What size of truck is right for your move


Are you moving house and don’t know what size of truck to hire? Don’t worry; you’re not alone. This is a common question that many people have when they’re moving.

It’s safe to say that almost everyone has experienced moving at least once in their life. Whether it’s moving to a new house or apartment or just relocating to a different city, the process of packing up all your belongings and transporting them can be daunting.

When it comes to moving house, you want to make sure that you have the right size truck. This is important because if you have too small of a truck, you might not be able to fit all of your belongings in it and need to make multiple trips, which may not be convenient for you. And if you have too large of a truck, you might be paying for space that you don’t need and won’t be able to use. So, what size of truck is right for your move?

In this blog post, we will discuss the different sizes of trucks and help you decide which one is right for your move. Your local Removalists Hornsby can help make your move as smooth as possible, so be sure to contact them today for more help and advice! Get in touch with us right away to learn more!

Step 1: Knowing how many bedrooms you have is the first and most straightforward step. Then follow the below example regarding the number of bedrooms to which truck is generally acceptable.

Box Trucks: 

– A extra small box truck is typically around 14 feet long and can hold up to one to two bedrooms worth of furniture and belongings.

– A small box truck is typically around 17 feet long and can hold two to three bedrooms worth of furniture and belongings.

– A medium truck is typically around 20 feet long and can hold three to four bedrooms worth of furniture and belongings.

– A large truck is typically around 24 feet long and can hold four to five bedrooms worth of furniture and belongings.

– A X-large box truck is typically around 26 feet long and can hold five or more bedrooms worth of furniture and belongings.

Cargo Vans and Cargo Trailers:

– A typical cargo trailer or cargo moving van is typically around 9 feet long and can hold one or maybe two small bedrooms apartments worth of furniture and belongings.

Step2: Once you have determined the above, next, you want to take the below factors into consideration.


How many bedrooms are in your home? And how many of those have full bedroom suites, including mattresses and dressers.

For example, You may live in a 4 bedroom house but only occupy 2 bedrooms full, so you may not need the recommended 24 feet long truck size.

Size of furniture:

Do you have any large or oversized furniture items that need to be moved? The larger the furniture, the more space it will take up, and the larger the truck will need to be.


Are you planning on moving any appliances? If you’re planning on moving any large appliances, like a refrigerator or washing machine, you’ll need to make sure that the truck you’re renting is big enough to fit them.


Next, you need to determine how many boxes you will have. Here is an estimate based on square footage.

400-700 square feet – one-bedroom apartment

  • 7-15 small boxes
  • 9-15 medium boxes
  • 6 large boxes
  • 3 extra-large boxes

700-1250 square feet – 2 bedroom apartment / home

  • 17-23 small boxes
  • 15-22 medium boxes
  • 7-11 large boxes
  • 4-6 extra-large boxes

1200-1700 square feet – 3 bedroom 

  • 32-37 small boxes
  • 25-35 medium boxes
  • 16-20 large boxes
  • 10-12 extra-large boxes

1700-2200 square feet – 4 bedroom

  • 38-42 small boxes
  • 36-47 medium boxes
  • 21-26 large boxes
  • 13-15 extra-large boxes

As a general rule, you’ll need approximately 10 small packing boxes, 8 medium packing boxes, and 5 large packing boxes per room. It should be noted that this is merely an estimate due to the fact that the size and content of rooms can vary significantly.

Once you have considered all the above factors, you can then decide which truck will suit your belongings and situation. However, when in doubt, book a truck with 10–15 per cent more cubic space than your estimated load.

Here are a few key packing tips to help lighten the load.

  • The more efficiently you organise your belongings into boxes, the fewer moving boxes you’ll require. 
  • Declutter your home before packing. The less stuff you have, the fewer boxes you’ll need to move.
  • Use suitcases for soft items like clothes and linens. This will save valuable space in your truck.
  • Pack heavier items in smaller boxes, so they’re not too difficult to lift.
  • And lastly, try to use as much space as possible in your boxes. This includes filling up any empty spaces with soft items like clothes and towels.

We hope this guide was helpful in determining what size of truck is right for your move. If you have any further questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us or your local Removalists Central Coast. Contact us immediately to learn more!


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