Different Types Of Storage Boxes
Storage boxes come in many different shapes and sizes. They are also built out of many different kinds of materials and each material has its advantages and disadvantages. Cardboard, wood and plastic are some of the most common materials for storage boxes so let’s take a look at them and see how they stack up.
Plastic Storage Boxes – These are some of the most common type of storage boxes and with good reason, they are cheap to make and cheap to buy. Plastic has been around for about 130 years and in the last 50 years it has really come into the main stream as a very common material. It can be injected easily into molds and press formed while it’s still hot and easy to shape. Because of these easy manufacturing methods, they can be made in mass and cheaply. They can be made rather strong and pretty much in any shape size and color you could wish for. One huge advantage to a plastic storage box is that you can get a clear plastic storage box. The ability to see inside a storage box without the need to open the lid is a huge advantage. Also plastic is pretty weather durable and will keep the dust and the moisture out of whatever you have stored inside the storage box as long as you get a one with a good lid. If you get matching storage boxes with lids, you can get them so they stack up on top of each other and stay stable. There are some disadvantages to plastic storage boxes and that is they are more for storage out of site than anything. They are not something that you would want to display in your living room. But if that’s what you need, there are other options.
Wooden Storage Boxes – Wooden storage boxes also have their advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantages would be that they are heavier than other kinds of storage boxes and they will not seal as good as a plastic storage box. What they are good at is strength and looks. A wooden storage box can be made very strong for shipping or other uses. If you have a fragile item and need to ship it, packing it into a wooden storage box is a great way to protect it from the mysteries of the shipping chain. Also if you are looking for something that you can display in the living room, a wooden storage box can be built and finished to look fantastic and even match your living room décor. A wooden storage box may not be as cheap or light as other options, but they can be very strong and look great at the same time.
Cardboard Storage Boxes – Cardboard storage boxes would be the cheapest of all the options and they also have their advantages. These types of storage boxes are basically a “use and throw away” type of box. They are great for moving or hauling things around a bit and you can also use them for long term storage but they are not as desirable. Since they are cheap, they do have some drawbacks that make them not so great for long term storage. Cardboard boxes can start out pretty strong but with some abuse they will start to fall apart. Water and other types of moisture will also kill a cardboard storage box pretty fast. They can be sealed up with a lot of duct tape but the box itself will start to degrade over time and will get your contents inside dusty. So while they may not be a good idea for long term storage, they can be great for short term storage such as moving from one house to another.
There are many different kinds of storage boxes and it depends on how you are going to use it and what you are going to store that will really determine what kind of storage box you should get. Look at the different kinds and see what kind of storage box will work the best for you.