Do’s and Don’ts When Packing Your Books 

For any booklover, a huge shelf is a source of price. That is, until the time to move arrives. Then, a huge library can become a big challenge—even the best moving companies in Denver will agree to that. 

Books are incredible heavy, big in size, and usually, high in quantity, too. Readers have thousands of unique copies, each one holding a significant, emotional value to them. To make sure your books stay protected during a move, here are some packing pro tips

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5 Essential Tips to Keep Your Books Safe During a Move 

1. Sort Your Books 

Sort through your books before you start packing, so you can organize boxes based on the size, material, and age of each copy.  

Separate the flexible paperback books from the heavy hardcovers, and sort them by size. It’s better to pack larger books at the bottom of the box and smaller ones on top to ensure they don’t suffer under the weight.  

You can also sort by importance or condition. Keep the books you value the most, and the most delicate copies, in a separate box, and properly label it as ‘Fragile’.  

2. Prepare the Boxes for Packing 

If you buy new packing boxes, you will need to assemble them first. Make sure to seal the bottom well with a double layer of tape over all seams for added strength. While sealing the center flap, tape at least halfway up the box’s sides to ensure it stays in place.   

If you are using a recycled box, tape the bottom at least three times to ensure it holds. 

3. Divide Your Books into Small Boxes 

When many books are stacked together, they become extremely heavy. It’s better to select small boxes and divide their weight. 

If you use larger boxes, fill them only to 60% to 75% capacity, otherwise, they may break or become too heavy to lift. 

4. Add Soft Packing Paper 

Before placing your books in a box, line all their sides, including the bottom, with soft packing paper. The corners and spine are the most delicate parts of a book, so this will prevent them from suffering harm.  

If you are using a larger box, fill the empty spaces around the books with packing paper or other material. 

For delicate books, old copies, or rare editions, wrap them in acid-free paper. Then, consider adding an extra layer of packing paper, corrugated cardboard, or bubble wrap to each one, and tape it tightly so it won’t slip off. Extra care is crucial when safely moving collectibles

5. Place Them Properly 

Depending on the type of book, we recommend placing them on different positions: 

  • Hardcovers should be packed upright, spines against the side of the box, just like in a bookcase.  
  • Stack paperbacks, aligning their spines to prevent creases in the covers.  
  • Never pack books with their spines facing you, as this can seriously damage the book’s bindings

Find the Best Moving Companies in Denver 

If you’re a reader, chances are high that you love your books. Collections take painstakingly long to complete, and when it’s time to shift homes, it’s understandable that you feel reluctant to let even a single copy go. We have several book-lovers on the Pink Zebra team, so we can relate to that. 

A professional moving company can help you sort, pack, and move your books easily, because we’ve got years of experience, and the right equipment. 

Feel at ease knowing that your books are being taken care of, and give us a call


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