All About Boxes
Want to make packing easier? Use the right boxes! Here is a helpful list of typical box sizes and what types of items fit best in each of them.
1.5 cf (small; 16” x 12” x 12”)
Perfect for books, magazines, photo albums, canned goods, grain products, hand tools and other heavy items.
3.0 cf (medium; 18” x 18” x 16”)
Probably the most-frequently used box. Ideal for taller kitchen supplies such as cooking oil, vinegars, etc., small lampshades, small kitchen appliances (toasters, coffee maker, can opener or iron), pots and pans, shoes, hats and small breakables.
4.5 cf (large; 24” x 18” x 18”)
This box is sized similar to a dishpack box, but isn’t as sturdy. Perfect for tall items such as wrapping paper, medium lampshades, board games, and small or medium kitchen appliances (upright mixer, wok, etc.).
6.0 cf (extra-large; 24” x 24” x 24”)
Large lampshades and other items too large to fit into 4.5-cube cartons such as bedding, towels, etc.
Dinner place settings, cups, mugs, stemware, crystal or glassware, figurines, table lamps, vases, small pictures, mirrors and glass shelves. May or may not include dividers; we have short dividers for glassware and mugs; tall dividers for vases, pitchers, etc.
Flat Screen TV Carton
A specially designed carton that provides added protection when transporting a flat screen TV. TV should be covered with padded picture paper prior to placing in box. Don’t ever use bubblewrap directly on any of your electronics as the static electricity could short-circuit your piece of equipment.
We have two sizes of mirror cartons: small and large. The small can take pictures/mirrors up to 33” in width; the large carton can take pictures/mirrors up to 48” in width. Use these boxes for pictures, artwork, glass tabletops (less than 7 square feet), dresser mirrors, flat screen TVs up to 42”, or other high-value items. Use padded picture paper for large and/or valuable pictures and TVs. For paintings made of pastels and oils, use pieces of cardboard cut to the size of the frame, then use blue painter’s tape to adhere to the back of the frame, and cover in padded picture paper.
We use a 24” wardrobe box and fill it with hanging clothes, curtains and also use them for miscellaneous items in the garage or home to minimize the amount of “miscellaneous” items our boys have to move. Typically we leave the top open when we do this, taping around the 4 edges but not closing off the top because typically items are sticking out too far. Perfect for rakes, shovels, vacuum cleaners, Swiffers, rolled-up area rugs, skis, etc.
Mattress Bags, Chair & Sofa Covers
We have mattress bags for twin, full/queen and king mattresses, as well as chair and sofa covers. We also have mattress boxes for twin, full and queen/king mattresses.