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Should You Use Cardboard or Plastic Boxes for Storage? June 13, 2019

Wilmington, New Hanover
Should You Use Cardboard or Plastic Boxes for Storage?, Wilmington, North Carolina

Storage units offer a secure, convenient place to keep your belongings when you’re running out of space in your home. If you’re considering using storage, you may wonder whether to pack your possessions in cardboard or plastic bins. Understanding the pros and cons of each option can help you make a decision. Here’s a quick guide to the uses of each type of box and when to select them.

What Type of Box Works Best for Storage?


storage unitCardboard is lightweight and affordable, sold on-site at many storage locations. It’s also recyclable, so you can limit your environmental impact when you’re done using it. If you’re placing items in a storage unit for only a few weeks, it’ll work for your purposes.

Unfortunately, cardboard can age in a few months, which makes it likely to break apart when you move it after a prolonged period. It’s also vulnerable to moisture and will degrade if exposed to it. For this reason, it’s not recommended for paper documents and other items that need to stay dry.


Plastic storage bins are more expensive than cardboard because they’re more durable. Unlike cardboard, plastic won’t degrade over time. Since it has tight seals, it’ll also keep out moisture and dust. This is useful if you’re packing away sensitive files, leather, rugs, artwork, photographs, or other delicate materials. 

Some belongings like musical instruments and records may warp due to temperature fluctuations. If you need to place these in a storage unit that doesn’t feature climate control, plastic bins are your best bet for protecting your items from humidity and the elements, since they create a vacuum. For a more sustainable option, choose plastic boxes that can be recycled or are made of post-consumer waste.


If you’re looking for a storage unit in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, NC, visit Leland Self Storage. They have over 40 years of experience offering residents a safe place to stash their belongings with convenient monthly leases. They’re the only 100% climate controlled facility in the area. Learn more about their units online or call (910) 399-4719 to discuss your needs.