Like a lot of companies, we offer a full line of moving supplies. Many of our customers have questions about what boxes they need to use. We want to make it easier for you, so you know what supplies to order for your job.
Using the correct box for what you need is probably more important than you think. Stepping outside of the guidelines below often leads to damaged items, injuries, and more frustration than most people are willing to deal with.
Small Boxes (~1.5 Cubic Feet) – Ideal for boxes, CD/DVD/BluRay Collection, Small A/V Components, Wrapped Fragile items.
These boxes good for heavier items that stack well together. Keeping these items in smaller boxes makes them stack well in the truck or storage space, maintains the weight so that you don’t have any uncarryable boxes, and it makes it easier to organize. If you have a vast book collection, for example, just clear it off case by case. You can label the boxes as “LR Tall Bookshelf” or “Matt’s Room small bookcase.”
If you have some small, lightweight breakables, these boxes can come in handy as well. Make sure you properly wrap all fragile items before putting them in a box. We suggest using bubble wrap, packing paper (newsprint), or linens and towels for this. Make sure to mark any boxes with fragile items so that they don’t get stacked underneath any books or other heavy items.
Medium Boxes (~3.0 Cubic Feet) – Ideal for countertop accessories, pots/pans, toys, lamp shades, and larger A/V components.
Usually, a medium-sized box is the best choice for things around the kitchen (not counting the dishware). You can pack your toaster, microwave, coffee maker, cutting boards, cutlery, or pots and pans into these boxes. Always make sure to wrap any items that you don’t want scratched. For these items, you probably have some kitchen towels that you could use to wrap or pad things inside the box.
Lamp shades are usually a good fit for this sized box as well. It is usually safe to pack a lamp shade with a lightweight blanket or towel around it. If you have lampshades that fit together, stack them inside another like a Russian doll – it will save you time and space.
This is usually the best box for stereo components as well. Your stereo receiver, CD player, DVD player, and other items like that will pack pretty squarely into these boxes. You might need to find something to pad the items so they don’t have room to move around within the box. Make sure to label those boxes with damagable items inside.
Large Boxes (~4.5 Cubic Feet) – Ideal for lightweight but bulky items; blankets, bedding, jackets, winter clothing, towels, linens, shoes, boots, etc. Also good for board games, wrapped framed items (we recommend bubble wrap for framed pieces), mirrors, and more.
Large boxes are handy if you have a lot of extra lightweight bulky items around. Be aware that you can use a lot of those items as padding in smaller boxes. You’ll both be protecting your valuables and conserving box space.
Large boxes are also very useful for packing most framed art, mirrors, and other fragile wall hangings. These items are usually fairly light. As long as you wrap them up with bubble wrap, they will be safe for transport in a large box.
Do not use large boxes to load more smaller items into. For example, tightly packing a large box with books is never a good idea. It makes the box much more difficult to carry. The box will become flimsy and could break open, spilling your contents all over. Also, book bindings are not made to withstand so much weight and shuffling around. Don’t let your books or other items become damaged due to improper packing techniques.
Extra Large Boxes (~6.0 Cubic Feet) – Only use for very large and bulky items. Comforters, Pillows, Blankets, Jackets, Etc.
These very large boxes are really only for packing the largest, lightest items. You can also simply use plastic bags for many of these items. If you do have any large vases or similar items, you can wrap large comforters or blankets around them and put them into extra large boxes. Make sure to clearly mark any boxes that contain any fragile items, and carefully pad above, below, and all around the items to ensure that they don’t move around and get damaged.
Hanging Wardrobe Boxes – Useful for packing everything hanging in your closet.
These boxes are must-have for dealing with your closet items. All you need to do is put the box together with the hanging bar, and then you can take all of the hanging items you have, leave them on the hanger, and hang them inside the wardrobe box.
As far as the clothes within your bureau, it is best to pack those either into large/extra large boxes. You can also pack them into any suitcases or luggage bags you have. A lot of people will even put those items into plastic bags and skip the boxes altogether.
Dish Barrels – Useful for dishes and glassware.
These are the only boxes that you should ever be putting your dishes into. These boxes are reinforced to withstand the weight of your dishware and also to protect them from damage. Make sure you use ample packing paper when packing these items, and always keep the heavier items on bottom. These boxes come labeled as dish barrels, and are always handled with utmost care to prevent any items inside the box from breaking.
These are our most common boxes. We do have other options available for specific needs as well. If you have any questions about packing any specific items, or anything else, feel free to send us an email or to comment on this blog post.