How many boxes do you need for your move?

How many boxes do you need for your move?

If you’ve ever wondered, "How many boxes do I need?" for your move, the answer is, "It depends." I know this is not very helpful, so I’ll attempt to break down the answer into something that resembles a number. Just bear in mind that it depends on how many belongings you have. Some people who hire Dallas movers are the type who pack their Suburban to the gills during a trip to Target, and then haul it all home, only to repeat the cycle. Others have a Zen living situation going on, where their house is pretty vacant. And then the average person probably falls somewhere in between. So think about where you fit in as you read this guide to moving boxes.


Let’s start with the kitchen. First, it’s important to use moving boxes–not old boxes from just anywhere. That’s because moving boxes are sturdy and stackable, and those are two traits Dallas movers appreciate. Think about it this way: You don’t want to put all your wine glasses in just any box, only to put another box on top and crush them all. There goes your weekend!

But more specifically, the best box for your kitchen is a dish pack. This is a tall, strong box that can keep your dishes safe. When you use dish packs, assume you’ll need one box for every two sets of cabinets. For pots, pans and Tupperware–basically anything that’s lightweight but takes up lots of space–you can use large boxes.


You’ll get a break from packing–and buying boxes!–in the dining room, since most people don’t have much in here. Maybe you have a China hutch with dishes or figurines, in which case you can use a dish pack with plenty of paper to wrap around these fragile items.

If you have artwork in the dining room, use a picture box and bubble wrap to avoid scratching the frames. One cool detail about picture boxes is they’re adjustable, so you can get just the right size box regardless of picture size.


Like the dining room, most people who hire Dallas movers don’t have much to pack in the living room. If you do have books, use book boxes. In particular, for every three to four feet of shelf space, use one book box. And don’t pack books in medium or large boxes unless you want to give your Dallas movers hernias. Books are so dense that a box of them can get heavy fast!

So what can you pack in large and extra large boxes? Good question. Lightweight electronics are good candidates for this type of box, as are toys, pillows and comforters–since they’re all large but light.


For your closet, get wardrobe boxes. Estimate how many you need by pressing together all your clothes on the hanging rod, and measure how many feet they are when they’re squeezed together. For every two feet of clothes, use one wardrobe box.

As a bonus, there’s usually space in the bottom for shoes. For every two feet of clothes, most people have two to four pairs of shoes. So unless you’re Carrie Bradshaw and have hundreds of pairs, you won’t need an extra box just for them. However, if you have expensive or delicate shoes, wrap them with paper before boxing them up.

Still wondering, "How many boxes will I need for my move?" It’s hard to give an exact number without knowing how many things you need to pack. That’s why the easiest option is to call the professional packers at 3 Men Movers. They’ll bring a truck with every shape and size of box you need. Think of it as a box store that comes right to your house!

Even better, you only pay for the boxes you use. Our professional packers will use your boxes first, and then use what’s in their truck as needed. If you want to know more about this service or need to schedule your move now with Dallas movers, contact 3 Men Movers today!