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Which style of packing box do I need?

 Which style of packing box do I need?

Knowing which size and style of packing box to buy for all the stuff in your house can be awfully confusing. Some go for the one size fits all model where they purchase a stack of tea chest size boxes and fill them to the top without considering how much they'll weigh or what to do with the items that don't fit in.

The ideal packing box style for your gear

Others have a stab in the dark and get a few of each in the hope that everything will squeeze in somewhere.

If you haven't moved house for a few years it's easy to forget how much fits into a standard packing box. Having a trial run with one box can give you an idea of what you can neatly fit, which will then help you decide how many boxes you'll need for each room and ultimately the whole house.

Perfect box sizes

We've taken the guesswork out of buying packing boxes with our handy box guide.


  • Books are small but boxes full of books can become extremely heavy.
  • We recommend using book or wine boxes which are about half the size of standard tea chest boxes as this minimises the weight and allows for even stacking.


  • Relatively light, clothes can be easily packed into tea chest boxes.
  • Clothes on hangers from the wardrobe can be fitted into specially designed cartons with a rail to hang your clothes. This prevents dresses, shirts, and suits getting crushed in a standard box.

Stemware, glasses, and crystal

  • Extreme care needs to be taken when packing delicate and breakable items such as glassware.
  • Ideally use smaller boxes such as a book box to avoid damage from boxes being overpacked and heavy. Always store glassware the right way up with a generous wrapping of bubble wrap or butchers paper.
  • Clearly mark these boxes as 'Fragile'.

China and crockery

  • Heavy and breakable is a risky combination. China and crockery need to be packed with plenty of protection so the rigors of moving don't have a disastrous effect on your dinnerware.
  • Small book boxes are perfect for tableware as you can fill them up without worrying about the weight. Another idea is to use 1/3 of a tea chest box for crockery and the rest linen or clothes. This provides protection for the breakable items while ensuring the box doesn't become too heavy.
  • Clearly mark these boxes as 'Fragile'.

Picture frames, artwork, mirrors

  • Quite often these items are too big to fit into a standard box so can present a tricky packing issue.
  • There are boxes designed specifically for large flat items like frames, artwork, and mirrors, however, you can also use a flattened tea chest box and a layer of bubble wrap to move these pieces.
  • Clearly mark these boxes as 'Fragile'.

Still unsure about which boxes you'll need for your move? Speak to our friendly Perth storage team on 08 9443 6066 or find out more here - Packing Boxes

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