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How to Pack a U-Box Container

Posted: June 19, 2022
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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 guide and learn the best practices for packing a U-Box storage container

Get Organized and Then Start With Tiers

If you’ve ever enjoyed playing Tetris, then you’ll enjoy learning how to pack a U-Box storage 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 pieces of furniture you’ll have to pack into the U-Box storage 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 container while your lightest items are at the front.

It’s recommended to pack one appliance per U-Haul U-Box storage container. It’s also recommended to put the appliance in the center of the U-Box container. Once you have placed your appliance, you can then 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 storage container. Disassembled furniture also can help fill gaps, which is important when trying to avoid load shift. 

Each U-Box storage container comes with 24 complimentary furniture pads, so you should make sure you use them. Finally, you should take a picture after each tier, so you know where everything is in each container. At the very least, you should take one picture before locking up your U-Box storage container.

If you’re not sure what can’t go in a U-Box container, you can read our guide on what items can’t go inside one. Do you want some extra tips? Then read our U-Box container tips guide.

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. If you want to save time and skip the game of Tetris with your U-Box container, let the Moving Help experts do it for you when moving with a storage container

Moving Help Service 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 Service Providers, check out 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 super difficult to pack a 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.