Paranoid question about bookshelves

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Paranoid question about bookshelves

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Sep 10, 2010, 9:43pm

I have very limited book shelf space, & have decided to get rid of a piece of furniture to make room for another bookshelf. I have room for a 4 foot wide floor to ceiling shelf. The space I have available is along a wall which has a bath/shower on the other side of it. Would that be a bad spot for books (possible moisture)?

I did have a stack of books along that wall on the floor, & the bottom book in the stack molded-- don't know why, though. The other books in the stack were fine.

Sep 10, 2010, 10:16pm

OOH! Space for Bookshelves!! Generally, having a bookcase on the reverso side of a bathroom wall shouldn't be a problem. On the other hand, you've also a moldy book. You're going to have to wash down that area. Don't skimp on the bleach.

Is it possible that you might have a cat or a dog that could have ~relieved~ itself there; or maybe it's spillage from some really terrific party you threw?

Make sure the bookcase has some sort of center support mechanism. With a 4-foot span, the shelves will sag under the weight of the books (unless they're about an inch thick).

Sep 11, 2010, 3:45pm

I'd make sure water doesn't run down behind the bath onto the floor. The odd mouldy book is not a disaster -as long as it's not your Shakespeare First Folio - but damp floorboards might give you lots of trouble.

Sep 11, 2010, 4:10pm

Tips on treating moldy books on this thread.

Sep 11, 2010, 9:37pm

Thanks for the tips, everyone!

2: I have a cat! I did not think of that. If I had caught him relieving himself on my books, well, he probably would have hid from me for days. I hope that's not what happened, but it could be.

I actually am looking at some shelves that are 24" wide & I was going to put two of them side by side to make 4 feet. I'm glad you mention it, though, because I have some 4 foot wall shelving that I made myself & I might need to support it a little more.

4: Thanks for the link! What a great group that is-- glad to have found it.