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How Many Boxes Do You Need for a Move?

Just how many boxes do you need to move? There are many factors that determine how many moving boxes you will need for your belongings. Some of these factors include the number of rooms, square footage, and people living in your current home, as well as the level of decluttering you do before packing. In the end, it will come down to how much you need to move. One family’s three-bedroom home may take twice as many boxes as another family’s three-bedroom home if they have extensive collectibles, a full garage, and lots of “stuff.”

Fortunately, our team at Affordable Quality Moving and Storage can help you determine how many boxes you will need for your move. This blog includes numbers on how many boxes you may need to move, based on averages for different sizes of apartments or homes.

How Many Boxes You Need When Moving, By Room

In most cases, a single room needs approximately 10 small boxes, 8 medium boxes, and 5 large boxes. However, the actual number of boxes you need will be determined by how many items you have to pack. Below is an estimated number of cardboard boxes you’ll need based on the number of bedrooms you have in your current home or apartment. These numbers are estimated for a standard two-person living arrangement.

# of Boxes Needed for a Studio Apartment

  • 15 medium boxes
  • 13 large boxes
  • 7 extra-large boxes
  • 4 wardrobe boxes
  • 3 picture boxes

# of Boxes Needed for a 1-Bedroom House or Apartment

  • 20 medium boxes
  • 16 large boxes
  • 8 extra-large boxes
  • 4 wardrobe boxes
  • 4 picture boxes

# of Boxes Needed for a 2-Bedroom House or Apartment

  • 30 medium boxes
  • 22 large boxes
  • 10 extra-large boxes
  • 4 wardrobe boxes
  • 6 picture boxes

# of Boxes Needed for a 3-Bedroom House

  • 45 medium boxes
  • 31 large boxes
  • 13 extra-large boxes
  • 4 wardrobe boxes
  • 9 picture boxes

How Many Boxes Will I Need to Move?

When you’re trying to figure out how many boxes you need to move, you can use the figures we’ve included above. You can also take into account any additional items you may need to pack. If you’re handling the packing on your own, we recommend walking through your entire property and noting down not only the number of rooms but also items that may require special boxes, like picture boxes or wardrobe boxes. Then, purchase as many boxes as you think you’ll need. If you don’t have enough, you can always buy more. If you buy too many, some companies will allow you to return any unused boxes.

Be sure to purchase high-quality boxes, and follow our Packing Guide to make sure you pack your belongings safely and securely. You want to make sure everything will be protected and that the boxes aren’t too heavy to move!

Our Southern California Moving Experts Can Help You!

Trying to organize and plan your move can be overwhelming and time-consuming. If you don’t want to deal with the stress of moving or packing, let the team at AQMS help you. Our team of Southern California moving professionals has the right equipment and knowledge to pack your belongings and have them arrive safely at your new home. Regardless of whether you are moving overseas or a block away from your current home, our team is here to help. We offer complete packing and unpacking, transportation, and storage services for home and office moves, whether they’re local, out-of-state, or even international. No matter how many boxes it takes, we can get you into your new place with the least amount of stress possible.

When you choose AQMS, you can have peace of mind knowing we are trained and licensed to pack your items and transport them to your new home. Call (661) 622-2636 today for your free in-home estimate.