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How to pack books for moving house | Video Tutorial

Posted by Bournes Moves - August 4, 2020

If you're moving house and handling your own packing, then some items, especially heavy or precious ones like books, can be tricky.

Here we show you what packing materials you will need and how to pack books when moving house so that they are well-protected in transit.



how to pack books for moving house

To ensure your books are packed safely you will need:

  • a small box (Bournes 'pack 2' is ideal size. Large boxes get too heavy to lift when full!)
  • Packing tape
  • Packing paper (avoid newspaper as print easily rubs off)
  • A marker pen for labelling boxes

Check out our tips on packing materials you'll need for moving house.


  1. Start by preparing your box. Tape down one corner to allow easy access and place it somewhere at around waist height to avoid constantly having to bend down.
  2. Line the bottom of the box with a few sheets of packing paper.
  3. Take books of similar sizes and start lining the bottom of the box, making sure to keep the spines facing outward for extra support.
  4. Keep going until your box is nearly full. Don’t overfill the box or make it too heavy.
  5. Once you’ve finished, pad out any gaps with extra packing paper to make everything nice and secure.
  6. Tape your box up and label it so that both you and the crew know what’s inside – this will help them to when loading and unloading and you when it comes to unpacking.

Looking for professional packing services?

Packing books might seem simple but it can be heavy work with lots of twisting and heavy lifting once your boxes are full. If you're worried about packing books or other more fragile items then choose a removal company that offers professional packing services.

Trained packers will use specially designed packing materials to expertly pack and wrap all your items to minimise the risk of anything getting damaged in transit to your new home. 

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