Each professional packers and movers company has its specific packing, loading, and unpacking style. Different materials are used for padding, stuffing, arranging, and more. Even the type of cardboard boxes would vary based on the type of equipment in hand. Are your packers and movers using the right equipment? Read on to find out about it:


As a general rule, a good moving company uses corrugated cardboard boxes (also called cartons), bubble wrap, plastic film wrap, packing paper, labelling items, packing tape and more. 

 1.   For large wooden and steel items like furniture, cupboards, and large wall decors, the professionals use corrugate sheets, plastic sheet rolls for waterproofing, and bubble wrap for padding. For packing delicate electronic items, companies use corrugate sheets, carton boxes, newspaper, plastic sheet rolls for waterproofing, foam sheets, thermocol, wooden planks to make crates, and bubble wrap. 

2.  Combinations of carton boxes, newspaper, bubble wrap, and plastic sheet rolls for waterproofing are used for simple utensils and small items, clothes and other unbreakable items, two-wheelers or cycles.


So, what type of carton boxes, bubble wrap, and plastic sheet rolls for waterproofing will an expert use? How many boxes will your house need? Keep reading to know more.



Strong cardboard boxes are best for packing delicate and small items. 

  • Wardrobe boxes – these are generic cardboard boxes best suitable for carrying lightweight, unbreakable items like clothes. The speciality wardrobe boxes come with a metal bar for holding hangers.
  • Heavy-duty boxes – these cardboard boxes come with double walls for carrying delicate items like lampshades, pottery items, and more.
  • Cell kits – these cardboard boxes have dividers for carrying antiques, crockery items, glass items, and more. The partitions allow the things to stay in place and avoid breakage during transportation.
  • Electronic boxes – these are expensive speciality boxes for packing electronic items like computers, LCD screens, cameras, and more. They come with custom-built thermocol and padding items.
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes – these are simple boxes for storing clothes, utensils, small electronic items, and more.
  • Picture boxes are large, thin boxes for packing mirrors, picture frames, artworks, portraits, and posters.


House size If you have average items (for modest homes) Too many items per room (for pack-rats)
Studio apartment 15 medium boxes, 15 large boxes, 10 very large boxes, 2 to 3 wooden crates 23 medium boxes, 26 large boxes, 17 very large boxes, 3-4 wooden crates
1 BHK 20 medium and large boxes, 12 very large boxes, 3 wooden crates 30 medium and large boxes, 18 very large boxes, 4-5 wooden crates
2 BHK 30 medium boxes, 26 large boxes, 14 very large boxes, 4-5 wooden crates 45 medium boxes, 39 large boxes, 21 very large boxes, 5-6 wooden crates
3 BHK 45 medium boxes, 35 large boxes, 17 very large boxes, 5-6 wooden crates 68 medium boxes, 53 large boxes, 26 very large boxes, 6-7 wooden crates
4 BHK 60 medium boxes, 44 large boxes, 20 very large boxes, 6-7 wooden crates 90 medium boxes, 66 large boxes, 30 very large boxes, 7-8 wooden crates
5 BHK 75 medium boxes, 53 large boxes, 23 very large boxes, 7-8 wooden crates 113 medium boxes, 80 large boxes, 35 very large boxes, 8-10 wooden crates

Table: Number of boxes needed for packing



Bubble wrap

Wraps are suitable for holding the items in their place during transportation. It also provides good padding without making any marks or scratches. The most common wraps used by packers and movers are

  • Bubble wrap – bubble wrap has tiny bubbles of air that can absorb pressure. These wraps can be cut by scissors and wrapped around uneven surfaces too. Moreover, it is very lightweight and cost-effective.
  • Inflatable packing material – these are not essentially used for wrapping but padding. These materials have air-filled bubbles, just like cushions. These are used for lining around the object to avoid damages due to impact during transportation.
  • Stretch wrap (Plastic sheet rolls) – this style of wrap is laminated and waterproof. Stretch wrap is made of polythene and has a slight adhesive feature. It is stretchable and thus can hold the objects in place. This wrap is the last layer of packing and protects the product from dust and scratch. Packers and movers use the stretch wrap on wooden items, cardboard boxes, mattresses, and more.


The bubble wrap and inflatable packing materials are reusable. However, the bubble wrap takes less space for storage than the other.


Foam sheets

These are blankets or large sheets made of foam. It is a perfect padding item to avoid scratches and dents. Foam sheets are used for bulky items like dining tables, washing machines, wardrobes, etc. Foam sheets also give a grip making it easier for the movers to load and unload these heavy items.



Thermocol comes in beads, sheets, and peanut shapes. The peanut shapes and beads are usually for small, delicate glass items. The thermocol sheets are for padding cardboard boxes. Commonly electronic items, electrical items, wall decors, and showcase items need thermocol covering. The main advantage is that this packing helps avoid shock, friction, and weather damage.


Packing paper

Packing paper

Commonly packers and movers use regular newspapers to cover the items. The newspaper prevents the items from rubbing against each other. The paper is the first level of packing for any object. Some professionals avoid newspapers and use plain white or brown thick papers. If vacant spaces are inside the box, the packers usually wrinkle the newspapers into balls and fill the vacuum.


Plastic crate

A plastic crate is commonly used for transporting milk packages. Similarly, small and delicate items are best packed using plastic containers. Commonly, the packers use it to collect small items at the end. After most items are packed and loaded into the trucks, you can always find some things forgotten. Those are usually small and used in the day-to-day routine, like knives, spoons, cups, clothes, scissors, plugs, landline phones, and more. These are usually collected in the crates. Crates are cost-effective for transporting small items.


Wooden crate

Some packers and movers use wooden crates if you have very delicate items. However, wooden frames are expensive and make the final product very heavy for loading and unloading. However, your product will be safe. First, the wooden frame is cut into different shapes to suit your product and sealed with nails. Next, the item is wrapped with bubble wrap and corrugate sheet. Then the product is covered with stretch wrap before putting it inside the crate.


Corn starch packing

You can request corn starch packing if you are a green advocate of safety. However, it is more expensive than the regular packing items. Corn starch packing is made of biodegradable polylactic acid. Moreover, corn starch packing is food-safe, resistant to oil and has a high-aroma barrier. Thus, corn starch packing is a good choice if you have significant food items.


Apart from these, the packers and movers use tape dispensers, scissors, markers, and more. Remember that the quality of these packing items determines the safety of your things. So, always pick experts who use high-quality packing items.