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August 14, 2019

How Many Boxes You Need to Move

Man with storage boxes

Moving involves several logistical questions that can cause the most organized movers to pull out their hair. One of the questions that should be asked, but seldom receives enough attention is how many boxes you will need to complete a successful move.

How to Determine the Number of Boxes

Newton and Galileo might not have been able to calculate the number of boxes you will need for a move. There just is not a time tested formula that everyone can use. Before you even start adding up the number of boxes you will need, you first should consider several factors.

Number of People Living in Your home

The more people living in your home, the more boxes you will need for a move. Pretty straightforward mathematical principle. However, the principle becomes somewhat cloudy until you consider other packing factors. Moreover, you have to consider family members that live in your home full time, as well as family members that are there part of the time because of school.

Length of Time Living in Your Home

Another straightforward mathematical principle for calculating the number of boxes required for a move goes like this: The longer you have lived in your home, the more boxes you will need to pack for a move. We tend to collect more stuff the longer we stay in the same house.

Square Footage

Does more space equal more stuff? Yes, in most cases, the square footage rule is true. The exception to the square footage rule are empty nesters that live in the same home where they raised their kids.

Number of Bedrooms

The number of bedrooms in your home will give you a good idea about the number of boxes you will need to pack for a move. Bedrooms contains apparel and other personal stuff that you will not find anywhere else in your house.

Different Sizes for Packing Boxes

The general question of “How many Boxes you will need to pack a three-bedroom house” must also consider the different sizes of packing boxes. Here is a short list of some of the different size packing boxes.

Small – 1.5 cubic feet

Medium – 1.5 to 3 cubic feet

Large – 3 to 3.5 cubic feet

Extra Large – More than 3.5 cubic feet

Drum Roll: Number of Boxes to Pack for a Three-Bedroom Home

As we mentioned, square footage plays an important role in determining how many packing boxes you will need for a move. Remember that calculating the number of boxes you will need for your three-bedroom house might differ from the number of packing boxes your neighbors will need to pack for their three-bedroom house.

Here is an example of the number of boxes required to pack and move stuff from a three-bedroom home:


Medium-Between 36 and 47


Extra Large-Between eight and 13