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Moving Box Calculator

Moving Box Calculator

Calculate Required Moving Bins, Dollies & Labels

Bins: 15

Dollies: 1

Labels: 15

Calculate The Optimal Amount of Moving Boxes For Your Move

Moving to a new space and need help calculating the right amount of boxes for your move? Whether you’re going from a cozy studio apartment or extending into a spacious three-bedroom house, our moving box calculator will help determine your packing needs and make the process stress-free. 

The purpose of this moving box calculator is to help ensure you have the right number of boxes for your move.

To preface these calculations, all of the moving boxes we are recommending are a standard-size bin that measures 27” by 17” at the top, 24.5” by 14.5” at the bottom, and 13” tall. In our experience, this is the perfect size box for any move!

Studio Apartment Box Calculator

Studio Apartment Box Calculator

Studios are typically smaller in size ranging from 300 square feet to 600 square feet (approximate).

For moves of this size, we recommend 15 bins, 1 dolly, and 15 labels. This also takes into account about 10% of your belongings which you probably want to get rid of anyway.

What can fit in 15 moving bins? Essentials like clothes, shoes and electronics, kitchen essentials, and personal items – all of this can fit in 15 moving bins.

1-Bedroom Apartment Box Calculator

1-Bedroom Apartment Box Calculator

1-bedroom apartments are typically smaller in size ranging from 600 square feet to 800 square feet (approximate). A 1 bedroom will include your kitchen, living room, bedroom, and 1-2 bathrooms. For 1-bedroom apartments, we recommend 25 bins, 2 dollies, and 25 labels. 

Beyond boxes, ensure you have enough tape, bubble wrap for fragile items, and markers for labeling. A little extra now saves a lot of headaches later. Make sure to not underestimate the other costs of moving to a 1-bedroom apartment.

2-Bedroom Box Calculator

2-Bedroom Box Calculator

2-bedroom apartments typically range from 800 and 1,200 square feet. This can vary greatly depending on the layout and the intended market (luxury vs. standard apartments). On an estimate, you will need 35 bins, 2 dollies, and 35 labels to move to/from a 2-bedroom apartment.

Start by evaluating your belongings, including the living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and any additional spaces. It is also important to pay extra attention to fragile items and children’s belongings which may require more packing supplies or padding. 

If you have a home office, guest room, or extensive collection of kitchen gadgets, factor these into your calculations. Each room and its contents can significantly impact your overall box count.

3-Bedroom Box Calculator

3-Bedroom Box Calculator

For 3-bedroom units, the range often goes from about 1,000 to 1,600 square feet. These are less common in high-density urban areas and more likely to be found in suburbia.

Keep in mind that it’s better to have a few extra boxes and moving supplies than to run short on moving day. That is why we recommend having 50 bins, 3 dollies, and 50 labels when moving to a 3-bedroom apartment. 

The first thing to do in moving from a 3-bedroom apartment is to take an inventory of your items. Then, you factor in delicate items, large items bulky items, etc. 

4-Bedroom Box Calculator

4-Bedroom Box Calculator

These are much less common as rental properties than for-sale properties. They typically range from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet or more, catering to a more upscale market or larger families.

To move to/from a 4-bedroom apartment you will need at least 75 moving bins, 4 dollies, and 75 labels and other packing supplies.

This space likely accommodates a family, with each room reflecting different needs, tastes, and item types. From the master bedroom’s wardrobe to the children’s toys, the kitchen’s gadgets to the living room’s electronics, every item needs to be accounted for. 

By taking a detailed inventory, using tools like moving box calculators, and considering the unique needs of your family, you’ll be well-prepared for a successful move.

5-Bedroom Box Calculator

5-Bedroom Box Calculator

5-bedroom apartments or homes can exceed 2,500 square feet and are often found in luxury segments or specific markets catering to large families or group living arrangements.

To move to/from a 5-bedroom apartment or house you will need at least 100 moving bins, 5 dollies, and 100 labels and other packing supplies.

Moving for a 5-bedroom apartment not only involves assessing the volume of items but also considering the variety of items across other rooms, living areas, kitchens, and possibly home offices or special-purpose rooms. 

Tips for Using Our Moving Box Calculator

Tips for Using Our Moving Box Calculator

Start by evaluating the size of your home. It is important to keep note of how many bedrooms, bathrooms, and other rooms you have. Then, you should take an inventory of your belongings in each room

It is important to use a moving box calculator as it gives an estimate of how many moving boxes you’ll need, taking into account the number of bedrooms, living areas, and specific item categories. Based on the result from the calculator, you can go ahead to get the right amount of moving supplies.

Don’t forget to include all rooms in your calculations, including less obvious spaces like attics, basements, and garages. If you have an extra large living room, you might want to consider a larger moving box package.

Limitations and Considerations for Your Move

Most calculators use standard measurements and average room contents to estimate the number of boxes. These averages might not reflect unique layouts, lifestyles, or the volume of belongings accurately.

Calculators may not account for items that don’t fit into regular boxes, such as oversized art, musical instruments, or specialized equipment.

To combat these challenges, use the calculator’s output as a starting point and manually adjust based on your knowledge of your belongings and their specific packing needs. For oversized or fragile items, you may need to purchase special boxes or create custom packing solutions and add them to your overall estimate. 

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