Styles of Boxes

Styles of Boxes

One of the major contributors to the versatility of cardboard is the ease with which flat sheets can be cut and formed into an immense range of package styles. People often see style as a cost restriction, however this can often be offset by the added features and advantages such as greater strength, less board used, market appeal, end use features and closures.

The “International Code for Fibreboard Cases” adopted by Standards Australia in 1971 outlines the numbered code system developed to allow communication on box styles irrespective of the language used in individual countries.

We have outlined the common styles in this guide.


Slotted Styles

This style is made from one piece of corrugated board which is scored and slotted for assembly. These styles are glued at the manufacturing joint, and usually require tape to secure them closed top and bottom.

The most common of all corrugated box styles is known as a Regular Slotted Carton (RSC). The outer flap meets in the middle when assembled. This style of box is highly efficient to manufacture, with little waste and generally no set up costs.


Self Locking Styles

These styles are die cut from a blank sheet of corrugated board and are folded to assemble a completely closed box. They often have locking hinges, handles, and tabs incorporated. Other alternatives include crash lock or self lock bases which “snap” together for ease of assembly without tape. 


Telescopic Styles

This style consists of two seperate pieces, generally a top and bottom piece as the lid and base. These styles are great for heavy objects that are difficult or awkward to lower into a conventional box (such as a television, mattress, etc). The product sits in the base and the lid is placed over it.


Folder Styles

Five Panel Folders (5PF) has a 5th panel that covers the entire top of the box. When sealed, three sides have several layers of board which provides extra strength. This style is suitable for long and skinny items, such as televisions, picture frames, posters etc.

Maltese Cross or One Piece Folder is a single piece of board which creates a flat bottom. The extended flaps are scored, often at multiple heights, so that they wrap and enclose the item within.

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