Bubble wrap and packing peanuts are both very popular packaging materials, and favourites with most homeowners and moving companies. Both items are used to cushion and layer things that have been packed so as to prevent any harm coming to them during the house moving process.
There has been a lot of debate about which kind of packaging material is better, and why. Some people prefer using bubble wrap for their packing needs while others are of the opinion that packing peanuts get the job done better.
If you’re looking for advice for your home removals and cannot decide between the two, this article explores the usability of both bubble wrap and packing peanuts to help you decide which one will be better suited to your needs.
Let’s begin by taking a closer look at both items.
Packing peanuts are small pellets made of Styrofoam and used as a space-filling material to fill up empty spaces inside packed moving boxes. These pellets act as a cushioning layer and keep things from moving around inside the packing boxes during the transportation leg of the moving process. They get their name from their appearance: they look like small Styrofoam peanuts because of their shape and size. Packing peanuts come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colours, prices and even materials (you can opt for biodegradable ones if you like).
Bubble wrap, on the other hand, is a sheet of plastic that contains small pockets or bubbles at regular intervals, and these pockets are filled with air. Bubble wrap is a great cushioning material that is sold either in sheets or entire rolls. Bubble wrap too is available in a number of different varieties, differentiated by the size of each air pocket and the spaces between the pockets. This distinction determines the efficiency and durability of the bubble wrap.
The key difference between bubble wrap and packing peanuts can be established in terms of the purposes served by both materials. Instead of distinguishing between the advantages and weaknesses of both, it makes more sense to understand each item in its own individual light according to the function it performs.
If you’re looking for a packaging material that lets you fill up empty spaces, close gaps and act as a loose fill material for your moving boxes, you should opt for packing peanuts. Packing peanuts are very pliable and bendy, which means they will easily take the shape of all the little gaps and nooks inside the packing box.
Do remember though, packing peanuts will not be able to completely ensure that the packed items stay absolutely still inside the box: given how soft and pliable these fill materials are, a little bit of movement is to be expected. Packing peanuts work well for large items that aren’t overly delicate and won’t get damaged by a little movement.
Which means if you’re looking for very secure packaging and cushioning, you should opt for bubble wrap instead. While bubble wrap might not fix your things in place inside the moving boxes, once it is wound around the object it offers such a high degree of cushioning and protection that even if there is any movement, it won’t make any difference to the wrapped items.
Bubble wrap can be tightly wound around most objects, and then secured with packing tape or rubber bands or even twine to ensure a snug, strong fit.
If you’d like to take it a step further and leave no stone unturned when you’re packing your precious belongings, you can use both packing materials. Combining the two is a very effective way of ensuring the complete safety of your things. The packing peanuts will ensure that your things stay put, for the most part, inside the moving boxes and the bubble wrap will help make sure that even if things do move around a bit they’re fully protected against any damage.