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Book Storage Solutions

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November 1, 2019

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Book Storage Solutions
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.

For the convenience of our customers, we’ve recently added a contactless rental option. This allows our customers to rent a storage unit from the convenience of their own homes. If you prefer to rent onsite, our storage facilities are located all throughout Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia.
Reserve a storage unit today!

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5x5 locker

5' x 5' (25 sq ft) (Locker)

Half the height of our standard 5' x 5', our lockers will hold personal items, clothes boxes, business records and sale rep materials. This is our smallest storage unit. Available at most locations.

5x5 unit size

5' x 5' (25 Sq. Ft.) (standard closet size)

How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

5x10 unit size

5' x 10' (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

10x10 unit size

10' x 10' (100 Sq. Ft.) (standard bedroom size)

Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

10x15 unit size

10' x 15' (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

10x20 unit size

10' x 20' (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

10x30 unit size

10' x 30' (300 Sq. Ft.) (standard two-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

Renting Online is Simple

  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!