Moving Calculator’s Recommended Box Sizes to Use When Moving
It is important to use the correct size boxes when packing so your items are protected and the box is not too heavy to transport. Each standard size box is designed to pack certain items in your home. Moving Calculator has created a short list of boxes to use when packing to help during the move process.
Small Box Size (1.5 cubic ft.)
Box Dimensions = 16 x 12½ x 12½ inches
Small boxes are designed to pack your heaviest and smallest items. The small box size is used to pack similar items without needing filler, such as, clothes or linens. When packing narrow items, like books and framed pictures, keep them upright to prevent the weight of each item damaging one another.
Recommended items to pack in a small box include:
- Books, paperwork, records, and DVDs
- Small framed pictures and décor items
- Electronics and electronic components
- Fragile items with packing paper for protection
- Specialty kitchen items, such as china and stemware
- Any heavy smaller items
Medium Box Size (3.0 cubic ft.)
Box Dimensions = 18 x 18 x 16 inches
Medium boxes are used to pack items that would fit in between the small and large box sizes. Medium boxes should be packed completely with packing paper as filler with your items to avoid crushing, but not too heavy that they are difficult to lift.
Recommended items to pack in a medium box include:
- Larger electronics and speakers
- Lamp shades and fragile items
- Smaller appliances and décor
- Linens, towels, and folded clothes
- Kid’s toys and bedroom items
Large Box Size (4.5 cubic ft.)
Box Dimensions = 18 x 18 x 24 inches
Large boxes can be packed more heavily than medium boxes. Large boxes can also accommodate taller items. We recommend packing a combination of heavy and light items so your large boxes do not become too heavy.
Recommended items to pack in a large box include:
- Lamp bases and small statues
- Large toys and stuffed animals
- Shoes, boots seasonal apparel, and accessories
- Garage items and sporting equipment
- Pots, pans, cooking trays, Tupperware, and other non-breakable kitchen items
Extra Large Box Size (6.0 or 6.1 cubic ft.)
Box Dimensions = 22 x 22 x 21½ or 24 x 18 x 24 inches
Extra-large boxes are the biggest standard size boxes commonly available. They are used to pack your largest items and many of the lightest items you may have.
Recommended items to pack in an extra-large box include:
- Pillows and cushions
- Bedding and linens
- Large kid’s toys
- Towels and rugs
- Larger garage items
Dishpack Box (or Dish Barrel)
Box Dimensions = 18 x 18 x 28 inches
Dishpack boxes are made of a thinker corrugated material to protect your fragile items. Dishpacks can be packed heavier than standard boxes. When packing fragile items in a dishpack box, use a substantial amount of packing paper to protect your items.
Recommended items to pack in a dishpack box include:
- Glasses and dishes
- Vases and serving trays
- China and stemware
- Fragile décor and antiques
Mirrorpack Boxes (or Mirror Carton)
Mirrorpack boxes are flat boxes that are folded to form corners to make a custom size box. Items packed in a mirrorpack should be wrapped in bubble wrap or paper pads first.
Recommended items to pack in a mirrorpack box include:
- Mirrors and Pictures
- Glass or wooden shelves
- Canvas or printed artwork
- Flat décor and memorabilia
Box Dimensions = 24 x 21 x 49 inches
Wardrobe boxes are used to pack all of your hanging clothes. Simply transfer hanging clothes from your closet to the wardrobe bar that hangs across the box. Wardrobe boxes fit about 2 to 3 feet of closet space and prevent your hanging clothes from wrinkling. You may also tape the bottom of a wardrobe box and fill the area beneath the hanging clothes.
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