How To Choose The Right Cardboard Box

With so many options to choose from, finding the perfect Cardboard Box for your product may seem impossible. Here at Springpack we have over 100 Cardboard Boxes to choose from, so where should you start?


We’ve put together our top 3 tips for choosing the right Cardboard Box for you!



Box Size

Start by measuring the items that need to be packed. Measure your items length, width and height. Please bear in mind that you will need a Cardboard Box that is slightly bigger than all three dimensions. This will enable you to wrap your products for protection. To stop the products moving in the box during transit, the products should be snug in the box.


Boxes are always measured in the order length, width, height. If you’re unsure how our box dimensions work, check out our blog on How To Measure A Cardboard Box. We’ve even included a diagram below for measuring up!


How to measure a cardboard box



Variable Box Sizes

Also known as ‘height creases’, some boxes come with a ‘multi score’ feature. This means they can be cut to a specific size, even if the box is too big. To make use the ‘multi score’ feature, simply cut down between the existing flaps, and you’re done!



Material Strength

Once you have decided on the dimensions of your Cardboard Box, you need to determine what strength you need it to be. At this stage you will need to consider three things:


  1. The weight of your items.
  2. How you are intending to store your items.
  3. The transit journey it will be going on.


There are a number of things that contribute to the strength of a Cardboard Box. To simplify things, let’s break it down to the 3 most important details:


  1. The fluting profile. This is the ‘wave-like’ paper in the centre of the board. It’s available in single, double or triple layers. The flute required, all depends on the strength of box you need. Generally speaking, a single wall box can hold up to 10kg, a double wall box up to 30kg and triple wall box up to 50kg.
  2. The paper type. There are two types of paper available, Kraft or Test. Kraft is mostly used for the exterior of the Cardboard Box and Test paper for the interior. Either paper can go on the inside of the box, or the outside.
  3. The paper weight. Grades of paper range from around 125gsm to 300gsm. The thickness of the paper adds to the strength of the box. Using thicker paper will also increase the cost of the box.



Cardboard Box Flute Types

Please see below our diagram of flute types. As you can see, the flutes vary quite considerably, and this may impact on the cost of the box. We would always recommend contacting us to discuss any of your requirements, especially if you’re not 100% sure of the box you need.




For even more information on our range of Cardboard Box, please click here to read our guide on Cardboard Box Packaging.




If you’d like further information on the products and services we offer at Springpack, get in touch with the Packaging Pros today! Give us a call on 01905 457 000, or you can email us at [email protected]. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel too!

About the author

Profile image of Roshan Francis
Roshan Francis
As Springpack's Digital Marketing Assistant, I design and create the digital content to support our marketing campaigns.
Back to News Articles