a flat box

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A lot of cheaper furniture nowadays comes in pieces inside a flat box for you to build yourself.
What does 'a flat box' mean?
  • Cenzontle

    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    Every box has three dimensions. A flat box has one dimension that is much shorter than the other two. Good picture, Glen!


    Senior Member
    USA, English
    A box more or less like this:

    To expand on Glen's post, it is a box which has a length and width that are relatively large compared to the depth. In Glen's illustration the depth is quite shallow. The furniture is made of flat panels that when unassembled have dimensions that are fairly large in the length and width, but shallow in the depth.

    Here is a desk coming off the packaging line in a flat box:

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