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Box Thickness

A key component to creating the perfect box is the thickness of the card and paper. At Tiny Box Maker we measure this in microns - one micron is equal to one thousandth of a millimetre, so the higher the micron value the thicker the material. Our boxes go from 1250 microns (1.25mm), 1500 microns (1.5mm), to 2000 microns (2mm), and 3000 microns (3mm). The thickness of the board used is governed by the rigidity you require for the box and the contents that are going inside. 

1250 microns (1.25mm) - the minimum micron value used

1500 microns (1.5mm) - this value is considered depending on the box's contents

2000 microns (2mm) - this value is considered depending on the box's contents

3000 microns (3mm) - the value used for oversized boxes to support their contents


Why choose different box thicknesses?

One micron is equal to one thousandth of a millimetre, so the higher the micron value the thicker your packaging material will be. This will be particularly important to note when considering factors like strength and durability, as packaging with a higher micron value will be able to withstand greater pressure and provide better protection for the products inside.

Factors like sustainability will also play a role, as materials with a higher micron value may require more resources and energy to produce, and thicker materials can often be more challenging to recycle. Opting for lightweight materials with lower micron measurements can therefore help sustainability, and using recycled materials can also help by reducing the environmental impact associated with manufacturing new packaging materials. For more on eco-friendly packaging, and what Tiny Box Maker is doing to be more sustainable, check out our sustainability page here.



What's the difference between microns and GSM?

While microns measure the thickness of paper and card, GSM, or grams per square metre, refers to the weight of paper or card per square metre. Simply put, the higher the GSM value, the heavier the material. While there is no direct correlation between GSM and microns, the two are often linked as often a material with a higher GSM value will generally have a higher micron value too - find out more on GSM and microns on our blog post here.

 

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Do you need a simple rigid box and lid for a gift, postcard, or item of clothing? Or are you after a hinged box for a ring or bracelet? Or how about a tray and slip case for other jewellery items, or a shoulder box for corporate and retail gifts?

At Tiny Box Maker we offer a wide variety of box styles and will work with you to create whatever you need to help your products make the best first impression. All boxes, semi-bespoke and bespoke, can be tailored to you and your brand with foil, digital and litho printing available depending on your requirements. 


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