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9 Different Types of Moving Boxes

Posted: April 11, 2023
A couple goes to a U-Haul center to pick up some moving boxes for their upcoming move.

Moving can be a tough task, but choosing the right moving boxes can make all the difference. There are different types of moving boxes available, each with their own unique features and benefits. In this Moving Help® article, we’ll explore the many types of moving boxes to help you make an informed decision when choosing boxes for your move. 

1. Standard Boxes 

When it comes to moving, standard cardboard boxes are the go-to choice for many. These versatile boxes come in a range of sizes, making them suitable for packing everything from delicate fabrics to bulky bedding. While they may not be the sturdiest choice out there, they are certainly the most affordable. Their basic design means that they are easy to assemble and can be stacked neatly, making them a practical choice for those looking to save on space. 

2. Heavy-Duty Boxes 

Heavy-duty boxes are similar in size to standard boxes, but they are thicker and more durable. This is because of their construction with two layers of fluting, as opposed to the single layer found in standard boxes. This double-wall design makes them ideal for packing heavier items, such as books, small appliances, and kitchenware. 

3. Wardrobe Boxes 

Wardrobe boxes are specifically crafted to pack clothes and other items that are typically hung in a closet. These boxes are equipped with a sturdy metal hanging bar, which allows you to effortlessly transfer your hanging clothes from your closet to the box.  

Like standard moving boxes, wardrobe boxes are available in four different sizes. It is recommended to use larger boxes for long coats, dresses, and suits, and shorter boxes for blouses, shirts, and jackets. 

4. Dish and Glassware Boxes 

These specially designed boxes are intended to safeguard fragile items, such as dishes, glassware, and other fragile objects, making the packing process more manageable. Typically, these boxes are equipped with cardboard partitions that isolate and shield fragile kitchen items during transportation and storage. For best protection, it’s recommended to use double-wall, heavy-duty boxes when packing dishware and glassware. 

5. Plastic Moving Boxes 

Plastic boxes are an excellent alternative to cardboard boxes. They offer a range of benefits such as reusability, durability, and water resistance. These boxes are specifically designed to be stacked on top of each other, making them an ideal choice for packing and organizing items. Additionally, they come in various sizes, making them suitable for a wide range of items. The lids of these boxes close securely, making them an excellent choice for packing.

A family starts packing their belongings into several different types of moving boxes.

6. Electronics Boxes 

Electronics moving boxes are specifically crafted to accommodate many sizes and shapes of electronic equipment, guaranteeing a snug and secure fit during transportation. These boxes are equipped with perforated hand holes, making them easier to carry and lift. U-Haul provides electronic boxes in three different sizes, each of which is double walled to provide added protection against crushing and punctures. 

7. TV Moving Boxes 

A TV moving box is a specially designed flat panel box used for packing and transporting televisions. These boxes are adjustable and can accommodate TVs ranging from 32 to 85 inches, making them a versatile choice for anyone who needs to move their TV.  

One of the most popular brands of TV moving boxes is U-Haul, which offers high-quality boxes that are durable and reliable. These boxes are double walled, providing extra protection for your TV during transit. Additionally, they come equipped with foam packing corners that help to suspend and cushion the TV within the box, ensuring that it stays safe and secure throughout the moving process. 

8. Artwork/Picture Boxes 

Picture and artwork boxes are specifically designed to safely pack framed items such as mirrors, canvases, and pictures. These boxes are similar to TV moving boxes in their flat shape, which allows for easy and secure transportation. To ensure the utmost protection for your framed items, we highly recommend using a Picture Packer Kit. In the case of extra-large framed items, two mirror boxes can be telescoped together to create a larger box. 

9. Other Specialty Moving Boxes 

Specialty moving boxes are available for almost anything you can think of. From lamps to golf clubs, wine to household items, there’s a box designed to keep your belongings safe and secure during the move. Don’t settle for generic boxes that may not provide the necessary protection for your valuable possessions. 

Now that you know what types of moving boxes are out there, you’re that much closer to completing your move. The next step is to figure out how many boxes you need and when to start packing. Learn more about Moving Help for more moving and packing solutions.