Saturday, February 23, 2013

Book Storage


It's almost that time of year again. Yep. That's right: it's nearly BOOK SALE SEASON! For some reason beyond my comprehension a lot of libraries in my area only convene once a year, in the late summer/early spring. This is also a prime season for flea markets and garage sales, both of which abound in books if one knows where to look.

But why am I saying it's "almost that time" when we're still in February? Because if you're anything like me, you want to buy a ton (literally) of books this summer. But, also like me, you have absolutely no shelf space free. So that means it is time to find, make, or steal some shelf-space.
"Kitchen and pantry cabinets can be commandeered in the fight to find bookshelf space, and a family’s eating habits can be changed.When china is displaced by paper plates, there is no longer any reason why books cannot be stored in the dishwasher too.An empty refrigerator is an excellent repository for the most valuable of books because books like low temperatures best."
~ Henry Petrosky
One option, of course is the "out with the old, in with the new" approach. This requires to you actually (*GASP!*) get rid of the books you don't really want anymore. I know, crazy, right? This method is not recommended.
The only viable option, therefore, is coming up with more storage.

“As long as you have any floor space at all, you have room for books!Just make two stacks of books the same height, place them three or four feet apart, lay a board across them, and repeat. Viola! Bookshelves!” ~ Jan Karon

I feel I must warn against making shelves out of books, or storing books under the bed, or stacking them on the floor. (Unless they are algebra textbooks. In which case that's all right.)  In fact, I should stress in no uncertain terms that books should NOT be stored HORIZONTALLY, like this:


This method can and WILL ruin their spines, eventually tearing the pages from their binding.  This is true for both old books--which are, as I said, old and therefore need the care they deserve--and new books, which are not manufactured with the same eye for quality (in other words, they don't make 'em like they used to, and sadly nowadays a lot of books are made to be worn out and disposable).  Books should ALWAYS be stored vertically, like so:

So now I've told you the cardinal rule of book-shelving.  All that remains is the matter of where to put a new bookshelf when all wallspace is taken.  Well, you're on your own with that one.  Now if you excuse me, I have to cart my bed out to the curb.  It's getting in the way of my book-collection.


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