PLEASE SEE ALL PICTURES TO SEE HOW BOOKS ARE LOADED
Found a cheap way to store books safely - and I'll post pictures later once I have some organized in this manner.
The trick = legal-sized bankers boxes from Sam's. They are $18.90/10 and hold comic books in 2 rows easily. They are durable, yet lightweight (even with books in them) and work well with classic L-shaped bookends.
I'm sure many of you already know about this, but based on the books I've loaded in so far, I'd say they are about half the price of the lowest-priced short boxes I've found locally (and even less via online because of shipping).
01 Bankers Box - 10 Pack
02 Bankers Box - flat before assembly
03 Bankers Box - what they look like from top flat
04 Bankers Box - expanding to open is all you have to do!
05 Bankers Box - final step is fold down the side piece
...to keep the box stable and strong 01
06 Bankers Box - final step is fold down the side piece
...to keep the box stable and strong 02
07 Bankers Box - final step is fold down the side piece
...to keep the box stable and strong 03 (finished)
08 Bankers Box - lid before assembly
09 Bankers Box - lid assembly process 01
10 Bankers Box - lid assembly process 02 complete
11 Bankers Box - constructed with lid on
12 Bankers Box partially loaded showing 113
...(75 in one column, 38 other)
A regular short box is supposedly able to hold 150-175 books, but I use thick boards and strong bags. I moved this group of 138 books from a *completely* full BCW short box. Notice that there's probably room for another 5 books on the left side and 42 on the right.
I highly recommend you cut a long piece of cardboard (maybe a large priority mail box) to put between the columns.
This is an *incredibly* affordable alternative solution for storing books. At just under $2/box (including tax), you're saving at least 50% over the lowest average price for 10 or less boxes, and a little more if you do 10 short boxes from Amazon like this set at $51.11:
I'd LOVE your feedback on this - feel free to share your critical observations (politely please) as well. As a community, that's how we can learn!!
Until next time,