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Packing Books

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We all have books on our shelves that we've accumulated over the years. We might even be shocked by how many there are. Packing books requires some special considerations because they're so heavy and can be fragile. Fortunately, there are some tried and true methods for keeping your reading materials safe in transit.

What You'll Need

When packing your books, you'll need a few materials:

How To Pack Books

The bottom of the box should be taped up really well, since books are heavy items. We suggest doing a double layer. The heaviness is also the reason for the small carton. Don't pack books in big boxes! They will be too heavy to lift, and they might give out on you.

Most often, we keep our books on shelves. If they're organized by size already, you're in good shape. If they aren't, you might want to cherry pick according to size so that you can pack them more uniformly. Whenever possible, larger books should go on the bottom of the box.

There are three ways to pack books so that you protect the binding and keep the pages from getting warped:

  • Standing up, like on a shelf
  • Spines up
  • Stacked flat

If you're packing them standing up, put the open part of the book against the wall of the box. After you've completed one row, you can start a second one, putting the books in spine-to-spine. If you have room for a third row, put a piece of packing paper in between and, again, pack them with the open part of the book facing the wall of the box.

Any books that you want extra protection for can simply be wrapped in paper before you put them in the box. If a book is extremely rare or sentimental, you may just want to pack it separately.

You can also fit books into extra space by placing them in, spine-up. Any room on top of the box can be filled by stacking the books flat. The idea is just to get as many books into the box as possible. Any extra room should be filled with crushed paper to keep everything from shifting around.

Place one final layer of packing paper on top of everything as cushioning. Then, seal the box with tape. Finish by labeling the box with its contents and destination.

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