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10 Proven Methods for Securing Your Product in Wooden Crates

There are many ways to get your product from point A to point B securely and without damage if you remember the inside components of a wooden crate matter just as much as the outside.

Your crating manufacturer can protect your product against damage from vibrations & impact by customizing the internal and external components to maximize safety. Here are our top 10 methods of properly securing your product in wooden crates.

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#1: Saddles

wooden crates saddles tie downRest your product on a saddle. Custom-made wood and steel saddle components connect directly to the container's base and support your product's payload during shipment.

#2: Tie Downs

Tie-down devices or ratchet straps hold your product in place and can easily be installed into wooden crates. Tie-downs work particularly well in conjunction with saddles. 


#3: Filler

wooden crates loose fill

Lightweight semi-durable products can be wrapped
in sheets of newsprint, foam, bubble, or loose fill.

Void fillers such as inflated air tubes may offer even
more protection, and at a lower cost.



#4: Steel Hardware

wooden crates hardware
Steel hardware can help secure your product to a
wooden crate, keep your product safe from theft as
well as make a wooden crate easier to lift or open.
It can improve employee access to the inside or aid
in moving the box around your facility.
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#5: Blocking & Bracing

wooden crates block braceBlocking and bracing is a technique used to secure a part inside the crate, a screw or nail is placed in pieces of lumber to place around the part. This will reinforce the part's position in the crate.

Blocking and bracing also help to support the integrity of the packaging from the inside out.


#6: Pallet Wrap

wooden crates pallet wrapPallet wrap helps to ensure that the bursting strength of
packaging is properly reinforced.

Stretch wrap is a poly product with stretch qualities to
allow a snug tight fit around products with limited risk of damage due to too much tension.


#7: Tape


When utilizing a wood crate as a master pack box be sure to use the correct tape on the internal cardboard boxes.

For instance, reinforced water-activated tape can be much stronger than just clear tape and will improve the bursting strength of the corrugated boxes. 


#8: Custom Foam Inserts

wooden crates foam insertsCushioning from materials such as foam, carpet, or neoprene can attach directly to the wooden crates and prevent damage during transit such as:

  • Abrasion
  • Vibration
  • and Shock


#9: Corrugated Inserts

wooden crates corrugated insertsCorrugated inserts can be used as a secondary layer of protection when shipping packaged in an external container. This prevents the packaged items from
moving around in the container.

Also called “cardboard sheets,” this packaging material
is inexpensive, recyclable, and reusable.


#10: Bubble Cushioning

wooden crates bubble wrapBubble cushioning minimizes the need for additional packaging materials, which decreases the cost of the shipment. It is also lightweight, which also keeps shipping charges low.

Besides bags, sheets, and rolls, bubble wrap comes in large bubble, small bubble, anti-static, and even self-adhesive varieties.

Valley Box offers a variety of popular packaging materials to help secure your wooden crate shipment and send it on its way—safely. To discuss your packaging needs, contact a Valley Box crating expert today!

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Written by Valley Box Company

Valley Box demonstrates what is possible beyond just the typical wooden crate. This specialty crating manufacturer works with a wide variety of materials from wood to plastic, corrugated, metals and more. Discover how to take specialty crating to the next level.