Moving Boxes 101: How to Spot a Well-Made Moving Box with 6 Expert Tips

Are you planning a residential move soon? Take a look around at everything you have in your home or office to move, and you will quickly realize one big thing: you will need many moving boxes. While many people assume that a box is a box no matter what it looks like or where it comes from, boxes are all different. The boxes you need for your move may all be made from cardboard with a similar geometric shape, but specific attributes can make all the difference in how effective a box can be to pack and transport belongings.

1. Look at the weight capacity

All boxes offer their own weight capacity. This rating comes from the box manufacturer and lets you know how much weight the cardboard structure can hold without falling apart.

Boxes are usually made from corrugated board, a three-layer makeup of an inner wall, an outer wall, and fluting between the two. The density of materials used determines ECT (edge-crush-test) rating, telling you how much weight a box can hold. For example, a box with an ECT number of 48 can hold up to 60 pounds.

2. Consider stackability

To make the most out of space available in your moving vehicle, you need to consider the stackability of the moving boxes. Boxes with rigid edges and strong corners are a must for stackability. Another feature to consider to ensure a box is will stack cleanly is its top and bottom closure design; some inter-folding designs don’t offer a flat surface that does well for packing. Also, look for boxes that have a consistent shape.

3. Think about maneuverability

Smaller boxes are easy enough to carry without any special features in most cases. However, a larger moving carton can pose some challenges. If you do need some larger moving boxes, opt for those that offer integrated handles, such as open handles or even attached handles on the sides.

4. Consider ease of closure and securement

How easy are the boxes to close? Are the top flaps so rigid that they won’t fold down or be held in place easily by good packing tape? Some people prefer moving boxes that come with matching, slip-on lids that simply slip on the top of the box and can be secured in place with a few pieces of tape. By the way, look for good quality packing tape to close your boxes, which can be just as important as the box itself.

5. Size matters

The general idea is to pick up a range of box sizes. No matter what room you may be packing, you can have a series of large and small items requiring boxes of different sizes. For example:

  • Extra small boxes – Good for small tools, utensils, and collectibles
  • Small boxes – Ideal for books, canned goods, and dishes
  • Medium boxes – Great for toys, decor, and most household items
  • Large boxes – Great for bulky but lightweight objects, such as clothing, comforters, or vases
  • Extra-large containers – Ideal for pillows, towels, and bedding

6. Specialty boxes

Consider if you will need specialized boxes since some items require some extra care and attention. For instance, you might need dish packs, TV boxes, mirror boxes, or wardrobe boxes. 

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Moving can be challenging, but a little professional insight can make all the difference. Professional movers have the packing materials you need. If you are in the process of planning your big relocation project, be sure to enlist the help of pros who do it best. Reach out to us to get a free moving quote today and insight into sourcing only the best moving boxes.