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Five Common Mistakes Made When Using Cardboard Tubes

If you’re in the business of mailing prints, maps, posters or other documents, cardboard tubes can be the most durable and convenient packaging solution.


Mistakes can – and do – happen, however, leading to damaged products and, potentially, to damaged business reputations as well. So what are the common mistakes you should avoid to ensure that all of the items you ship are received in the state you intended?

Wrong-Sized Tubes

Using the wrong-sized cardboard tubes can lead to damage to the products. Too small and items will be squashed, whilst too large tubes without adequate packaging will move around in transit. Choosing a tube that is too narrow may also force you to roll items too tightly.

Thin or Low-Quality Cardboard Tubes

It may not be cost-effective to choose low-quality or excessively thin cardboard tubes, as the money you save on the cost of buying the packaging and shipping items will often be overshadowed if you start having to replace damaged items.

Whilst budgets are normally a consideration when choosing packaging materials, it is important to balance cost with performance to ensure that your parcels and tubes can withstand the rigours of your chosen shipping method.

Thick-walled tubes can offer heavy-duty protection during transit, preventing everything from crushing problems to water damage.

Sealing Failures

The plastic caps that come with most cardboard tubes are designed to fit safely and securely, but they will only function properly if they are fixed in correctly. Tape applied around the whole circumference of each cap to fix it completely to the cardboard tube, and more strips across the cap, can ensure that the contents of the tubes are totally secure.

Lack of Additional Packaging

Properly protected products may involve more than just the use of a cardboard tube. Screen prints, for example, may need to be wrapped in acid-free paper to prevent scuffing, whilst additional padding can be used to protect particularly sensitive items.

Extra padding can also ensure the perfect fit for any item within the tube. A cushioned layer created at the bottom and top of the tube, for example, will prevent unnecessary movement and the damage that this can cause.

Cutting Corners

It can be tempting to try to save money when it comes to packing materials, but this can often prove to be false economy. Using old newspaper to fill gaps in the cardboard tubes, for example, can lead to damage to sensitive items and products being shipped without the optimum level of protection, putting both your products and your business’s reputation at risk.

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