Unitization is the packing of complex furniture items into cartons along with smaller items to create a rectangular shape. For example, a customer has a fragile, four-legged living room end table that is basically hollow inside. Rather than ship the table loose and risk damage to the legs, Arpin of RI suggests that the customer packs the table upside down into a large carton and fills in the space between the legs with throw pillows and other lightweight items from the living room. By unitizing the table into a carton, the risk to the table is virtually eliminated, the carton is easier to load on the truck, and a few cubic feet of the truck will be saved by essentially eliminating the volume of the table.