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Written By: Leslie Taylor | Article Date: April 09, 2022

Stand Out Through Custom Boxes

Show your potential customers and competitors what makes your brand unique through custom boxes. Whether you’re looking for shipping boxes, subscription boxes, or boxes for single-item products, cosmetics, and gifts your business requires, NextDayFlyers is the printing company you can depend on. We have three types of packaging solutions: Shipping boxes, mailer boxes, and product boxes.

No matter the material, color, size, or design, with NextDayFlyers, you can order a fully customized box that meets your preferences. If you already have a design in mind, use our online design tool and have your custom box ready in no time.

How to Choose the Right Box Size

Finding a perfect-fitting box for your product is a key component of how you present your brand to your customers. With the right box size, your product will remain intact and undamaged while in transit. In addition, it can save you money on shipping and packaging materials.

Don’t know which box size matches your needs? Here’s a quick guide to finding the box size for your goods:

For What Purpose Are You Going to Use the Box?

The first step in choosing the right box size is determining its purpose. Do you need one for your products, delivery, or storage? Here are the corresponding box types for every need:

Retail displays

Retail displays – Whether it’s for shelves or for storefront displays, product boxes are an indispensable tools for showcasing your products in its best light. These are usually made of corrugated cardboard or durable cardstock and come in three types of coating (matte, high-gloss, UV, or gloss).

Courier deliveries

Courier deliveries – Mailer boxes are perfect for e-commerce deliveries, subscription boxes, or promotional kits. These lightweight boxes are made of corrugated cardboard and are easy to assemble. They are also sturdy enough to protect items from external forces while being transported. If you plan to send large and heavy items, go for custom shipping boxes.

storage box

Storage – If you plan to organize your home or office, choose cardboard boxes. These can store documents or small office equipment and are easy to arrange.

What Are the Features of the Product You’re Selling?

The next step to keep in mind is to know what your product is. When you truly understand what your product is and how your customers interact with it, it will be easier to design a box that suits your needs. Consider these factors when creating a design for your custom box:

Some products need to be handled with extra care throughout the delivery process. To prevent damage while in transit, some retailers use packaging fillers or void fillers. Fragile products can be placed or sent in snug-fitting boxes such as mailer boxes so that the items won’t shift around too much while in transit.

Being aware of the product size is important when customizing a box. It helps you estimate how much space you need for your product, and know how you’re going to arrange the items. Cramming too many things in a small box can also cause more damage to your products in the long run.

When it comes to shipping items, knowing how heavy your products are is crucial. No matter how durable the material of the box is, it can still collapse in transit if the product inside is too heavy.

Some products are made of materials that can easily get scratched, chipped off, or broken, so some couriers require fillers to keep them intact and secure during delivery.

Is the box going to be shipped as it is, or will it be placed inside another box? Product boxes are designed to open easily and look aesthetically pleasing. On the other hand, shipping and mailer boxes are meant to keep its contents secure and intact.

Elements of Your Packaging

Now that you’ve established the purpose of the box and what your product is, knowing the details of your packaging should come next to help you choose the right box size.


How you want your product to look goes hand-in-hand with the type of box you choose.

Mailer boxes:

  • Standard white corrugated cardboard – has a smooth, uncoated finish; a popular choice for mailer boxes, this material can withstand multiple deliveries.
  • Premium white corrugated cardboard with glossy ink – great for designs with vibrant colors and vivid details.
  • Kraft (brown) corrugated cardboard – sustainable and made of recyclable materials, kraft cardboard is good for organic items and rustic-themed designs.

Product boxes:
  • Cardstock – mostly used for store displays; cardstock is cost-efficient and has a smooth surface for printing.
  • Cardboard – stores and protects heavy products that will be delivered via mail or courier service.

Packaging Safety

To prevent any form of damage to your products while in transit, use poly mailers with your mailer boxes or shipping boxes that can protect your items from harsh weather conditions.


When choosing the right box design for your product, price is one of the factors you have to consider. For example, if you are an entrepreneur that just started a small business, it’s recommended not to go all out on your orders for custom packaging.

We recommend starting with 30-50 pieces so you can test the use of custom packaging for your business. If you’re thinking of saving on costs, white corrugated cardboard boxes and kraft boxes are good options.

If you’re going for a more vibrant, colorful, and upgraded aesthetic, full-color mailer boxes and product boxes are a perfect fit for your needs.

Another factor you have to consider when designing a custom box is how you want your brand to be recognized by your customers. How can you present your product in its best light? When designing or choosing packaging, remember to keep your brand strategy in mind.

At NextDayFlyers, we guarantee a quick turnaround for your orders. With our online design tool, you can choose from a wide variety of quality and stylish options. Our professionals can also help you design a custom box that is unique to your brand.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I create my own design for my mailer box?
Yes, you can. Our online design tool allows you to add your logo, text, color, and other images you want to place on the exterior or interior of your box. Click “Design Your Mailer Box Online” on the calculator.

Can I order a sample box before ordering in bulk?
Yes, you can. Simply set the quantity to one in the calculator and we’ll send out a sample box tailored to your preferences.

Do your product boxes come with special features?
Yes. Our product boxes have special features such as spot UV, foil stamping, and embossing. Some of the products listed on our website don’t mention other special features. To learn more, call or email our staff for consultations or to get an estimate.

How soon can I receive my order?
Our production time depends on the type of box you choose.

For shipping boxes:

  • Sample box – 3-4 business days
  • Rush production – 6-8 business days
  • Standard production – 16-20 business days

For shipping boxes:
  • Sample box – 3-4 business days
  • Rush production – 6-8 business days
  • Standard production – 16-20 business days

For mailer boxes:
  • Sample box – 3-5 business days
  • Rush production – 6-8 business days

For product boxes:
  • Sample box – 5 business days
  • Rush production – 4-5 business days
  • Standard production – 8-10 business days