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Storage boxes explained

Storage boxes explained

Storage boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are widely used for bulk storage. They come in handy for a number of other storage needs too and there is box to suit every purpose. Boxes are a favorite for bulk storage because they are easy to stack, portable and great for long term storage.

Listed in this page are a few of the more commonly used storage boxes in an office environment:


Archival storage boxes: archival boxes are simple and normally made with acid and lignin free materials to protect stored documents from deterioration. They are ideal for long-term storage.

File storage boxes: boxes with built-in file hanging frames. Perfect for storing files that are not frequently used. The files can be safely stored out of sight while the hanging file frames provide easy access when the files are needed.

Decorative storage boxes: decorative storage boxes are normally used in the home but if the design, interior and image of your office is particularly important then decorative storage boxes could be the solution. Color fans of stacked storage boxes can be very impressive in a simple minimalist way while decorative boxes with antique patterns or photos can look good in retail environments. If your storage space is going to be on show make the most of it by searching out boxes that will look good to your clients and customers.

Document storage boxes: these are commonly used for storing letter (A4) and legal-sized (foolscap) documents vertically. They are divided into slots which are then used to organize the documents and are also often made from acid and lignin free materials. Flip top lid provides easy access.

Drop-front storage boxes: horizontal boxes designed to store prints, photos, important letters, pamphlets or any documents that need to be stored flat.

Multi-media storage boxes: ideal for storing a range of media such as CD's, DVD's, videotapes and cassette tapes. Polypropylene is best for storing audio and visual products because it is a long-lasting plastic that helps keep dust and other environmental pollutants from damaging the media. This can be particularly important for computer back-up CD's.

Photo storage boxes: photos need to be stored correctly in order to protect them from damp, dust, bright sunlight and general wear and tear. Dedicated photo boxes separate images into categories, provide easy access to specific photos and protect the images or the negatives from harmful conditions.

The most common materials used for storage boxes are wood, wicker, canvas, plastic, cardboard, fiberboard and galvanized steel. Colors and styles range from simple, neutral boxes to contemporary matching sets.