DISH BOX — GLASS KITS — CELL KITS — DIVIDERS — PARTITIONS
Cell kits are those cardboard partitions you see in many liquor cases. They are sometimes used in moving boxes. We sell several sizes of cell kits for packing dishes, glasses and stemware.
Cell kits serve three functions
- They reinforce the outer box.
- They take some weight off the individual items in the box.
- They supply a little cushioning
If you are packing for a move, avoid cell kits made of thin, single layered chipboard. Chipboard isn’t as thick enough or strong enough to reinforce a box. It doesn’t supply much cushioning, either.
Cell kits made of corrugated cardboard can supply considerable protection to fragile glassware. A cell kit keeps fragile pieces from knocking against each other. It also reinforces the packing box. We consider cell kits to be a necessity for packing delicate stemware.
Prices: Dish Kits: $7.50 Including Double-Wall Box: $12.95
Cell kits are good as dish boxes. They can be reconfigured by removing inner partitions. This particular arrangment is used for packing dishes.
The center space will hold saucers and such. Dinner plates are place on edge in the narrow outer spaces.
Most local San Diego movers do not use dish boxes. They just wrap plenty of paper around each item.
When a full-size dish pack is filled with cell kits it will hold a setting of eight, but you will probably need a dolly to move the box. We also offer half-size dishpacks with hand-holds that can be carried.
Between each layer of cells is inserted a sheet of cardboard called a “separator pad”. We carry these in-store, as well.
It is essential that any cell kit arrangement completely fill the height and width of the box. Only a filled arrangement will properly reinforce the box.
We should note that all items placed in cell kits should be wrapped in bubble or paper, just as though they were being packed individually in boxes.
And while we’re adding cautions: Use cell kits only for packing for moving. They won’t work in the rougher shipping environment. There, you will need to use many small boxes and lots of padding.
We offer cell kits sized to fit 16 x 12 x 12 mover’s book cartons. We feel using smaller, lighter book boxes offers advantages over dish packs. The reduced weight protects the goods inside and protects your back.
If you are inclined to this sort of thing, you can build your own kits out of cardboard from old boxes. (Be careful not to cut up the surface of your workbench.) Here’s the general idea.
- The smallest stable arrangement is 3 cells by 3 cells. Fewer cells will wobble in the box.
- The length of the cells must equal the length of the box. Ideally, the cells will fit a little snug.
- The width of the cells must equal the width of the box.
- You can stack several cells one on top of another to fill a box. The stack of cells should come to 1/8” short of the top. Cell arrangements within the stack do not have to be the same. Between each layer of cells insert a sheet of corrugated the length and width of the box.
- Cell sizes don’t have to be equal. Make them whatever width you need.
- Slightly nonequal cells (as naturally occur in handmade work) are better than precise, machine made units.