What is a Rigid Box?

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In the world of packaging, one type stands out for its durability, and this is the rigid box. These boxes are associated with luxury and high-end products. They protect the contents inside the box and also provide a good unboxing experience. This type of packaging is favored across various industries, from high-end electronics to gourmet chocolates.

What is a rigid box?

Rigid boxes, also known as set-up boxes, are a special type of packaging made with thick paperboard or chipboard which makes them very sturdy. The material of these boxes is much thicker than the material used in folding cartons. Rigid stock is often covered with decorative paper, fabric, or other specialized materials, which can be printed with various designs to enhance the box’s aesthetic appeal.

How is a rigid box made?

  • Step 1 (Material Selection): First, choose the paperboard or chipboard material to create the core structure of the box.
  • Step 2 (Sizing and Folding): The paperboard is cut into the required shapes and sizes. These pieces are then assembled to form the basic frame or skeleton of the box.
  • Step 3 (Printing): The material can be printed with various designs and gets laminated. Additional embellishments like embossing, foil stamping, or spot UV coatings may also be applied to the wrapping paper.
  • Step 4 (Wrapping): Printed wrapping paper is wrapped around the box with glue, bringing the rigid box to life.

What are different types of rigid boxes?

  • Standard: Sturdy and simple, often used for general retail and gifts.
  • Telescopic: Two-piece box, the lid covers the base partially or fully.
  • Magnetic Closure: The magnetic box includes a magnetic lid for secure closure, adding a premium feel.
  • Hinged Lid: Lid is attached to the base, opens like a book.
  • Sleeve Style: Outer cover slips off to reveal the contents, sleek design.
  • Collapsible or Foldable: Folds flat for easy storage, assembles into a rigid structure when used.
  • Drawer Style: Pull-out drawer, often paired with a ribbon pull, luxurious presentation.
  • Shoulder and Neck: Distinctive design where the base and lid do not overlap, creating a ‘shoulder’.
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