There may be times when you will need to store your internal doors for short periods. Old doors may need storing while you renovate or redecorate your house. New doors may be ordered in advance of installation, so you can ensure they are available as soon as you need them.
In either situation, you will need to store them carefully. This will prolong their life and keep them looking their best.
To help you get the best out of your doors, we have put together some advice on the correct way to store them.
Why Do I Need to Store My Doors Correctly?
When storing wooden doors, it’s important to keep them in the right conditions. If they are left in the wrong place, or left uncovered, they may become chipped or stained. If kept at the wrong temperature or humidity level, they could become warped. At best, these occurrences will diminish the visual quality of your doors and shorten their life span. At worst, they’ll become too warped or damaged to fit inside their frames, rendering them unfit for purpose.
How to Store Your Internal Doors
Store doors flat but off the ground
Doors are heavy and designed to distribute their weight evenly when hung. If you leave them leaning or upright on the floor for a prolonged period (more than a day) they will start to bend.
Keep your doors covered
Preferably in their original packaging, but otherwise with a light, soft cloth or sheet. This will help stop them getting dusty or marked.
Store doors away from direct sunlight
Any exposure to UV light could bleach the doors, and leave an uneven colour on their surface.
Keep doors somewhere dry
This means away from fresh plaster, rendering, or concrete. Unless completely dry, all these substances can add moisture to the air, which may affect the doors.
Do not place your doors near a heat source
Placing them near a radiator or other source of heat may cause the doors to ‘sweat’. This draws moisture out of the wood which can weaken it or make it bow.