If you would have told the guy who invented cardboard that there would wind up being thousands of different types of cardboard boxes he probably would have been flabbergasted. He could not have comprehended how such a thing would even be possible. I mean, a box is a box is a box, right? Is it possible to have so many variations? Yes. The answer is yes.
It turns out that people have developed into particular and fickle creatures and when we send something in the mail we want to send it in a package that properly represents. Do you want to send hand-painted mugs to your parents and in-laws for Mother’s and Father’s Day? Than you are surely going to want to send them in mug boxes, which basically fit a single mug as perfectly as you could want a single mug to fit into a box. You don’t need any filler, no cushion. The design is perfect and the mug will arrive the same as how you sent it off.
How about book boxes? Let’s not waste our time on trying to find cardboard boxes that will fit the size of book we are trying to mail. Let’s just use book boxes, which are a very simple design, no unnecessary packaging or protection added because, let’s face it, books simply don’t need it. A book box is a single layer of cardboard that wraps around the book like a cover and seals with an adhesive strip. Badda bing badda boom.
Standard boxes. Document boxes. Bottle boxes (these are what my friend gets her wine sent to her in. That is always her best day…). Yes, even adjustable and telescopic boxes exist. Did you know that a certain amount of engineering has gone into designing these? For example, perfectly square boxes are what you would use for packing or sending round items.
Do you remember the scenes in movies where the detective takes the elevator down into the bowels of the police station to check the evidence boxes? There is usually a woman with a perm wearing a Hawaiian shirt that he makes eyes at who gives him unlimited access… to the boxes. And the boxes are stacked from floor to ceiling. These are called archival boxes, specifically designed with large areas to write on and handle holes in each side. You gotta love it. The more I learn about cardboard boxes the more I love them.