Learn About Your Options
Whether you look at a rigid box, a folding carton box, or a corrugated box, it will be made from paper pulp with various thicknesses available. Folding cartons are also known as paperboard boxes or paperboard cartons and are among the most common that you see when at a retail store. A classic example is a cereal box.
Rigid boxes are also known as set-up boxes and tend to be sturdier. They will not collapse or fold like a folding box does. In most cases, they are used for products of a more expensive nature when the perceived value matters. They might also be used for heavier products that need the additional support. Imagine the box that an iPhone comes in.
Finally, corrugated boxes are also known as combined board, corrugated board, or corrugated fiberboard. In the packaging world, you may also hear them called master packs or shipper boxes. These are what most people think of as a brown cardboard box. Picture the boxes that you would use if you were going to move.
Ranging from least to most sturdy are folding boxes, rigid boxes, and corrugated boxes. As mentioned, rigid boxes do not collapse and can support heavier products. Since you use corrugated boxes for moving, you expect them to be strong. This is evident in their structure, as the average corrugated box has three layers. There are two outer flat layers with a middle layer that is fluted or wavy between them. It is this middle layer that provides the strength. For each box, the strength is proportional to the thickness of the paper pulp, with corrugated boxes being the thickest and folded boxes being the thinnest. Depending on the rigid box you choose, its paperboard may be up to four times the thickness of that used for a folding carton.