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How to Pack a U-Box® Container

Posted: August 23, 2023
Two moving labor Service Providers unload a U-Box storage container on a driveway as a couple and their dog walk nearby it.

U-Box storage containers will fit many items into one container alone, but if you don’t know how to properly pack one, you’ll run the risk of damaging your items or leaving space wasted. Check out our Moving Help® guide and learn the best practices for packing a U-Box® storage container.

Get Organized and Then Start With Tiers

If you ever enjoyed playing Tetris, you’ll enjoy learning how to pack a U-Box container. The first task to start with is to have all your belongings packed up and ready to go.

This way, you can see how many boxes and furniture you’ll have to pack into the U-Box storage moving container. You’ll be surprised by how much can fit into one.

Once you’re organized, you’ll start packing in tiers. You should pack in three tiers. You also want to start in the back and work your way to the front. Finally, you’ll want to pack your heaviest items on the bottom.

The base layer should hold your sturdiest items — dressers, desks and books. As you’re stacking your tiers the box should be strong enough to hold the weight of the box being put on top of it.

Does Weight Distribution Matter?

Yes, weight distribution does matter. A U-Box container can hold a maximum of 2,000 pounds. You won’t want only your heaviest belongings at the back of the U-Haul U-Box storage container while your lightest items are at the front.

It’s recommended to pack one appliance per U-Box storage container. It’s also recommended to put the appliance in the center of the U-Haul U-Box storage container. Afterward, when packing a U-Box container, you can put your other items around the appliance.

What Else Should I Know About Packing a U-Box Container?

You should try to disassemble as much furniture as possible. This will create more room for you to store your belongings in the U-Box moving container. Disassembled furniture also can help fill gaps in your U-Box storage container, which is important.

Each U-Box container comes with 24 free (two dozen) furniture pads, so you should make sure you use them. Finally, you should take a picture after each tier, so you know what’s in each U-Box storage container. At the least, you should take one picture before you close your U-Haul U-Box storage container’s door.

You can read our guide on what can’t go in a U-Box container if you’re unsure about what items are allowed. Afterward, you can read our guide on some additional U-Box storage container tips.

How Can Moving Help Make Packing a U-Box Container Easier?

The Moving Help Marketplace has plenty of Service Providers who are experts in packing a U-Box storage container when you hire labor for your U-Box storage container. If you want to save time and skip the game of Tetris with your U-Haul U-Box container, let the Moving Help experts do it for you when moving with a storage container.

Moving Help moving labor providers are paid per box and not per hour. Whether it takes 30 minutes or four hours to have them pack your storage container, you can rest assured knowing you’ll only pay the previously agreed upon price.

If you’re not sure how the delivery process works with Moving Help providers, read this helpful delivery expectations guide.

Make Packing a U-Box Container Effortless

Moving Help Service Providers make packing a U-Box storage container simple. While it’s not impossible to pack a U-Haul U-Box storage container on your own, it’s just easier to let the Moving Help experts handle it for you.

You’ll know that everything was packed and placed properly without having to worry about your belongings being damaged when you unload everything at your new location.