How Many Moving Boxes Will You Need For Your Move?

Discover Ways to make Your Move EasierWhen you are planning a move, knowing the right amount of boxes to obtain can be a real challenge. You have to make sure you have enough so that you don’t leave anything unpacked, but you don’t want to have the burden of having piles of leftover packing materials either. Determining the right amount of boxes can be a challenge, but these tips will help you narrow it down.

Essential Tips For Packing

One important thing to realize about packing is that different sized boxes can serve a different purpose. In general, you want to keep your boxes weight to roughly 40Lb. Having much more than that can weaken the box and cause damages to the contents.

Small boxes should be filled with items like books, CDs, and DVDs. Those items don’t weigh a whole lot on their own, but by the time you have packed up a cubic foot or so into a box, it should weigh about 40 pounds. Larger boxes should be filled with bulkier items that don’t weigh as much, such as clothing, towels, linens, blankets, or lamp shades.

A common mistake is to only choose larger boxes, and then filling them with whatever items you have throughout the house. We’ve seen large boxes filled with books exceed 150 pounds, and the boxes just aren’t made to withstand that much weight. They wind up bending and buckling under the weight, and many of the books wind up with damages like bent spines and creasing.

Talk To Your Movers

This is an important step for any move, but you should really consult with your moving company. Oftentimes, accurate estimates can be given by phone, as long as you are providing enough details about your packing needs. Unusual items might require special packing materials, so make sure to mention anything fragile, or unusual in size or shape.

If your packing needs are a bit more complex, you can always request an in-house consultation. Having your movers on-site to see your packing needs for themselves can be a huge advantage.

Figure Out What You Think You Need

Open up all the closets, all the cabinets, all the dressers and drawers, and really get a good idea of everything that you will need to pack. Try to visualize how your items may fill boxes as you go along. Keep a running list going with different box sizes, and you can note any items that you have concerns with.

Add A Buffer

Most moving companies will allow you to over-stock for your packing needs, and then buy back what you don’t need. Whatever you think you might need, it is always a good idea to order just a little bit extra, as long as you will be able to return it to your movers. It’s better to have some left over boxes than some left over packing to do.

What Moving Supplies Do You Really Need?

If you choose to hire a moving company for your move, you may be offered a number of moving supplies. Some of them could be useful for you, and some may not be necessary. Today’s blog will help you decide which moving supplies you will need for your move.

Wardrobe Boxes

Wardrobe boxes are designed to have clothes hanging on them, just like in a closet. If you have a good amount of clothes hanging on hangers, you should consider wardrobe boxes. Most companies allow you to rent them, so you don’t have to worry about what to do with the large boxes after the move. They are not good for clothes that is folded up in drawers.

Alternatives: Medium to Large boxes, plastic bags/trash bags (more likely to wrinkle your clothing).

Dish Barrels

Dish barrels are large boxes that are reinforced to be able to hold and protect a heavy assortment of dishware. Items are usually wrapped in newsprint/packing paper and sometimes cardboard dividers are used to separate glasses. If you have a good amount of ceramic or glass dishware, we think this is the best way to pack those items. Plastic and other durable materials can be packed into smaller boxes.

Alternatives: While some people do choose to put glasses and other dishware into small book boxes, we still recommend using dish barrels. They are reinforced to hold more weight and are more than twice as thick as a typical book box (or wine box, etc). 

Bubble Wrap

For packing delicate items, such as crystalware, framed art or photos, and other delicates, bubble wrap is usually the best method. Some less fragile items could be safely wrapped in towels and other linens, but for the most fragile and delicate (and valuable) pieces, we highly recommend using bubble wrap.

Book Boxes/Small Boxes

A standard book box is about 1.5 cubic feet. It is small enough that you can fill it with books, CDs, DVDs, or other items that can be packed together safely but can accumulate a significant amount of weight.

Alternatives: While larger boxes should be reserved for only lighter, bulkier items, we have found banker boxes as well as beer and wine boxes can be good replacements for book boxes.

Medium-XL Boxes

Larger boxes are used for lighter but larger items, which could include blankets/linens, pillows, lamp shades, board games, and more. Depending on what exactly is being moved, some people have found other methods of packing these items.

Alternatives: For linens/blankets – trash bags or other large plastic bags. Suitcases, laundry bags, hampers, crates, plastic bins/totes.