Moving Boxes: Types and Uses

Moving boxes: types and how to choose them.
An example of different sizes of moving boxes.

Moving boxes vary greatly and each one is best used for a specific purpose. You might be wondering what exactly is the best way to pack each item in your china hutch or how to protect your large mirror. The best way to avoid any issues during your move and reduce the possibility of damage is always to educate yourself. Here is a guide to each type of common moving box and what to use them for!

Suited to fit many different household goods, moving boxes and cartons come in many shapes and sizes. Using the appropriate box for your needs can save you time and money. These are some of the basic types of boxes Sarge’s Moving Services uses on a daily basis, though there are some specialty boxes that are not included in this list.

Small Box (Book Carton)

The small box (book carton) is a small, easy to handle box designed for heavy items such as books, records or CDs. Dishes and pantry items (such as canned foods) fit great in this box, and for quick, easy access our team of College Station movers can stack them neatly in your new kitchen.

Medium Box

Often used for pots and pans, toys, non-perishable dry foods and small appliances, medium utility boxes are 3 cubic feet. Mediums can hold most averaged sized or odd sized items from around the house or kitchen and can also be stacked well without damaging the contents.

Large Square Box

Large square boxes are great for bulky items such as linens, towels, toys or lampshades. It is important not to overload large boxes with heavy items, but be sure to fill them to the top so that they stack better.

Dish Pack

Dish pack boxes use heavy-duty, corrugated double-wall construction for all delicate items such as china and dishes, crystal and glassware. Since these boxes are basically the size of a large box (but more rigid) they are great for fragile items.

Wardrobe Carton

Coming in various heights, this large carton has a hanger bar to accommodate clothes from your closet (or draperies). It’s much better than storing clothes in bags or in boxes where they will get wrinkled or tangled. Each wardrobe box can accommodate approximately 2-3 feet of hanging clothes. For example, if you measure your closet and you have 6 feet of clothing hanging, you will need approximately 3 wardrobe cartons. Sarge’s Moving sometimes places shoes or closet miscellaneous items at the bottom of grand wardrobe boxes to save clients time and money.

Mirror Carton

Telescoping cartons fit almost any picture, mirror or glass (such as a glass tabletop). These boxes are typically sold in 4 pieces which are put together to fit odd sized items. Just like regular boxes, some mirror/picture boxes open and close, but are sold in varying sizes according to the size of box you need to fit the item you are packing.

Mattress Carton

Available in king, queen, double, single (twin) and crib sizes; one box will only fit either the mattress or the box spring, so you will need two per complete bed. Depending on your move logistics, a mattress bag may be a better and more economical choice for you.

Waterproof Moving Boxes

Waterproof moving boxes are strong plastic boxes that range in size. If you expect a wet move or will store your belongings in non-climate controlled storage, you might purchase these boxes.

Plastic Totes

Plastic totes are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be purchased at many stores. They are great for storing many different items, but may not be the best fit for your move. Sarge’s Moving Services recommends that these totes never be overloaded and that the lid also be closable. If improperly packed or unsecured/taped, these have a tendency to break, be crushed or come open during transport.

File Boxes

The file box can be a good option when transporting the contents of a home office. It is threaded through with metal rods on the sides so that you can easily hang files and other paperwork.

Lamp Boxes

Lamp boxes aren’t categorically necessary but they’re useful for anything long, such as a golf club or telescope, and want to keep it protected during your move. It is made with a thicker base for balance and can be great for tall brass lamps and similar items.

Specialty Boxes

Special boxes can be used for things like guitars, rifles, and much more—though these usually have to be special-ordered.

In Summary

Since one of the most important parts of a successful move is proper packing, choosing the appropriate box for items will make your move easier, safer and faster. We are often asked how to make a move more economical- the answer is to first have the best moving plan possible. We believe a big part of that plan begins by being packed correctly. Using boxes that are free may sometimes save you money up front, but used boxes can break down and cause damage to the contents; used boxes may also be more difficult to stack. Standardized boxes, specific to the items you are packing and moving, which have the greatest durability possible, will end up saving you time and money on moving day.

Whether our team of College Station movers help or you move yourself we would be glad to offer our expertise! Contact us with the link below for more information.

 

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