Types of packaging materials

Whether you’re planning a domestic move or an office relocation, you’ll need to choose the right packaging for your belongings.

There are different types of packaging materials that you can choose from depending on the type of goods that you want to pack. Highlighted below are some of the packaging materials that you can consider when moving office in London.

  • Corrugated boxes
  • Rigid boxes
  • Plastics
  • Bubble wrap 
  • Styrofoam

1. Corrugated boxes

Stacked corrugated flat boxes

Most people refer to corrugated boxes as ‘cardboard’. They are a very common material in packing. These boxes are usually available in a wide variety depending on the purpose. The boxes have three layers which are the corrugated medium, inside layer, and outside layer. Recycled waste paper materials are the main material used in the making of these corrugated cardboard boxes.

Corrugated boxes are used to pack a wide variety of items and are especially good when it comes to relocating purposes. The boxes keep your goods secure over long travels. One downside to using these boxes is that they get damaged easily in the event of them being exposed to any form of moisture. Aside from that, these boxes are easily available and their price is not high. This is one of the most recommended methods of packing to use in the event of relocation.

2. Rigid boxes

two rigid boxes on top of desk

Rigid boxes are one of the most durable packaging materials out there with regards to packing for relocation. These boxes are made in such a manner that the paperboard used is nearly four times thicker than the one in standard boxes.

This type of packaging material is ideal for fragile material and also high-value items since you are assured of the safety of your items. This packaging choice is not as common since the boxes are quite costly in comparison to other packaging materials. 

3. Plastics box

blue plastic storage boxes

In the packaging industry, the use of plastic boxes has replaced most of the traditional packaging methods used previously. This type of packaging material is widely preferred since it is recyclable and plastic is generally much more durable than any cardboard box. Plastic packaging boxes are easy to move around and generally easier to work with.

Most people prefer the use of plastic boxes since they ensure the safety of your items and they’re suitable for bulky stuff since they won’t tear because of their durability. The material does not break easily hence no damage to your property. Plastics are also easily available and also very cost-effective.

4. Bubble wrap

Hand holding a Bubble wrap

The actual name of this is air cellular cushioning material. This is a kind of flexible sheet which is commonly wrapped around an item to ensure that it has all-round protection. It is commonly used in different types of packaging since it is just wrapped around an item which may then be put in a box.

This method is used for fragile packages such as glass. An added advantage of bubble wrap is that it can be reused hence environmentally friendly.

5. Styrofoam

Teddy bear laying in a pile of 
 Styrofoam packaging in a box

Styrofoam is good if you are intending to travel over long distances with goods. It is mostly made of air hence protects your items from regular damage and shock. It is good when used for packing fragile items such as television sets.

Styrofoam is inexpensive and easily available hence very commonly used in packing. It is also a lightweight material and flexible to suit any of your needs.  The material is not affected by moisture and temperatures therefore the perfect item to have with you when you are thinking about moving

Choose the right packaging material

There are various types of packaging materials that you can choose to use. Of course, the size and nature of your belongings will determine the most suitable option for you. You can always seek professional guidance from the office mover that you’re working with.

There are also several tips on how to pack for moving that you can consider like sorting your belongings (this can be on the basis of either size, weight or importance), decluttering, choosing the right mover, choosing the right packaging, and clearly labelling your stuff.

From the information above, there are several packaging methods that you can choose for your office move. To keep track of all your belongings, you should always have a clear inventory list at hand. This will enable you to account for everything and avoid any inconveniences. A reliable and qualified office relocation company will also come in handy in the packaging process. With these tips, we can only hope that you are now more equipped to manage a relocation.