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How to tape packing boxes the right way

 How to tape packing boxes the right way

Sealing up packing boxes may seem like a no-brainer but a properly taped box could save you from a disastrous removal experience. Rule one of moving house is to make sure everything that is in a packing box stays there until the box reaches its destination. We'll show you how to seal packing boxes the correct way.

How to tape packing boxes

Good quality packing supplies

Invest in the best boxes you can find, old or used packing boxes won't offer the same protection for your gear in the long term whether it's in storage or in the back of a removals vehicle if you're moving interstate or overseas.

The same goes for the packing tape, cheap tape or tape not designed for this use can mean it won't stick to the cardboard for very long, won't provide the strength needed to properly secure the box and could fail at the worst time. This is essential if you are using a removalist and moving a significant distance.

The H method of taping

The H method of taping packing boxes provides a strong seal without needing to use excess tape. It also strengthens box, means you can see if someone has tried to open the box as all access points are taped up, plus it keeps any creepy crawlies out.

Hot tip - Use a tape dispenser, they are a great investment especially when you have a huge stack of boxes to seal or a whole house to pack up. Even if you only have one or two boxes to load up, the dispenser ensures the packing tape goes onto the box firmly creating a strong, sturdy seal, which is especially important for the underside of any box.

Assemble by folding together the bottom of the box. If your boxes are rectangle fold the small opposite sides in first and then two the larger flaps (usually the two which meet in the centre forming a neat join). For a square box simply choose two opposite sides to fold in and then overlap with the remaining two cardboard flaps.

Tape along the join making sure you extend the tape at least 10 cm down each side to create a sturdy seal. Packing tape is around 5cm wide which is designed to provide a good overlap on each edge and join.

To complete the H, tape along the open edges of the box (those not along the fold) to reinforce the bottom.


You are now ready to fill the box. Make sure you don't over fill the box with heavy items as no amount of good taping will hold a box filled to the top with your kettlebell set. Spread heavy items around several boxes to prevent accidents and blowouts. As always, use plenty of paddings such as bubble wrap, linen, or butchers paper.

For more tips on packing boxes read this post - How to pack for moving - Great packing tips

Complete the box seal

Once the box is full, seal the top end using the same process. It is important to ensure that the box isn't over full as any objects which extend outside the box, even if only by a small amount making the top bulge or not join completely, will weaken the seal as well as create an unstable stacking surface once the boxes are packed on top of each other in the removals van or storage unit.

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