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Pricy but highly useful boxes
on September 18, 2013
These SmoothMove Wardrobe Boxes are incredibly useful tools to have for your move and their functionality probably justifies their the price.
For starters, these boxes are pretty huge and you'll need some space to unfold them, fold them properly, and tape them up. I didn't realize this until I already had a room filled with boxes before I decided to tackle my closet. I was forced to assemble these boxes in a different room first. There is a single, post-it sized sheet of instructions on how to sort of assemble the box, but it has possibly the worst picture/diagram I've ever seen on how to slide the metal bar into place. It's made from like a Xerox copy of a Xerox copy, of a dot matrix printed image. All things aside, it's not difficult to figure how to put these boxes together and start loading clothes. If you have clothes on wire hangers, you can cram quite a bit in there. If you have thicker plastic hangers, you'll squeeze fewer items per rack. To get an idea of what you can fit in the box, smush about 20-22 linear inches of shirts on hangers together and you'll get an idea how much each box can comfortably hold.
The cardboard is durable enough, but I did notice that if you overload a box and really weigh it down with heavy jackets or sweatshirts, it'll take it's toll on the cardboard where the metal bar hooks on the sides. If you want these expensive boxes to last, I recommend loading them up, and then then perhaps taking 2-5 items out to loosen the load on each bar/box. The metal bar is solid and I don't think it will bend unless you really punish it, however, it has a cheap coating to it that I can see flaking off over time. Especially when metal hangers are sliding around on the metal bars during the move. Those metal coating flakes will fall onto your clothes. I didn't see that scenario happen during my one move, but again, over time it looks like a possibility. The other thing I'll mention is that I wear tall sizes and the box isn't tall enough for a lot of my clothes. They still "fit," but they clump and fold up and get wrinkly at the bottom of the box. Not a deal breaker by any means, but don't expect to put a shirt and suit in there, move, and be able to wear it the next day without a good ironing session.
Overall, these boxes were game changers for my recent move. If you can stomach the price, I think you'll find them highly useful.