Moving Truck Size Calculator
These are estimates based on data we've calculated so please check with your local truck rental experts to make sure you get the size you need.
What Size Moving Truck Do I Need?
To get an estimated moving truck size, consider the number of rooms in your home and the items you’re planning to move. This moving truck size chart offers estimates based on your home size.
Your Home Size
Your Recommended Truck Size
10-foot box truck
1-Bedroom Apartment or House
12-foot box truck
2-Bedroom Apartment or House
15 to 17-foot box truck
Multi-Bedroom House (3 or more bedrooms)
20 to 26-foot box truck
What Moving Truck Sizes Are Available?
Box truck rentals typically range from as small as 10 feet to as large as 26 feet. Take a look at these recommendations to see which moving truck size best suits your moving needs.
Moving Truck Size
10-Foot Box Truck
9'11" x 6'4" x 6'2"
12-Foot Box Truck
12' x 6'6" x 6'1"
Studio apartment or 1 bedroom
15-Foot Box Truck
15' x 7'8" x 7'2"
17-Foot Box Truck
16'9" x 7'8" x 7'2"
20-Foot Box Truck
16'9" x 7'8" x 7'2"
22-Foot Box Truck
21'11" x 8'1" x 8'1"
26-Foot Box Truck
26'2" x 8'2" x 8'3"
5 bedrooms or more
What to Consider When Choosing a Moving Truck Size
From the belongings you have to the distance you need to travel, here are some things to think about before choosing a rental moving truck.
Moving truck rentals are charged per day and include a fee per mile. The larger the size and the longer the rental period, the more expensive the truck. Additionally, most moving truck companies require you to fill up the gas tank after use, which increases the overall cost—and the larger the truck, the more fuel it takes. If you need a large truck to transport your belongings, it might be helpful to schedule your pick-up and drop-off times within the same day to reduce costs.
If you’re moving within the same city and don't mind making more trips, you can save some money on your rental by selecting a smaller moving truck. However, if you’re relocating to another city with a one-way truck rental, it would be a better option to select a larger truck. That way, you have buffer space to make sure all of your items can fit without having to make multiple trips.
Amount & Size of Items
How big are the items that you’re planning to move? Consider a larger truck if you have bulky items to transport, such as a refrigerator, a king-size bed, large bookshelves, or sectional couches. Similarly, think about the number of rooms in your home, as this can help you estimate the amount of items you need to move. If you're in a one-bedroom apartment, for example, you can probably get away with renting a smaller 10-foot or 12-foot box truck.
Standard moving trucks hold two to three passengers, including the driver. If you have more than that number of passengers, you may have to consider making multiple trips or commuting to your final destination separately. This is something to keep in mind if you're moving long distances.
Thinking of towing a cargo trailer or personal vehicle with your moving truck? You'll need to rent a large enough truck with proper towing capacity. Make sure to check with your moving truck company to see what size requirements are for towing additional weight.
Tips for Packing Your Moving Truck
Loading your moving truck properly helps ensure that your items arrive safely and in good condition at your destination. Here are some tips to make this process smoother!
Get Packing Supplies
It’s important to get good packing supplies for your move so your items are sealed and well-protected during transportation. Pick up packing essentials like moving boxes, moving blankets, bubble wrap, packing tape, furniture wrap, and more.
To maximize your moving truck space, disassemble furniture and appliances, if possible. This also reduces the weight of each individual piece and makes it easier to carry heavy items. Take the legs off your dining table, desks, couches, and dressers, and take apart bed frames and shelving units.
Use Moving Straps
With moving straps, you can keep all items secure so that they don't slide around in the back of your moving truck during transport. Not only does this protect your items, but it also makes maneuvering your moving truck rental easier, as cargo weight won't be constantly shifting. Be sure to strap your items one tier or layer at a time to better secure items in the truck.
Load Heavy Items First
To ensure items won’t get crushed, you should start loading the heaviest and largest items first. These would be things like bed frames, mattresses, tables, couches, appliances, and heavy boxes. Then, load in your lighter items like moving boxes and small home decor. Additionally, try to distribute the weight evenly so that one side of the truck isn't heavier than the other.
Leave Room to Close the Door
Make your loading and unloading process easier by leaving some space near the door so you can close and open it without difficulty. This also ensures that your items won’t topple over or fall out of the truck during transit or when you open the door to unload later.