Do it yourself shipping crates – An easy option to contain your move

If there is one thing that gets on everybody’s nerves when moving, and it’s the sheer amount of boxes and stuff that have to be moved around in the process of moving. You can get shipping crates, which are pretty good value in terms of capacity and security for your load, commercially. They will save you plenty of time and money that you can put towards some great TV bundles instead.

You can also make them yourself, if you know how.

Packing tips and DIY boxes

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Shipping crates are made out of equal lengths of wood. Each side of the shipping crate is assembled separately, simply nailing horizontal lumber to vertical supports. You then simply nail the crate together into a box. Basically, you build a skeleton of a box with 2x4s, and then you nail sheets of plywood to the exterior to seal the edges of the box.

The huge advantage of doing things this way is that you create lot of container space. You can simply move your home in just a few shipping crates, instead of dozens or hundreds of individual boxes. These crates can also be made to measure for special items like paintings, valuable ceramic goods, and similar high-end, special-needs items.

This does make sense when you’re moving a long way, and want to make sure that all your things have that little bit of added protection. Shipping crates can provide basic protection for all your things. The wood used in constructing shipping crates is actually reasonably solid; just don’t use things like knotty pine or other unsuitable softwoods. Basic lumber will do.

Your shipping crates should be easy to move with a hand truck, not too heavy, and you should be able to simply slide them into the moving van or up the truck ramp. Just make sure you don’t put anything which is much too heavy in the crates.

Another huge advantage of using shipping crates is that you can get all your prepacked stuff out of the way fast. Simply leave the lids of the crates open so that you have access if you need it.

You can now move on to everything else, like your change of address notifications and other organizational issues. Get your USPS change of address set up, check out your internet providers and any other home services, and you already have half of your move done.