Fur Tips: How to Store a Fur Coat

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In an ideal world, fur coats are stored with furriers. A good furrier will have a storage facility which is kept at 16 degrees and 40% humidity, which is the ideal conditions to preserve furs (this has been scientifically proven.) Fur coats should be stored professionally in the summer months, and can be kept at home in the winter, or can simply be taken out of storage when needed.

It is usually not worth it to professionally storing vintage furs, anything over 20 years old, as the fur will be nearing end of life. Walter, the master furrier at Papaps Furs, told me that beaver, fox, and water animals tend to stay in good condition for 20-25 years, and mink, persian lamb, marten, and any other cats (ex. lynx) can last about 30 years. Any pieces older than this should be worn and enjoyed, but know that they are, well, senior citizens in the fur world.

If you are really concerned with preserving your fur, particularly if it is expensive, it is worth it to store. Storage often costs around $100 a year, which is the price of about one coffee per week…well worth it for a great investment piece, isn’t it?

But if you are like me, and you have a collection of mostly vintage furs that aren’t valuable enough to store professionally, then here are some tips on how to store your furs at home.

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Of course it is near to impossible to create conditions that ensure a constant 16 degree temperature and 40% humidity in your home closet, so here are a few tips that can help you in storing your furs so that they have a long lifespan.

  • Walter says that it is more likely that the conditions in a home are too humid, rather than too dry. Avoid storing furs in a basement, where it can be quite moist. Too much humidity can result in a mouldy lining.
  • Ideally you want to store the furs in a place where there is no direct sunlight, and not too much heat. Walter suggests a bedroom, providing you don’t keep yours too warm.
  • The furs need to hang freely, don’t try to stuff too many in a closet. They need space! And use a proper hanger, hang the coat by its shoulders.
  • If you don’t use them frequently, or during the summer months, cover your furs with cotton garment bags or cotton sheets, not plastic (the fur needs to breathe!)

If you decide to store your furs professionally, Walter suggest you ask the furrier them how they store. He says a few furriers will just stick the furs in a back room, and charge you, even though it is the same conditions you’d create at home. Make sure the storage is 16 degrees and 40% humidity. Ask to see the storage area, I’ve been into the one at Pappas several times, there shouldn’t be anything to hide if you just want to have a peek to see if the conditions are good.

Thanks to Walter from Pappas Furs, who kindly supplied me with this useful information.

13 thoughts on “Fur Tips: How to Store a Fur Coat

  1. This is a great read, especially during the summer months. Improper storage can really be damaging to fur. http://www.furclearinghouse.com

  2. This is very useful information for me, that i can pass on to some of my clients.
    Over the last few years it has become far more commom & acceptable to wear vintage fur, i restyle or mend them. Sometimes after being kept in modern centraly heated homes the furs are left dry, brittle & realy useless.
    Does anybody know if anything can be done to help with dry furs?. probably Not.
    If anyone has any further advice fell free to contact me

  3. Most probably fur coats are expensive so one should store them properly when not in use. Proper temperature and humidity is required to store them , so one should keep this in mind while storing it.

  4. thank you for very sound advice, I think I may have left it a little late to investigate your site, but I may have a few more years of enjoyable use of my coat.  I so wish I had made it more priority earlier, but events happen and it did not centre forward at the time. Having said that, I had looked after  them properly at the first years and had so much enjoyment, I can only blame myself now. Thank you, I hope more people access your account in time. Thank you.  Jane.

  5. Thanks for the tips on how to give proper treatment to furs, really helps, I’m looking into it for a future pickings I neede to know all involved and cost.

  6. what does it mean that the fur is at the end of its life? What would tell me that? I ws planning in converting an 1930’s German coat of my mother in law’s into stuffed bears for my grandkids. a silly idea?

  7. I have heard that its a good idea to give your fur a spell in the freezer! but not sure about this one , advise me please Mildred

  8. was not to happy that my fox/beaver is in its final years. (23). however did learn some good tips on how to keep it looking good stil. thx

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