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Packaging Solutions for Fragile Items

Regardless of the product inside the packaging, consumers will expect their package to arrive on time, within managed costs and in perfect condition – this is something that is especially important when considering packaging for fragile items.

During any type of transportation, there will inevitably be some accidental knocks and bumps along the way from A to B. However, fragile products in particular demand specific care in order to ensure that the consumer is satisfied with the end result. One of the most popular forms of packaging for fragile items are corrugated cardboard boxes with additional inner protection.

What Are Fragile Products?

A fragile product can be described as anything which may be break easily and demands additional care during shipping – this may include the following:

  • Glass/crystals/ceramics
  • Technology accessories
  • Musical instruments
  • Laboratory equipment
  • Collectable items
  • Antiques

Packing Fragile Items

Double walled corrugated boxes are a popular choice for packing fragile products. Suitable for almost any type of storage application, they are designed to be as rigid and supportive as possible. Additional corrugated inserts may be used to strengthen and reinforce the durability of the outer packaging.  Another popular option for fragile items is base and lid packaging – this type of packaging is good for carrying the brand to the customers.

To minimise the risk of damage it is essential to ensure that the box is of an appropriate size, the interior of the box is padded, the product itself has been sufficiently protected and adequately labelled as fragile before shipping. Depending on the courier, additional ‘special handling’ stickers may be used.

The box should not be excessively large in relation to the size of its contents –  it is a good idea to measure the items intended for transit and leave a gap of approximately 2 inches to provide sufficient space for additional padding around the actual product. Bottle boxes provide extra protection with divisions added for the transport of glassware – for individual glass products, a corrugated protective sleeving is available.

Packaging Fillers

Any voids in the box should be filled and padded to prevent the item from moving around side to side. Different types of filler may include paper, bubble wrap, air bags, air pillows or polystyrene peanuts.

Although plastic fillers remain popular, there are now many biodegradable alternatives – biodegradable air peanuts can now be sourced to replace traditional polystyrene peanuts and corrugated cardboard bubble wrap may also be used to protect fragile items from shocks in the same way as bubble wrap.  Air cushions or inflatable pillows are also available in a variety of sizes – these are ideal for filling voids in boxes or for cushioning packed items – all these fillers can be reused or recycled.


It is also important to consider aesthetics – how the package will look to the end user when they receive it. Creating a positive unboxing experience promotes an improved brand association. A box should not be difficult to access – one which is difficult to open not only provides a frustrating experience for the end user.

How We Can Help

Nuttall Packaging manufacture corrugated cardboard boxes suitable for a wide range of applications including fragile products – for more information, get in touch today.


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