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How to Make Wardrobe Boxes for Moving House

Martha Lott
Written by Martha Lott
11th September 2018 (Last updated on Wednesday 26th September 2018)

Whether you’re packing up your clothes to move house or getting them ready to go in storage for a while, you’ll want to make the process as easy as possible. When it comes to packing for moving house, you’ll also want to try and keep the costs down as much as you can. Using a cardboard box as a wardrobe is the best way you can pack your clothes.

Most professional removal companies will be able to provide you with wardrobe boxes to move your clothes, but it will cost. To save money, you can make your own wardrobe boxes from items you already have. By using wardrobe boxes, you’ll not only save money, but you’ll save time as you can simply just transfer them straight from the box to your wardrobe in the new house. 

We’ve put together steps on how to make your cardboard wardrobe box for your move, including a diagram to make things even easier for you.

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Make Your Own Wardrobe Box Where to Buy Wardrobe Boxes Cost of Wardrobe Boxes Save Money on Your Move

Make Your Own Wardrobe Box

To make your own wardrobe box, you’ll firstly need a tall cardboard box. Your local supermarket or café will have various sizes of cardboard boxes they need to get rid of and sites like Gumtree are always giving away free cardboard boxes locally. Alternatively, friends and family might have cardboard boxes lying around waiting to be recycled.

The recommended dimensions for the ideal cardboard box size is 51 cm x 53 cm x 122 cm, according to most removal companies. Aim to find the tallest box you can get your hands on as you’ll be packing long pieces of clothing like dresses and trousers. It should be long enough to hold your coats as well.

To make a wardrobe box, you will need: 

  • Tall cardboard box with dimensions roughly 51 cm x 53 cm x 122 cm-
  • A rail or pole, or something similar to hold the clothes
  • Brown tape to secure the box
  • Label to make it easier for unpacking 

We’ve put together a step by step diagram, so you know exactly how to make your own cardboard wardrobe box.

how to make wardrobe boxes

Step 1 –

Cut out an opening flap to easily place the clothes in once you’ve assembled the wardrobe box. Cut from where the top flap meets the rim of the box. It is best to use a sharp knife for this and slice down the edges of the box on both sides cutting to about a third of the way down. Fold the top flap inwards and the newly cut section outwards. This will create a fold-out section of your wardrobe box. 

By creating the flap for the wardrobe box, this will make the process of loading and unpacking the clothes even easier for you.

Step 2 –

Next, you should create a hole on both sides of the cardboard box, so you can easily slot in the rail or pole to hang your clothes. Cut the holes on either side of the box just beneath the top rim as you are going to need to be able to close the flaps when it comes to taping up the box. Don't cut the holes too big, as there's a risk it could tear a bigger hole in the box. The holes should be just big enough to fit the hanger pole. 

Step 3 -

Work out the size of the rail you need by measuring across the width of the box. You can buy hanger rails from DIY shops like IKEA or B&Q or online sites such as eBay or Amazon. Alternatively, something similar in weight and length would do the job that you may have already lying around the house. Place the pole or rail through the holes to create a hanger for your clothes. 

Step 4 -

Once you’ve fitted the pole in, you can now start adding your clothes on their hangers in to the cardboard box. Load one garment at a time, reviewing the structure of the box by not overloading the clothes rail. Secure the box with brown tape and don’t forget to label the box to make things easier when it comes to unpacking.

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Where to Buy Wardrobe Boxes

You may prefer to save time and buy your wardrobe boxes already assembled instead of making them. Most removal companies will provide a packing service or the option of buying a wardrobe box, providing you query it before you book the move.

Alternatively, many hardware and online shops offer competitive prices for their wardrobe boxes and often have bulk buy deals.

Trusted websites such as Amazon, Argos and eBay along with many independent sites sell sets of the boxes starting at £25.

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Cost of Wardrobe Boxes

It's free to make your own wardrobe box, but you might prefer to just buy one ready made. We've researched the cost of wardrobe boxes to save you the hassle. We've listed a range of well known shops such as Argos and The Big Yellow Self Storage and some independent online websites and their costs. 

As you can see the cheapest for one box is £6.20 from Macro Packaging but many sites offer bulk buy deals and cheaper prices if you buy more than one. 

  • Packing Boxes - three boxes = £26
  • Macro Packaging - one box = £6.20
  • Kite Packaging - one box = £10.26
  • The Big Yellow Self Storage – one box = £10.75
  • Argos - two boxes = £29.99

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