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How to Find and Pack Boxes For Moving House

Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
27th January 2017 (Last updated on Monday 16th April 2018)

If you are moving house, one thing is for certain… You are going to need packing boxes. This is stating the obvious but it is very easy to underestimate just how many boxes you’re going to need. Funnily enough, hundreds of cardboard boxes are not all that easy to come by so where can you find them?

This article will cover the following points

Where to find packing boxes? Removal Company Boxes How to Pack a Box Fun with Boxes

Where to find packing boxes?

Ask Friends and Family

It’s always a good idea to put the word out. You might have friends or family that can get boxes from work or have recently had a few parcels so have boxes going spare. You never know… By letting everyone know you’re moving, you might get a few offers to help you pack. Result!

Shops and Supermarkets

Probably a universal rule when it comes to packing boxes. If you’re moving, then you can go and ask at the local supermarket for boxes. They can usually help you out and the great thing about supermarket or shop boxes are that they will vary in size. Often, they will give them to you for free, they are glad to be rid of them knowing they will be recycled. It’s also worth asking if they have any wooden crates as these will be good for shifting heavier items.


Facebook is a great place to ask around for packing boxes. You can let everyone know you’re on the lookout for boxes and anyone that are looking to get rid of boxes will jump at the chance to offload them. You don’t need to stop with the people you know, use community pages for your local neighbourhood or even groups specifically set up for swapping items or people looking to pass moving boxes on.

Use what you have

When you know that you will be moving, you’ll want to save any boxes that you have. If you have parcels delivered, hang on to any boxes or bubble wrap. They will be put to good use when the time comes to pack. It’s also clever to use other items around the home. You might have laundry baskets or bins that can double as packing boxes on moving day.

Buy them

If you need to find some boxes urgently, you can buy some from:

  • IKEA 2 x large, strong cardboard boxes with handles for £5.25.
  • Amazon offers several high-quality large boxes with bubble wrap and 2 rolls of strong tape included.
  • Argos has a variety of removal boxes and equipment to choose from.
  • Removal offers a wide range of moving boxes and packing materials with next day delivery if ordered before 3 pm.

Removal Company Boxes

When you choose your removal company, you could ask them if they supply packing boxes. Many companies offer packing as part of their additional services, (massively recommended), but if you’re going to be brave and do it yourself then they can usually just provide high-quality boxes to help get the job done. Along with the boxes, you will also need a bunch of supplies to ensure your items arrive at your new home in perfect condition. Just some supplies you will need include:

  • Padding supplies
  • Bubble wrap
  • Scissors
  • Packaging tape
  • Marker pens

So you are geared up, got everything you need, what’s next?...

How to Pack a Box

There is nothing quite as frustrating and infuriating than picking up a box you’ve spent time packing only to have its contents come crashing down with almighty fury. There will be cursing, tears, and maybe even a short-lived but oh so dramatic mini meltdown. Strong, well-sealed boxes are vital to ensure your items stay safe during the move and your sanity is in check. Believe us, you will seriously benefit from knowing exactly how to do it. Fold the two smaller flaps of the box in, followed by two larger flaps to complete the shape of the box. Place a single length of tape along the centre of the box where the two large flaps meet. Allow the ends of the tape to overhang across the two adjacent sides of the box. Seal the edges along the left and right-hand side of the larger flaps to form an ‘H’. Make sure that you are confident that your box has been sealed correctly. If you are unsure, add some more tape along any other lengths of tape for added security. It doesn’t hurt to do this either way… for peace of mind as well as peace of box! This is the strongest approach to making sure the bottom of your box is secure. A handheld tape dispenser will be a godsend for this! It’s truly astonishing how much time can be wasted looking for the end of the blasted tape and then tear, cutting, even biting it off the roll. A good quality dispenser should cost around £5 and will be available online or at most stationery stores. It’ll be worth every penny! Make sure to use parcel tape, as it is the strongest and will keep your belongings secure. This is no Christmas wrapping exercise, run of the mill sticky tape will not do!

Fun with Boxes

That’s pretty much all you need to know – It’s all stuff you already knew but it doesn’t hurt to have it written down, right?...Oh, one more thing… Moving House can be a lot of work. You may be a little stressed and uber-busy but remember to bring a bit of fun into your days… Boxes are awesome… Build a fort or a box castle. This doesn’t need to be something that’s reserved for children… There’s nothing wrong with a couple of adults dancing around doing the running man with boxes on their heads!