Before you pack up your house for a move, you’ll need to reserve a moving truck. Moving trucks come in a variety of sizes, so it’s crucial to choose the right one for a safe and efficient move. Scratching your head wondering, “How big of a moving truck do I need?” We can help you figure it out.
We have 2 methods* to calculate your moving truck size: By cubic feet or number of bedrooms. And although professional movers will calculate the size for you, you may want to double-check to make sure you don’t overpay.
*Note: Both methods are estimates.
Method 1: Calculate Size by Number of Rooms
This is the easiest way to determine your moving truck size (moving truck companies use this method). Here are the general estimates of rooms per size of truck:
- Cargo Van (400 cubic feet): 1 room, studio apartment
- 10-12 Foot Truck (450 cubic feet): 1-2 rooms
- 15-17 Foot Truck (800 cubic feet): 2-3 rooms
- 20-22 Foot Truck (1200 cubic feet): 3-5 rooms
- 26 Foot Truck (1700 cubic feet): 5-7 rooms
Method 2: Calculate Size by Cubic Feet
This method is helpful if you want to double-check a professional movers’ estimate or if you have more furniture than the average person. It’s best to make a list of the items you’re moving and add them up with a calculator. A general rule of thumb: Fully furnished rooms use about 150-250 cubic feet of space.
Here’s a guide to the number of rooms per cubic feet of space:
- 400 cubic feet: 1 room, studio apartment
- 450 cubic feet: 1-2 rooms
- 800 cubic feet: 2-3 rooms
- 1200 cubic feet: 3-5 rooms
- 1700 cubic feet: 5-7 rooms
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