As a collector of lifelike taxidermy pieces or a hunter who brings home your own trophies, you know the importance of proper care and maintenance for your animal mounts. You might even have a room in your home completely dedicated to your collection—for hunters, it’s a trophy room.
When you keep a trophy room, it’s the elements your trophies are exposed to that will make or break taxidermy preservation. Keeping pieces out of direct sunlight, not placing them near sources of heat, preventing exposure to moisture or humidity and regularly cleaning off dust and cobwebs from your collection offer a good defense against bug infestations. For these reasons, it’s recommended that you do some research before putting together a trophy room.
If you are lucky enough to have the space for a trophy room, but need some help designing it, don’t hesitate to place a call to a professional. With this in mind, here are five tips for finding a high quality trophy room design service:
- Do general research: Your first step should be to do some general research about trophy rooms. From online group forums to magazine articles about trophy room design, there’s a whole lot of helpful information for you to browse through on the Internet. If you prefer to have information in hand, head to your local library or bookstore.
- Check out business sites and pages: Another excellent source for information can be found on taxidermy and trophy room design businesses’ websites. Most want to be helpful, so they’ll provide pages on their websites that guide potential customers through the essentials of creating a trophy room. Also, refer to the services page to find out what a business offers, such as animal taxidermy, taxidermy maintenance and trophy room design.
- Ask reps at local outdoor/sports stores: Employees and customers of outdoors-oriented stores who also collect animal mounts would probably be willing to discuss trophy rooms with you. Initiate conversations targeted around your similar interests—like taxidermy, hunting and trophy hunts—and ask whether there’s a particular trophy room designer they would recommend. Owners of smaller outdoor sports stores could have connections with taxidermists and trophy room designers.
- Talk to hunters and collectors: The next time you meet up with the people in your hunting circle, bring up the fact that you are looking to transform a space in your home into a trophy room. Whether anyone actually has a trophy room or not, they are bound to have some knowledge on the subject, and may even have a design company in mind.
- Visit businesses: Once you do a bit of homework, you should consider visiting businesses that specialize in taxidermy and/or trophy room design—but call ahead to make sure you don’t need an appointment first. This is the time to ask questions, and they may have portfolios you can look through of their past design work.
The skilled team at Nature’s Design Taxidermy is ready to assist you with the design and development of your trophy room. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or learn more about our trophy room design services!