Bubble rolls are one of the most popular forms of packaging protection.
Let’s face it, the name itself just sounds fun and those tiny little air filled pockets are just so satisfying to pop.
They don’t leave as big of a mess as peanuts and they have heavier cushioning over kraft paper.
Overall bubble is a very durable solution.
Here are a few things you need to know when using bubble rolls.
1. Bubbles come in three sizes.
2. Size is based on air fill.
The size of the bubble cell is actually determined by how much inflation is used to fill the cell.
For example, the 5/16 and the ½ are actually both the same diameter but the ½ is filled with air till capacity and the 5/16 is only filled to 5/16th of an inch full of inflated air.
3. When to use what.
Bigger bubble makes for a tighter and more protective pack which is better for more fragile items.
Smaller bubble is usually used to prevent movement in shipping as well as extra padding on regular items but unless you are using a substantial amount for each product, small bubble is not meant to protect delicate items rather to give it extra security on many hard non breakable items.
Many non breakable items are still packed with small bubble or bubble bags or padded mailers to insure security and not to damage the item itself.
For example if you're shipping a book usually 3/16 Bubble mailers or bubble bags will do the job as the items aren't breakable but still need to be protected from shipping damages.
If you are shipping fragile items, ceramics or electronics you would use a ½ inch bubble (Make sure to use a few feet to insure a tight pack see here )
3/16 = Basic standard
5/16 =is kind of in-between.
½ = Heavy duty
4. How to buy it
Bubble is usually sold by the foot and measured using the width and length of the roll.
For example in the 3/16 category one of the most commons rolls is a 12x175
So you're getting a 175 feet of bubble that is 12 inches wide.
All of our rolls are perforated every 12 inches, so for this kind of rolls you have a perfect square foot on each tear.
Keep in mind if you have a roll that is 12x500 its the same amount of actual bubble as a 24x250.
There are many different variations depending on what your needs are and how your shipping is set up, click here for our full list.
We hope this helps always feel to give us a call with any questions and anyone on our team will be happy to help
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