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How to Know How Many Boxes You’ll Need for Your Move

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It's a common dilemma --you're ready to pack, but you're unsure of exactly how many boxes you'll need to buy. While you could ask friends or family members who have recently moved how many boxes they used, this isn't always an accurate method. Everyone has different amounts of belongings to pack.

Figuring Out How Many Moving Boxes You Need

This guide will give you an accurate estimation of how many boxes you'll need for your move based on how many rooms are in your house. It will also give you a breakdown of how many of each different kind of box to get-- from small file boxes to large wardrobe boxes.

How many boxes do you need?

Base the number of boxes you need on the number of rooms that are in your house. On average, it takes around 10 to 12 boxes to pack one room in a house. When you take that number and multiply it by the number of rooms in your home, you'll get a rough estimation of approximately how many boxes to obtain for your move.

Below is a chart that details exactly how many boxes you should get for your move in relation to the number of rooms in your house. As previously mentioned, if you feel that you have more clothes than average or more dishes to pack, you can adjust the numbers to get more of those types of boxes.

Number of rooms Small boxes Medium boxes Large boxes Dish pack boxes Wardrobe boxes File boxes Total
1-2 rooms 10 5 5 2 2 1 25
3-4 rooms 15 10 8 4 2 1 40
5-6 rooms 25 15 10 5 4 1 60
7-8 rooms 40 25 15 5 4 1 90

What kinds of boxes do you need?

The first step in deciding on the number of boxes to get for your move is to figure out what kind of boxes you're going to need. There are several different types of moving boxes that are specifically designed to pack different kinds of items, so it's important to figure out exactly what you'll be packing.

Examples of various types of boxes and the reasons you may need them are:

  • If you have a lot of clothing items, you'll need a lot of wardrobe boxes
  • Telescope boxes are optimal for transporting artwork
  • Dish packing boxes come with partitions to keep fragile kitchenware safe, such as glasses, plates or bowls
  • File boxes are perfect for exactly what their name entails - files

Finding the right boxes for your various belongings will help your move be more organized while also making sure your items are as protected from damage as possible. 

Where do you find moving boxes for your move?

There are a lot of places to obtain moving boxes.

If your plan to purchase boxes, they can cost anywhere from $2 to $6 each, depending on the size and the type of box. If you're moving from a large home with a lot of rooms, the cost of moving boxes can add up pretty quickly.

If you are someone who wants to avoid spending money on moving boxes, there are plenty of options for free moving boxes available to you. Local stores will usually be more than happy to give you their leftover empty cardboard boxes upon request. There are also online moving box exchange websites where you can search for people in your area who are giving away used, empty cardboard moving boxes that they have leftover from a recent move.

Utimately, boxes are only one component in the large process of moving, but having the right amount is essential in making the move a successful one. 

Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on December 17, 2018

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