Paper Cushioning Techniques

Tips on how to use Protega paper effectively to minimise breakages and minimise costs

Paper cushioning is a fantastic packing material. This page will show you the best techniques to apply for different applications.

The key to using paper cushioning correctly is to use techniques that balance protection and efficiencies in material use.


Please see examples below.

Montage of paper machine and packaing examples


Coiling Protega paper to create a robust cushion


The purpose of cushioning is to form a protective void fill to the shape of the product. A coil shape can be used to do this, which creates the most effective protective cushion.




A long length of cushion is used to create a large coil which is tightly fitted into the cardboard box. The item is then depressed with reasonable force in the centre, creating a mould of the product. The same method can be repeated for the top layer.




Ideal for heavier items that would otherwise pose a problem without bespoke moulded packaging, yet maintaining suitable protection.

Coiling paper cushioning is one way of making sure that your goods arrive intact. the main advantage of this technique.

Protega Paper coil montage



Block and Brace to minimise paper use



The block and brace technique is used to ensure that a product is kept in place during transit without using total fill.




In this example, small folded cushions offer tight lateral support to keep the item firmly in place.


Take a length of Protega paper cushion and roll it up tightly, and use this to wedge products into position within the box.

Protega block and brace montage



This technique can allow the packing operative the versatility to pack unconventionally shaped items.


The Protega Protect machine produces paper cushioning which retains structural rigidity even over long periods of time, and this structural strength keeps your goods in the correct position for the journey ahead and also leaves the end user with a minimum amount of packaging which can be easily recycled.

Protega block and brace montage 2


Crossing method to enable fast and effective packing



Crossing lengths of cushioned paper can be an effective way of packing multiple products safely in a carton.

Protega Paper cushioning crossing method montage



Multiple items in a carton which are loose can be the main reason that items arrive at their final destination damaged, the crossing technique is a great way to prevent this occurring.


Two same length pack cushions are criss-crossed centrally over the outer carton. the product is gently pushed down into the box, automatically creating all-over wrap.


Excess material allows for for top covering. Once the goods have been safely packaged, make sure that there is a slight resistance when closing the carton flaps and sealing as this will allow the correct pressure to keep the items in place.

Protega crossing montage 2



A quick an efficient way of providing comprehensive product protection for one item packages.



Twisting to give a very strong paper pad



Twisting paper cushioning can be an effective way of making sure that your product is snugly positioned with the correct pressure inside of your package.




Estimate the length of cushioning paper that you require and twist it, then push it into place.




This technique can be used to create a protective barrier between a product and the inner wall of the box. This technique is great for adding a finishing touch to your packaging and is mainly used as an addition to other techniques.