All about Moving Boxes

Boxes, although not the most thrilling of topics, are an essential part of moving. At this point you may be thinking, “What is there to know about moving boxes? They’re just boxes; right?” And to that I’d say, touché my friend. Yes they are boxes, but the ones I’m talking about are slightly different than your regular old box; they are specially built to handle heavy loads and to keep contents safe. Sure you can get away with a few second hand boxes here and there, but for your prized possessions you’re going to want a sturdy box. This article will talk all about moving boxes so you can make an informed decision regarding purchasing the right ones for your move.

Find Out Which Boxes Are Best for You 

There are several different types of moving boxes that you can choose from. They come in various shapes and sizes to accommodate your personal belongings. Let’s explore some options below.

Side note: More often than not your moving company (if you hired one) is going to measure in cubic feet. Listed below are a few common box types, their measurements, and their total cubic feet; hopefully this will help you make a decision on which boxes are right for you.

  • Small box: 16 x 12 ½ x 12 ½ equal to 1.5 cubic feet – can carry up to 60 pounds; but is not recommended to pack any box over 50 pounds. This box is ideal for packing dishes, kitchen items, books, small appliances, lamps or shades, and fragile items.
  • Medium box: 18 x 18 x 16 equal to 3.0 cubic feet – great for packing clothing, electronics, and pots and pans.  Can hold up to 65 pounds.
  • Large box: 18 x 18 x 24 equal to 4.5 cubic feet – ideal for packing linens, larger lamps, and kitchen appliances. Can hold up to 65 pounds.
  • Extra large boxes: 22 x 22 x 21 ½ equal to 6.0 cubic feet – best for packing toys, pillows, large blankets and chair/couch cushions. Can hold up to 70 pounds but make sure to not over pack, this box can get very heavy.
    • 24 x 18 x 24 equal to 6.1 cubic feet – this rectangular shaped box is ideal for comforters, blankets and cushions.
  • Hanging Wardrobe boxes: these boxes come in a variety of sizes (small, medium, and large). Each is equipped with a metal bar going across the top just like a wardrobe, hence the name. Use these boxes for hanging up clothing or items you cannot move folded. Keep in mind these boxes also take up a lot of room. Try packing clothes flat to save on some cash.
  • Lay down Wardrobe boxes: measure 32 x 19 7/8 x 9 and are similar to a dresser drawer. These boxes are perfect for packing clothing that only needs to be folded once.
  • Picture/Mirror boxes: these boxes can be what we call, telescoped; which is just a fancy way of saying two can be put together to make a longer fit. Always use strong filament tape to tightly secure both ends together. These boxes are great for artwork, framed pictures and mirrors.
  • Dish Packs: if you have glasses, cups, liquor or wine bottles (which I’m guessing you might) this box is perfect. Just be cautious of over packing. You don’t want anything to break or shatter during the move.
  • Mattress boxes: typically these boxes aren’t required. More often than not movers will just wrap your mattress in plastic bags; which is a cheaper option. If you want to protect your mattress from damage or will be storing it for a few months then you’re better off purchasing a mattress box. These boxes are available in sizes varying from cribs to king size.

Where to Get Them

You can purchase these types of boxes straight from your moving company. If you didn’t hire a mover or they don’t sell packing supplies then you can find them at your local packing supply store; you may be able to find some at your local hardware store as well. Or if you aren’t having any luck there, you can always purchase specialty boxes online; they have everything on the internet.

There you have it folks! You have just learned all about moving boxes. Now you can use this information to make a wise decision on which boxes you need and don’t need. Good luck!


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