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Moving Boxes & Self Storage

Moving Boxes & Self Storage

It's time to get ready to move and you're thinking "I need boxes".  Instead of visiting your local grocery or liquor store, consider picking up actual moving boxes from a moving company or self storage location.  These boxes are designed for moving your stuff safely and efficiently in an organized manner.  At Riel Park RV & Self Storage in St Albert, AB we sell all supplies for an easy move, visit us today and ask about our bundle pricing.  Our box prices are comparable to Costco!


Moving boxes come in various sizes and have recommended weights for each size for ease of carrying.  The recommended maximum weight for any box is between 40 and 50 lbs.  If you are having professional movers, and you are doing your own packing, they expect boxes to weigh 50 lbs or less.  Some standard sizes are:

  • Small Storage Box - 1.5 cubic feet - 16.5" x 13" x 13" - This smaller cardboard box is ideal for all heavy items
  • Medium Storage Box - 2 cubic feet - 18" x 16" x 13" - An all purpose box that is perfect for general household items.
  • Large Storage Boxes - 4 cubic feet - 18" x 18" x 21" - This is a larger box that is perfect for lighter items such as bedding and towels.

Remember, you need to be able to lift the box once it holds your stuff.  Limit the weight of the contents to what you can comfortably lift.   Here are some tips on how to properly pack a cardboard box.


Using wardrobe boxes to pack clothing that can be hung on hangers reduces the hassle of unpacking and keeps your clothing crease free.  Moving your clothing directly from the wardrobe box to your new closet takes less time and frustration than removing your clothing from a regular box or bag as your clothes are still on hangers.  Wardrobe boxes are also great for storing seasonal or extra clothing or for storing your clothes in self storage unit.

The wardrobe boxes come in a standard (23" x 21" x 48") and portable size (43" x 24" x 24").


These are perfect for storing and moving framed items such as mirrors, painting and artwork that don't need the extra width of a regular moving box.  They also are pre-printed with the "Fragile Handle with Care" warning that is particularly useful when you are not the one physically moving your stuff.

Small Mirror Box - 37" x 4 3/8" x 26 1/2"
Large Mirror Box - 48" x 4 3/8" x 32 1/2"


These packages are set up with a divider that fits a 1.5 cubic foot packing box and individual foam sleeves to protect your dishes and glassware.

Moving into a St. Albert Storage Unit and not sure what moving supplies or packing supplies you need?  Give one of our storage experts a call or drop in and visit us.  Riel Park RV & Self Storage can help with all your storage needs.  We sell furniture and mattress covers, bubble wrap, packing paper, moving blankets, tape, locks and more.

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