Differences Between Boxes

by Sue Zakos
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If you’re relocating, you’ll need boxes. As a trained mover, we see it all too often: people catch whatever is closest to them without thought. It can be daunting when you first start looking at boxes. There are several different types of boxes, each with its own scale, weight, and function. However, you can not place something in some package that it would fit into. The most critical thing is to not overpack boxes to the point that they are too heavy. Five pounds will feel like fifty for a while.

Then, how do you classify the boxes?

Dimensions and Weight

Cubic feet are used to weigh boxes, and moving boxes usually start at 1.5 CF. The heaviest things, such as books and small appliances, can be packed in these small boxes. Knickknacks can also be packed in compact boxes to make packing easier to prevent them from moving about.

There are heavy-duty boxes that can hold more weight, but just because you can cram more weight into a box doesn’t mean you should. Unless you have a particularly good back. These crates, on the other hand, also come with grips that make lifting them faster, allowing you to move several boxes at once.

The third size is 3.1 cubic feet. These boxes are ideal for shoes, toys, pots and pans, and other small products. Don’t overwhelm these, either; despite the fact that they often have built-in handles, they can be unwieldy. Linens, sweaters, blankets, clothes, and other light but heavy pieces work well in 4.5 CF bins.

Using the largest standard bins, which are 6.1 cubic feet, for pillows, lampshades, blankets, and other lightweight large objects.

Boxes with a Twist

Specialty boxes are intended to carry a certain category of item; but, if you’re versatile and imaginative, you can use them for a range of other items. They’re pricier, but they’re usually well worth it. Here are some examples of common speciality boxes:

Packing Dishes

Dish packs have a double layer of corrugated cardboard and are 1.5 to 3.1 CF in size. These are made for something delicate, such as pots, ceramic art, stereo elements, lamp bases, and so on. Dish boxes work well when paired with foam sleeves that slip over your plates. Wrap the things in newsprint if they don’t fit in a sleeve. Glasses have inserts in certain boxes that hold them in place.

Wardrobe Box

The key aim of a closet box is to prevent your clothing from being wrinkled when in transit. They’re 10 cubic feet in height, taller than the 6.1 cubic foot box, and made of heavy-duty cardboard. They keep upright during transit and have a hangar bar to hang your clothes from. They’re also great for long items like dining room tables, golf clubs, skis, and something else.

Box of Mirrors

Mirror boxes are used to store mirrors and framed artwork. They’re wide and smooth, and they’re meant to cover the glass in the window. Flat screen TVs, computer monitors, large platters for entertainment, and even tennis rackets can fit well with these.

Some Things to Think On

Where possible, use real moving boxes, while saved shipping boxes can come in handy for small objects. It’s also worthwhile to retain the original package for gadgets and odd-shaped objects. Make sure you pick boxes with the required intensity measurement when you’re picking your boxes. The majority of compact boxes can hold up to 40 pounds, while heavy-duty boxes can hold up to 65 pounds.

If at all necessary, use recycled cardboard boxes. Moving boxes may be recycled, saved for a potential relocation, or sent to a friend who is in the process of moving.

Know that if you need boxes, you should order them from your moving business, and they will also send you feedback based on photos you might have given them while getting a quote. If you have your belongings packed and unpacked by a transport firm, you won’t have to think about boxes because they can use their own. A licenced mover, such as A-1 Freeman Moving Group, can insure that your belongings are properly boxed and transported to your new home safely.

Are you making a big move? Choosing the right moving boxes would help the process go as smoothly as possible.

It’s important to pick the right boxes for your transfer in order to secure your belongings either in transit or storage. You must insure that the boxes you choose are sturdy enough to withstand the ride, as well as that the sort of package you select is appropriate for the items you are packing. Although you might be tempted to look for free boxes to save money on your transfer, you can not skimp on quality moving boxes. Moving and storage boxes are specifically made for the job and can secure the belongings better than boxes designed for other purposes. Furthermore, moving boxes are available in three regular sizes, making it convenient to store and load boxes into a moving truck or self-storage unit.

Heavy-duty moving boxes are available from a variety of stores, including:

Walmart, Home Depot, Amazon, and U-Haul
Operators of self-storage in your area.
“Boxes are essential for a good move,” says Lisa Warren, marketing manager for 3M, a big box manufacturer.

For many factors, corrugated brown cardboard boxes, also known as kraft or moving boxes, are the most commonly used and flexible packaging and shipping containers on the planet:

Moving boxes are solid and impact-resistant despite their light weight, due to a fluted corrugated paper medium encased between two flat paperboard liners.
The older Bursting Strength Test (BST), also known as the Mullen scale, gauges the stacking strength (max pounds per load) by measuring the minimal pounds per linear inch it would take to compress the edges of a box in pounds (#). The newer Edge Crush Test (ECT) gauges the stacking strength (max pounds per load) by measuring the minimal pounds per linear inch it would take to compress the edges of a box in pounds (#).
Cost: Since cardboard boxes are cheap to make, they are appealingly affordable. (We’ll go into prices later.)
The relatively quick, name-your-size cardboard construction method benefits both home movers and industrial shippers. In their catalogue, Uline, a national dealer of packaging and delivery products, lists over 1,450 stock package sizes. (We’ll talk about box sizes and forms later.)
Cardboard boxes are not only recyclable, but they are frequently made of recyclable products. Because of their power and one-time-use nature, there is a thriving secondary market for almost-new used moving boxes.
Moving box strength requirements are as follows:

200# BST, 32 ECT, 40 pound maximum load in standard inclosure.
275# BST, 44 ECT, 65 pound maximum load.
275# BST, 48 ECT, 80 pound max load (heavy duty, double-walled).
Manufacturers often provide one or both strength measurements on their package stickers, although online retailers list them under the product requirements page.
The scale and shape of the boxes you’ll need to make a successful escape become apparent when you survey the contents of what will quickly become your previous residence. While it might sound counterintuitive, you can usually put heavy objects like books and equipment in smaller boxes, leaving the larger boxes for bigger, bulkier items like clothing and blankets.

Moving boxes are most widely available in three sizes: mini, medium, and large.

Moving Bins for Small Things
18″ x 12″ x 12″ Dimensions: 18″ x 12″ x 12″
1.5 cubic feet in volume
Heavy products such as equipment, books, frozen goods, books, magazines, and vinyl records can be stored in small moving boxes. About all that is bulky and fits will suit. Also, place delicate objects in small boxes. The drawback of small boxes is that they are impossible to overwhelm.

Moving Boxes of the Medium Scale
Size: (18′′ x 18′′ x 16′′)
3 cubic feet in length
Picture albums, toys, kitchen utensils, small appliances, and oddly-shaped products, such as your cool set of straw beach hats, all belong here. These are the ones you’ll need the most. Often placed the hardest items at the bottom of the package and the lightest items on the top.

Big Moving Containers
18′′ x 18′′ x 24′′ Dimensions: 18′′ x 18′′ x 24′′
4.5 cubic feet in length
Larger, bulkier, more difficult-to-carry objects, particularly those that make sense to group together, such as larger plates, vases, and lamps, would go here. Fill in the gaps with fluffy sheets, pillows, and linens, which bring bulk and insulation to breakables without carrying too much weight.

Boxes with a Twist
Aside from the three regular moving box sizes, there are a few other styles of moving boxes that can make the packing process run more smoothly.

Size: 23′′ x 23′′ x 16′′
4.9 cubic feet in volume
Extra-wide moving boxes are heavier than regular large moving boxes. These could be useful if you have a lot of linens and sheets, or if you have big bulk pieces that won’t fit in any other package.

Dimensions of Wardrobe Boxes: 24″ x 24″ x 46″
13.4 cubic feet in volume
This gap-mouth tall kid, with its mountable, adjustable metal rod, helps you to move all of your hanging clothes from closet to box without removing their hangers, as the name says. Tennis rackets, brooms, and vacuum cleaners are examples of taller, clumsy lighter fare.

Boxes for Bankers
15″ x 12″ x 10″ Dimensions: 15″ x 12″ x 10″
1 cubic foot in volume
Banker Box is a well-known brand that offers a wide range of regular box sizes. When people talk about banker boxes, though, they usually say small rectangular boxes with lids. These boxes are usually used for storing paper papers and do not require any tape to assemble. They are not ideal for any transfers or storage applications because they cannot be conveniently covered with tape. Bankers boxes will suffice if you only have a few belongings and are only going a short distance.

Boxes for watching television
TV sets, also known as image boxes, are usually adjustable in width from 32 to 70 inches. If you don’t have the original package for shipping your big screen, these are perfect. For framed artwork (you can fit multiples in the same box) or mirrors, use TV or picture boxes.

What Would the Cost of The Moving Boxes Be?
First, the bad news: you’ll need more boxes than you thought you’ll need – in some situations, a lot more boxes. Estimates vary based on the number of things you have and how you pack, but you’ll almost certainly need more boxes than you expect. Add packaging materials like packing paper, bubble wrap, storage pads, and packing tape to the mix.

What’s the good news? Boxes are well priced. The below are common starting prices:

Standard small moving boxes are 75 cents each.
Medium moving boxes cost $1.30 each.
Big moving boxes cost $1.50 each.
Wardrobe boxes are $10 each.
Look for a moving box package set with the perfect combination of sizes for your upcoming relocation.

Consult the moving company for recommendations, or browse around for the right blend and price at major box suppliers like SpareFoot, U-Haul, Uline, U-Pack, YouMoveMe, and the big box shops. Some vendors will let you design your own package, while others will match or exceed your lowest price. The following are some of the more common box brands:

There are some websites where you can get gently used boxes for free if you are resourceful.

However, before you transport your nice, lightweight moving boxes home, make sure you have a dry, temperate, out-of-the-way location to store them as you fill them. The hassle of relocating un-taped, half-filled boxes is frequently underestimated by first-timers.

Plastic Plastic Containers vs. Cardboard Boxes
This begs the question: why not use plastic tubs instead? They’re big, waterproof, have easy-grip handles and tops that open easily, and best of all, they’re already put together.

Some versions are translucent, helping you to more quickly spot missing objects and determine where you’ll unpack the contents on the other end. Zip ties can be used instead of packing tape if you don’t like it. Furthermore, insects despise them, unlike plastic boxes.

So, what is it with plastic tubs that you don’t like?

To begin with, they’re a little more expensive than cardboard: 20-gallon regular tubs cost $5-$6; 30-gallon wide tubs cost $9-$10; and 45-gallon totes with wheels cost $20, about the cost of eight cardboard boxes. Totes are more likely to crack or pop their tops in transit because they’re usually lightweight, compact, and designed for storage rather than transportation. Although they tend to stack well, when packed, they take up more space than crates, which you are likely paying for.

Best Moving Plastic Storage Containers
The following are some of the top-rated tubs:

20-gallon Rubbermaid Brute 19-gallon Sterilite Ultra Latch 30-quart IRIS USA Store-It-All Reusable Moving Storage Bins
Although some moving firms do hire reusable tubs, they usually do so for a fixed amount of time, usually two weeks. It would cost you money if you take longer to pack, transport, and unpack, whereas if you own the crates, your time is your own. And, as we’ve seen with cardboard, fixed-size tubs aren’t necessarily acceptable.

Bottom line: If you need plastic tubs for storage on the other end, it might be worth it to invest in several to save money on shipping supplies. Most movers, however, would advise you to keep some boxes in the mix, especially wardrobes and dish packs for glassware, and use the tubs for less fragile items such as clothes and linens.

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