10 Types of Most Used Corrugated Boxes & Their Advantages

The origin of corrugated boxes goes back to the 19th century, but not until the 20th century the “modern” corrugated box came into being. Today, these boxes made from corrugated fiberboards have become synonymous to packaging and shipping and it is unimaginable to see our world without them.

Corrugated boxes come in various types which are majorly governed by factors such as strength, flap style, and utility. Here are a few common types of corrugated boxes that are used in day to day life:

1. Half-Slotted- Made from one piece of fiberboard sheet, the half-slotted type corrugated box is the simplest in design. Two flaps at the top and 2 at the bottom are half the box’s width which makes it ideal for small and light stuff. The 2 flaps can be secured by pasting over the tape on the closing edges of the flaps. There are no inner flaps in half-slotted box. 

2. Slotted- Slotted boxes are the most common types of corrugated boxes which are used. There are 2 width-wise inner flaps in addition to the length-wise flaps making them a better version of the half-slotted ones. The 4 flaps provide extra strength at the bottom thus heavier items can be boxed in these slotted boxes. 

3. Center Slotted- An enhanced version of the slotted box is the center slotted box. The width-wise inner flaps are long enough to meet when closed as well as the length-wise flaps, making all the 4 flaps meet at the center. 

4. Overlap Slotted- A slotted box is turned into an overlap slotted box when the length-wise flaps are of the same width as of the box, making one of them overlap the other. The flaps can be secured by taping or stapling. 

5. Full Overlap Slotted- To add some more strength to the box which can hold heavier items, full overlap slotted boxes are used. The size of all the 4 flaps are similar, thus once the box is close, the flaps overlap each other. The thickness added by overlapping provides greater strength to the base as well as the top of the box. These are ideal for heavy items such as refrigerators and washing machines.

6. Die Cut- Die cut corrugated boxes are custom made. The flaps at the bottom are die cut which are to be folded such as one flap snaps into the slots of the other. The top enclosures for such boxes can be either be flaps (slotted) or can be tuck top.

7. Telescopic- Telescopic boxes have a separate bottom and a separate top (lid) which fits on the bottom. Variations such as simple trays, infold and out fold trays can be done. These boxes are best used to store and carry footwear. 

8. Double-Cover- Suitable for tall and heavy products which are difficult to lower into a box, double-cover boxes are 3-part boxes: a cap, a top, and a bottom. The top and bottom are interchangeable and are partially telescopic.

9. Folders- Folder boxes are made of one piece of fiberboard sheet, and the bottom is hinged to form not only the 2 side walls but the top cover as well. Top enclosure such as tuck top or locking tabs can also be introduced. The classic example of a folder box is a pizza box. There can be variations to folder boxes like extending the bottom on the other side to form the second flap.

10. Wraparound- A wraparound box is made of a single sheet. The folding and sealing of a wraparound are done by equipment. Just like folder boxes, the bottom forms the enclosing hood which is mostly a tuck top. Two flaps extend sideways on each side, with one from the bottom and the other from the hood. Once the box is closed, both these slide flaps are supposed to join. A rudimentary specimen of a wraparound box could be a cake box.

Here are the three BIG advantages of using corrugated boxes for packaging: -

 Maximum Protection

The most vital aspect of shipping products is protection. No one wants to incur losses due to damage to goods during transit. Corrugate boxes are the best option for packaging, especially fragile goods. This is due to the fact that corrugated boxes provide a very stable cushion for the product. This cushioning in turn keeps the goods safe during transportation no matter what the distance, shipping, and even the handling. Also, you can get corrugated boxes in different sizes and thicknesses depending on how fragile the goods are.

Other than preventing breakages, corrugated boxes also prevent foodstuff from getting damaged by keeping the moisture away. The three layers of paper in these boxes also come in handy when goods need to be refrigerated as they need a double layer of packaging to keep them fresh over longer distances.

 Customizable

You can get your corrugated box supplier (like us at DCGPac) to provide custom boxes to fully fit the business’s shipping needs. The thickness of the boxes can be customized; and more coatings, treatments, and adhesives can be added to the boxes. Furthermore, the boxes can be made flame-resistant.

 Cost-Effective and Sustainable

Corrugated cardboard boxes are among the cheapest packaging materials available. The manufacturing process is not labor intensive, making them affordable. An add-on benefit of these boxes is that they can also be easily folded and stored away for later use.

 Purchasing packaging materials can be a tedious process if you haven’t gauged your exact packaging needs; connect with us at DCGPac to help you out with it.