Your Ultimate Guide To Removal Packing Materials And Boxes

Whenever you move home, you will, in most cases, rely upon removalists from to take your belongings from your old home to your new one. In addition to physically loading their vans with your belongings, transporting them, and then unloading them at your new home, removalists also provide another hugely important service: the supply of boxes and packing materials.

If you consider that many items will have a high value, be that monetary or sentimental, as well the care taken by your removalists, it is often the boxes items are in and the packing that surrounds them that ensures that each one that is moved from home to home gets there undamaged and in one piece. It is, therefore, essential that the packing and boxes you select and use are the most appropriate.

As we mentioned above, your removalists can supply these, and we recommend you follow this course of action, as well as the advice given by your removalists regarding what boxes and packing you should use. To help you understand what many of their recommendations might be, we have outlined our ultimate guide to packing materials and boxes below.

Box Sizes

  • Small Boxes – Capacity up to 36 cubic litres: Used for smaller items such as toys, shoes, books, canned foods, small utensils, smaller devices, toiletries, and jewellery.
  • Medium Boxes – Capacity up to 52 cubic litres: Medium boxes are likely to contain small appliances, clothes, dishes, lamps and lamp shades, larger toys, larger tools, pictures and photo frames.

  • Large Boxes – Capacity up to 150 cubic litres: These can either be used for packing one or two large items or several small items. They are best suited to blankets, large paintings and photo frames, pillows, and garden tools.

Specialist Boxes

  • Dishes Boxes: To ensure the safe transit of your china dishes and cutlery, a dish box is the ideal solution. It has dividers to hold individual items such as plates, although we recommend that you still wrap each one.
  • Cartons For Pictures/Photo Frames: These are usually large boxes, but they are also thin to accommodate large paintings and photo frames. They usually come with the inside covered in bubble wrap.
  • Mattress Boxes: To prevent mattresses from being ripped or getting dirty en route, a large mattress box that wraps around each one is ideal for protecting them.
  • Corrugated Boxes: To provide an extra layer of protection for china and other delicate or fragile items, a corrugated box should be used rather than a standard box.
  • Wardrobe Boxes: If you want your clothes to remain on their hangers whilst you move home, then a wardrobe box is what you need. They are tall, which will help keep dresses, suits, trousers, and shirts from getting wrinkled during transportation.

Packing Materials

  • Packing Paper: Used to protect a wide range of items, packing paper is normally scrunched up and placed in boxes before the items are placed in them. A cheap alternative is old newspaper, although there is a risk that newsprint ink can transfer to items
  • Bubble Wrap: The quintessential protection for most items that are being transported, bubble wrap can either be wrapped around individual items or used to fill spaces in boxes.
  • Foam Sheets: Foam wrapping sheets are often recommended for wrapping and protecting delicate items such as fine china, crystal, or glass.
  • Packing Peanuts: These are used solely as a means to fill the spaces within packing boxes to prevent items from moving around and being damaged during their transportation.
  • Cardboard: The best way to use cardboard as a packing material is for dividing boxes into compartments so that items are not at risk of moving during transportation and being damaged.
  • Packing Tape: Last, but not certainly least because it is essential, is packing tape which should be used to securely seal boxes closed and also as reinforcement on the bottom of boxes.