Moving Boxes—The Right Box for the Right Stuff

We all know you can’t just throw stuff into boxes for a big move and expect all to stay in tact, organized and in one piece. To prevent any confusion and even mayhem, plan ahead and get the boxes you need for the items being moved. Check out the box types and sizes to plan ahead and pack right!

Box Types and Sizes

Book (1.5 cubic feet), size 17 x 123/8 x 123/8: These small cartons are designed for heavy items, such as books, records, CD’s, and canned goods.

Legal Tote (2.3 cubic feet), size 24 x 16 x 13: This box is specially designed for your files and folders.

Medium (3.0 cubic feet), size 101/8 x 18 x 16: This box is designed for non-fragile and moderately heavy items, such as pots, pans, linen, folded clothes, toys, games, etc.

Large (4.5 cubic feet), size 18 x 18 x 24 or (6.0 cubic feet), size 23 x 23 x 20: All large bulky articles, very light, such as pillows, comforters, lamp shades.

Dish pack (5.2 cubic feet), size 18 x 18 x 28: This box has double extra thick walls specifically designed for dishes, vases, glasses and other fragile items. You can also use cell packs separator for china or glassware with individual compartments for the items being packed.

Mirror, picture box: These narrow boxes accommodate different sized mirrors, paintings, other fragile items and flat items.

Wardrobe box with metal bar: This box is equipped with a metal bar so clothes can hang.

Mattress Box: Available in different sizes.

Other Packing Materials:

Tape: The most common tape used for carton sealing is a plastic tape called “PVC”.

“Newsprint” paper: NEVER USE NEWSPAPERS as wrapping material. Newspaper ink has a tendency to rub off on items it touches and it very difficult to remove it from items such as fine china. Use “newsprint” paper as cushioning material.

Tissue paper: This can be used to pack up delicate or easily broken items by layering over an over again

Bubble wrap: This is another material used as cushioning material.

Styrofoam peanuts: Packing material used to protect fragile items. This material is lightweight, clean, lint-free and dustless and safe.

Ziploc bags: These can be used for an assortment of things including small bits and pieces you may have lying about in containers and drawers.

Magic Markers: You will need markers to label the boxes with the contents.