How To Pack Books For Moving

How To Pack Books For Moving


Packing & moving a large number of books is never easy. It takes a lot of time and energy, especially, where a long distance is involved. No one wants to see even a single page of their book torn or cover bent. It is very frustrating. To prevent such, avoid dumping books in a disorganized manner if planning on shifting your library. This causes damages to the fragile books. Take your time to learn how to pack books for moving. After packing, contact Pack And Ship Movers to help you with your relocation.

1. Use Small Well-Built Box

Carrying books with large boxes is very hectic as compared to small ones. Ensure the boxes you plan on using are small, made of thick cardboard, strong at the edges and corners. It can be tempting to reuse old boxes to save money. Assuming you don’t want to see your books ripped with covers bents, consider purchasing new ones. Old boxes tend to tear easily. A used old box fully-packed with books might not be able to hold the weight of the books together. Small boxes have bigger chances of lasting longer. You can find small boxes for free at local stores.

2. Secure With a Packing Tape

Secure the bottom at the seam to prevent water or dirt from reaching your books. But also don’t forget to seal the edges and corners of the boxes with packing tape. The brown packing tape is the best to use because they are sturdy, waterproof, and can withstand heavy weight boxes. It can keep the boxes sealed for a long time due to its highly adhesive nature. With this in mind, choose the right packing tape to prevent collapsing along the way.

3. Pack Based on Size and Weight

The more the books in your library or home, the more the variety of sizes. Grouping the books by size is easier for packing. First, organize the books by size before placing them in the boxes. It will help you know how the books will fit and how many boxes you will need.

After organizing your books by size, pack them based on weight. Pack the heavy books at the bottom, medium in the middle and, light on top. Organized packing ensures the most fragile books are free from damages. Avoid over-filling the boxes because of the disturbance when sealing.

Here are 3 ways to choose from when packing books for moving:

  • Flat on the Backs: Best for packaging books of the same size.
  • Pack Standing Up: This is the position used to pack books on shelves. Pack the books with the spine facing the wall of the box.
  • Spine Down: The spines are packed facing the bottom of the box. It is ideal for protecting the pages from damages.

You can pack your boxes using all the above positions to utilize space.

4. Separate Rare Selections

Nothing pains more like having damages to something rare. Pack and wrap the rare collection separate from other books in one box. Consider moving these items yourself for precaution purposes. Many companies offer book moving services at affordable rates and will ensure safety for your books.  Alternatively, pack them in an upright position- this is the safest position. To avoid damages to the book covers, put paper sheets or cardboard in between them.

5. Fill The Left Spaces

Even after packing books for moving in a structured manner, you will always find gaps. In case of gaps between or at the sides after packing, fill with packing papers. Presuming you are moving the entire household items, you can use clothes to fill. This way, you utilize space. Also, consider using mixed packing techniques, which help to fill such gaps.

6. Line The Boxes

Before putting books into the box, line the box with a newspaper for cushioning and protection. Assuming you can access bubble wrap, plastic, or plastic paper, the better. Any form of impact on the van will not reach the books.

7. Seal The Box

After doing all the above, close and seal the box with double layers of packing tape. Wrap the packing tape across the top seam. Then wrap the second layer of tape across the seam to help to keep the box safe from collapsing.

8. Box Labeling

This is the final step for your book packaging. Use a permanent marker to label the box depending on the content inside. For example, for old and rare collections, you can label ‘delicate’. This prevents confusion and saves time when unpacking the books. It will also help movers to quickly identify fragile books from the rest and pack accordingly into the van. 

Additionally, label the boxes with their weight warnings to be handled appropriately without anyone hurting their back. After packing your books, leave the rest of the job to our experts at Pack And Ship Movers. We will help move your books with care because we value our customers’ money and properties.

9. Pack The Books Early

If you don’t know how to pack books for moving, then the best solution for you is packing early. This is because it involves purchasing quality boxes, systematic arrangement, and careful packing. Packaging books isn’t something you rush to do at the last minute. You will cause more damage than good for your books. Plan early enough and always make your library a priority.


The one biggest problem most book lovers face while relocating is moving their library. The tips above will help you learn about how to pack books for moving. When moving is involved, Pack And Ship Movers will help you. We offer moving, packing & more services at affordable rates. We also provide tips to our customers on how to pack books for moving. 

Our team is well-trained and experienced in the provision of a vast variety of moving services. Be assured of the safety of your books despite the number of books. They will be delivered safely to any location of your choice.

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