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How Many U-Box® Containers Do I Need?

Posted: August 17, 2023
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U-Box® storage containers are great and serve multiple purposes for many customers. You can use them as temporary storage at your home for remolding, you can use them as storage at a U-Haul facility, you can use them for an in-town move or across the country move, or you can have them shipped internationally.

You may wonder how much you can fit into a storage container and how many storage containers you need. Read our Moving Help® guide on how many containers you might need for your move.

How Many U-Box Storage Containers Should I Order? 

It’s recommended you use U-Haul’s U-Box calculator to help guide you on how many U-Box storage containers you’ll need to buy. Of course, keep in mind that these are estimates, so you may need to adjust your order by a couple more or less containers than what’s estimated for you.

It’ll always depend on whether you have more items or fewer items on average compared to other individuals as well.

If your Service Provider is bringing your storage containers, here are some delivery expectations to keep in mind.

How Much Fits in a Container?

A single U-Box storage container can fit a room to a room and a half. In fact, it can fit a king mattress standing up. The U-Box storage container is 56 inches wide, 95 inches long and 83.5 inches high. It can hold up to 257 cubic feet and 2,000 pounds.

To make the most of the space, check out some of our container tips. If you’re unsure whether an item will fit, go ahead and measure it and compare the measurements with the dimensions above.

Finally, you can find out what belongings can’t go in a container.

Find Flexibility With U-Box Containers

U-Box storage containers let you work on your schedule. If your timeline is a two-month kitchen renovation, you can keep the container at your property. If you’d prefer to leave the container at a U-Haul facility, you can call the location at least 24 hours ahead of when you want to load or unload it, and the facility will get the U-Box container ready for you. 

You can have storage containers delivered directly to you and then picked up at a later date. If your vehicle has towing capacity, you also can pick up the U-Box storage container and then drop it back off at the U-Haul location.

You can pack the storage containers yourself. You also can hire labor from the Moving Help Marketplace to load or unload your storage containers.

As the customer, you’re the only one who’ll have access to the U-Box storage container since you’ll provide the lock and the key.

How Can Moving Help® Assist Me?

  • Moving labor providers can deliver the U-Box storage containers to you, load or unload them, and then return the containers back to the U-Haul location.
  • Moving Helpers can drop off the U-Box storage containers at your home and then pick them up at a later date.
  • Providers only take care of loading or unloading, while you coordinate the delivery and pickup.
  • Service Providers can help with additional services such as piano moving or gun safe moving.

The Best of Both Worlds

Pair U-Box storage containers with Moving Help to have your smoothest move yet. Experience the convenience of a hands-off experience at an affordable price. You have options on what you want to do with your move.

You can take charge of your move by finding moving labor on the Moving Help Marketplace today, ensuring that you have control throughout the process.