Loader
Call Now & Get $200 Off on your Move
Get Quote

How to Pick the Right Truck Size for Your Moving Needs

Share this :
How to Pick the Right Truck Size for Your Moving Needs

Once your type of move is decided you have to make all the arrangements like buying packing supplies, getting quotes for truck rentals and more. Getting a truck of the right size is an important task as it can affect your moving budget. If you rent a large truck then it will be more expensive than the smaller one. Apart from renting a truck other costs are also affected like the cost of gas as large truck fuel consumption is higher. So, you need a right-sized truck for your move neither large nor small. The first thing is you should understand different types of vehicles that can be used for moving and what are their holding capacities.

Different types of vehicles used for moving & their capacity

When it comes to moving trucks, then you need to understand that the moving trucks are categorized based on their holding capacity. The holding capacity of a truck is the entire space in the truck box from floor to roof that can be used for storage. But due to different-sized packages, there are chances that you need more space on the truck. Irregular stacking of the moving boxes can result in damage and will occupy more space on the truck.

Here we will discuss different types of trucks that are generally used by moving companies- 

  • Pickup Trucks- These trucks are ideal for moving a small number of items like a few pieces of bulky furniture or moving from dorm to apartment. You can use Pickup trucks if you are renovating your house, as these are perfect for transporting fewer items. Pickup trucks are easily available for rent and you can discuss your requirements for renting right sized pickup truck. There are a few points you should check before renting the pickup truck- its mileage and fuel efficiency, payload capacity, and weight limit. 
  • Cargo Vans- Cargo vans are also used for smaller moves like moving 1 room or moving from a dorm to a studio apartment. With cargo vans, you can easily move small boxes and furniture. These are efficient in various aspects like fuel consumption, budget, and space. You can rent a cargo van for your small to medium move considering the type of move and moving budget. There are various models of cargo vans available for rental with variations in size. 
  • Box Trucks- The most commonly used trucks for moving and also the most expensive ones as compared to the other types of moving trucks. These trucks are best suited for medium to large-scale moves. As we discussed, pickup trucks and cargo vans are best fit for small moves, so for big moves where people have to move studio apartments or 1-5+ bedroom apartments. The size of the trucks is based on the type of property you are moving. The size of trucks ranges from 10 ft to 26 ft and you can choose the big size as per your belongings. As the large property size doesn't have to mean more belongings. In the coming section, we have listed the type of truck or van suitable for your house size.

So, depending on the size of the house, the moving company uses the moving vehicle. Commonly used moving vehicles according to the property size are listed here-

Type of vehicle

Type of Move

Pickup Truck

Small moves

Cargo Van

1 room or similar size moves

10 ft truck

Studio apartment

12 ft truck

1-2 room

14 ft truck

1-2 BHK

20 ft truck

2-3 BHK

26 ft truck

4+ BHK

As the data represents there are chances that the size of the truck may overlap for different property sizes. This depends on the belongings in the house, not only the size of the house can determine the accurate truck size.

How to choose the right truck size?

Let’s discuss the right method to choose the perfect size of moving truck. The best way is to use the online moving calculator to calculate the space that your belongings will take on the truck in cubic space. The next step is to find the cubic footage capacity of the truck you are planning to rent. 

We have compiled some details of the size of different items in each room. Pick the items you have and calculate the space required on the moving truck

Living Room-

Item

Space required (cu. ft.)

Large arm chair

25

Medium arm chair

15

Coffee table

15

Dining table

43

Flat TV (21”-32”)

10

Flat TV (34”-50”)

15

Sectional Sofa

130

3-seater sofa

65

Book shelves

15

Stereo

5

Piano (Upright/Grand)

60/85

Bedroom

Item

Space required (cu. ft.)

King Bed

85

Queen Bed

65

Single Bed

45

Bunk Beds

160

Folding Bed

60

Dressing table

25

Kitchen and Hall                  

Item

Space required (cu. ft.)

Dishwasher

30

Washing Machine

8

Fridge

40

Kitchen Table

25

Kitchen Chair

8

Vacuum Cleaner

3

 

There are several online tools where you can enter the belongings to estimate the truck size

Tips for choosing the right truck size

  • Use a moving calculator- A moving calculator will not only determine the moving cost; it also help you evaluate the number of boxes you will need for packing your stuff. 
  • The right way to load- Loading and stacking the boxes is a very important factor in choosing the right moving truck size. You can buy new boxes to pack even the smallest item. Disassembling large furniture and items can also be helpful. 
  • Type of move and truck size- If you are moving within the city then you can make multiple trips to transport the items. But if you rent a small size truck in a long-distance move then it can be more stressful than anything else.
  • Be confident while driving- When you rent a truck to drive on your own, consider that you have to drive 20+ feet long truck on heavy traffic roads. 
  • Consider hiring a professional mover- We understand your decision of renting a truck, but it is better to consider all the cons and risks associated with self-moving. You still have time to book a professional moving company. Contact Van Lines Move, we can even connect you with moving companies at the last moment. 

We hope this article serves its purpose and help you estimate the right size of truck for your moving needs. For any additional information and moving requirements, you can connect at www.vanlinesmove.com or call 8337061800.

Ready For your Move?
Start your booking
today and save
time and money!
Get Quote
WhatsUp WhatsUp
Hand Chat with us on WhatsApp!
WhatsupQR
Scan this QR code to chat

Or

Click on the below link to chat

Quote Tell us about your move
Choose your service
  • Moving Service
  • Junk Removal
  • Equipment Moving
  • Car Transportation
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
Select the type of your move
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
Enter your moving details
  • Pin
  • Pin
  • Cal
  • Move Size
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
Select type of waste to haul
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
Select your property type
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
Enter junk remove details
  • Pin
  • Cal
Call For Special Rate:(833) 408-0606
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
Require loading assistance?
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
Is equipment operational?
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
Enter your transportation details
  • Pin
  • Pin
  • Cal
Call For Special Rate:(833) 408-0606
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
Vehicle condition?
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Tell us about your move
Enter hauling details
  • Pin
  • Pin
  • Cal
Call For Special Rate:(833) 408-0606
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Where should we send your quote?
Enter your personal details
  • Name
  • Name
  • Email
Call For Special Rate:(833) 408-0606
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
hurry ! your quote is 20% less
Enter your phone number

Your email: sachinpatel@gmail.com is confirmed
We use below number to send your quote

  • Phone Phone

By submitting this form, you are well on your way to getting matched with Moving Companies. As part of our process to serve you, we may connect you with our partnered moving companies. You are consenting to be contacted via telephone, email and texts by vanlinesmove.com and its affiliates. We may use an automatic dialing system or pre-recorded voice messages to contact you. If you’d prefer not to be contacted by our partnered companies or by an automatic dialing system, pre-recorded voice message, or text message, please do not submit your phone number.

Call For Special Rate:(833) 408-0606
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
hurry ! your quote is 20% less
Verify your phone number

Your email: sachinpatel@gmail.com is confirmed
3 digit code will be sent via Text or Call on below number

  • Phone Phone

By submitting this form, you are well on your way to getting matched with Moving Companies. As part of our process to serve you, we may connect you with our partnered moving companies. You are consenting to be contacted via telephone, email and texts by vanlinesmove.com and its affiliates. We may use an automatic dialing system or pre-recorded voice messages to contact you. If you’d prefer not to be contacted by our partnered companies or by an automatic dialing system, pre-recorded voice message, or text message, please do not submit your phone number.

Call For Special Rate:(833) 408-0606
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Verify your phone number
Enter verification code

We have sent 3 digit code via Phone number
on +1 (123) 567 8901

  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Chat With Us Via WhatsApp
Would you like to receive any update on whatapp?
Phone

Please confirm below number.

  • Phone
  • 100% Safe and Secure100% Safe
    and Secure
  • +100K Families Moved+100K
    Families Moved
  • 48 States Moving Network48 States
    Moving Network
Loader
Please wait. We are fetching lead sold company detail.
Mover is not available.
Want us to find other movers?
GIF
Welcome to Van Lines Move Dashboard. One place for all moving needs.
We have assembled details of all your Moving requests.
Get familiar with the dashboard. Check your bookings & movers assigned.
Vanlines
Norton Secured logo