How to Choose the Right Cardboard Boxes for Product Packaging

No matter how large or small, if you run an online shop one of the many things you need is suitable packaging for your products. At JB Packaging Solutions in Peterborough we offer bespoke made to measure cardboard boxes to suit all your products – from jewellery to furniture. In our blog we’re explaining the different types of cardboard boxes available so you can choose the right one every time.

How do I know which cardboard box is right for my products?

From choosing a style to selecting the correct cardboard strength, we’ve got you covered in our step-by-step guide on how to choose the right box for your products.

Choose a style:

When it comes to product packaging, there are 3 corrugated box styles we recommend. Each offers a slightly different level of strength and number of flaps, and they are all referred to with a unique 4 digit number. 

  • 0201
    The most popular box style, the 0201 consists of 2 bottom flaps and 4 flaps at the top. This square shaped box is perfect for fairly lightweight items, such as shoes or toys
  • 0203
    Similar to 0201, the 0203 box has flaps that cover the base and top completely. Also known as the fully overlap box, this style offers extra strength and is perfect for packing heavier products, such as furniture.
  • 0409
    This box is often referred to as a 5 panel wrap and can be manufactured in single or double wall corrugated cardboard.

A popular choice for flatter items, such as brochures, TVs, films, CDs, and books this box style is easy to store and offers plenty of protection. If small enough, this box is also suitable for posting through letter boxes to ensure a hassle-free delivery.

If you’re selling a specialist product and you’re not sure which style is right for you, you can call our friendly team for advice. 

Box styles infographic

Choose your thickness (flute type):

Another thing you will want to consider is the thickness of your cardboard, or flute type. The flute refers to the wavy corrugated sheet between the two flat layers of paper.

There are 3 main types of flute we offer:

  • B/C double wall – two layers of fluting (6mm thickness)
  • E/B double wall – two layers of fluting (4.5mm thickness)
  • B flute single wall – single layer of fluting (3mm thickness)

Flute types Infographic

Double or single wall?

As a general rule, single wall boxes are suitable for lightweight products, whereas for heavier or more valuable items we recommend using a double wall box. 

Single wall boxes:

  • Cheaper than double wall boxes
  • Common choice for e-commerce packaging
  • Perfect for lightweight products

Double wall boxes:

  • Perfect for heavier or higher value products
  • Made to withstand more damage
  • Offers more strength and rigidity than a single wall box

With the rise of small and start-up businesses in Peterborough, our lightweight boxes are the perfect eco-friendly packaging solution that can be posted without too much expense.

Choose your paper strength:

We use two types of paper in all our boxes: Kraft and Test. 

  • Manufactured from softwood trees, Kraft paper is the strongest type available for cardboard boxes and is commonly used on the outer layer.
  • Test paper is double-layered paper that has been recycled and is commonly used for the inner liner.     

We offer a range of paper weights (gsm), including: 125, 150, 200, and 300. 

The higher paper weights are thicker, which can be a great way to provide extra protection and preserve presentation for your customers. 

Whether you’re selling luxury jewellery, novelty gifts, or essential kitchenware, we understand the importance of all your products arriving in perfect condition. That’s why we manufacture boxes that are strong and durable.

Choose your size and shape:

At JB Packaging we offer bespoke cardboard boxes. If you provide us with the length, width, and height you need in mm, we can offer you a competitive quote with a fast turnaround. Whatever you need to deliver to your customers, we have a box for you. 

Choose your colour:

We currently offer a choice of brown or white paper for our liners. You can also upload a print of your choice.

Why Choose JB Packaging?

With over 35 years’ experience, JB Packaging Solutions have become experts in providing made to measure cardboard boxes for domestic, commercial, and business use. We know how to create boxes with unique shapes and sizes, and we take the time to add the durable internal supports needed to ensure your boxes don’t break or falter under shipping pressures. 

We hope this blog will help you figure out the right cardboard box you need for your product. But whether you know exactly what you’re looking for or not, our friendly experts in Peterborough are more than happy to point you in the right direction. Give us a call today for expert advice or to get a free quote on our made to measure cardboard boxes.