Types of Moving Boxes

The closer your moving day gets, the more you need to start planning for your move.  A big portion of that planning revolves around packing and preparing your belongs for the move.  Packing can be one of the biggest headaches of your move, and no matter how much you want to put it off, you can’t.  Organizing and planning your packing is the key to a successful move, and understanding the types of moving boxes is crucial.

There are ways to make packing less stressful.  One big way is by understanding the different types of moving boxes and what each should be used for.  Professional moving boxes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and strengths – and each is specifically suited for the type of goods the box is meant to contain.

Understanding the following box types can help make your burdensome packing tasks a little less painful.

Small Box

Small boxes are especially good for packing extremely fragile items.  Small items can be wrapped in protective wrap, such as bubble wrap or heavy packing paper, and then placed individually into small boxes.  These small boxes can then be packed within a larger box.

Medium Box

Medium boxes are easy to handle cartons and are the most frequently used of the moving boxes.  They can contain fairly heavy items, such as books or other media.  Pots, pans, trays, shoes, games, toys, folded clothing, linens, pillows, blankets, towels, small appliances, stereo components, speakers, and large lampshades should all be packed into medium sized boxes.  Breakable and fragile dishes should not be packed in medium sized boxes.  Instead, a dish pack (a type of kitchen box) should be used.

Large Box

Large boxes can be used to pack light items such as linens, bedding, pillows and drapes.  They can also be used to pack up pots and pans, or as a container for smaller boxes.  A common mistake many non-professionals make is packing large and extra large boxes too heavy.  Damage to you and your belongings can occur if boxes are backed to heavy.   Both large and extra large boxes should be reserved for lighter, bulkier items.

Extra Large Box

Extra large boxes are good for packing linens, bedding, towels or lampshades.  Again, special care should be given not to pack these boxes to heavy.

Kitchen Box

Kitchen boxes are corrugated cardboard boxes that come with a variety of inserts.  These inserts allow for special packing of dishes, glassware, and fine china.   These cartons are double-walled for extra stability.

Wardrobe Box

A wardrobe box is a huge box that comes equipped with a metal hanger bar to allow for clothes still on hangars to be packed.  These boxes allow for clothes to be transferred to and from closets with a minimal of effort.

Picture Box

Picture boxes are perfect for packing, moving and storing your large, flat, framed items such as paintings, mirrors and wall décor. Turn two boxes on their sides and telescope them together to accommodate for lengthier items.