How many boxes do I need for my move

How many boxes do I need for my move

This is one of the harder parts of calculating your removalist quotation as unless you have moved previously or are already packed and raring to go it can be difficult to estimate exactly how many cartons or boxes you will need.

We have found that the best way to do this is to estimate your cartons on a room to room basis, as opposed to attempting to make a ‘guestimate’ at the end.

By this we mean as you are walking around your home and listing your furniture and belongings try to visualise contents of cupboards and loose items in piles and then count how many piles you think there will be for each room.

Moving Again’s quoting system allows for the fact that you may need to adjust this figure as you progress with your packing, so give it your best shot, and then when you get closer to moving day, complete a new quote online, even if you have already booked, and update your list.
We will then provide you with a more up to date price, so there are no shocks on a moving day.

Whilst removal cartons are in our opinion the best way to transport your belongings safely, we do not insist that these be used, but in terms of your estimate please be sure to inform us if you are estimating removal cartons or other size boxes as this will affect your quote.

Estimator for how many removal cartons you need

Small move – Student Move - 1 bedroom unit

  • 10 – 20 x removal cartons
  • 5 – 10 x book boxes
  • 1 x ream packing paper
  • 3-4 x box tape
  • 1 x Priority Carton

Small / Medium size move –  1 bedroom unit - 2 bedroom unit

  • 15 – 25 x removal cartons
  • 10 – 15 x book boxes
  • 2 x ream packing paper
  • 4 - 6 x box tape
  • 1 x Priority Carton

Medium size move –  2 bedroom unit - 2 bedroom house

  • 20 – 30 x removal cartons
  • 15 – 20 x book boxes
  • 2-3 x ream packing paper
  • 3- 4 x box tape
  • 1 x Priority Carton

Medium / large size move –  3 bedroom unit - 3 bedroom house

  • 25 – 40 x removal cartons
  • 20 – 30 x book boxes
  • 3- 4 x ream packing paper
  • 5 - 7 x box tape
  • 1 x Priority Carton

Large size move –  3 bedroom home - 4 / 5 bedroom house

  • 35 – 60 x removal cartons
  • 25 – 40 x book boxes
  • 4- 6 x ream packing paper
  • 5 - 7 x box tape
  • 1 x Priority Carton

Large move – when you have 5 or more bedrooms home

  • 45 – 70 x big boxes
  • 40 – 75 x small boxes
  • 5 – 10 x reams packing paper
  • 5 – 10 x box tape
  • 1 x Priority Carton


Whilst removal cartons are definitely the best way to transport smaller items, they're not a requirement by any means. They are just the optimal storage method as removal cartons are designed to be used while moving.

Random boxes you find lying around or from local stores are ok, but professional removal cartons are definitely ideal.

A standard removal carton is approximately 435 x 410 x 600mm.

Don't put too much thought into the exact number of boxes, for now, the main priority at this stage is being accurate with your furniture. We can adjust the total number of boxes closer to the 'Moving Day.'

If the total only changes by one or two that is fine, but if the number increases or decreases by more than 5 or 6 boxes please inform us as soon as possible so we may adjust your quote accordingly.

This is especially important if the number increases as we will have to ensure there is sufficient space on the truck or container for all your goods.

We have compiled a list of the most commonly used boxes, which are available through most self-storage facilities.