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Pack a Wardrobe Box

Packing Tips – How to Pack a Wardrobe Box

Before a move, it is always important to get all of your household items packed into sturdy cardboard boxes. There are a variety of box sizes to choose from and each box works great for certain item types. The trick is knowing what box to use for what items, and how to properly pack your belongings into these cartons so that nothing gets damaged.

Today let’s examine how to pack a wardrobe box. The wardrobe box is the largest standard sized box that most movers will carry. Corrigan’s wardrobe boxes measure 24’’ x 21’’ x 49’’ and come with a 24’’ metal hanging bar, although some movers carry a slightly smaller sized box that also works fine.

Items to Pack:

Hanging closet clothes, such as dresses, suit jackets, coats, and any other hanging shirts or pants.


Wardrobe Box

The wardrobe box is specially designed to safely transport hanging clothes during the course of the move. When you are ready to pack a wardrobe box, clothes can simply be moved from your closet and hung on the box’s metal hanging bar. Because you can leave your clothes on the hanger, the boxes pack very quickly and your clothes will not become wrinkled during the move. Once you are at your new location it is easy to transfer the hanging clothes back into your new closet.

Small light items like pillows or blankets can be placed on the floor of the wardrobe carton if there is extra space. Be sure not to put too much on the floor of the box or you will wrinkle the clothes inside.

In addition to hanging clothes, wardrobe boxes can also be used to pack large unusually shaped items that still need the support of a carton for the move. Examples of items that can go into these cartons include artificial plants, garage tools like shovels and rakes, or wrapping paper rolls.

Because of the size of the wardrobe box, the carton is rather expensive. If you are looking to minimize cost, your closet hanging clothes can be removed from the hanger, folded, and packed into a medium size box.


Because of the box size, assembling the box is a little bit tricky. Start by flipping the box over and taping the bottom shut. Next turn the box upright. One side of the wardrobe box is designed to pull out and fold down – to make it easier to add your hanging clothes. Pull this wall down next. After this insert the metal hanging bar. There will be small grooves on two sides of the box where the bar can rest. Once the bar is inserted the box is ready to be packed. Unlike all other moving boxes, you do not need to add any packing paper to the wardrobe box. The thickness of the walls will protect everything inside. Once the box is filled, simply fold up all the tabs and tape the box shut at the top.


Once you have packed a few, you will discover that it is relatively easy to pack a wardrobe box, and that it is a very convenient box to use. If you need advice on packing your other household items, be sure to check out our other blog series posts. There is a lot of good advice within there.

If you ever decide that you need any help with your packing or moving services, 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 Rochester NY, Chicago IL, Toledo OH, Cleveland OH, and across Michigan. Our long distance movers also can handle moves anywhere in the country.

17 Responses to “Packing Tips – How to Pack a Wardrobe Box”

KentClark1April 15th, 2015 at 3:57 pm

My wife and I are moving across the country soon. We are a little nervous as we both have a lot of cloths. The last thing that we want is our nicer clothes to get ruined. However, we don’t want to spend a fortune on the move. How much does one of those boxes cost?

JenniferStevensJuly 13th, 2015 at 12:18 pm

I had no idea that there were such things as boxes that could transport clothes while on the hangers.   However, it is probably a good thing that there are things like this that can make the moving process easier for people.   Moving seems to take time and preparation, so finding a services that can help would probably be a priority.

meglund02August 6th, 2015 at 5:47 pm

I really liked the advice you gave to use wardrobe boxes for unusually shaped items like plants or garage tools. I am trying to plan how many boxes I need to get for my own move, and I have been struggling to find the best way to transport my indoor plants without them getting smashed. I will definitely get these boxes to put them in– thanks for sharing!

VictoriaRundaAugust 7th, 2015 at 8:28 am

The next time that I move will be the first time that I use a wardrobe box. Thanks so much for detailing how to use one in your packing. I would have figured it all out eventually but it was still worthwhile to get the information directly. I’m going to look through your other packing webpages to see what else I don’t know.

tedsmith575August 14th, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Thank you so much for the tips on how to pack a wardrobe box. I had no idea that these even existed until now. I think that it is a great idea though. This way you don’t have to pack your clothes in a box or suitcase and get them all wrinkly. Where can I get a wardrobe box like this?

JordanBaker2September 17th, 2015 at 6:17 pm

I think that it is important to be familiar with multiple ways of packing things. When it comes to wardrobes, it can be quite a tough task. That is why it is so very important that you know what you are doing and taking the proper steps necessary to move everything well.

Nauman AhmadOctober 17th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

These wardrobe boxes are a
great for those who have a hefty wardrobe and want to keep their clothes the
way they are throughout the moving. Just make sure you are there while the, so
that you don’t face any difficulty during unpacking.

MarcioWilgesNovember 3rd, 2015 at 12:34 am

Wardrobe boxes are extremely useful forms of packaging up your clothes – especially the more expensive or more sensitive materials like evening dresses and suit jackets and pants. Just hang things on and seal up and you’re ready to go!

AndreBeluchiJanuary 14th, 2016 at 7:33 pm

A wardrobe box looks like it would be something for me to probably take a look at. At the moment, my wife and I are deciding about where to store some of our furniture and clothing that we won’t be able to fit into our home. So far, we’ve been looking into some storage units for extra space to store out stuff because we were unable to make room.