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Packing Supplies


Box Sizes

The boxes you use are important. To minimize damage, select boxes suitable for your items. Make sure that your boxes are not packed too heavy as they can break open, or too light as they can crush when stacked.

1.5 cubic foot box: (Book or Small Carton) This is the smallest general-purpose box, used for items such as books, CDs, DVDs, tools and canned goods.

3.0 cubic foot box: (Medium Carton) Known as the “workhorse” of boxes, smaller, heavier items are packed into this box. Small kitchen appliances, lamp bases, pots and pans and small outdoor tools are suitable for this size box.

4.5 cubic foot box: This box is used for non-hanging clothes, linens, larger lamp bases, lamp shades, unbreakable kitchen goods and toys.

6.0 cubic foot box: (Large Carton) The largest general-purpose box, this box is used for lightweight, bulky items including stuffed toys, pillows and winter coats.

Note: As the size of the box increases, the weight of each item should decrease.

Specialty Boxes

Dishpack: (Barrel or Dish Barrel) Multi-layer construction makes this the safest and strongest of all moving boxes. Dishpacks are recommended for all breakable kitchenware, china, and crystal.

Mattress Carton: All mattresses must be transported in boxes. King size box springs will require either twin or king boxes, please consult your Southside Moving and Storage representative

Mirror Carton: Mirror cartons are expandable boxes used for mirrors, pictures and small glass table tops.

Wardrobe Cartons: This box is constructed so that hanging clothes will remain hanging during the move.

Specialized Cartons and Made-to-Order Crating:

Specialty containers are available for the moving and transport of items such as high-end TVs, golf clubs and grandfather clocks. Made-to-order crates are recommended for extremely fragile pieces. Your representative can assist with information about these special boxes and crates.

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