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Box Handles

Martha Stewart Living, September 2003

Make heavy lifting a little easier by creating handholds after taping shut moving or storage boxes. With a razor blade or utility knife, cut a 4-inch slit about 3 inches from the box top on shorter sides, then a 3-inch perpendicular slit down the center to create a T. Score along diagonals to form two triangles; fold these flaps inward.


Comments (7)

  • lindalalonde 4 Mar, 2012

    You must have very long hands to do this 3 inches from the top of the box! I'm with Cloud99 and would, before I packed the box, cut a "V" with the top 2 inches down and fold it up inside the box.

    To re-use the box without the handles, it's a simple matter to fold the "V" back down and tape it with packing tape.

    To avoid the creepy-crawlies, you could do the "V" cut but fold it outside the box while you're moving it and then tape it closed when it's in its new location.

  • Shegacha 2 Mar, 2012

    Great idea, I've needed handles so many times. When I tried to cut the handles it didn't fold them under like you guys describe to do. THANK YOU Great tip, I'll for sure try this with my next box!

  • pansy25 7 Jan, 2011

    I would much rather carry it by the smooth bottom of the box than have the thin edges of the heavy box digging into my hand. As Cheryllion pointed out, you now have holes in your boxes allowing creatures in and possibly things to fall out if there are small items packed. It also makes the box less re usable.

  • Cloud99 7 Jan, 2011

    It would make more sense,if you did want to do this, to cut a "v" and fold the flap up so you would have a smooth folded edge against which to place your hands and lift. I would do this with the box empty and pack accordingly.

  • JMvWH 7 Jan, 2011

    The first thing I thought. Well you have nice cut holes trough your books if you don't watch out!!!!
    Because I prefer a few heavy boxes in stead of a lot of light weight ones. I don't want to keep on walking up and down.

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  • Cheryllion 7 Jan, 2011

    All I think of when I see that is "Ooh! Spider holes!"