How to Store Wooden Doors

Written by j. johnson
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Wooden doors are highly adaptable. Depending on the type of wood you choose and the look you want, wooden doors can be purchased or customised to blend perfectly with almost any decor. With proper care and maintenance, a wooden door, whether it's in use or in storage, can remain in quality condition for many years, maintaining the same elegance and charm as when you first bought it.

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Things you need

  • Wooden door
  • Large tarp

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    Store your wooden door in a dry place that's well ventilated. If your garage is not attached to your home, for example, this may not be the best place to store your wooden door. Never let the wooden door get wet while storing, so if your basement has a tendency to flood, find another place in your home to store it. Common areas that work well for storage include the attic, a spare room or an attached garage.

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    Wrap your wooden door loosely in a large tarp and lay it down on a flat surface to store it. The surface needs to be level, and it should be a minimum of 31/2 feet off the floor. Be sure the door is wrapped loosely enough in the tarp that air can still circulate around it.

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    Keep your wooden door out of direct sunlight while storing it. Direct sunlight can damage some types of wood. If the tarp you wrapped the door in is a dark, solid colour, this should be sufficient protection. However, if the tarp is clear or translucent, the door should be moved out of direct sunlight.

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    Store your wooden door in an area that's not subject to extreme heat or humidity. If you live in a climate where high temperatures and humidity are common, place your door in the coolest area of your home. This could be a side of your home that's shaded, for instance, the basement or a room with air conditioning. The ideal temperature for storing your door is between 10 and 32.2 degrees Celsius.

Tips and warnings

  • To ensure your home is well ventilated and that the air doesn't contain excessive moisture, have your heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) systems inspected by an HVAC specialist.
  • Don't drag your wooden door across hard surfaces while placing it into storage. This can damage the wood's finish.

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