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How to Fold & Tape Moving Boxes

If you have an upcoming move and want to become an expert at box work, this is the blog for you! Moving boxes can be tricky, especially if you’ve never worked with them before. They come in various sizes and require different folds, depending on what’s inside.

For even more guidance, head over to our location where our team of expert packers can help provide you with the packing supplies and packing tips you’ll need for a worry-free move! In the meantime, keep reading to find out how to easily fold and tape moving boxes!

What Type of Boxes You’ll Need

To begin, you’ll need boxes (of course.) But what kind, exactly?

For most moves the classic three will work just fine: small, medium, and large moving boxes. There are specialized moving boxes for lamps, mattresses, and wardrobes, but those are mainly used for larger, commercial moves. Keep it simple with the classic three!

With the classic three, there are two, classic folds that everyone should know: the complex and the standard fold.

The Complex Fold (No Tape)

The complex fold with no tape should only be used for lightweight items that are being transported short distances (think sheets, Kleenexes, light clothes, etc.)

To do this fold, take the long sides of the boxes and fold them together. The two, shorter flaps should be out. Take one end of the shorter flap and tuck it underneath the larger, doing the same at the other end. In the end, all four box flaps should be folded with ease underneath one another, creating a fold with no tape.

The Complex Fold (With Tape)

The complex fold with tape can carry a lot more than its predecessor, but will require a little more time to assemble. For this method, you’ll need extra strong packing tape to seal in the fold once it has been put together. Two long strips binding the fold together should do the trick.

With this fold, you can carry larger items, like books, DVDs, kitchen items, etc.

The Standard Fold (With Tape)

Finally, we have our standard fold – the strongest of them all. This type of box fold can carry up to 140 lbs. of weight (depending on the box and the item). To create this fold, simply tuck the shorter fold ends together and tape them. Then, enclose the box fully by taping the final, longer ends together.

This folding method is ideal for heavier items and longer moving trips as it keeps its shape better than the complex fold.

How to Tape Boxes for Moving

After you have gotten your folds right, you can move on to taping. Taping is relatively simple as it just involves binding any areas of the box that can open.

For a simple box tape, unroll you tape about two feet and slowly place it over the opening of the box. If the box is carrying heavier items or you just want to ensure its longevity, use two, two-feet long strips of tape.

What Tape is Best for Moving?

When moving, there are two types of tape that you can use: shipping and packing tape. While both are technically used for shipping items, they are used for different purposes.

In the case of moving, you’ll want to stick with packing tape as it’s designed to last through changing temperatures and excessive movement.

Store Your Moving Boxes at Fairfax City Self-Storage

At Fairfax Self-Storage, we believe in a seamless, stress-free move, every time! Our packing and storage experts have been helping people move for over 30 years and we’re here to help you do the same. Whether you’re looking for a temperature-controlled storage unit or a moving truck, we’re here to help you get the job done right!

For more information, please contact us today!

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