What is the Book Box Size?

Book Box Size

If you’re planning on moving homes in the near future, you need to make sure you have all the right moving boxes. You can choose the largest moving boxes available to you, but ideally, you should get boxes for specific items. For instance, all of your books should go in a specially-made book box.

The standard book box measures 12 × 12 × 12 inches and has a holding capacity of 65 pounds.

In this guide, I’ll explain what a book box is in more detail, what sizes they come in, and how to choose the best box for your books.

What Is a Book Box?

What Is a Book Box

A book box is exactly as its name suggests: it’s a moving box that’s designed to hold all of your books.

Book boxes are designed to ship numerous small, heavy items. They’re large enough to hold a high number of books while also being somewhat compact so that they don’t take up too much space in your trunk or moving truck.

Like any moving box, book boxes usually come in a single piece of corrugated cardboard. You will need to fold the flaps and tape them shut in order to store your belongings inside them. In addition, book boxes are reusable, so when you’re done moving homes, you can turn an old book box into a gift box or hold old clothes to donate to charity.

There are also specialty book boxes that are used exclusively for housing and protecting books and comics. They’re usually made of plastic or wood and may have a protective finish made of fabric. These types of book boxes are usually reserved for high-value works that require additional protection from dust and the elements.

Book Box Size

Book boxes come in a wide variety of sizes, but the typical size, at least based on U-HAUL’s standards, is 12 inches wide, 12 inches deep, and 12 inches tall. With these figures, we can determine that a standard book box can hold up to 1,728 cubic inches or precisely 1 cubic foot of books and other items.

If you take a look at other moving box brands, you’ll find that these boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most popular book box brands and dimensions.

Book Box Brands Dimensions Volume
Bakers Box 10 × 12 × 15 in. 1.04 cu. ft.
Amazon Basics 15 × 10 × 12 in. 1.04 cu. ft.
HORLIMER 11 × 8 × 2 in. 0.1 cu. ft.
YNSZAS 15.8 × 7.8 × 11.8 in. 0.8 cu. ft.
Weede 7.65 × 11.25 × 15.5 in. 0.8 cu. ft.
UNMOONY 16 × 8.5 × 12 in. 0.9 cu. ft.
UBoxes 16 × 10 × 10 in. 0.9 cu. ft.
BALEINE 27 × 15 × 14 in. 3.3 cu. ft.
SAI Premium 10 × 7 × 5 in. 0.2 cu. ft.
Peohud 12 × 9 × 4 in. 0.3 cu. ft.
SpaceAid 29 × 14 × 13 in. 3.3 cu. ft.

And the list can go on almost indefinitely.

How to Choose the Right Book Box

How to Choose the Right Book Box

As you can see from the table above, book boxes come in a wide variety of sizes. The only question is, which size should you get for your books?

Unfortunately, bigger is not always better, especially when you’re working with only so many books and limited storage space in your car’s trunk or moving truck. So, use this guide to figure out what book box size you need.

1. Book shape and size

It goes without saying that the box should be large enough to house the largest books you have. So, look at your book collection and carefully measure its height. Use that as a guide when searching for book box sizes.

2. Box weight capacity

Normally, a bigger box will hold more books and should have a higher weight capacity rating than its smaller counterparts. However, this isn’t always the case, as even some of the largest book boxes may not be made of the same premium material as smaller ones from reputable brands.

3. Travel distance

If you’re only moving across the street, then you can get a book box that’s the exact size as your books. After all, there won’t be a ton of bumps or turbulence if you’re just crossing the road to your new apartment.

On the other hand, if you’re traveling across the country or to a different country entirely, you should look for a book box that’s at least 1 inch larger than your largest book. That way, you can line the inside with bubble wrap and/or packing peanuts to give your literature an additional layer of protection.

4. Moving companions

Last but not least, how many sets of hands are going to help you move? If you’re working as a one-man army, it’s easier to move more smaller boxes than it is fewer large ones. On the other hand, if you can convince someone to tag along with you, you can use teamwork to lift large, heavy book boxes together.

What Is a Book Subscription Box?

The phrase “book box” is used for more than just moving boxes. It can also refer to a specific type of subscription service where customers receive a box full of books periodically. Usually, a book subscription box will contain around a dozen books of the same or similar genres.

Book subscription boxes are intended to help children learn how to read by providing them with fresh reading materials every so often. Parents know how quickly children become bored by reading the same books over and over again, and this service solves that problem without having to pay a visit to the nearest bookstore.

How Big Is a Book Subscription Box?

The size of a book subscription box varies from brand to brand. Typically, these boxes will range from 12 × 10 × 5 inches to 14 × 12 × 7 inches, depending on how many books are included in the box.


Baron Cooke has been writing and editing for 7 years. He grew up with an aptitude for geometry, statistics, and dimensions. He has a BA in construction management and also has studied civil infrastructure, engineering, and measurements. He is the head writer of measuringknowhow.com

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