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How Many Moving Boxes Do I Need

Posted: August 24, 2022
A woman starts packing her clothes into her moving boxes to help her move.

When planning a move, one of the first questions someone might ask themselves is how many moving boxes do I need? For a 3-bedroom home with an average amount of belongings, we recommend 16 small, 34 medium, 7 large, and 6 extra-large boxes. Plus 3 wardrobe boxes per each closet used for clothing. 

You don’t want to buy too many boxes. You also don’t want to find yourself needing more in the middle of packing. Whether you plan on buying, collecting, or finding them, you can quickly get a better idea on the number of moving boxes you’ll need using the U-Haul supply calculator.

Plus, Moving Help has movers who are expert packers who can help you pack up your belongings. 

Number of Moving Boxes by Home Size

Here are our recommendations for how many boxes you’ll need depending on the size of your home. These suggestions are based on homes with an average amount of belongings. To get numbers that are tailored to your specific home, try using the U-Haul supply calculator.

Studio Apartment

  • 6 small, 10 medium, 2 large, and 2 extra-large boxes, plus 3 wardrobe boxes

1-Bedroom Apartment/Home

  • 8 small, 12 medium, 2 large, and 2 extra-large boxes, plus 3 wardrobe boxes

2-Bedroom Apartment/Home

  • 11 small, 21 medium, 4 large, and 4 extra-large boxes, plus 8 wardrobe boxes

3-Bedroom Apartment/Home

  • 16 small, 34 medium, 7 large, and 6 extra-large boxes, plus 11 wardrobe boxes

4-Bedroom Apartment/Home

  • 18 small, 41 medium, 9 large, and 8 extra-large boxes, plus 16 wardrobe boxes

Moving Help Can Assist with Packing 

Moving Help has many movers who can help customers with packing. Customers can search for Service Providers on the Moving Help Marketplace to find the right movers at the right price to help you pack. 

You can hire Moving Help movers to help you pack all your belongings. You also have the choice of helping you out for a little bit such as hiring movers to help you pack for two to five hours. Maybe you want help packing some larger items for two hours, you have that option as well. 

Moving Help Service Providers are experts in packing as well. They’ll know when to use what size box, as well as how to pack your belongings in a way that keeps them protected during transit. 

Where are Moving Boxes Near Me? 

Find moving boxes near you at any U-Haul location or online. You can buy a specific number at U-Haul or you can buy in bulk. You also have the option to return any that you don’t end up using, when you keep your receipt. 

U-Haul cares about the environment, which is why they have a Take a Box, Leave a Box Program. You can pick up free used moving boxes, and when you’re done using them, you can leave them for future customers. 

You can find free boxes at big box stores, grocery stores, or liquor stores. Most places will be happy to get rid of their boxes, and you can snag some free boxes. Just be careful the boxes are good quality because moving boxes need to be sturdy enough to handle your belongings. 

Figure Out How Many Moving Boxes You Need

If you’re not using the right tools and resources, it can be difficult to figure out how many moving boxes you need to move. Luckily with U-Haul’s supply calculator, you can quickly figure out how many moving boxes you need to move. 

Each move is different so don’t think that you’ll need the exact same number of moving boxes as your last move. Moving Help has plenty of movers who can help you with your packing. The Moving Help Marketplace has many Service Providers who are expert packers who can help you quickly pack your belongings as well.