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Apartment Moving Guide: One-Bedroom

Posted: August 5, 2022
Group of friends packing up and moving a two-bedroom apartment.

Planning to move to or from a one-bedroom apartment? Look no further! We have compiled everything you’ll need to pull off an apartment move in this guide, from what truck to rent to how many moving supplies you’ll need.

Looking for help with a different size place? We also created guides for a studio and two-bedroom move.

What size truck do I need for a one-bedroom?

Most one-bedroom apartment moves will need a 10′ truck rental.

Apartment SizeTruck Size
1-Bedroom (Average amount of belongings.)10′ Truck
1-Bedroom (More than average amount of belongings.)15′ Truck

Picking the right size moving truck is an important part of setting yourself up for a successful move.

You don’t want to rent too small of a truck and risk running out of room. On the other hand, too big of a truck can leave extra space and lead to load shift that might damage your belongings.

How many U-Box moving containers do I need for a one-bedroom?

You will likely only need 2 U-Box containers to pull off moving a one-bedroom apartment.

One U-Box container, which has a 257 cubic ft capacity, can hold more than you think! Customers are usually able to fit a room to a room and a half of furniture and belongings per each container.

Apartment Size# of U-Box Containers
1-Bedroom (Average amount of belongings.)2 U-Box Containers
1-Bedroom (More than average amount of belongings.)3 U-Box Containers

How many moving boxes do I need for a one-bedroom?

You will need about 40 moving boxes in a variety of sizes to successfully move a one-bedroom apartment.

Apartment SizeSmall BoxesMedium BoxesLarge Boxes
1-Bedroom (Average amount of belongings.)10 Small Boxes20 Medium Boxes10 Large Boxes
1-Bedroom (More than average amount of belongings.)15 Small Boxes25 Medium Boxes10 Large Boxes

Worried you might be buying too many boxes? It’s better to have leftover boxes than be in a time crunch and run out. U-Haul centers accept returns for all unused boxes when you keep your receipt.

Don’t forget to grab specialty boxes! You will likely need just one dish saver kit, 2 to 3 wardrobe boxes, and a TV box for each flat screen you have.

What moving supplies do I need for a one-bedroom?

If you want to find all moving supplies and boxes you need to move your one-bedroom in one place, check out this moving kit offered by U-Haul. Feel free to easily adjust the number of boxes and supplies to fit your specific needs.

What we recommend:

If you choose to move with U-Box moving and storage containers, don’t forget that each one comes with 2 dozen complimentary rental furniture pads.

How long does it take to move a one-bedroom?

On average, it will take a two-person Moving Help crew about two hours to move a one-bedroom apartment, considering if both locations are within a 30 minute drive from each other.

Apartment Size2 Person Crew3 Person Crew
1-Bedroom (Average amount of belongings.)2 hrs2 hrs
1-Bedroom (More than average amount of belongings.)3 hrs2-3 hrs
Estimated Time When Hiring a Moving Help Crew

When booking Moving Help there a few extra factors to keep in mind when deciding how many hours you’ll need. We recommend adding an hour per every flight of stairs your movers will have to climb.

If the distance between your unit and where you can park your moving truck is over 20ft, but under 50ft, try adding an extra hour of time. If the walking distance is over 50ft, you might need to add 2 additional hours.

You can always add more hours on the day of your move, so it’s better to go with less time if you are unsure about how many hours you’ll need. Verify the availability of your Moving Help Service Provider for the day of your move to make sure they would be able to accommodate extra hours.