If you have ever moved yourself you have probably experienced a situation where you had something all ready to pack and no box even close to the right size in which to put it. There was a time when people just went and got moving boxes from grocery stores, liquor stores or department stores, with no regard for what was last transported in the box.
Today, this situation still occurs on occasion, but overall people are moving more and more toward uniform moving boxes. These are used by all professional movers and they help you not only to have the right box at the right time, they are also made especially to fit in moving vans so that all of the space is wisely used. Moving boxes are made to hold a certain weight (200 lb test) and are shaped properly for easy carrying as well.
Whether you are moving yourself or using professional moving company, it doesn’t hurt to know the standard moving box sizes that are available. Plus, there are specialty boxes for odd size and delicate items. Knowing about these can save you a lot of time which you might spend looking for just the right box. Mirrors and paintings are among the items that can be particularly troublesome.
Moving boxes are always listed by length, width, and height. Medium is by far the most popular. The standard of a medium moving box is 18x14x12. These can hold all kinds of items, from books and CDs to kitchen items or even the contents of the bathroom medicine cabinet. Most often, small and large items are intermingled. Plastic bubble wrap is often used for cushioning but pot holders, kitchen towels, or wash cloths can be used as well.
Large moving boxes are 20x20x15. These are made to hold your belongings which are larger and heavier than will fit comfortably in a medium moving box. It is still a good idea to mix some heavy items with some lighter ones whenever possible. Extra large moving boxes are 23x23x16 and these are so large you will not want to load them up with heavy items. Most people like this moving box for blankets, sheets, towels, curtains, and other items like these. That way, even if you use professional movers to transport the boxes, no one will strain any muscles on too heavy a box.
One of the problems that can come up with moving boxes is that people leave space in them near the top or do not pack the items tightly enough. The more room items have to jiggle around, the more chance there is that something is going to get broken or damaged. There are specialized moving boxes for those unwieldy, breakable possessions, such as mirrors, lamps, or dishes. Wardrobe boxes are available for those closet-type garments.
One of the most popular moving box ideas today is that of room box kits. No matter whether your possessions fill a two-room apartment or a two-bedroom house, you can find a box kit just right for them or any other home--3 room, 4 room, 5 room, 6 room--you get the idea! Your moving box kit will contain the appropriate number of boxes plus moving supplies--packing tape, plastic bubble wrap, and many times even labels and thick marking pens to use to help you identify which box is which.
No matter how big or small a place you have, finding perfect moving boxes sizes shouldn’t be a problem. These boxes will protect your valuable items and give you a little more peace of mind on moving day.