How to Tape Moving Boxes
Getting ready for moving day is a lot of effort and you want to be sure that you do things in a manner that makes sense. You’re planning all sorts of things, and you’re getting ready to pack up your home so that you can be ready to go.
As you start to pack, you’re likely going to be dealing with a lot of moving boxes that you’ll load up and get ready to go. But, how can you tape moving boxes without too many problems? In this article, we’re going to share some of the best methods out there when it comes to folding and taping your moving boxes appropriately.
Folding the Box
The first step of taping your box is making sure that you fold up the box properly. There are two ways to fold your box; the simple way and the complex way. The simple way is exactly as easy as it sounds. You literally put the flaps of the box and tape it as thus. No complex folds and it gets done really quickly.
The complex folding job is a really common way for people to assume that they are adding more stability to the box in question. You take one flap on top of the box, then put the next flap (clockwise) underneath the one side of that flap. Then, continue doing it that way until all four sides are secure.
Neither one is better than the other. Some people do believe that the more complex way ends up holding up better than the simple way, but that all depends on what it is that you’re putting into the box and the type of box that you’re using.
Where Should the Tape Go?
When it comes to where someone applies the tape, you want to be sure that you put it in two main spots – the crack on the top of the box, and the crack on the bottom of the box. You’ll likely want to put the packing tape on the bottom of the box before you start packing it with items.
Also, make sure that you keep the tape dispenser handy. If you start to notice that there are some problems with the corners of your boxes, or that it needs a little more support on the sides, you can tape there as well. But, typically, if you reinforce the areas that open up, your box should be ready to go with no problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of tape should I use?
More often than not, you are going to be looking for packing tape as the primary tape that you’re going to want to use. Packing tape is incredibly strong (it can hold a lot of weight if you pack properly) and it’s easy for you to remove when you get to your new home. Masking tape doesn’t hold well enough, and duct tape is messy and can be difficult to remove.
How much weight should I put in the box?
Packing tape is really strong, so you may be tempted to put as much as you can into every box. And while that’s okay with lighter objects, you’ll need to be careful when you’re packing heavier items like books.
On average, you want to be sure that you’re not putting more than 40 lbs in one single box, so that it can still be lifted without concern of injury for you or the employees of the moving company you hire.
Can I use packing tape on any box?
Yes, packing tape is incredibly sticky (but not “tacky,” like duct tape’s sticky side). So, you can use it to close any box that you may need to keep closed up during the move.
If you’re aware of how you tape moving boxes, you will find that the process goes more smoothly and you have more options. It keeps your items safe and ensures that your moving process will go that much more smoothly than it may have otherwise.