If you are tempted to collect old shipping boxes from friends and neighbors and to get “banana boxes” from the supermarket, here is some advice about specialty boxes you should consider when planning your next move.
These boxes will keep your items safer and cleaner, and you’ll be less likely to have breakage of fragile items.
Heavy and unwieldy, mattresses and box springs can be the most difficult to move. Mattress boxes are available in sizes matched to every type of mattress. They include handles, which make moving them easier on you and your back.
Artwork and Mirror Boxes
You’ll want to protect mirrors and artwork from damage during your move. Artwork and Mirror boxes will hold your items snugly to minimize the risk of the glass cracking. Wrap your décor in bubble wrap and fit them securely inside this specialty box.
You will not have to worry about your clothing getting wrinkled and soiled during your move when you use specialty Wardrobe boxes. These boxes are tall and extra sturdy with a rod from which to hang your clothes. When you get to your new home, it’s extra easy to transfer your clothes from the box to your closet.
If you have the original boxes that your computer, printer, and other electronic equipment came in, then you have the best moving box to pack them in. If you no longer have them, your mover can supply you with strong boxes especially made to keep electronics safe during a move.
Constructed of corrugated cardboard, Disk Packs are ideal for transporting delicate China and glassware. To avoid breakage, you’ll want to stand your dishes on end or use the cardboard dividers that are supplied with these specialty boxes.
Created and sized to hold one lamp so that it can be wrapped and cushioned on all sides for protection. Depending on size, the lampshade may fit into the same box or two smaller lamps might be packed together.
Traditional Moving Boxes
Available in various sizes, these are versatile and will serve you well for most of your packing needs. You’ll want to obtain some in each of three sizes and be sure to pack appropriately with this in mind: Don’t overpack. Large boxes should be packed less densely than smaller boxes. Remember you’ll be lifting these boxes several times before your move is done!
Large Boxes: These are ideal for bulkier but lighter weight materials like bedding, pillows, or towels.
Medium-sized Boxes: About three cubic feet in size, Medium Boxes hold just about most any
household items from toys or kitchen utensils, health and beauty products, or home décor.
Small Boxes: Often referred to as Book Boxes because they are perfect for packing books, Small Boxes should be used for small, but heavy items, like canned goods, small appliances, shoes, or CDs.
If you have questions about which boxes to use for what household items, call us at 1-800-233-MOVE. You can also download a copy of our Trade Secrets from the Professional Packers at Ayer Moving and Storage on our website.