What are Corrugated Boxes?

What are corrugated boxes?

Corrugated boxes are made up of paper and come in various strengths and styles. The different strengths of corrugated boxes are single wall, double wall, and triple wall. A basic corrugated box is made up of a single wall. If you look down the edge of the box, you will most likely see two flat papers known as the liner and the corrugated medium which is the wavy part of the box known as the flutes. 

The thicker the paper the stronger the corrugated box. The more layers of paper the stronger the corrugated box. Each paper box holds a certain amount of weight in them. Depending on the weight of your product, will determine how strong of a box you need.

What are the different thicknesses of corrugated?

There are many different thicknesses for corrugated boxes. The basics are single wall, double wall, and triple wall boxes all with different paper weights.

 What are the styles of corrugated boxes?

There are many different styles of boxes, here are a few of the most common.


Regular Slotted Cartons are the most basic style box. You can tell this style of corrugated box because when you fold the flaps they touch in the middle where you tape it.


Thes corrugated boxes are known as Full Overlap Box, this is where the outer flaps of a corrugated box fold over one another giving you more protection on the ends.

Corrugated Mailer

These corrugated boxes are usually cut out with a steel rule die (like a cookie cutter)This box comes flat and you fold it up to put together requiring less tape.

 Are there different colors of corrugated boxes?

Corrugated boxes are usually made of brown paper called kraft. There is also a white version which is known as mottled white or frost white. This corrugated box is white on the outside. You can also print on corrugated boxes. This will require some artwork and printing plates that press onto the corrugated box to imprint the text or image you want.

What are the different sizes of corrugated boxes?

The sizes of corrugated boxes can be endless.

Stock corrugated boxes

These boxes are premade, and you can select from different sizes that are usually ready to purchase instantly.

Custom boxes

When you need a special size or design, like printing, this becomes a custom box.

Custom corrugated boxes will take time to produce and will require a lead time to produce. The lead is how long it takes to make a corrugated box, which can vary from company to company, and depends on how many orders they have ahead of yours. Also depending on your corrugated box specifics, it can take anywhere from 1 week to 10 weeks.

There are many styles, sizes, and strengths of boxes. Selecting the correct box will help to keep your products safe.