Next to boxes, tape is probably the most commonly used item in the packaging industry.
It’s your insurance broker telling you that your items will remain in the four walls of that comfortable cardboard box, so make sure you’re using the right one.
Mostly, it’s pretty straight forward but remember tape can also be used to fix things, guide painters, do arts & crafts projects and everyday household use, so it can get tricky...or sticky.
So let's break it down as follows.
For starters there are two kinds of tape adhesives.
The first (and more common) is called Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) which is basically any tape that has an adhesive component and sticks when pressure is applied. This is your masking, duct, scotch tapes etc.
The second is solvent activated (usually with water or heat) such as kraft tape (gummed tape).
Now let's get into your Tape.
Packing tape is your go-to tape, and probably the most popular of tapes. Also known as Acrylic tape, it comes in clear and tan, and is used for all your standard boxes and shipping and moving boxes. It seals great and even if it might feel thinner than others it doesn't mean it’s not as strong.
Note: They sometimes carry a pretty strong scent.
Duct tape or “duck” tape is a pressure sensitive tape coated with a backing material. It works great for sealing things and it's also waterproof! Originally it got it's name from sealing air ducts now it can do that and is also handy when you need something really strong and durable. It usually comes with a silvery shiny backing, but can also come in many colors. (Not to be confused with Gaffers tape)
Note: Because of the strength of the adhesive and the coated backing, Duct tape can leave a little residue when peeled off a surface,(depending on how long it stays there).
Also known as painters tape, Masking tape is an easy on-easy off tape and is very easy to tear, that’s why it's used in many painters job. It will rarely leave a mark on the applied surface when it's removed. It’s easy tear comes from the fact that its a paper material with an adhesive, it comes in many colors too! Painters use it to protect against staining windows or even flooring.
Note: It’s really easy to write on, good for makeshift labels if you need.
Similar to scotch tape, Cello tape is usually a thin, light, & transparent tape. It’s great to keep lighter things closed, and it's easy to tear and doesn't get you too sticky, It can be used for office use, wrapping gifts and sealing envelopes.
Note: You can even use this with a household dispenser.
This is your placeholder tape – Strapping tape is meant to hold pallets together temporarily it has a special glue that sticks mainly to itself and is very strong in terms of ripping
Note: Not to be confused with Electrical tape
This is Reinforced Water Activated tape (Gummed Tape) – It’s great to have a printed logo on to get your brand properly noticed. It also has a tamper strip, and you can see if its been broken so it makes a great sealer for shipping products. It needs a machine to dispense and is used in many warehouses but you can use this machine in the comfort of your own home as well.
Note: If you don’t have a machine handy, you can self activate the adhesive with by running a wet cloth over it.
Very similar to strapping tape, Filament tape differs by having fiberglass embedded in the tape for added strength. They are used for very similar purposes, mainly for boxes or pallets with heavy loads and for keeping things attached in a more durable way.
8. Machine Grade Tape
Essentially, Machine Grade Tape is regular acrylic tape but with larger yardage. The rolls run bigger with more tape so you'll be getting less rolls per case. They are for machine use only and that's usually when your load is getting too large to self seal and you”ll use a machine. Usually for manufacturing and doing large runs of packaging.
We hope you found this useful, get packing!
- The Boxery Team
Here are a few creative ideas for homemade costumes!
Let’s Get Corrugated!
1. The Rubik's Cube
It's a perfect cube and the boxiest of all boxes.This one is pretty straight forward. Start by getting a cube box big enough to fit yourself inside. Face the box with the open end on the ground and then cut out holes for your arms & head. If you cut it out right, you won’t need any strapping or support rather the box will rest directly on your shoulders.
Next, paint a frame and a grid of colors on all sides. We suggest using permanent marker for the background and just get some colored cardboard paper and cut that to the size of the grid. Paint won't work as well, see here.
Tip. You don’t need to color the whole box black if you will be adding the colored part of the rubik's cube.
2. The Robot
This is a classic and probably one of the most popular. It’s also a no brainer to start this one but when you get to designing it the variations are endless. You can simply draw and color in some gadgets on the box or attach actual material or combine both! You’ll want to get 2 boxes for this one. Make the body/frame the same way as the rubik’s cube. When it comes to the head, you can create a mask with breathing holes and eye hole or just leave it. It might be easier to use it as a hat, and it'll give that boxy primitive robotic look.
This one is not as well known but just as simple, you can even do it as a group. First, color your box either black or white then cut out some circles for your dice body/frame. Make sure the circles are the opposite color of your body/frame. Four circles will keep it symmetrical and it might be difficult to fit any more than that. You can even use the bottoms of styrofoam bowl and cut them out and stick them on.
4. The Vending Machine
This one is the most complex but great for foodies, you might want to use a heavy duty box depending on how heavy you will be loading it. For a step by step you’ll have to do some good research or just come up with something on your own as there are so many ways this can be done, and who says you need to fill it with candy? You can try some healthy alternatives too!
How to Measure a box - 4 things you need to know.
Measuring a box, seems pretty simple right? For the most part it is, but there are many different variations and details to pay attention to. As always at The Boxery we try to give you everything you need in one place. Check out these 4 pointers our team came up with.
1. Your measuring key - LxWxH
The industry standard for listing the measurements are by
Length, Width & Height.
A good way to remember that is by using the mnemonic we came up with Larry Wants Honey.
For a standard box, length is considered the longer of the 2 sides, width is considered the shorter of the 2 sides and the height is the vertical measurement from top to bottom.
2. Measurements are inside dimension.
When you’re ordering boxes online or through a catalog, unless stated otherwise the measurements you see will be the inner dimension of the box. Get those right so your items will fit properly, with the correct size box you won't need as much filler and there is less of a chance for items to get damaged. You may also want to give 3mm to each dimension for the fitting.
3. Height and Depth are interchangeable.
Depending on the company you’re ordering from - they might list Depth instead of Height or vice versa.
4. Shipping Measurements.
Things are different when it comes to shipping. Depending on how many boxes you’re sending and how you’re shipping them you might want to measure the exterior dimension too. When it comes to shipping costs it depends on size & dimensional weight (also known as volumetric weight), many commercial freight transport & postal services use an estimated weight that is calculated from the length, width and height of a package so to be safe always best to add an inch to each dimension for dimensional weight. For example, if you purchase an 8x8x8’’ box you would want to assume the carriers may scan the box at 9x9x9’’ – you can always actually measure the outside dimensions but this should be an initial assumption. Measuring the outer dimensions can also help you see how many boxes can fit on a pallet.
-Height is the only dimension without a flap. The height measurement does not include flaps.
-Acceptable manufacturing variance is +/- 1/8".
We hope you found this useful! Get Packing!
1. Get your boxes early.
Boxes are your #1 best friend in a move, you can’t really do it without them. Make sure to get the right amount you need, there is nothing worse than getting a good start on packing and needing to stop and run out to get more boxes. You can use our moving kits to help give you a rough estimate on how many you”ll need. You can also fill your luggage & laundry baskets to cut down on your heavy load.
2. Label everything.
Once you’ve started packing label your boxes as you fill them. Grab a black permanent marker, and label it all. This will help you stay one step ahead throughout the move.
Label ALL SIDES, so when you're moving you don't need to keep turning around your boxes to find the markings. You can also get boxes that are already marked with room options and all you gotta do is check them off.
3. Pack in groups
Now that your boxes are labeled, group them together per-room. This will help when packing and unpacking.
4. Packing heavy items.
When packing heavy items like books or dishes, try and use a smaller box sometimes even a shoes box could do the trick. These heavier items will be easier to lift in smaller increments. If you need to pack a lot in one box, you can also try heavy duty boxes. They are more durable and better for heavier items
5. Packing delicates.
When packing delicate items make sure you have the right packaging supplies, You'll need newspaper sheets or something close to it, and of course, bubble rolls & peanuts. Besides wrapping the fragile item in protective packaging you”ll want to use some of it to fill up your box so things don’t shift during the move. You can even use clothing or other household items to fill the unused space, and save yourself from packing another box. To be extra cautious you can write "fragile" on the box or just get a roll of "fragile tape" or "fragile labels" for marking purposes only.
6. The little things in life.
7. Mr. Right….Tape.
Tape is the second most important thing needed for a move, so make sure you’ve got lots of it, and the right kind. Packaging tape, that's the clear super sticky adhesive tape. Don't bother with duct, kraft, or masking tape, they are not as fitting for moving boxes as packing tape is, it’s called packaging tape for a reason. It is also clear so you don't have to worry about taping over the labeled area on your box. Do yourself a favor and get a tape dispenser too, you can get into a sticky mess if you don't have one. Ours are included in most tape orders.
8. Moving the furs.
Before getting started, make sure you've got all the moving supplies you'll need. There will always be things that come up during the move, but here is a good place to start. This supplies will come in handy while moving and packing things up. Boxes , tape, tape dispenser, permanent marker, newspaper sheets and/or bubble rolls and packing peanuts, moving blankets, tape measure, reclosasble bags, hammer, wrench, screwdriver, box cutter, gloves, zipties.
We hope these tips will make a difference in your next move, good luck!
With all the online shopping we do these days, almost everyone has a few boxes lying around the house somewhere. Instead of just throwing them in the trash we came up with a few tips that might save you some money and help the environment.
1. Your kid’s newest toy.
Yup, you heard me. There’s no need to buy every single toy on the shelf, your toddler will be just fine getting creative with a box and using their imagination. You can use the box as a platform to color, pretend its a spaceship or just have fun in a plain old box. Let your kid decide.
2. Laundry Holder.
Dirty clothes don’t always need to go into a plastic hamper as shown. As long as your box is still in good condition you can convert it into a kid’s laundry basket. Just line the inside with an old fitted sheet and voilà. I’f you’d like you can take your DIY project to the next level and measure out some material so the lining can fit perfectly.
3. Storage Container or Donation Box.
Got a few unwanted items lying around the house? Grab a box and label it for “Giveaway” or “Donation”. It will feel great to have that extra space in a drawer or closet. If you can’t part with your unneeded items (no judgments!) you can still put it in a box and store it in the basement, attic or even under a bed.
4. Drawer organizers.
This one is a little more tedious, and may not seem like as fun as other ways to reuse your boxes, but it definitely pays off in the long run. You”ll need a measuring tape, razor blade, and a marker. Take everything out of your drawers, measure where you'd want your dividers, cut up the box and place them in. Be careful, and make sure to get the right measurements, it would be a shame to go through all that trouble for it not to fit! We'll be posting a step by step tutorial on this one in a few weeks so make sure to follow our blog, facebook or twitter to stay updated.
5. DIY Costume
Get creative! It’s time to use your imagination to help you kids get the best Halloween costume on the block! Take some time with this one, it”ll be fun. The best go to for a fun homemade costume with boxes is to go for something square like a robot, but don't stop there! You can even be a vending machine and sell snacks, just get a box big enough and cut out space for the face and arms!
6. Break it down.
If you’re a frequent mover, or you know you”ll be moving again soon, reusing moving boxes can be very cost effective. Get a razor blade and break them down and put them aside. Boxes are pretty easy to fold down, and you can even stack them up and keep them in the closet till you next move.
7. Canvas or backdrop
Looking to get artistic or just want to have some fun on a rainy day, grab an old box, flatten it out and start working on your next masterpiece. You might want to prep with a few layers of paint depending on the paint your using, many times the box absorbs the moisture of the paint.
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