All Around Moving

Finding the Right Box

Many moving companies base quotes on volume, because by knowing how much space your belongings will take determines what type of truck will be used for your move. Even if you’ll be doing the move yourself, having an idea of how much¨volume¨you have can also give you an idea of how big of a truck to rent.

Here are the sizes and volumes (cu.ft) to them. If you would like to know the cubic feet of your couch, simply measure height, length and depth in inches, convert them into feet, multiply all three, and it will give you the answer.

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Small Boxes (18″ x 12″ x 12″ = 1.5 cu. ft)

Small and mighty, these boxes are great for books, DVDs, video game consoles, cleaning supplies, magazines, tools, and nick-knacks.

Medium Boxes (18″ x 18″ x 16″ = 3.0 cu. ft)

This box ideal for books, photo albums and toys. Absolutely perfect for kitchenware and collectibles.

Large Boxes  (18″ x 18″ x 24″ = 4.5 cu. ft)

These are the big boys, excellent for the lighter and awkward sized stuff like pillows, blankets, towels, larger dishes, and even lamps.

Dish Box (18″ x 18″ x 27″= 5 cu. ft)

Best used for china, glassware and other fragile items. Double-walled box.

Wardrobe Box (24″ x 21″ x 46″ = 13 cu. ft)

Perfectly made for packing your clothes since it has a bar at the top for hanging your clothes.

(Use the bottom for packing shoes, loose items such as belts, ties, etc…)

Here’s a handy Moving Box Chart to give you an idea of how many boxes more or less you’ll be needing before your big day. Remember, start packing early, don’t leave any packing until the last minute.

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