Books are an integral part of our lives. Books are our true friends. It is a universal truth that books are our friends. They are also full of joy and can be addictive for some readers. They can also teach us a lot. They can take us to another world of imagination and visualization. You may want to store your books safely away, as well as other household items. How To Store Books? Penn Book will show you how to store your “soulmates” best. Continue reading.
How to Store Books?
Attics, basements, and garages might seem like the ideal places to store books. However, because they are out of sight and out of the way, they can be susceptible to humidity and extreme temperature changes unless you have the money and resources to transform them into a book-storage paradise temperature and humidity and light-wise.
If you are more practical about how much space you have, a few bookshelves can be placed around your house to help you store rare editions.
START WITH A PROPER SHELF
Books should be kept on a ventilated shelf. While humidity should be avoided at all costs, too dry conditions can cause books to become fragile and eventually crack. Your books should be kept at 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the ideal temperature for books.
Avoid walls that face the outside. They will react to changes in temperature. Instead, place your shelf against an interior wall. Allow air circulation to occur by leaving some space between the shelf and the wall.
Books should be kept horizontally or upright but not tilted. You can keep the shelves full or use a bookend to allow the books to snuggle together without getting too crowded. This will make it much easier to take the books off the shelf without damaging spines or pulling covers.
Books that are too large or heavy should be kept horizontally. Books of the same size should be stored next to one another as often as possible.
Books can be stored in rust-proof metal shelving. However, wooden shelves are a great choice if they fit within your home or budget. If you choose to use wood shelves, ensure that the wood has been coated with water-borne polyurethane varnish. This will prevent the acids from transferring to your books. Avoid very acidic woods, such as oak.
Keep your shelves and books clean! These audiobooks will help you to keep dust away.
KEEP THEM AWAY FROM DIRECT LIGHT
The color of spines and covers will be affected by light. Bookshelves placed near a window will get more sunlight and heat up quicker. Your books are not well-suited for heat. You can place your bookshelves away from windows or use blackout shades or sun-blocking curtains to block the sunlight from your home.
YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR JACKET ON
Dust jackets can be a bother, I’m sorry, but they aren’t there to distract you from the book or make it more enjoyable. They protect the cover. While a hardback, leather, or fabric cover may look better on the shelf, the dust jacket should always be on. The dust jacket will prevent dust accumulation, reduce the risk of cracks or rips on your cover, and will help keep your book looking new for many years. Dust jackets can be your book’s best friend. Keep them on at all times.
It’s better to have a dirty and worn-out dust jacket than a damaged hardcover.
HOW TO STORE YOUR BOOKS IN SMALL PLACES?
It cannot be easy to find ways to store your books if you don’t have enough space. Your living room cabinets may already be full of other items, so it is not easy to find a way to organize them. You could throw those items away and keep the books, but no matter what Marie Kondo may say, you probably still need them. It’s time for you to be creative and make the most of your space. Here are some ideas.
TRALALALALALALA/DECK THE HALLS WITH BOOKS THAT YOU LOVE
You can use the space in your entrance hall to store books. Nothing is better than entering a house to see books!
You will look smarter: you can put nonfiction (and those classics) there. Books indeed make people feel at ease. This is based on a study that I did with just one subject: myself.
You can purchase nice shelves at a low price and mount them on the wall. You can take the hall! You can do the same for all corridors.
UNDER THE BED/COUCH
Books can be stored under your bed using wheels-equipped boxes. These are usually out of sight but can be rolled out easily if you have insomnia and need to read a book to help you fall asleep.
To make it easier to access your books, store them upright. Keep them close, but not too tight.
Vine baskets are a good option because they’re functional and beautiful, and you can easily attach wheels to them. (click the links to see how to DIY). They are usually available at thrift shops for a very low price.
Before you store your books, cover them with fabric to protect them from dust and dirt.
For a long time, I lived alone, but it was important to have an extra stool for friends who visited.
You can use stools to provide extra space for book lovers. If they aren’t being used, place a few books on top. You’ll find many books on stools if you follow bookish Instagram accounts. It works well!
You don’t have to keep the old chair in your bedroom with folded clothes on it. Instead, get another stool and store books there.
If you have guests and need stools to sit on, you can place all the books on the bed. This is just like the guy whose toddler walked into his room while speaking to the BBC.
IN THE BATHROOM
This storage unit is great for those who don’t have much space in their bathroom. It can hold books and other items, as well as provide extra storage. What do you do with the extra space above the cabinets, then? It’s obvious!
It is possible that you won’t want to keep books you love there due to the humidity.
BY THE BED END OR …
I used to keep a small Ikea bed pocket by my bedside, where I kept water and other essential items. These pockets are great for books that aren’t too thin and are easy to make. They can also fit on the sides of the couch!
Hanging fabric/vine baskets from the wall is a great way to store books. They are so beautiful!
…ABOVE THE HEADBOARD
This is not an Instagram photo with books on top of a headboard that’s not very thick. It’s dangerous and could result in a concussion.
Today, I have a high enough shelf not to hit it when I get up but still reachable.
There is a lamp that hangs from the wall, which I use as a reading light. It’s an additional shelf, but it also gives me the option of having a lamp on my bedside table. Additional space for my TBR pile
USE THE SPACE AT YOUR FOOT
You might not have much space in your bedroom. But what if you bought a few wooden boxes or old vine baskets? These can be used as both book storage and clothes storage. You can use small wooden boxes or shelves turned on their side to double as a bench. You can also fill it with books. That’s why we are all here.
FRAME THEM ON A WALL
A-frame that is deep enough can make a great storage space.
This is another DIY because I am a Capricorn. Capricorns won’t spend money if they can do it themselves.
If you are a bookish Instagram user, you will have probably seen this Ikea cart. It looks almost like it was just picked up from the library. I have one and love it!
It was originally purchased to store my embroidery materials. However, it also works well as additional book storage, especially if your TBR is not in your other books.
This cart has many advantages. You can use it in your bedroom, living room, or bathroom. You can wheel it away. It looks amazing in photos.
HOW TO STORE YOUR BOOKS IN A SHOP UNIT?
It would help if you considered many things, regardless of why your books are stored in a storage unit.
You should ensure that the space is secure, especially if you have very important editions to you financially or emotionally. To reduce the risk of theft, they should be manned during business hours. Second, make sure the unit has climate control. Many security units made of concrete and metal can be too cold, too hot, or too humid. When it comes to your favorite books, you may not want to take chances.
Small, sturdy cardboard boxes are best for storage. Plastic is more susceptible to mold than cardboard, so cardboard will help books breathe better.
To protect your books, wrap them in cloth. Would you please make sure they are clean before putting them away? Tuck them in well, but leave enough room for them to be removed easily.
You can use shelves, tables, or wooden pallets to decorate the floor. It would help if you did not place boxes directly on the floor as they can absorb moisture. If you are lucky enough to find shelves at a thrift store, this would be a great idea.
You should have a storage system. It might be simpler to organize them by author or genre. You can also separate them by genre, favorite, and nonfiction. You may keep the books there for some time, making it easy for people to locate what they are looking for.
To keep the unit in good order, you should visit it regularly.
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Tips for Long-Term Storage of Books
1. Checkbooks for food or liquid damage
It’s not unusual to have something to eat while you read. However, food crumbs and other residue can cause damage to a book. It would help if you did not store a book that has been in contact with food, water, or mold. This could cause mildew to form and spread throughout your book collection. Make sure your books are clean before storing them to prevent any damage.
2. Wrap each book carefully
Wrap your books and other household items in paper towels before storing them. This will protect your collection against dirt and dust.
3. Use a storage container
It is a good idea to store books in a container or plastic bin. This will protect your books against moisture, dust, insects, and vermin.
4. Keep your books vertically stored
Place your books vertically in the storage container with the paper edges facing up. This helps preserve the shape of your books by supporting them one another. It is important not to stuff too many books in one box. This can cause spines to become warped.
5. For long-term storage, use a Climate Controlled Storage unit
A climate-controlled storage unit is one of the best ways you can preserve the quality and beauty of your books. Climate-controlled storage units will keep your items at a constant temperature, which is great for delicate items.
6. Check on Your Books
It is the worst thing that you can do for sensitive items when they are in long-term storage. You can set up a reminder on your phone or planner to remind you to check your book storage containers. To protect your collection, immediately address any damage.
- Do books need to be kept upright or flat?
The books should be placed upright in the storage container. Pack stacks of books so that the spines against spines configuration protect you from damage if the load shifts. Don’t place books on top of upright ones.
- How can you keep your books fresh?
Do not stack books on top of each other or place them on top of each other. Avoid direct sunlight as it can fade the covers. The dust jackets are meant to protect the book covers and should not be removed. Keep dusting the spines and books.
- How can you store books in your garage?
Plastic boxes are a great way to store books.
Opaque books with lids are preferred. This will prevent light from damaging the books. If you store your books in a garage, shed, or another outdoor area, plastic boxes can protect them from rodents. They are also easy to stack.
- Are books stored on the side of the house a bad idea?
Storing books at home
You can safely pack books inboxes. However, you must be careful to avoid any damage. Books of small and medium size can be placed on their side. They should not be placed on their spines or the front edges. This could cause spine damage. Large books should always be kept flat.
- Are books safe to be stored in plastic containers?
Long-term book storage is possible with plastic containers. They are resistant to moisture and other damages. Although boxes can be used for short-term moves, they are susceptible to moisture, humidity, and pests over time. The plastic containers’ airtight seal protects all three threats.
- Are books safe to be stored in vacuum bags?
Vacuuming comic books, archives, magazines, and other multipage documents is not a good idea. This could cause pages to stick together and may also damage the edges. Seal the bag and leave a little air in it.
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