We all use cardboard boxes, but we can still overlook the benefits of the different styles. Whether you're moving house, shipping items, sending packages, or just need some storage, sturdy and reliable boxes are a must-have. With so many cardboard box types available, it's hard to know which ones to choose. How the boxes are held together, whether they are glued or stapled, does matter, and is often where cardboard boxes can fail when used in storage or during transit. While both glued or stapled boxes are strong and durable, they have unique benefits and uses. Let's delve into the details and discover what sets these boxes apart, and which is best for your business.
As the name suggests, these boxes are held together with glue. The glue is applied to the edges of the box to create a strong bond.
Glued boxes do have their limitations. Though strong and reliable, they may not be as durable as stapled boxes, especially if exposed to moisture or extreme temperatures. But they might still be exactly what you are looking for.
Stapled boxes, on the other hand, are held together with metal staples, which are placed along the edges creating a secure seal. The metal staples provide extra strength and durability, making stapled boxes ideal for heavy-duty applications.
Stapled boxes do have their drawbacks. The metal staples can protrude from the surface of the box, making them less aesthetically pleasing than glued boxes. They can also be difficult to stack, as the protruding staples can cause damage to the boxes below.
Both glued and stapled boxes can be affected by extreme temperatures and rain.
Glued cardboard boxes can be more susceptible to damage from moisture. The glue can become unstuck. A good quality cardboard box will likely have good quality water-based glue that will reduce this issue.
Staples, on the other hand, can rust if they are exposed to rain or damp conditions. As with glued boxes, the higher the quality, the better the staples. Good-quality cardboard boxes will have rust-resistant staples. It's equally important to choose a good quality box, regardless of the type.
So, there you have it – overall, the choice between glued and stapled boxes will depend on a variety of factors, including the weight and size of the items you are packing, the packaging look or image you need, the shipping distance, your storage needs and the environmental conditions that the boxes will be exposed to.
At The Packaging Club, we offer a range of high-quality cardboard boxes and packaging solutions to suit your needs. We have double-walled cardboard boxes that are specifically designed for storing or shipping heavy goods. Or, for those lighter items, check out our singled-walled cardboard boxes. If you're on the market for a customised solution, check out our bespoke packaging here.
With these tips in mind, you'll be able to choose the right box for your needs and ensure that your items are packed and shipped safely and securely.