I was having a look through some old Bookshop Blogs and found this one bookstore-shelving and it got me to thinking about the storage system I use at home.
I don’t have a B&M store. My shop is web-based so I don’t need to display my books. I also don’t need to worry too much about leaving an aisle between any stacks so my customers can wander. I only need to ensure I can navigate easily without being crushed by teetering towers of paperbacks.
This, though, appears to be my downfall.
If I had a shop that needed to be fitted out, then I would not have to keep trying to work in my totally unorganised back room. If I had to worry about the teetering towers falling on unsuspecting customers (instead of my dog) I would have bought some wonderful shelving system a year ago when I seriously started this venture. If I had to concern myself with store aesthetics I would have put in more lighting, instead of working from the corner of the room, while the only light globe remains smack bang in the centre of the ceiling, powered by one of those environmentally friendly, but really useless for seeing in the dark, fluorescent globes.
I seem to have allowed myself to become content with books stacked on the floor, or the dining table, in boxes under the bed, in the laundry basket – or just piled into big archive boxes with a label on the side saying “A”, A being either the first, or last name of the author, or the beginning of the title, or the genre the book has been written in!
As I am now adding books furiously to my website (in anticipation of it reopening sometime this year) I am finding that perhaps my storage system needs some re-evaluating.
I have made some trips out to our local IKEA store and bought 6 Billy Bookcases, which are now housed in my backroom. Unfortunately they contain all of my personal books, and I don’t seem to have bought enough for them!
I’m wondering if perhaps I should be looking at some metal framed shelving systems that are sold at our local hardware store. They have a very big weight baring capacity per shelf. The shelves would never bow – being metal. They are wider than the average bookcase so I would be able to access the shelves from both sides, unlike the Billy which is has a backing board.
Or I could get some big plastic boxes and fill them up, with a slightly better labelling system than I am currently using. I’m tending towards the shelving system. A much easier way to find the stock, and it would be a heap easier to check stock levels this way too.
I was wondering what other non-store based bookshops use for their book storage? Also, what does everyone think of the shelving systems I’ve suggested? Any thoughts either way?
I am usually an organised person, but my book system seems to be growing all by itself. If I don’t do something about it soon – I fear my backroom may start resembling a book version of “The Day of the Triffads”.