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What can fit in a moving box?

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One crucial aspect of a successful move is having the right moving and packing boxes to safeguard your belongings and keep them organized during the transition. But when the time of moving is approaching, a question arises: What can fit in a moving box? 

There are several different types of boxes you can opt for: follow this guide let us walk you through it to plan your move as smoothly as possible.

Different packing boxes for moving

Standard Moving Boxes
There are standard sizes for moving boxes, although they can vary slightly depending on the manufacturer and the region

  • Small: 16”x12” x12” with a volume of 1.5 cubic feet. These are typically used for small, heavy items like books, dishes, and canned goods.
  • Medium: 18”x18”x15” inches, 22 x 16 x 15 inches with a volume of 3 cubic feet. hese are versatile boxes used for a variety of items, including kitchen appliances, toys, and clothing.
  • Large: 18”x18”x24”with a volume of 4.5 cubic feet. These boxes are suitable for lightweight, bulky items such as bedding, pillows, and lampshades.

Specialty Boxes
When you move with Roadway Moving you will have access to a selection of specialty boxes designed for specific items. These boxes are high-quality double-walled moving boxes made of durable materials like corrugated cardboard, with reinforced handles for easier lifting and carrying.

Book Box 

These boxes are 16″ x 12″ x 12″, 1.5 cubic feet, weight capacity 22-40lbs, and are used to pack and store books (approximately 15-30 regular-sized) and other smaller items, books. 

What can fit in a Book Box?

  • 12-15 Hardcover books
  • 30-40 Paperback books
  • 30-40 Magazines & folders
  • 8-15 Photo albums 
  • 40-60 DVDs or Blu-rays 
  •  2-4 Small electronic gadgets (e.g., tablets, e-readers)
  • Office supplies (e.g., notepads, pens, stationery- varies based on size)

Linen Box 

A Linen Box is 18″ x 18″ x 24″, 3.1 cubic feet with a weight capacity of 25-30lbs used to store various items such as clothing, shoes, pots and pans, along with non-breakable items. 

What can fit in a Linen Box?

  • 20-30 Clothing Pieces (varies by size and type)
  • 5-7 Pots and pans
  • 2-3 sets of Linens and bedding 
  • 10-15 pairs of Shoes
  • 1-2 Small kitchen appliances (e.g., toasters, blenders).

Wardrobe Boxes

Wardrobe Boxes are typically used to pack clothes, dresses and coats that are hanging on hangers in closets. The benefit of using these boxes is that it eliminates the need to fold and pack clothing that will need to be hung up at the destination. It creates a better moving experience for clients and reduces unnecessary packing time. There are two different sizes:

  • Short: 24”x20”x34”,  12 cubic feet, it can hold approximately 15-20 hanging garments
  • Tall: 60”x20”x24” 16 cubic feet, it can hold around 20-25.

Dish Box

A Dish Box is 18” x 18” x 28, 5.2 cubic feet, with a weight capacity of 50lbs, and it is used to properly store any china, glassware and other kitchen appliances. It is a durable box that is built to protect fragile items. Can vary from 15-30 delicate items.

What can fit in a Dish box?

  • 12-15 Large dinner plates
  • 15-20 Salad plates
  • 15-20 Soup bowls
  • 20-30 Small saucers
  • 10-15 Teacups
  • 12-18 Wine glasses
  • 15-20 Drinking glasses
  • 2-4 Serving platters
  • 2-4 Serving bowls
  • 1-2 Delicate kitchen appliances (e.g., blenders, food processors)
  • 8-12 Delicate dishes (e.g., fine china)

Lamp Box 

The size of a lamp box is approximately 16″x18″x18″ with a volume of 4 cubic feet, and can hold 1 or 2 standing floor lamps, depending on their size. It is available for each move in the event that clients have standing floor lamps that need to be protected. 

Parts Box 

This box of 12”x12”x12” and a volume of 1 cubic feet, stores any loose hardware such as screws, bolts, nails and sofa legs that are removed from disassembled items being transported.

TV Boxes

The screen is always wrapped in blankets when placed into the box. The sizes vary depending on the screen type:

  • A 42-inch flat-screen TV box with a volume of 8 cubic feet 
  • A 55-inch flat-screen TV box with a volume of 10 cubic feet.
  • A 65-inch flat-screen TV box with a volume of 12 cubic feet


Commercial Bin 

These boxes 48”x24”x28” with a volume of 20 cubic feet, store miscellaneous loose items. You can store items such as trash cans, hampers, and large toys along with other bulky loose items that cannot be easily packed in another box.

Picture Bin 

A Picture Bin is a large cardboard crate box of a volume of 15 cubic feet, that has dividers in between. This box is used to store paintings, small mirrors and picture frames that are small or medium sized: 5-8 small or medium-sized paintings, mirrors, or picture frames.

Mattress Box

We provide mattress boxes for storage, long distance and international. These boxes can store most traditional mattress sizes: 

  • Twin Size
  • Full Size
  • Queen Size
  • King Size

mattress box

Mirror/Picture Box

A mirror box is a specialized type of moving box designed to safely transport mirrors, large glass items, or framed artwork that cannot fit into a standard-sized box. These boxes are typically long, narrow, and flat to accommodate items like mirrors or framed artwork without putting them at risk of breaking during transportation.

Wine Boxes

These boxes are built specifically to transport wine bottles and come with bottle holders within the box to properly transport the wine. Typically, wine boxes are designed to hold 6-12 wine bottles.

Packing Supplies

To complement their extensive selection of boxes, Roadway Moving also offers a variety of packing supplies to help you secure your belongings:

  1. Packing Paper: Protect fragile items with packing paper, which can be used to wrap delicate items individually or cushion the inside of boxes. Additionally, the packing paper will be used by the movers to secure items in boxes to ensure that there is minimal shifting during transport
  2. Bubble Wrap: Ideal for providing extra cushioning for breakables like glassware, electronics, fragile lamps, chandeliers, sculptures, statues and paintings.
  3. Packing Moving Tape: Secure your boxes and ensure they stay closed during transport with high-quality packing tape. It is used to pack up boxes, but also to secure blankets and corner protectors on furniture pieces.
  4. Protective blankets: Keep your furniture clean and scratch-free with the protective blankets from Roadway Moving. Our blankets are included in the pricing and are returned to the movers upon the completion of the move.


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When it comes to moving, having the right boxes and packing supplies can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth and successful transition.

Whether you need to pack one room or an entire apartment,  Roadway Moving has you covered. With our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, you can trust our moving boxes and packing supplies to safeguard your belongings during your move. Make your next move a breeze by choosing Roadway Moving’s diverse and reliable range of moving services and get a quote now! 

Do You Still Have Questions?

Check our FAQs related to packing and moving boxes and discover more!

What not to put in boxes when moving?

Always follow your moving relocation specialist’s guidelines and local regulations to ensure a safe move, but in general,  items not to pack in moving boxes include:

  • hazardous materials (flammable, corrosive, or explosive substances)
  • perishable food
  • highly valuable items (cash, jewelry, important documents)
  • live plants
  • pets
  • prescription medications
  • firearms and ammunition
  • expensive electronics
  • household cleaning supplies
  • open liquids
  • fragile items in glass jars,
  • flammable items like lighters and matches

What can I use a large moving box for?

You can use a large moving box for packing and transporting a wide range of items, including clothing, linens, bedding, toys, shoes, lamps, small appliances, electronics, cushions, sports equipment, holiday decorations, and miscellaneous household items. Ensure you label the box with its contents and the room it belongs to for easy unpacking at your new location.

Can boxes be too heavy for movers?

Yes, boxes can indeed be too heavy for movers. Professional movers typically have weight limits and safety guidelines to ensure the safety of their personnel and the protection of your belongings. In addition to that the usage of tools, like dollies, is helpful to move and lift heavy boxes.Roadway pays extreme attention to safeguard the health of their movers, defining strict rules and processes.

How to efficiently pack for a move?

To make the most of your packing space during a move you can: 

  • Declutter before you start, disposing of items you no longer need. 
  • Organize belongings and group similar items together. 
  • Choose the right boxes, using smaller ones for heavy items and larger ones for bulkier, lighter objects. 
  • Optimize your packing by following a strategic hierarchy. Begin by placing the largest items at the bottom of the box. Next, fill any gaps with smaller items that snugly fit within those spaces and along the box’s edges. Once these gaps are filled, arrange your remaining smaller items on top for efficient packing.
  • Disassemble large furniture and use vacuum storage bags for bedding and clothing to save space.
  • Label each box with its contents and destination room. 
  • Avoid overloading boxes and pack essentials separately. 
  • Consider professional packing services for efficiency and security during your move.

What should I pack first in my bedroom when moving?

Start by packing out-of-season clothing, followed by shoes, accessories, and extra bedding and linens. Then pack books, decor, fragile items, and the rest of your clothing. Prioritize packing electronics, jewelry, and valuables separately. Disassemble furniture, and keep daily essentials and important documents easily accessible. Label boxes with contents and room names for efficient unpacking.

What is the hardest room to pack when moving?

Many people find the kitchen to be the most challenging room to pack due to its numerous fragile items, small utensils, heavy appliances, pantry contents, cleaning supplies, and awkwardly shaped cookware. To make the process more manageable, start early, declutter, use proper packing materials, and consider professional assistance for disconnecting and moving large appliances.

What is the easiest room to pack?

Bedrooms are often the easiest rooms to pack during a move. They typically have fewer fragile items, uncomplicated furniture, and straightforward personal items like clothing and bedding. Starting early, decluttering, and clear labeling can make bedroom packing even more efficient.

Can I leave clothes in drawers when moving?

Yes, you can leave lightweight clothing items in drawers when moving. Remove heavy or fragile items, secure the drawers, and consider the weight to prevent strain. Protect delicate items separately and check with professional movers for their recommendations. Label drawers for easy unpacking.

When should I start packing for a move?

A general guideline is to start packing for your move at least a few weeks in advance. Begin by decluttering and gathering packing supplies. Pack infrequently used items first, progressing to more essential items as your move date approaches. Finish packing essentials a few days before the move and keep a “moving day essentials” box for immediate needs. Adjust this timeline based on the size of your home and the amount of belongings you have. Starting early and packing systematically can help reduce stress during your move.

How long should it take to pack a house?

The time needed to pack a house varies based on its size and the amount of belongings. For a small apartment or studio, 1 to 2 days may suffice, while an average-sized home may take 2 to 4 days. Larger homes can require 5 days to a week or more. Professional movers or packers can expedite the process to hours.

How many boxes does it take to pack up a house?

The number of boxes needed to pack up a house varies widely depending on the size of the house, the number of belongings, and how well you pack and organize. Here are some general estimates to give you an idea:

  • Studio: 20-40
  • 1 Bedroom (1-2 tenants) fits 30-40 box
  • 2-3 bedrooms (2-3 tenants) fits 40-60 box
  • 2-3 bedrooms (3-4 tenants) fits 60-80 box

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