Box Styles

For over 45 years, Packaging Services Industries has provided professional, quality and affordable packaging solutions to businesses all over the Mid-Atlantic area.

The style of your box is just as important as the products you put inside. There are many standard corrugated box styles- so many, in fact, that it is impossible to describe them all here. As you look through the following style descriptions, please keep in mind that there are other standard styles to choose from. In addition, corrugated boxes can be custom-designed to meet the specific needs of any box user.

Our protective packaging solutions provide product manufactures with the highest level of quality that ensures their products not only arrive to their destinations safely, but in style as well.

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Half Slotted Container (HSC)

A variation of the RSC, the Half Slotted Carton has only one set of flaps. The opposite side of the box is completely open, allowing it to slider over an item. Envision the use of the box turned over so that the flaps are on the top. The covered item is usually attached to a pallet or other type of surface that serves as a separate bottom.

Roll end tray or tray with self locking ends

Formed from a single piece of combined board, the design features an unbroken, and several layers of corrugated in the end panels.

Trays are not shipping containers, but they are frequently used as inner containers for parts, delicate produce, letter mail and other products, or as elements of display stands.

Regular Slotted Container (RSC)

Also called shipping boxes, RSCs are the most commonly used boxes.


They are usually kraft brown in color, have four flaps on the top and bottom and the side walls are sealed at one corner known as the “Manufacturer’s Joint.”


This design is highly functional for most packing needs.

Locking Cover | Mailer-Style Boxes (MSB)

A one-piece die-cut box that is assembled without tape. Construction includes double-layer protection on the sides and bottom of the box. Available in two popular styles-with a tuck-in top or with a locking cover, also known as a “cherry lock” design.


Mailer-Style Boxes are exceptionally strong and can withstand the most rigorous treatment during shipment.

Full Overlap Slotted Container (FOL)

With a Full Overlap Slotted Carton, all “length” flaps are also equal to the width of the box. The flaps actually fold over one another to provide added strength and protection to the top and bottom.

Five-Panel Folder (FPF)

A Five-Panel Folder actually resembles shallow-depth box when assembled. It is a one-piece box with an over-lapping top and over-lapping end panels. The functional design is also economical.

One Piece Folder (OPF)

Commonly called “Bookfolds” or “Bookwraps,” the One Piece Folder has a flat bottom with two short flaps forming the sides at each end and two longer, wider gaps that form the front, back and top of the box. The wider flaps either meet or overlap on the top, depending on the depth of the contents.


The four panels of a Bookfold are usually scored (creased) at multiple depths. One-Piece Folders are used to package shallow depth items such as books and pictures. Usually manufactured with white board.

Snap Bottom Containers with RSC Top

Available with tuck-in top or with RSC-style top flaps (shown). Also referred to as an “auto bottom” box. The bottom of the box snaps into place without tape for quick assembly. Best suited for light-weight products.

Full Telescope Design Carton (FTD)

A two-piece box with a separate lid that fits over a bottom tray.

One Piece Folder with Air Cell/End Buffers

One-Piece Folders also come with inner end folds that help better protect the product inside from damaged corners and sides.


Partitions or divides provide a separate cell for each item in a box. They are used primarily for glassware and other fragile articles.

Inner pieces can be made in an infinite variety of ways to separate or cushion products, to strengthen the box or to prevent product movement by filling voids. This may be simple rectangles, or scored, slotted, scored and slotted, or die cut shapes. Many of the common interior forms have been given International Fiberboard Case Code numbers. The carrier classifications provide specifications for some pieces used in the packing of glassware and other fragile articles.


Pads are plain shapes of corrugated or solid fiberboard. They can be used to fill the space between the inner flaps of an RSC, to completely cover the bottom or top of a box, or to separate layers of product. Vertically, they can be used to separate products.


Tubes are scored rectangles, folded and sometimes joined with tape to form a multisided structure open at both ends. When used as sleeves for individual items such as glassware, adjacent shell provide double protection.

Additional corrugated box shapes include:


• Display Cartons
• Tubes
• Pads
• Build-Ups
• Dividers
• Liners
• Self Erecting Six Corner Trays
• Auto-Bottom Boxes

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