Easy Moving Box Guide: What to Pack in Each Box Size

beltmann-09-2If you’ve opted out of packing services, you might be a little lost as far as boxes go. At first glance, it looks easy – oh, I’ll go pick up a few boxes. Then once you get to the store, you may realize you can quickly get in over your head. How many do I need of each? Should I get more large than small? What things should I pack in each?

First of all, our team is always here to help. So, if you’re a customer – please don’t feel like you’re navigating this alone. Our move coordinators would be happy to help get you an estimate of boxes, based on your items, purchase, bundle and send them your way.

If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer – this guide might be helpful as you stand in the aisle of Home Depot in a daze.

Small Box: 1.5 – 3.1 Cubic Feet

The great thing about these boxes is that they won’t get too heavy. They’re good for books and everything in your junk drawer. Here’s a good run down of options for these types of boxes.

  • Fragile items that need to be wrapped
  • Toys
  • Tools
  • Kitchenware
  • Small electronics
  • DVDs
  • Video games
  • Cords

Medium Box: 4.0 – 5.0 Cubic Feet

If you have things that are oddly shaped or somewhat heavy – you should be able to use these boxes. Just be careful not to over pack if you are packing things that are heavy.

  • Pots and pans
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Computers
  • Clothing
  • Small household items

Large Box: 6.0 Cubic Feet

Try to pack larger lighter items in this box, as it runs the risk of becoming too heavy. This size is great for a major of things in your home, so you make want to get extra – return them if you don’t need them.

  • Blankets
  • Sheets
  • Towels
  • Garage items
  • Larger appliances
  • Lamps
  • Items that come in parts that are collapsible

Dish Pack

People typically need to buy quite a few of these because they will hold a lot of your kitchen items.

  • China
  • Bowls/Plates
  • Glasses
  • Porcelain items
  • Keepsakes

Mirror Carton

These mirror cartons can help protect more than mirrors.

  • Paintings
  • Pictures
  • Mirrors
  • Frames

There are also wardrobe boxes and flat screen boxes – each of which will be handy if you need to move a large amount of clothes or a fragile TV. If you’d like us to help you estimate the number boxes you need, please contact the Beltmann Group team and we would be happy to assist you.