Box Styles for Custom Folding Cartons

We can help you design custom paper boxes that best meet your needs. Listed below are just a few of the most frequently used box styles that we can manufacture. If you don't see the folding carton style that you're looking for, please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Listed below are the following general types of box styles:

Four Panel Style Boxes

Four Panel style custom boxes often include end closure panels and flaps which are fastened in a variety of ways to create tuck end, seal end, or lock end closure devices.

Reverse Tuck End (RTE)

In the RTE box, the top closure hinges off the front panel and tucks to the rear, while the bottom closure hinges off the rear and tucks to the front. This style is preferred for custom cosmetic boxes since it presents a more finished appearance and better graphic design opportunities. It is also used for custom food boxes, custom medical boxes, custom pharmaceutical packaging boxes, custom retail boxes, custom software boxes, and custom toy boxes.

*In addition, we are capable of producing an insert, divider, or partition for your custom box, which is essentially a separate or attached piece of paperboard which is not an integral part of a folding carton but is used to separate, hold or protect the contents in a certain position.





Straight Tuck End (STE)

In the STE box, the top and bottom closure panels tuck from the rear to the front or from the front to the rear. It is particularly well suited for products requiring a paper box with a window in the front display panel. The STE is used in most categories, including custom beverage boxes, custom cosmetic boxes, custom food boxes, custom medical boxes, custom pharmaceutical packaging boxes, custom retail boxes, custom software boxes, and custom toy boxes.

*In addition, we are capable of producing an insert, divider, or partition for your custom box, which is essentially a separate or attached piece of paperboard which is not an integral part of a folding carton but is used to separate, hold or protect the contents in a certain position.





Straight Tuck End (STE) with Hang Tab

The STE with Hang Tab box is used for small, light products. It is an ideal point of purchase display to be placed on a peg. This box is often used for custom cosmetic boxes, custom medical boxes, and custom retail boxes.












Straight Tuck End (STE) with Side Hang Tab

The STE with Side Hang Tab box is a common way of developing a header panel or hang card. It can be oriented with the header card up or to the side. Common uses for this box include custom cosmetic boxes, custom medical boxes, and custom retail boxes.










Seal End

The Seal End box is typically erected, filled and closed by packaging equipment. It is often used for custom food boxes, custom medical boxes, and custom retail boxes.













Tuck Top Snap Lock Bottom (TTSLB)

The TTSLB box is used almost exclusively as a bottom closure, generally in combination with a tuck top closure. This is a hand erected and closed style. The TTSLB is used in most categories, including custom cosmetic boxes, custom food boxes, custom medical boxes, custom pharmaceutical packaging boxes, custom retail boxes, custom software boxes, and custom toy boxes.

*In addition, we are capable of producing an insert, divider, or partition for your custom box, which is essentially a separate or attached piece of paperboard which is not an integral part of a folding carton but is used to separate, hold or protect the contents in a certain position.




Tuck Top Auto Bottom (TTAB)

The TTAB box is glued on the bottom by the custom folding cartons manufacturer. The glued bottom allows the box to support heavier products. The TTAB has many uses, including custom beverage boxes, custom food boxes, custom medical boxes, custom pharmaceutical packaging boxes, custom retail boxes, custom software boxes, and custom toy boxes.










Sleeve

A Sleeve is frequently used as a slip on cover over a tray or directly on the product. It is a low cost packaging solution which allows the product to be viewed from the sides or from the top and bottom. Sleeves are commonly used for custom food boxes, custom medical boxes, custom retail boxes, and custom software boxes.











Gable Top with Auto Bottom

The Gable Top with Auto Bottom is a hand set up, loaded and closed box with its primary use in custom food boxes (fast food industry) and custom cosmetic boxes. It is quick and easy to erect and close, plus it has a convenient carrying handle. Its style attracts a lot of attention.











Bag Box with Auto Bottom

The Bag Box with Auto Bottom is glued on the bottom by the custom folding cartons manufacturer and allows for quick loading. It is primarily used for custom cosmetic boxes and custom food boxes.





Tray Style Boxes

Many Tray Style custom boxes also include covers or lid components hinge-connected to one or more of the upper edges of the side or end panels.

Four Corner Beers Tray (1 or 2 pieces)

The Four Corner Beers Tray is shipped flat to the customer and typically set up and loaded by hand. A top and bottom Four Corners Beers Tray is commonly used for custom medical boxes, custom retail boxes (for apparel), and custom toy boxes.












Four Corner Beers Tray with Lid

The Four Corner Beers Tray with Lid is typically set up, loaded and closed by hand. It is suitable for a broad range of relatively light products and is commonly used for custom food boxes (custom bakery boxes) and custom medical boxes.











Six Corner Beers Tray

The Six Corner Beers Tray is shipped flat to the customer and is typically set up and loaded by hand. It is commonly used for custom food boxes and custom medical boxes.













Roll End Tray

The Roll End Tray is typically erected and locked by hand; no gluing is necessary. It can also be made with a connected lid. It is easily assembled and quick to load. The Roll End Tray is commonly used for custom food boxes, custom medical boxes and custom pharmaceutical packaging boxes).











Double Glue Side Wall (Simplex Tray)

The sidewalls of the Simplex Tray are glued by machine, shipped flat to the customer, and then hand erected. It can also come with a lid, either connected or separate. The Simplex Tray is commonly used for custom food boxes, custom medical boxes, and custom retail boxes (for apparel).










Frame-Vue Tray

The two longer sidewalls of the Frame-Vue Tray are typically folded and glued by the custom folding cartons manufacturer. It can come with a connected lid. The customer generally assembles it by hand. This box is used primarily to distinguish premium products from those of average quality and price. It is generally used for custom cosmetic boxes, custom food boxes, and custom retail boxes.

 

Other Box Styles

Additional box styles commonly used for custom paper boxes are listed below.





Pillow Box

Pillow Box

A pillow box is a unique shape and is used for custom cosmetic boxes, custom food boxes (custom candy boxes), and custom retail boxes.












Display Box

A Display Box is designed to provide a point-of-purchase unit for holding a number of individual packages or products. It does not need to be glued. The retailer simply opens the top of the box and folds the lid back for easy advertising. Custom display boxes are commonly used for custom cosmetic boxes, custom food boxes, custom medical boxes, custom pharmaceutical packaging boxes, custom retail boxes, and custom toy boxes.








Dispenser Box

A Dispenser Box is typically placed at the retail checkout counter or near the cash register to stimulate impulse sales. It is typically used for custom food boxes, custom medical boxes, custom pharmaceutical packaging boxes, and custom retail boxes.











Book Style Box

With printing inside and out, the Book Style Box allows for plenty of room for text and graphics. It is generally used for custom cosmetic boxes, custom medical boxes, and custom software boxes.











Hexagon

In the Hexagon box, all six sides are the same dimension, however it is frequently produced with the front and rear panels greater in length than the left and right side panels. Either way, it folds flat. Hexagon boxes are primarily used for custom cosmetic boxes, custom food boxes, custom retail boxes (for apparel), and custom toy boxes.



Octagon

The front, rear, left and right side panels are the same dimension in the Octagon box and the remaining four panels are a smaller dimension. It may also be produced with all eight sides of the same dimension or two larger than the other six. All three variations fold flat. Octagon boxes are used most often for custom cosmetic boxes, custom food boxes, custom retail boxes (for apparel), and custom toy boxes.



Straight Tuck End (STE) Connected to a Header Card

The STE Connected to a Header Card allows for more advertising on the header card. It is mainly used for custom cosmetic boxes.














Counter Top Easel

Counter Top Easels are generally used for in-store advertising and sometimes have the product installed on the easel itself, with slits or holes that allow the product to be attached. Counter Top Easels are generally used for custom beverage boxes, custom cosmetic boxes, custom food boxes, custom medical boxes, and custom retail boxes.




Edge Locked Sleeve

The Edge Locked Sleeve is generally used for custom food boxes and is used to hold one or more plastic containers.




In addition, we are capable of producing an insert, divider, or partition for your custom box, which is essentially a separate or attached piece of paperboard which is not an integral part of a folding carton but is used to separate, hold or protect the contents in a certain position.

 

How to Measure a Folding Carton

When requesting a quote for your folding carton, it is important to be able to provide accurate measurements.  There are three dimensions to the basic folding carton:  Length (L), Width (W), and Height (H).  In written form, the dimensions should appear in that order (L x W x H).

  • LENGTH (L) refers to the front panel dimension from left to right.
  • WIDTH (W) is the second panel dimension from the front of the box to the back of the box.
  • HEIGHT (H) is the distance between the two open ends of a carton, or from the top of the box to the bottom of the box.