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How to Package Fragile Products

August 21, 2017

Every product has a suitable packaging, depending on the needs of the particular product. You can’t package heavy things in a thin cardboard box, nor should you package fragile items in just any box you have lying around.

In fact, many industries have their preferred packaging methods, nicely presented by packaging experts at Box Co-Op here www.boxcoop.com/boxes-by-industry.

Your main goal when packaging fragile products are to ensure they arrive at their destination safely and in one piece. So, what are some ways you can do it?

How to Package Fragile Products

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Well, the first thing you can do is create several partitions where your product will have restricted movement, thus minimizing the chance of damage. The advantage of this packaging method is that it protects each item individually. Things like light bulbs and glassware are often packaged using this method.

You can choose the thickness and the size of the partitions to match your product perfectly. Even if the products are uneven and heavy, this packaging method ensures that they are undamaged and that they stay in place.

From the design perspective, partitions give your box an ordered and symmetrical feel, which consumers tend to appreciate. Of course, being made of cardboard, it is very cost effective, so this method is a win-win choice for both you and the environment.

Corrugated boxes

When shipping individual items which are bulky, but still fragile, you can’t go wrong with a corrugated box. Regardless of the size and weight of your product, you can find a suitable corrugated box for it.

On the other hand, depending on the product you are packaging, you should be careful to select the appropriate closing mechanism to ensure that the box does not come apart in the transit. Fortunately, these boxes can be found with many different closing styles.

Corrugated boxes are tested for their ability to withstand impact and the weather problems without damaging the product inside.

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Packaging Peanuts

Styrofoam peanuts can be added to any box to ensure that the product inside stays in place and isn’t damaged when the box is moved. These bits function similarly to the partition boxes. They absorb the worst of the impact and the empty space between them ensures that the force is not transferred to the product itself.

However, the downside of the packaging peanuts is the environmental one. Namely, they are made of Styrofoam, a polystyrene foam which is quite difficult to recycle. Not only is it not recyclable, it has been listed as a potential human carcinogen by the EPA and other environmental organizations.

Bubble Wrap

Arguably the favorite packaging method of children and childish adults, bubble wrap consists of a plastic film with air pockets. This packaging method keeps the product safe by absorbing impacts in the air pockets, leaving the product intact.

However, it has the downside of not being sufficient in itself. It needs to be combined with other packaging methods to ensure that the product is protected for everything.


Aside from protecting your product, your packaging is the first thing the customer sees when looking at your product. So, apart from protecting the product, it needs to look good doing it. Fortunately, your logo and everything else you want can be printed on cardboard of any thickness and shape.

What’s more, more and more brands are starting to print on both the outside and the inside of the box for maximum customer engagement. Once a person falls in love with the design and style of your boxes, you will have a faithful customer in them.

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