Anyone who is planning a move, putting items into storage or shipping items to another location has a need for quality packaging supplies. Consumers have many options when choosing boxes, tape and packing materials but the goal is find something that adequately protects the contents whether they are being stored in a closet or shipped across the country.
Consumers can buy boxes in a variety of sizes and styles. Choosing the right boxes depends largely on how they will be used. Ordinary brown boxes are typically used for storing or shipping various items. White cartons are more suitable when boxes will be stored in a visible place and a higher quality of presentation is needed. Boxes are flat when shipped from the supplier and will require some assembly before use.
Record file boxes are made specifically for storing paper records. They will accommodate standard paper and file sizes. Some come with a separate lid while others are completely self-locking with an attached cover. Slots cut into the ends make them easy to pick up and carry. Boxes with double or triple bottoms and ends are more durable and will contain contents best when the boxes are in transit. These boxes are white on the outside and have a grid on the end where the user can record dates, contents and inventory numbers.
Shipping boxes come in different designs suitable for shipping many items. Standard boxes have a single wall construction and are adequate for shipping most items. Boxes with double walls are rated to carry more weight and are better for heavy items like automobile parts.
Clear packaging tape comes in rolls 2" or 3" wide and lengths of 55 yards and 110 yards. This tape sticks firmly to cardboard and stands up to the weight of the contents without coming loose. Convenient tape dispensers are made in sizes to accommodate the two different tape widths. These heavy duty dispensers allow users to seal up a box in a matter of seconds without the need for a second person to hold the sides in place.
Polyethylene roll foam is used to wrap fragile items and provide cushion if the box is jostled or dropped. Foam is useful for wrapping up oddly shaped items and several layers can be used in vulnerable areas. Bubble wrap offers another option for protecting breakable objects from vibration and shock. If multiple pieces are being stored or shipped, the wrap will provide a barrier between them to prevent nicks, chips and scratches.
Bubble wrap has the added benefit of being useful for filling any empty space in the box to keep contents from shifting around. Corrugated pads are helpful when shipping and storing flat items like picture frames and mirrors. They can be used as layer pads in larger cartons for additional support and cushioning.
In addition to boxes, tape and padding materials, consumers can choose from a variety of shipping envelopes and tubes in a range of sizes. Selecting the right packaging supplies ensures the contents will be in perfect condition whether they are put in storage or packed for shipment to a distant location.