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Packing Tips – How to Pack a Book Box

When packing for your household move, it is important to properly pack and protect your small items to ensure they arrive at your new location safe and sound. Each box type is designed to be used for different household items, but unless you’ve been packing for awhile, it might be difficult to decide what items should go in what box. Fortunately, we are here to help. If you missed it, you might want to take a minute to review our General Packing Advice post first.

Let’s focus on packing the book box. This is one of the most common moving box sizes, and can be used for a wide variety of items. The book box is 1.5 cubic feet and measures 17’’x12 3/8’’x 12 3/8’’. This box is the smallest of the standard-sized boxes, and because of that it is the ideal choice for packing heavy items and small items. You do not have to worry about the weight of these boxes – the box will typically fill up before you can make it too heavy.

When packing this box, or any box for that matter, you will want to place some crumpled packing paper at the bottom of the box before starting. Carefully load items inside, and fill any extra space at the top of the box with more crumpled paper before closing. The boxes should always have a firm top once closed. If the top feels like it might give way when you push down on it, reopen the box and add more paper.

Items to Pack:

Books, files, CDs, DVDs, canned goods, silverware, tools, spices, desk supplies, small picture frames, photographs, non-hazardous liquids or cleaners, and small lampshades should all be packed into book boxes.


  • Pack books, files, or DVDs vertically, with the spine pointed downwards. This will help protect the object during travel and allows you to fit the most into the box.
  • Wrap fragile items like picture frames in packing paper before placing in the box to protect them from neighboring items.
  • When packing liquids, always tape the lids shut. Draw arrows pointed upwards on the outside of the carton and label the box ‘liquids’. This will let the mover’s know not to tip this box at all. Taping can prevent leakage that could damage other items you are moving.
  • Group small loose items together before putting them in the box to keep things organized. Things like pens, pencils, or paperclips should be placed in a plastic bag or wrapped in packing paper to keep them from spilling throughout the box.
  • When packing kitchen knives, place the knife in a guard first whenever possible. If you do not have them, wrap them in packing paper. Be sure to write ‘SHARP’ on the outside of the paper so you remember it is a knife when you are unpacking.
  • Any lampshade small enough to fit inside of a book box should be packed in this box. Never put more than one lampshade in a box. Surround the lampshade with crumpled packing paper to protect it. Write ‘Top Load’ on the outside of the box, so the movers know not to stack anything on the lampshade boxes.

Follow these packing tips and you will have mastered how to pack a book box. For more general packing information, as well as packing advice for other box types, be sure to check out the other articles in our packing series.

If you ever decide that you need any movers to assist you with the packing or moving, feel free to reach out to our team at Corrigan Moving Systems. We would happy to assist you with your move in any way.  We have moving companies located in Cleveland OH, Toledo OH, Rochester NY, Chicago IL, and across Michigan. Our experienced long distance movers also can handle moves anywhere in the country, or even internationally.

Photo Credit:  Quinn Dombrowski

2 Responses to “Packing Tips – How to Pack a Book Box”

IanJohansonOctober 13th, 2015 at 9:20 am

Thanks for the advice about packing books. I recently moved and was genuinely concerned about my books. I packed them however they fit and yes, the spines on most of them were up. I will try to remember to pack them spines down from now on.

yashd6400December 4th, 2015 at 6:53 am

Packing is one the toughest step. It it is done properly, then it will done your half of work while moving. These tips are really helpful. Thanks for sharing.