In reality, specialty boxes can be extremely useful because the design and purpose of each box are different. For example, wardrobe boxes are used to hold and protect hanging clothes just like a tiny wardrobe,
dish barrel boxes are used to guard and transport fragile and breakable chinaware thanks to their extra thickness, and
mirror and picture boxes are great for packing and moving framed pictures, paintings and mirrors of various sizes simply because those cardboard containers can be re-sized and fitted around the individual framed art pieces.
Of course, it’s important to keep track of the packing expenses as well. While specialty boxes add extra security that your valuable items will stay perfectly safe during the physical transportation between the two homes, the additional cost of these special-purpose cardboard boxes may not always be worth the investment.
How much do specialty boxes cost? A dish barrel box costs around $6, a mirror/picture box is around $5-$7 per box, while a wardrobe box can cost between $10 and $14 depending on its exact size – small, medium or large.
In comparison, a standard-sized moving box costs anywhere from around $1 (small) to approximately $2.50 (extra-large). Therefore, the question of whether you really need specialty packing boxes when packing for a move remains on the packing table. Maybe you can manage it with standard-sized packing boxes by adding more wrapping and cushioning materials.
Specialty boxes are important for your clothes and other items. Go online or make sure to ask your mover about them.