Guide to the Right Moving Box for the Right Job

Posted onJanuary 27, 2012 by Arrow Moving & Storage

The whole point of transporting your possessions in moving boxes is to protect them, so here are some guidelines to proper cartons and packing materials.

Moving Cartons

  • 1.5 cube (small) size 17 x 12-3/8 x 12-3/8: Books, magazines, photo albums, canned goods, grain products, hand tools and other heavy items
  • 3 cube (medium) size 101/8 x 18 x 16: Small lampshades, small kitchen appliances (toasters/coffee maker/can opener/iron), pots/pans, shoes, hats and small breakables
  • 4.5 cube (large) size 18 x 18 x 24: Medium lampshades and small or medium kitchen appliances (upright mixer, wok, etc.)
  • 6 cube (extra large) size 23 x 23 x 20: Large lampshades and other items too large to fit into 4.5-cube cartons
  • Dishpack (china barrel) size 18 x 18 x 28: Dinner place settings, stemware, crystal or glassware, figurines, table lamps, vases, small pictures, mirrors/glass shelves
  • Flat Screen TV Carton : Specially designed carton that provides added protection when transporting a flat screen TV
  • Mirror (2 or 4 section) narrow boxes: Pictures, artwork, glass tabletops (less than 7 square feet), dresser mirrors or other high-value items
  • Upright Wardrobe : Specially designed carton equipped with a metal bar to hang garments or floor-to-ceiling drapes
  • Mattress Cartons : Available in different sizes: Crib/Twin/Dbl/Q/K matts
  • Miscellaneous : Pole lamps, golf clubs, fishing rods, rifles or shotguns

Materials Guide

  • Newsprint” paper : Be careful using newsprint as wrapping material. Newspaper ink has a tendency to rub off is very difficult to remove it from items such as fine china.
  • Corrugated or Interleaved Sheets : For placement between dishes, saucers or other flat items and used to construct cylinders for delicate items.
  • Tissue Paper : Stuffing fragile cups and goblets, wrapping delicate figurines or artificial flower arrangements.
  • Non-tarnish Paper : Wrapping silverware, brass and pewter items.
  • Brown Kraft Paper : Wrapping large items such as pictures, mirrors or lamp bases.
  • Cushioned Paper : Used for easily scratched items.
  • Wax Paper : For oil paintings.
  • Bubble Pack or Foam Peanuts : For high-value porcelain figures, model ships or large crystal carvings.

Arrow Moving & Storage carries most of these materials both new and used. Call us today for pricing and availability! (800) 593-6683

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