How Many Moving Boxes Do You Need?

Estimating how many moving boxes and supplies you need can be a challenge. On one hand, you don’t want to order too much and pay for stuff you don’t need. On the other hand, not you don’t want to be short a few boxes as moving day approaches. The best approach in my opinion is to start packing early so you have time to order more if necessary.

Moving kits will give you an idea of how many boxes and supplies you’ll need. You can purchase a kit based on the number of rooms you’re moving, then buy more boxes or supplies as needed. They can be customized as well.

Moving kits typically include 10-15 boxes per room. This is probably about right for most households, though could be a bit excessive in some cases. But, you’ll also want to have around 8-10 additional boxes for packing last minute items, such as shower curtains, towels, lamps, telephones, cleaning supplies, small appliances, and so on. I would also recommend having some extra boxes on hand just in case. I would rather have too many boxes than not enough on moving day.

Having an inventory of all your possessions can also really help you determine the number and size boxes needed. This moving box calculator and a chart are good resources as well.

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Box Sizes

Moving boxes come in various shapes and sizes to accommodate the wide range of possessions that we have today. The four basic sizes are small, medium, large, and x-large.

Small. This size is best for storing small, but heavy objects such as books. If you were to fill a medium or large box with books, it would be way to heavy to carry. DVD’s, CD’s, books, jewelry, kitchen utensils, files, silverware, canned goods also can be packed into small boxes.

Medium. Medium boxes are the most commonly used of all sizes, mainly because they’re not too big carry and can store a wide range of items. They’re well suited for kitchen items, such as dishes, bowls, pots, pans, and smaller appliances. Toys, clothing, electronics, as well as books and DVD’s can also be packed into medium moving boxes.

Large. Large boxes are used to store many of the same items that medium ones do: toys, clothing, and kitchen supplies. Other items include computer equipment, lamps, stereos, Christmas decorations, and blankets.

X-Large. X-large boxes are best for holding light, bulky items such as blankets, comforters, linens, towels, pillows, drapes, and cushions. They can also be used to storing electronics, clothing, board games, pictures, and small kitchen appliances. Heavy items will make these boxes too much to carry.

To get a good idea of what you need, look at the dimensions of the small, medium, and large boxes before you buy them. Figure out which size(s) would be best for what you own. For example, if you own a large collection of books, then you’ll need a lot of small moving boxes. If you have a lot of blankets and linens, then you may need a few x-large boxes. Because of their versatility, medium boxes are the best size overall.

New or Used?

Usedcardboardboxes sells used boxes that would have otherwise been thrown out or recycled. The prices are about the same as new ones sold at other stores, but it’s a more eco-friendly option. These boxes are lightly used and must pass a test before being sold, so quality is not an issue.

I’m all for used cardboard moving boxes as long as they’re still in good condition. Boxes with wear and tear are more susceptible to breaking down. No one wants their most valuable possessions to get damaged because their boxes weren’t strong enough.

In general, new boxes are a safer bet because they’re in perfect condition. However, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy used ones from a place like Usedcardboardboxes because of the standards they have in place.

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