Museum of History offers useful and easy-to-follow tips for handling, cleaning, and storing your furniture.

The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute created this 16-page manual Furniture Care and Handling. It includes information on such topics as light damage and proper ways to clean and polish furniture in your collection.

The Hammond-Harwood House and City of Bowie Museums Collector’s Corner Workshop Series provides a resource on Furniture Cleaning and Care which addresses the tools and techniques of furniture cleaning.

Do you want to reduce dust and keep pests away? Here is a guide on how to care for your furniture by the North Carolina Museum of History.

This video from the Winterthur Museum details how to handle furniture and other wooden objects.

How to care for furniture finishes like paint, resin coatings, and dry pigments, a resource by the Canadian Conservation Institute.

The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute offers plenty of advice on furniture in your collection. Useful pages include:

This video will teach you about the case furniture in your collection: