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Where to Get Boxes for Moving: 10+ Free Solutions and Premium Options

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Planning a move can be an exciting, if somewhat stressful, time in one’s life. One often overlooked yet crucial aspect of this process is finding the right moving boxes.

Boxes for moving come in different types—regular moving boxes, wardrobe boxes, TV boxes, dish pack boxes, lamp boxes, mirror boxes, mattress boxes, and more. Each type has a unique design and purpose, ensuring that your items are packed securely and arrive at your new destination intact.

In this article we will share tips on how to get moving boxes for free or from your moving company.

Professional mover labelling and packing items in special moving boxes
Professional mover labelling and packing items in special moving boxes

Why Good Quality Boxes Matter

The role of sturdy boxes in protecting your belongings during a move cannot be overstated. Boxes of good quality provide the support needed to safely transport your items, reducing the risk of damage during the moving process. This is especially true for long-distance moves or for items put into storage where it’s essential to use robust boxes that can endure the pressures of time and travel. Some moving companies, like Roadway Moving, have special moving boxes made to withstand these long-distance move and long-term storage scenarios, ensuring the longevity and safety of your treasured possessions.

10+ Free Sources of Moving Boxes

While investing in high-quality boxes can prove beneficial, there are several ways to get moving boxes for free:

  • Family, friends and neighbors: As with anything in life, your family, friends and neighbors may be the first you may ask for help. Maybe some of them recently moved, or bought some electronics that come in big quality boxes, or just have some boxes that they don’t use.
  • Department and home improvement stores: You may use Google Maps to find Walmart, Target, Costco, Home Depot and Lowe’s near you and ask them for some boxes that they don’t need.
  • Local Retailers: Grocery, book, and liquor stores often have a surplus of boxes which they’re typically happy to give away. These boxes, used for shipping goods, are generally sturdy and come in various sizes.
  • Online Marketplaces: Websites like Craigslist, Freecycle, OfferUp, Letgo and Facebook Marketplace often have listings where people give away moving boxes they no longer need. It’s a win-win situation where you get free boxes, and they get to recycle their used boxes responsibly.
  • Community Groups/Networks: Local community networks, such as Nextdoor, neighborhood groups or forums, can also be a great source of free boxes. Often, neighbors who have recently moved are eager to pass on their boxes.
  • Office/School Supplies: Offices and schools frequently receive supplies in robust boxes and are usually more than willing to give them away.

Why You Might Opt for Professional Boxes

While free boxes can serve your purpose, there are benefits to opting for professional moving boxes. These boxes are designed specifically for moving, meaning they’re durable, come in various sizes for different types of items, and are constructed with stacking and storage in mind. This last point is vital—it’s critical that your boxes can handle the weight of other boxes stacked on top of them without collapsing.

Roadway Moving team packing photography equipment in a photo studio before the move

Professional Moving Boxes from Your Moving Company

Moving companies like Roadway Moving offer a wide selection of professional moving boxes.

Whether you need a wardrobe box for your hanging clothes, a dish pack box for your kitchenware, or a mirror box for your delicate items, your movers can deliver them to your door.

They usually do that at least seven days prior to the moving date, making it much easier for you to organize and pack, leaving you with one less thing to worry about.

Here’s a list of different types of boxes that we use at Roadway Moving to protect your items when moving or storing with us:

  • Book Box
  • Linen Box
  • Wardrobe Boxes
  • Dish/China Box
  • Lamp Box
  • Parts Box
  • TV Boxes
  • Commercial Bin
  • Picture Bin
  • Mattress Box
  • Mirror/Picture Box
  • Wine Boxes

Roadway Moving’s Packing and Unpacking Services

For those seeking a comprehensive moving solution, Roadway Moving offers packing and unpacking services.

Our professional team can efficiently pack your items using high-quality boxes that provide superior protection.

This service ensures that your belongings are packed securely, maximizing space and minimizing the risk of damage. And once you’ve reached your destination, we can also unpack your items, helping you settle into your new home with less stress.

Roadway Moving's team during a move


Whether you’re choosing free boxes or opting for professional ones, the importance of using quality boxes for your move is paramount.

Proper labeling of each box—no matter its origin—also aids in a smooth delivery and unpacking process, ensuring your items easily find their proper place in your new location.

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