Custom Box Service can manufacture many different box styles. We don’t have die-cut capabilities, but can often replicate a die-cut box through non-die-cut processes. (Unfortunately, we can’t print our boxes either.)
This page presents some of the most common box styles we make. And remember: we can certainly produce styles other than those displayed here. if you'd like more info!
Regular Slotted Container (RSC)
A regular slotted container is a "standard" box; it's the style that most people imagine when they think of a box. An RSC includes flaps on the top and bottom of the box. The outer flaps fold so that they meet in the middle. Typical uses: moving boxes, master packs, just about anything.
Full-Overlap Container (FOL)
A full-overlap container is similar to an RSC. However, both sets of flaps on an FOL fully overlap each other rather than meeting in the middle. This is useful in certain circumstances: shipping heavy items which require extra support on the bottom of the box, shipping long narrow items for which an RSC's flaps would be too narrow, etc. Typical uses: shipping heavy equipment, shipping long narrow shelving.
Half Slotted Container (HSC)
A half slotted container is similar to an RSC, but one set of flaps is absent. This provides an "open on the top" effect, allowing for easy access to the carton's contents without the need to open and close a set of flaps each time you want access. (This image also shows a DST which is often used as a lid for an HSC.) Typical uses: bin boxes, file boxes.
Five-Panel Folder (FPF)
A five-panel folder is nearly identical to an FOL except that it has no manufacturer's joint. An FOL includes a glued or taped seam, but an FPF is shipped open and flat so that the customer can assemble it. Typical uses: shipping wire racks, shipping brooms, shipping a large number of small components that need to be packaged in one container.
One-Piece Folder (OPF)
A one-piece folder is similar to a five-panel folder, but the OPF is used for flat, squarish items. It generally resembles a plus-sign or a cross, and the user folds the flaps of the box up and around the item to be shipped. Typical uses: shipping books, shipping paintings, shipping posters.
Design-Style Tray (DST)
A design-style tray is similar to an OPF; both are generally flat and squarish. However, a DST has flaps on the sides and the ends that are folded and fastened to produce a tray. Though the tray can be used by itself, DSTs are often paired with a corresponding (and slightly larger) DST that acts as a lid. DSTs are also often used as lids for HSCs. Typical uses: shipping heavy flat items, re-usable storage container.
Flat Pad (PAD)
A flat pad is exactly what it sounds like: a flat piece of corrugated cardboard. PADs can be produced in an infinite number of sizes. Larger pads are often called SHEETs. Custom Box Service can also slot PADs so that they may be used as partition sets. Typical uses: layer pads, dividers, slip sheets, poster backings.
When we put creases (or scores) in a PAD, the PAD becomes a scored sheet. Scored sheets are used as void fill and structural support, and can be manufactured to fill just about any space. Typical applications: void fill, structural support, "clamshell" shipping folders.
Need to ship a bunch of objects but want to keep them separated to prevent damage? A partition (or divider) set might be just the ticket. Dividers are PADs that have been slotted so that they can be nested together in a grid. Typical uses: shipping bottles, structural support, creating added cushion around fragile items.