If you are thinking about purchasing a parcel box for your home this year, you are far from alone. Due to the major changes in consumer shopping behaviour, in other words the fact that we are now shopping much more online than in physical stores, the sale of parcel boxes has soared in the last 12 months, and this trend doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon.
Offering households a safe and straightforward way to receive their purchases, the parcel box provides a means of contactless delivery that is highly sought after in today’s challenging times. That being said, with so many different varieties of parcel drop boxes on the market, each promising to offer the ultimate experience, how do you choose which one is best for you and your family’s needs?
If this is a dilemma you are currently facing, keep reading to find out exactly how to pick the perfect parcel box for your home in 2021.
From the level of security that your deliveries need, the size required to accommodate your parcels, to the different designs on offer, we’ll tell you everything you need to consider before investing in a parcel box for your home.
Plus, you’ll find out what makes our parcel boxes stand out from the rest!
What is a parcel box?
Just in case you don’t already know, let’s tell you that a parcel box is essentially a dropbox for your post, or more specifically, your parcels. You can also check out our letterboxes that are designed to keep your letters safe and secure.
Parcel boxes are uniquely designed so that once a parcel has been dropped into them, only the person or persons with a key (or in possession of the correct combination) can retrieve them.
Most households choose to place their parcel box near their front door, where it is easily visible to both postmen and delivery men. Although, you can choose to place it wherever you want on the exterior of your home, or even in your backyard. This will however mean your delivery man might need to hunt for it.
A good quality parcel box, such as the ones we have created here at iLoveParcels, should be made out of strong metals to ensure both durability and security.
How do I choose the right parcel box for my home?
When choosing a parcel dropbox for your home, there are several elements that you need to consider if you want to ensure you pick the right box for your delivery needs.
How much security you need
If up until now you have been relying on your delivery man hiding your packages behind your bins, then it is probably safe to say that security is not that high on your list of priorities when it comes to your parcels.
That being said though, if you are becoming increasingly concerned about parcel theft, which is in fact on the rise, you might be ready to invest in a safer system.
A good quality parcel box should be made of strong metal to ensure that no one can break into it or smash it to pieces. It should also be securable to your home, whether that is a wall-mounted letterbox or one that sits on the floor so that it cannot be just torn off.
Finally, the best parcel boxes will also feature an anti-theft mechanism which means that once someone has placed a package in your box, it isn’t reachable by anyone other than the person in possession of the key or the right combination for the lock.
What size box you need
Another crucial factor in your decision-making process is size. Parcel boxes come in many different sizes, and you need to make sure you pick the right one for you. As a general rule, the easiest way to choose the right size parcel box is determining the size of the packages you receive most frequently.
If you are thinking, “shouldn’t I choose a parcel box to accommodate my largest deliveries,” then you may want to consider this example: you wouldn’t buy a huge, double oven simply so that you could comfortably cook a meal for ten people that you may only prepare once a year. Instead, the sensible choice would be to pick an oven that will accommodate the meals you cook for your family on a regular basis.
The same principle applies for choosing a parcel box. You should pick a size that reflects the deliveries you most often receive.
What kind of design do you like
There is no reason why you couldn’t choose a parcel box that is in keeping with the rest of the style of your home. In fact, you can find our parcel boxes in several different muted shades such as black, grey and green, that are likely to add to the aesthetics of your home.
Furthermore, if you want your parcel box to be a bit more original, you can always paint it yourself using a metal paint in whatever eye-catching colour you fancy. You may also want to label your parcel box, so that couriers know where to leave your parcels and packages.
What kinds of features do you need
As far as the features for your parcel box go, there are some that every parcel box needs in order to work effectively and others that you may find appealing as well. These include:
- Water- and weather-resistance: Living in the UK has many benefits, but sadly the weather is not one of them. Make sure you choose a parcel box that is both water- and weather-resistant, unless you want your packages to turn into mulch!
- Sustainability: If you are keen on doing your bit for the environment, you may want to choose a parcel box that is made of eco-friendly materials.
- Easy installation: Most parcel boxes require you to bolt them to the floor or the wall. To make your life easier, choose one that comes with simple instructions and a straightforward installation process. Ours certainly do!
- Multiple packages. Some parcel boxes do not have a drop chute and therefore only one package can be delivered throughout the day. If you want to be able to have multiple packages delivered, make sure you choose one with a drop chute and large storage compartment.
If you are interested in purchasing a parcel box for your home, please check out our shop section and find the perfect parcel box to suit your lifestyle and delivery needs.
Alternatively, if you have any questions about our parcel box range, please get in touch with a member of our knowledgeable and experienced team.