Moving Boxes: Where to Buy, Sizes and Prices

Last updated: Oct 1, 2019

The final task left on your moving checklist is to purchase moving boxes and to pack all your possessions into them. This article will cover the sizes that they are available in, the prices you can expect to pay and where they are available.

Where to Get Moving Boxes

You can find free moving boxes at many locations:

  • Fast-food restaurants
  • Bookshops
  • Grocery stores
  • Office supply stores.

If you are willing to pay for cheap moving boxes, Facebook Marketplace is also full of users who need to get rid of boxes. You can also buy moving boxes from private sellers on e-commerce websites such as BidOrBuy.

Furthermore, Box shop, Ecobox and Boxes Online all offermoving kits’ that include different types of cardboard boxes to help move different household items.

Moving Box Sizes

Small (18″ x 14″ x 12″)

These are standard household moving boxes that are durable and can be used for a lot of different household items. For example, you can use these boxes to store books, collectables, kitchenware, ornaments and other small household items.

Medium (20″ x 20″ x 15″)

These boxes are built to pack pillows, duvets and towels. Often, small kitchen appliances like toasters and blenders can also fit into medium moving boxes.

Large (23″ x 23″ x 16″)

These larger boxes can be packed with bigger items but are still easy to carry.  In addition, they can fit lamps, larger kitchen appliances and other electrical items like satellite boxes.

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Specialised Boxes

When you need to securely transport delicate or fragile items, you will need specialised moving boxes:

  • Kitchen boxes: these boxes come with partitions so that glasses, dishes and china stay protected and remain in place throughout the move.
  • TV boxes: these boxes are intricately designed to protect flat screens.

moving boxes in conservatory

Cost of Moving Boxes in South Africa

There are three factors that determine the cost of the moving boxes: the type of box, the size of the box and whether the box has a double-wall, bubble wrap or padding inside it.

Here are the average prices for a pack of ten: 

Size/ TypePrice
SmallR120.00
MediumR150.00
LargeR200.00
Double WallR350.00
Bubble WrapR1400

Next Steps

We hope we helped you understand more about moving boxes. Check out these other articles if you still have questions over your move: