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Which Moving Boxes Will I Need? (+ Free Checklist)

Two common questions people have when preparing for a move are:

  • “How many moving boxes do I need for my move?” and
  • “Which moving boxes will I need?”

Before we get to those answers, it’s important to know the box sizes that are available and what they should contain.

Types of Moving Boxes:

  • Book Box:  12 x 12 x 12 inches (1 cubic foot)
    As the name implies, book-sized moving boxes are used to pack books and other small, heavy items like magazines and tools.
  • Small Box:  16-⅜ x 12-⅝ x 12-⅝ inches (1.5 cubic feet)
    Small sized moving boxes are used to pack small, dense, and heavy items such as books, magazines, vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, video game systems, tools, small appliances, sheet sets, vases, knick-knacks, and canned goods*.* NOTE:  If you will be using professional movers to help you with your move, don’t pack perishable items like canned goods or other food items.  Download our Do Not Pack List for a list of all the items professional movers cannot move.
  • Medium Box: 18-⅛ x 18 x 16 inches (3 cubic feet)
    Medium sized moving boxes are used to pack toasters, blenders, crock pots, pressure cookers, mixers and mixing bowls, coffee makers, food storage systems, dishes, utensils, clocks, toys, stereo systems, and other small household items.
  • Large Box:  18 x 18 x 24 inches (4.5 cubic feet)
    Large sized moving boxes are ideal for large, lightweight items like lampshades, stereo or home entertainment system speakers, board games, stuffed animals, towels and linens, afghans and blankets, pillows, and clothing.
  • Extra Large Box:  24 x 18 x 24 inches (6 cubic feet)
    Extra large sized moving boxes are ideal for very large, lightweight, bulky items such as comforters, large pillows, towels and linens, bulky seasonal clothing, large stuffed animals, and seasonal decorations.
  • Wardrobe Box:  20 x 19-¾ x 45-¾ inches (10 cubic feet)
    Wardrobe sized moving boxes make packing your closet items fast and easy.When using wardrobe boxes to pack closet items, first load the bottom of the wardrobe box with shoes, purses and clutches, pillows, comforters, blankets and other bed linens, or towels.  Then hang garments on hangers on the hanger bar.Wardrobe sized moving boxes can also be used to pack silk plants, lamps and lamp shades, and sporting equipment.
  • Dish Pack:  24-⅛ x 12 x 11 (1.85 cubic feet)
    This specialty box is made specifically for packing dishes and fits up to 8 place settings. It can also be used to pack collectibles and seasonal decorations.

Now that you know what sizes of boxes are available and what they should contain, you’re ready to select the moving boxes that are right for your move.

To help our customers, Good Time Moving & Storage has developed the following moving kits that include all the boxes and moving supplies needed based on the size of your home.

Studio/Loft Kit  (14 boxes & 2 wardrobes)

  • 5 – 1.5 cubic foot Small Boxes
  • 5 – 3.0 cubic foot Medium Boxes
  • 4 – 4.5 cubic foot Large Boxes
  • 2 – Wardrobe Boxes with bars
  • 1 – Box of Ink-free Packing Paper
  • 2 – Rolls of Packing Tape

One-Bedroom Kit (22 boxes + 2 wardrobes + 1 mattress bag)

  • 1 – Mattress Bag
  • 5 – 1.5 cubic foot Small Boxes
  • 10 – 3.0 cubic foot Medium Boxes
  • 5 – 4.5 cubic foot Large Boxes
  • 2 – Dish Packs
  • 2 – Wardrobe Boxes with bars
  • 1 – Box of Ink-free Packing Paper
  • 3 – Rolls of Packing Tape

Two-Bedroom Kit (28 boxes + 4 wardrobes + 2 mattress bags)

  • 2 – Mattress Bags
  • 5 – 1.5 cubic foot Small Boxes
  • 10 – 3.0 cubic foot Medium Boxes
  • 10 – 4.5 cubic foot Large Boxes
  • 3 – Dish Packs
  • 4 – Wardrobe Boxes with bars
  • 1 – Box of Ink-free Packing Paper
  • 4 – Rolls of Packing Tape

Three-Bedroom Kit (44 boxes + 6 wardrobes + 3 mattress bags)

  • 3 – Mattress Bags
  • 10 – 1.5 cubic foot Small Boxes
  • 15 – 3.0 cubic foot Medium Boxes
  • 15 – 4.5 cubic foot Large Boxes
  • 4 – Dish Packs
  • 6 – Wardrobe Boxes with bars
  • 1 – Box of Ink-free Packing Paper
  • 5 – Rolls of Packing Tape

Four-Bedroom Kit (44 boxes + 6 wardrobes + 4 mattress bags)

  • 4 – Mattress Bags
  • 20 – 1.5 cubic foot Small Boxes
  • 20 – 3.0 cubic foot Medium Boxes
  • 25 – 4.5 cubic foot Large Boxes
  • 8 – Dish Packs
  • 8 – Wardrobe Boxes with bars
  • 2 – Boxes of Ink-free Packing Paper
  • 6 – Rolls of Packing Tape

The number of boxes you need for your move may differ from what we have recommended. For example, if you have a room dedicated as a library, you may need significantly more small boxes than recommended in these moving kits.

Our moving coordinators are available to help you determine the right boxes or moving kit for your move. Feel free to give us a call!

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