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Three Ways To Tie Multiple Cardboard Boxes Together During Your Move

by Virgil Hopkins

If you're going to transport a lot of fragile boxes in a truck during your move, tying them all together is one way to prevent them from moving around too much and colliding against a wall. Factors such as how large and square most of your boxes are, how much experience you have with tying knots, and how much packing equipment you already have on hand will come together to determine the most appropriate tying method for you. Look at these three ways to tie multiple cardboard boxes together during your move and see which of them most suits you.

Stretch Wrap

One quick and easy way to tie many boxes of various sizes together is to cover them all in plastic stretch wrap. It doesn't take much skill to use the stretch wrap, and no accessories beyond the roll holding the wrap in place are necessary.

However, if your boxes are very heavy and you'll have to drive on bumpy roads during your move, stretch wrap may not be strong or thick enough to keep a box at the top of the pile from tearing through the plastic and falling down. If you do decide to use stretch wrap, play to its strengths by keeping your box collections wide instead of tall.

Packing Straps

Packing straps can be made of plastic, leather, polyester, and many other common household materials. To apply them to your boxes, you'll need a manual strap tensioner and a series of metal seals. While the required equipment may intimidate you, learning to tighten and secure the packing straps with a strap tensioner isn't very hard if you're willing to put in the effort.

The main advantage of packing straps is that they're much stronger than stretch wrap. One significant disadvantage is that you'll have to group your boxes in rough cubes to maximize their effectiveness, which will limit the number of boxes you can fit in your vehicle if some of the walls in its storage spaces have sizable recesses in them.

Manually Tying Knots In A Rope

If you're decently experienced with knots, tying your boxes together with a normal hemp or cotton rope is probably your best option. As long as the rope you use is relatively thick, you'll have most of the strength of packing straps along with all the flexibility of stretch wrap.

Since all but the simplest knots take practice to get right, trying to pick up knot tying just for your move will probably only lead to frustration. If it doesn't, you could still very well tie a poor knot without realizing it and have a box with a fragile item inside fall out of place violently.

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