January 21st, 2013
Choosing the correct box size can be confusing but It can also be greatly gratifying when your items fit perfectly and off it goes for shipping. It’s like a tailored fit shirt – Ahw Refreshing. However, getting it right can sometimes leave for some head scratching. Here are some pointers that will help when searching for the correct shipping box.
- Online dimensions will be listed as: Length x Width x Height.
- When searching for the correct size box leave an extra 1’’ of space for items that need light protection and extra 2’’ of space for more fragile items that require added protection
- If the items don’t require vertical positioning and can be placed on its size, try to manipulate the sizes in different orders to find the best available stock box. Usually this will be the most inexpensive box option.
- If in doubt, it’s always better to size up than down. The empty space can always be stuffed with void fill such as peanuts, kraft paper, newsprint sheets etc to fill and secure the empty space. Whereas smaller boxes will bend into the item causing extra stress and burst on the box which can lead to damages.
- Box dimensions will always represent internal usable dimensions but you still need to factor in the +/- 1/8’’ manufacturing variance that is common with all boxes.