The number of boxes required to move house is always dependent on the volume to be moved.

There are 4 types of boxes:

  • Book                     2ft3         (For books and small, heavy ornaments)

►   1 box per 2 feet of books

  • Regular                4ft3         (For most items including crockery)

►   2 boxes per single kitchen cupboard (2’ x 2’ x 18”)

  • Large                    6ft3         (For lamp shades, linen, and large toys)

►   1 box per 2 drawers of regular chest of drawers

  • Wardrobe             10ft3      (For hanging garments and tall items)

►   1 box per regular wardrobe door

On average, a 3-bedroom property (excluding garage, shed, and garden) has a volume of 1750ft3 to move. We would call this a 140-box move split as follows:

  • 20 book boxes
  • 90 regular boxes
  • 15 large boxes
  • 8 wardrobes boxes

These specifics can be adjusted according to the actual contents. For example: If you have 50 feet of books, you would need 25 book boxes.

This is only a guideline based on our experience of 20 000 moves, and the final boxes used can differ by 20% depending on the actual contents and how they are packed.

Photo Credit: Arbo 2008

Photo Credit: Arbo 2008