The Breakdown of Moving Boxes

Boxes, specifically cardboard, may seem pretty easy to understand at first. They are simple, different-sized pieces of flat cardboard folded together to keep items contained on the inside. They are usually square and come equipped with a lid to keep the box closed. You can put things in them, carry them, stack them, and of course, unpack them. But what about the actual contents inside of the box? How do you know what you should be shoving into each box? Graebel Van Lines® long-distance movers explain different sized boxes and what should be packed neatly into which box, to make your life and your move a bit easier.

Small moving boxes are anywhere from 1.5 – 3.1 cubic feet. These boxes are meant for fragile and smaller items. Contrary to popular belief, smaller boxes are also meant for heavy items. This makes it easier to lift and transport heavier items. If you put all of your heavy items into one large box, it will be nearly impossible to pick up and carry around. Things that can go inside of small boxes are canned goods, DVDs, kid’s toys, baby items, tools, and cleaning products. Some fragile things that can go inside of small boxes are kitchenware, dishes, glass items, and video game systems.

Medium moving boxes are about 4 – 5 feet and can fit oddly shaped items. A few average-weight items should be able to fit in a medium box comfortably. Graebel long-distance movers suggest placing pots, pans, shoes, boots, computer towers, and small appliances in these boxes.

Large moving boxes are 6 cubic feet and more. You can completely fill these boxes with a ton of light-weight items. These can include linens, jackets, duvets, pillows, blankets, towels, and lightweight clothing items.

Dish pack moving boxes are strong and protective double-walled boxes for fine china and other fragile items. Graebel long-distance movers say that you can fit porcelain keepsakes, plates, bowls, wine glasses, ornaments, and other breakable items in these boxes.

Mirror cartons can be as large as 72 inches. They are meant to be stacked on each end of a large picture or mirror. They can also be places on canvas paintings. These provide additional protections to keep your items from getting chipped, scratches, or the corners being rubbed raw from the moving process.

It is important to know what kind of moving boxes are best for which items. Graebel long-distance movers say that understanding the sizes, dimensions, and weight capacity of these boxes will help you pack much more efficiently.