Answered by Jenna FarmerSeptember 24, 2013
Nobody’s move is the same. You may have only been in your apartment for a year, while your neighbor may have been in his for 10 years. If you’re trying to decide how many packing boxes you will need to effectively pack all of your belongings, the first step is to evaluate just how much stuff you actually have.
You can use our moving estimate weight calculator to get an idea of how much the most common household items weigh and cost, but you will still need to figure out just how many boxes you need, and what size.
Figuring out box size and amount:
The amount of boxes you will need for your inventory will vary based on the size of the boxes as well. If you choose to go with extra large boxes, you will end up purchasing less boxes than if you have a variety of sizes. However, using one size box is not recommended.
Keep in mind:
- The more you load into these big boxes, the heavier they will be when you need to actually lift and transport them
- You may not want to comingle all of your belongings, but rather keep them segregated and organized for more efficient unpacking
- Some of your items may require specialty boxes that are smaller or oddly shaped
With that said, a one bedroom apartment will probably need approximately 15 medium sized boxes, 8-10 large boxes, and five extra large boxes. Your total box count can be anywhere from 20-35 boxes including smaller wardrobe boxes, if you choose to use those.
You can find out more information on one bedroom apartment costs in our moving guides section – complete with information about hiring a moving company, weight estimates and cost estimates.