Box types vary. This guide can help you choose the right one.
It can be confusing choosing what kind of box is right for you among so many different kinds, from paperboard to plastic. So, we aim to make your life easier by providing this guide to packaging.
Boxes come in so many varieties that it can be difficult to decide what to get if you’re starting. There are pros and cons for all of them, so how do you decide which one suits your business the best?
Don’t worry. It’s not hard! You might think it’s hard now, but it really isn’t! In order to help you sort through the different options and find the right box for you, we’ve put together this guide on the different types of boxes for packaging. Let’s discuss this in detail!
1 Corrugated Cardboard Boxes
Let’s start with the first type of box, which uses corrugated cardboard. Boxes constructed of corrugated cardboard consist of the material in multiple layers. So this allows them to protect and cushion their contents better than cardboard boxes without corrugation.
Although there are several layers in corrugated boxes, they are still light in weight, making them easy to store flat. In contrast to the thinner paperboard boxes, these will take up more space. Liner and medium make up corrugated boxes.
Medium refers to the waving “fluted” paper, and liner refers to the flat piece. In order to reinforce fluted paper, two mediums usually lie between it. In addition, it provides extra cushioning, which makes it puncture-proof, tear-proof, and very durable.
In addition to protecting items that require extra protection, corrugated boxes provide handy ways to ship or store articles. In addition, they provide better protection against temperature changes that can affect items in transit than other types of packaging.
It is possible to find different flute sizes on corrugated boxes of varying thicknesses ranging from 0.5mm to 0.8mm. In general, flute type C and a thickness of 4 millimeters are the most common. Both protection and storage can benefit from this measurement.
Examples of corrugated cardboard boxes include:
- Boxes used for pizza
- Packing boxes for moving
- Online order boxes used by brands
The different corrugated box types
Many box manufacturers offer a variety of board options in their corrugated cardboard boxes. One of the most common types of boards is a single-walled board with two sheets of liner between a single fluting.
While this is effective in protecting heavy objects, it may not be the best solution for very heavy loads. In addition, corrugated boxes come in different styles.
Corrugated cardboard provides the basis for slotted boxes, which have a single piece of cardboard folded into a particular shape by scoring and cutting.
These boxes consist of two parts, one at the top and one at the bottom, which provide more insulation at the side.
Corrugated cardboard folder boxes have a single score and cut bottom piece, which can be tranfold, as well as an unbroken bottom piece.
2 Paperboard Boxes
Boxes made of paperboard will be the second type we discussed. In spite of being lightweight, this type of packaging can stand up to shipping for a long time. The most common use for them in retail is as a place to store already available products in stores.
The box lays completely flat when not in use. Before it fits together, it does not take up much space. Design and assembly are easy with this type of packaging as it can be cut and shaped to fit a wide range of needs. In addition, it gives your packaging a unique style that makes it stand out among other products.
These are some examples of retail paperboard boxes:
- Boxes used for cereal
- Boxes for packaged foods, such as Kraft spaghetti boxes and cheese boxes
3 Rigid Boxes
We will discuss rigid boxes as the third type of box. As a result of its thicker density, these boxes consist of four times more paperboard than standard boxes. Unlike many other types of boxes, a rigid box is not collapsible or flexible.
As well as making them more durable, their storage and shipping costs will increase because of the extra space they will occupy. High-end products usually require rigid boxes that provide extra protection or evoke a sense of luxury.
Usually, high-end electronic devices, designer shoes, and jewelry come in rigid boxes. The packaging should reflect the fact that their customers pay a premium for their product!
Rigid boxes are a great option if you want to match your high-end product with a high-end package. It is also possible that you may charge more for this option to keep up the high quality.
Here are some examples of rigid boxes used by luxury brands:
- Box for iPhones from Apple
- Watch boxes from Rolex (all brands)
- Shoe boxes (Gucci shoe box)