How to pack a box

How to Pack a Box for Shipping

When shipping your items using a cardboard box please follow these easy steps;

Step one

  • Choosing a box

When choosing a box there is a lot to consider such as size, strength, and item weight.

Size - When considering a carton size you will need to bear in mind the items size plus and extra space around you item for packing, (packaging will absorb and inpack)

Standard boxes are measured in Length x Width x Depth

Board Strengths

There are many different board grades on the market but the most common are B, C and BC board grade,

B Flute is a single wall carton approx 3 mm thick. Ideal for small light items because of the close spacing of the fluting B flute offer good impact strength.

C Flute is another single cardboard, approx 4mm thick. This is also ideal for small and light items but has a higher stacking strength.

BC Fute is a double wall card board, BC is made up from B and C flute to give your item the benefits of both grades. BC is ideal for medium to large card board boxes.

Item Width

It is important to consider the weight of you item when choosing your box, the right board grade should be considered. Please see a rough guide on board grades and their weight capabilities (please note this is a guide only).

B or C Flute- Single Wall

Grade                   Contents Weigth

125kt                          5kg

150k/t                         10kg

200k/t                         20kg

300k/t                         25kg


BC or BE Flute- Double Wall

Grade                      Contents Weight

125k/t                           15kg

150k/t                           20kg

200k/t                           30kg

300k/t                           40kg

Step 2

  • Packing the box


Packing the box is the most important of all, it is important to remember that any movement in the package will increase the chance of damage.


Ideal items to help prevent damage;

Bubble wrap

Loose Fill



Wrap you item in a packaging produce that is suited to your item and will close any gaps or excess around your item with rolled or screwed up packaging.

Step 3

  • Taping


When taping up your carton, it is important to tape all of the gaps up.


The best way is to place one piece of tape along the flaps and two horizontal to the flaps at each end making sure that the tape dose not peal up.

Step 4

  • Labelling

Labelling or marking your carton with your delivery address will be important. It maybe worth putting two address labels onto your item to stop you carrier having to move your item around to find an address which will also reduce the chance of damage.

Other labels to be considered;


Heavy items

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Step 5

  • Delivery

Many items these days are sent by courier services, it is worth remembering that your item will be moved from Van to Van at least 3 times, sometimes more, so for heavier items it may worth considering placing item onto pallet, also if there is more then one item going to the same address this also should considered. 

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