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The advantages of using large diameter cardboard postal tubes

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A versatile and efficient packaging solution, large diameter cardboard tubes are commonly used in a variety of industries. From shipping and storing large materials to protecting delicate products during transportation, these sturdy tubes offer numerous benefits to their user.

In this article, we'll explore the advantages of using large paper tubes, provide tips on how to choose the right ones for a specific job, discuss storing and handling techniques and highlight the reasons for their cost-effectiveness.

Exploring the Benefits of Using Paper Tubes

The benefits of using cardboard postal tubes (of the small, medium and large varieties) are numerous and wide ranging. Since their invention in 1906, when Revell & Sons developed a hand made paper tube suitable for packaging cigars, cardboard tubes have continually and consistently demonstrated why they are a mainstay of the packaging industry.

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Strong and protective

Known for their durability, paper tubes are excellent choices for packaging products that require extra protection or could easily be bent, crushed or ripped (maps, pictures, posters, blueprints, etc.). Whether you're shipping heavy-duty machinery components or delicate artwork, tubes are a secure and reliable option because their shape combined with their construction makes them incredibly strong and robust.

Environmentally Friendly

The benefits of using large paper tubes extend beyond their durability and practicality. In today's world, where sustainability is an ongoing concern, it's crucial to make conscious choices that demonstrate a business's commitment to its environmental values and a greener future. Large cardboard tubes are manufactured from recycled materials and are themselves therefore recyclable and additionally, biodegradable. They're a product which can help reduce the packaging industry's carbon footprint at the same time as being an active component in a circular economy, reducing levels of unnecessary waste and contributing to sustainability efforts.


It is possible to customise cardboard postal tubes to fit specific requirements. Manufacturers offer a variety of dimensions, lengths and wall thicknesses in order to accommodate different items. A larger diameter also allows for the easy insertion and removal of items minimising if not eliminating the risk of damage during handling. This versatility ensures that a large variety of products can be adequately protected and safely transported.

Ideal for use with protective wrapping

When it comes to shipping delicate or valuable items - i.e., maps or fragile antiques - the protection provided by large paper tubes is unmatched. The tube's sturdy construction not only ensures that items remain intact and undamaged throughout the shipping process, but also, the larger larger diameter allows for the right amount of protective padding, such as bubble wrap or honeycomb paper wrap, further enhancing the safety of the products inside and the peace of mind for whoever is doing the sending.


Convenience is also a by-word when it comes to large paper tubes. It's easy to slide an item into one, so packing and unpacking is a breeze. Order fulfilment can be achieved faster which saves time, effort and money, a fact particularly beneficial for businesses who are required to pack and ship certain items regularly.


Versatile for packaging purposes, cardboard postal tubes are also adaptable when it comes to storage. Whatever needs to be kept securely - documents, blueprints, maps or posters - tubes provide a practical and space-saving solution. And once again, it's their large diameter which comes in handy allowing for straightforwards organisation as well as the easy retrieval of items.

Aesthetically Pleasing

It's not just their protective qualities which we love, but also their aesthetic qualities. Even better, with customisable options on the table - printed designs and branding for example - tubes can be created to transport items and also add a touch of professionalism and uniqueness to a company's products. Attention to detail leaves a lasting impression on customers and is a key contributor to the overall success of a business.

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How to Choose the Right Large Paper Tube for Your Needs

There are several factors to consider in order to ensure you choose the cardboard tube which is the best fit for your specific needs. It's not just about picking a tube at random - after all, any number will be able to hold your items - it's about finding the dimensions that provide just the right level of protection and durability. This requires careful consideration of factors such as weight, fragility, dimensions, environmental impact, design, cost and availability.

Consider weight and fragility

First and foremost, one of the most important factors to consider is the weight and fragility of the items you plan to package. If you're dealing with heavy materials, such as metal parts or machinery components, it's crucial to opt for thicker-walled tubes because these tubes will provide an unrivalled level of strength and durability and they will also enable you to include additional protective void fill or wrapping.

Consider length and diameter

Next, you need to determine the length and diameter required for your products. It's essential to measure the dimensions accurately to guarantee that a tube will provide a snug fit. Items loosely packed can result in unnecessary movement and therefore, potential damage. On the other hand, tubes should not be too tight, as this can compress and deform what's inside. If in doubt, it's better to err on the side of caution and go for a slightly larger tube in order to ensure a comfortable fit and one which does allow, at the end of the day, for a layer of protective wrapping.

Consider design and aesthetics

Consider the overall design and aesthetics of the tubes. While functionality is paramount, it doesn't hurt to choose tubes that are visually appealing. Whether you opt for plain, natural-coloured tubes or ones with vibrant prints and patterns, the protective qualities will be equal. But, remember that the packaging a businesses chooses can also serve as a branding opportunity, so it's worth considering how the tubes will represent your business and how they can fit in with the branding on your other methods of packaging, e.g., cardboard boxes or book mailers.

Consider cost and availability

Lastly, don't forget to take the cost and availability of large paper tubes into account. While quality is essential, it's also important to find tubes that fit within your budget and are readily available. Research different suppliers and compare prices to ensure that you're getting the best value for your money. Don't forget that The Packaging Club understands e-commerce and can forecast demands, even at peak season. We're a packaging company backed by some of the U.K.'s largest packaging manufacturers and that means we can ensure consistency of supply.

A Guide to Storing and Handling Large Paper Tubes

The proper storage and handling of large paper tubes are both crucial factors in ensuring their optimal performance and longevity and enabling a business to be run safely and efficiently. Safe storage will make sure that the structural integrity of the tubes is maintained and it will also prevent them from being warped or bent.That said, cardboard postal tubes are relatively easy to stack and store meaning warehouse space can be optimised. Their compact design allows for efficient organisation and retrieval: two key components of successful order fulfilment. Beneficial for businesses with limited storage space or those that require quick access to their products, all tubes regardless of their size, should be stored in a dry and climate-controlled environment to protect them from moisture.

Additional considerations for larger tubes

When it comes to storing particularly large paper tubes, there are a few additional considerations to keep in mind. Firstly, it's important to ensure that the storage area is free from any potential hazards that could pose a risk to the tubes. This includes avoiding areas with excessive heat, direct sunlight or high humidity. Over time, these factors will invariably negatively impact the quality of the tubes. Additionally, it's recommended that tubes be stored away from any chemicals or substances that could potentially interact with the paper material (cardboard is prone to absorption), so this includes avoiding areas with strong odours or volatile compounds.

Stack correctly

Stacking tubes horizontally on pallets or racks is a common method of storage. However, it's essential to ensure that the tubes are adequately supported to prevent any deformation or damage, especially if they're extra long or wide. You certainly don't want them to sag in the middle. This can be achieved by using pallets or racks with equally spaced support beams that distribute the weight of the tubes evenly.

Stack at the right height

And don't forget, when stacking large paper tubes horizontally, it's crucial to avoid stacking them too high. Stacking to a sensible height minimises the risk of collapse, which could lead to significant damage to the tubes and turn them into a safety hazard. Maybe the only option is to stack tubes vertically? If so, then it's important to reinforce the bottom layer with additional support so as to distribute the weight evenly and maintain stability.

Handle carefully

As with storing and stacking, the handling large paper tubes requires careful consideration in order to ensure the safety of both the tubes and the personnel involved in using them. When dealing with heavier loads, appropriate equipment, such as forklifts or cranes, should be deployed. As is the case with correct stacking practices, these tools will help distribute weight evenly, minimising the risk of accidents and mishaps.

Often, there's no getting away from the fact that manual handling will be necessary. In such situations, it's crucial to follow proper lifting techniques to avoid strain or injury. As you would with anything heavy, bend the knees, keep the back straight and using the strength of the legs rather than your arms or back. Manpower is vital: have enough personnel available to assist with the lifting process, especially if tubes are particularly heavy or cumbersome.

The Cost-Effectiveness of Large Paper Tubes

Using a cardboard postal tube is a cost-effective packaging solution. Let's examine the reasons why.

Durable and Versatile

When it comes to cost-effectiveness, large paper tubes have a lot to offer. As a result of their durability and recyclability, tubes have the potential to be reused multiple times and don't need to be replaced constantly. They can be used for a wide range of products, from paper goods and umbrellas to textiles and carpets. This versatility allows businesses to streamline their packaging processes, sometimes eliminating the need for multiple packaging solutions by providing an option suitable for a variety of products. This ultimately saves time and money, both things we all wish we had more of.

Lightweight and Ecological

Large paper tubes are lightweight, making them more affordable to ship compared to heavier packaging alternatives. Consequently, this leads to significant savings, especially for businesses that frequently distribute their products over long distances. And imagine the cost savings that can be achieved by opting to use large paper tubes when shipping products internationally. The good news is that shipping costs aren't the only thing that can be reduced: the environmental impact associated with transportation will also be lowered.

Appealing and Good for Business

By choosing eco-friendly options for packaging - step forward the large paper tube - businesses can appeal to environmentally conscious consumers. With increasing awareness and demand for sustainable packaging, it's inevitable that sustainable choices will enhance brand image and attract customers who prioritise buying from environmentally responsible businesses. When customers see a company committed to reducing its carbon footprint and minimising waste by witnessing their eco-conscious packaging in action, they are more likely to choose their products over competitors who do not share the same values or who haven't got round to updating their packaging options. And this is the kicker - they will do this even if their products are more expensive.

Cost-Effective Protection

Large paper tubes a provide excellent protection for delicate and fragile items during transit. The sturdy, ingenious construction of these tubes - spiral wound paper glued together with strong adhesive - is not expensive to manufacture, yet is so strong that it ensures products arrive at their destination in pristine condition, greatly reducing the risk of damage and returns - a big overhead in e-commerce.

Conclusion: Take the Tube

Cardboard postal tubes offer multiple benefits that make them an excellent choice for the packaging and storage needs for a wide range of industries. Their durability, environmental friendliness and ability to be customised make them an attractive solution, as well as a reliable and sustainable one. Whether heavy-duty machinery is being shipped, important documents stored or expensive rugs transported, these tubes provide the protection and convenience that is required of them by both the supplier and the consumer. By considering the weight and fragility of your items, choosing the appropriate tube dimensions and implementing proper storage and handling techniques, the effectiveness and longevity of the simple cardboard tube is able to be maximised to everyone's benefit, with their cost-effectiveness and positive environmental impact further solidifying their value. Incorporating large postal tubes into an e-commerce packaging strategy will undoubtedly help elevate a business, but most importantly, it will ensure the safe, sustainable and cost-effective transport of a huge range of products.

This article was written by...

Jo Hilton

I studied at the University of St. Andrews and have an MA in French and German. For a number of years, I worked for a Swiss financial institution and lived in Hamburg, London, Zürich and NYC before retraining as a primary school teacher and settling with my family in Cambridgeshire. When I'm not at school, I write content for various blogs and edit academic research articles for clients at ETH Zürich and the University of Munich. I'm also in the process of completing a Masters in Crime and Thriller writing at the University of Cambridge, so behind me you'll find a trail of fictional dead bodies and actual biscuit wrappers.

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