How To Select The Right Mailbox For Your House

Choosing the right mailbox for your house can be a daunting task if you don’t know what type of residential mailbox you need or want.

Picking The Perfect Mailbox For Your House…


The most popular type of mailbox is the post mounted box. Post mounted mailboxes are available as sets (with mailbox and post) or individually. Box designs range from very basic to sophisticate depending on the owner’s preference.

The majority of the boxes can be mounted on a typical 4×4 inch post positioned by the curb in front of your home. However, be careful and read the installation instructions because some specialty or novelty mailboxes may require additional hardware for installation

Standard post mounted mailboxes are either solid black or white mounted on a single 4×4 inch post. Most boxes are available in standard size (T1), large (T2), and extra large (T3). While these are functional, they are not aesthetically pleasing. These boxes can easily be dressed up by adding a garden or mailbox cover.

When selecting mailbox post or stand, choose one based on color, material and style to match your box. Just remember, many posts require digging a hole and adding concrete. The easiest to install are “drive-in” posts which do not require digging or concrete. Also, make sure the post you selected includes the mounting hardware for the box or else you’ll be making another trip back to the hardware store!

Types and Styles of Mailboxes

Mailbox sets include the mailbox and mounting post. Many of these require some type of assembly. Many unique and elegantly designed box and post sets are available on the market today.

Novelty mailboxes are the type that add drama and excitement to a yard. Many novelty boxes are custom boxes made from the standard rounded top variety. Some boxes are shaped to resemble dogs, cats, horses, cows, flamingos, mermaids, chickens, fire trucks, alligators, hammers, and even college team mascots.

There are literally thousands of different styles of novelty boxes. If you can’t find the “perfect” mailbox for your yard, then many companies will create a custom box to meet your specific needs.

Wall mounted mail boxes are available in numerous shapes, sizes and styles. A wall mounted box is generally installed by the front entry door of your home. Installing these boxes may require the use of mounting screws, a drill and anchors. These can be mounted horizontally or vertically. Wall mounted boxes are available in styles ranging from Victorian to modern.

Wall mounted mailboxes can be manufactured from highly durable plastics, galvanized metals or steel. Some boxes are of the standard rectangle variety but many are beautifully decorated with distinctive styles. For the contemporary home, Rittenhouse makes an elegantly sweeping Monet mailbox. With its sleek design and clean lines, it’s the perfect extension for the contemporary lifestyle.

Many designs and manufacturers offer mailbox accessories for your box. Such features include newspaper holders, metal signs or plates displaying the home address and residence name, and outgoing mail flags.

For extra security, most mailboxes are available with a locking mechanism. A lock will help prevent mail theft. Locks are especially important when the homeowner is away for several days and unable to retrieve the mail.

There are many ways to spruce up an ordinary mailbox. A fun way to decorate a plain style mailbox is with a mailbox cover. Covers are versatile and can be easily changed depending on the season. Most are designed to fit a standard six inch wide mailbox.

Another unique way to add character to your box is with a topper. Toppers mount easily on the top of the mailbox with screws and are available in a variety of styles from golfing to fishing.

You can purchase many of these mailboxes online from reputable merchants. Be weary of purchasing an inexpensive mailbox. Many metal boxes rust and will require replacing in only a few years. Spending a little extra money and purchasing a long lasting quality box will save you a huge headache in the long run.

Your personal style speaks volumes about who you are so it’s just natural that your style should reflect in the mailbox you choose. Choosing a mailbox is an important part of owning a home. Select one that reflects your personality and one that makes a unique statement about your personal style.