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Around the House | November 1, 2019

Book Storage Solutions
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Nothing compares to reading a good book. Opening a good bound book, taking the time to relax and escape into it will always be an enjoyable time. Even with the popularity of e-books, people still have large book collections from children’s books to cook books in their homes. Books are great to have, enjoy and read, but they do take up a lot of space. There is always a need for a good book storage solution.

Watch this video for quick book storage tips!

How to Store Books in a Storage Unit

Are you interested in learning how to protect books in storage as well as how to store book in a storage unit and at home? Read below!

The larger the collection of books, the harder it is to keep organized and even to replace them. It is important to properly prepare and pack the books so they stay in good condition. Below are some tips for storing books in a storage unit:

1. Use Plastic Storage Containers to Store Books

Pack books in small or medium size boxes or plastic containers

2. Pack Books in a Breathable Material

Never wrap books in plastic bags, plastic wrap or foil, as this can trap moisture in result in mold. Wrap each book in a paper towel or cloth wrap to protect the surface from dirt or residue buildup.

3. Take Extra Care for Rare or Limited Edition Books

For rare or limited edition books you will want to take special care when placing in storage. Special or limited edition books can be very expensive and hard to replace. Special care needs to be given to these types of books. Store rare books in custom sleeves for added protection.

4. Lay Books Flat in the Box

Store similar size books together, laying them flat in the box. Do not stand the books in the box on their spines as this can damage the spines over time. Put the heaviest books at the bottom of the container and pack paperbacks tightly.

5. Seal and Label the Boxes

Carefully seal the boxes with packing tape. For ease of finding the box, label all four sizes of the boxes noting the content.

6. Utilize a Storage Unit That Can Control the Climate

A storage unit that can control the client will protect your books from fluctuations in temperature. This is important when storing books, as fluctuations in temperature can age the books.

Ideas for Storing Books

There are so many great ideas for storing books. Depending on the amount of storage space in a home, some people are able to store books in home libraries, while others have to be creative with their book storage ideas.

  • Create a home library: Home libraries can vary in style and function depending on the amount of storage space in the home. You can organize a book shelf in any manner that you desire from genre to color of the cover to author. Most home organizers recommend separating fiction and non-fiction and then further categorizing from there.
  • Use books as décor: Books can be an added touch to home décor by having them showcased on tables or shelves. A nice idea is to store books in wicker decorative baskets that can be put on shelving units, under tables and in corners.
  • Invest in furniture with book storage: For smaller houses and apartments, use ottomans, stools and chairs that have removable lids for book storage. store “up” using available wall space for additional book storage. Make a book shelf do “double duty” as a space divider in a smaller studio apartment or an open living/dining room.With any of these storage methods, in order to keep the books clean, dust the room they are stored in on a regular basis in so dust doesn’t accumulate on the books. Basic cleaning and proper temperature and environment control will be good ways to keep the books clean long-term.

ezStorage Has a Book Storage Solution!

A storage unit is a great place to store excess books and other household storage items. ezStorage has a variety of climate controlled storage units from 5×5 to 10×30 that are perfect for storing everything from comic book collections to excess cookbooks. Our storage facilities are located all throughout Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia.
Reserve a storage unit today!

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