How to Pack Books in Boxes: A Simple Guide

How to Pack Books in Boxes: A Simple Guide

How to pack books in boxes? Books are heavy and difficult to pack up while moving. This article will give you a simple guide on how to pack books in boxes for moving so that they don’t get damaged during the process.

Start with the heaviest books first

Add a layer of paper or plastic cut slightly smaller than your books on top of each other, and be sure to wrap it around all four sides. If you are packing up hardback books, make sure there is enough padding so they don’t bump against one another, as this may cause damage. Continue adding books until you have an even number of rows.

Place the next row behind this one at a 90-degree angle, again ensuring enough wrapping around all four sides. If you are packing up multiple boxes that may get mixed in transit, you can use large paper or plastic bags as dividers between your layers.

Pack them tightly in a box that is at least 1 inch taller than the book

Pack your books in a box that is at least an inch taller than the height of the book. Fill all gaps between them (top, bottom, sides) with clean pieces of white paper to prevent damage from occurring due to movement within the package during transit. If you are packing up special editions, make sure to place them in a box underneath other books at the bottom of the stack and on top if you are packing up another collection.

Pack your boxes with small foam dividers between each row, so they don’t move around during transit. The more tightly packed your books are within the package, the less likely damage will occur due to movement.

Place softer items on top of heavier objects to prevent damage

Place a small piece of clean, white paper on top of the books you have packed to protect them from any liquid that may happen during transit. Next, place your original box with all its flaps cut off and packing tape firmly attached around it so there are no openings for liquids or dirt to get in during transport.

Fill any space in boxes with packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or paper for cushioning 

Fill all space in your box with packing peanuts, bubble wrap or paper to prevent movement. Use smaller pieces of foam on the sides and top of the boxes so that there is no room for damage to occur due to bumping against others objects during transport.

If you are transporting more than one type of item, try taping them together at the sides so that they don’t move around during transit.

If you are transporting your book collection long distances, try to use boxes with wheels on the bottom or collapsible chest-style crates for easy transport. Ensure there is enough packing material between the items and within space of the box before sealing it up tightly!

Label each box before you close it, so you know what’s inside 

Label each box with a permanent marker in case one of the boxes gets separated from the others. Write down what’s in it and when you packed it, or even take a photo on your phone to keep track of which items are going where!

Avoid stacking heavy boxes on top of light ones 

Be sure to stack your boxes stably to not to shift during transit and cause severe damage. Stacking lighter objects on top of heavier ones will increase the risk of them shifting around, but if you must do it, make sure that there is extra padding between each layer (bubble wrap works well for this)!


How to pack books in boxes? Packing books in boxes can be tricky. We’ve given you a simple guide to how to pack for a move in 3 days and help make the process easier for you, so your items arrive safely at their destination. Look out for our blog posts with more helpful packing tips, or contact us if you need some extra guidance on packing your goods, whether it’s books, clothes, dishes, electronics – anything!