So you've made the decision to move your one-bedroom
apartment by yourself. Since you don't have too much stuff to move, you'll be
able to handle it without a problem. However, you still have to rent a moving truck
--and figuring out what size you'll need
isn't as easy as it seems. Read on to determine what size truck will best suit
What kind of items will you be moving?
Begin by assessing your
belongings. The size of the truck you rent is dependent on what you need to put
in it, so here are some questions to consider when evaluating your moving load:
- Am I moving any large furniture? Items like couches, sofas, futons,
mattresses, dining room tables, dressers, desks, armoires and bed frames all
require a lot of space to be loaded properly. How many of these items you'll be
moving will determine how big of a truck you require.
- Am I moving any large appliances? Refrigerators, washing machines and
dryers or large electronics like big-screen TVs, will demand a good deal of
truck real estate and must be packed and wrapped thoroughly to prevent damage.
The more of these items you have, the bigger the truck you'll have to rent.
- How many boxes am I transporting? While this is a tough question to
answer before you begin the packing process, use a rough approximation to judge
how much space you'll need to reserve for moving boxes. A typical one-bedroom
apartment can have anywhere from two to four rooms, so you'll need somewhere
between 25 to 40 boxes for your belongings. Some people have more belongings
than others, so the number of boxes you'll need will depend on what you'll be
Contacting a truck rental company
With your moving inventory ready, contact a local truck
rental company to inquire about prices and determine what size truck would best
fit your move.
- Provide the company with a description of your belongings or your moving
inventory. When you speak with the truck rental company, you should have a
copy of your moving inventory available. While you may not be able to accurately
estimate how much space you'll need for your belongings, moving truck
professionals will have more experience to help you determine what size truck
- Inquire about proper loading techniques. The best way to maximize
space in your moving truck is to load it properly and make sure you've used
every square inch of space. If this is your first move, you may not be as
experienced in the truck-loading department. Moving truck professionals know the
right methods for packing and loading a moving truck to help you devise the most
efficient strategy possible.
How big of a truck will you need?
On average, relocating the
contents of a one-bedroom apartment will require you to rent either a
10-foot or 14-foot moving truck.
These are the two smallest
sizes available from most truck rental companies and will typically contain
enough space for your belongings.
- The 10-foot truck is a small box truck with 402 cubic feet
of space inside, and is commonly used for studio apartments, dorm rooms and
- The 14-foot variation features increased capacity and
almost double the volume, with 733 cubic feet of space. These larger trucks are
used for larger one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom apartments -- perfect for
those who are moving large furniture and appliances and need the extra space
that the 10-foot truck does not offer.
If you are having trouble
deciding which size you need, remember to always err on the side of caution and
rent the bigger size--it's better to have more space than renting a truck that's