Perhaps the most common type of rigid box available, the Shoe-box style is extremely versatile and can be used for many applications.
The Classic style:
A deep tray with a shallow lid that telescopes snugly over the rim for a secure fit.
The Perfect Edge style:
Similar to the classic style but has a full depth lid which completely covers the base tray, so that the bottom of the lid is flush with the bottom of the base; i.e. hence the name ‘Perfect Edge’.
The Shoulder Box has a slightly smaller tray (called the ‘neck’) glued inside the base to form a ‘shoulder’ which slots into the lid. This gives a completely flush join between base and lid – an ideal choice for designs where graphics or typography need to wrap seamlessly around the box.
The Exposed Shoulder option:
Sometimes a taller neck tray is used to prevent the base and lid from meeting – this is called an ‘exposed shoulder’ and offers an opportunity for a contrasting colour or printed graphics to be seen, for added visual interest and supreme ease of opening.
This is a hinged box where the spine panel is glued to the base tray. The tray is usually smaller than the base and lid, leaving a small overhang when the cover is closed and giving the appearance of a hardback book. They are often combined with board or foam inserts to keep the contents secure while allowing them to be seen when the lid is opened.
The heritage feel of these boxes makes them ideal for the presentation of spirits or deluxe gift sets for the connoisseur.
Also a hinged box, but with the Clam-shell style the lid is hinged to the base with a crease scored spine panel. The standard version has a lid that is slightly larger than the base to ensure it nests perfectly inside when the box is closed.
Alternatively, the Shoulder Box style can be incorporated to create a more luxury version of the Clam-shell box, as pictured.
Comprising a tray that inserts fully into a matching sleeve, the Drawer Box offers a smooth, sliding action to reveal the contents within. It can be combined with a ribbon loop or a ‘V’-notch on the tray for ease of opening.
The Fold-flat or ‘Collapsible’ Rigid Box is a practical alternative to the hinged Book or Clam-shell styles, in that they are supplied flat-packed to save storage space as well as freight costs. These boxes are assembled easily with a quick ‘pop-up’ action. ‘Peel-and-seal’ adhesive areas are provided to glue the box into its final position.