Moving Boxes and Supplies

How Many Moving Boxes Do I Need To Move?

When you know the number of moving boxes and supplies you need, it is easier to prepare for your move. You can gather your moving boxes and moving supplies ahead of time, making you feel better equipped for the task of packing. For your convenience, we can also arrange for your moving supplies and boxes to be delivered right to your doorstep on move date.

Moving Supplies

For your convenience, you can order your moving supplies directly from Collegian Movers. Our moving professionals help you to determine the correct types and amounts of moving boxes you need for your upcoming move.

Moving Box Calculator | Packing Supplies Calculator

Step 1: Use the size of your home, and the number of people living in it, to help determine the number of boxes you need to move.

Step 2:  Calculate a quick estimate by multiplying the number of rooms in your home by 12.


Quick Box Estimate

The moving box calculation is based on the assumption, that it takes 10 to 15 boxes to pack one room.


Estimate the Number of Boxes You Need to Pack Your Home

Chart that tells you the number Of boxes needed to move
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Moving Box Sets

When it comes to residential moving a variety of boxes are needed, including small, medium, and large boxes. In order to properly pack your household, you will also need a variety of different shaped boxes such as dish packs, wardrobe boxes, and file boxes. Next, you should consider the types of items you are moving and the quantity of each item. For example, if you have more clothes or more dishes to pack than an average person, adjust your box order to fit your needs.

Box Guideline (Box Types for Residential Moves)

Collegian Movers Box Guide

Who Should Pack My Boxes?

When moving companies refer to packing services, they mean the physical wrapping of a household and personal item, and the placing of it into a box. Who packs your boxes will depend upon which packing services choose.

On-Site Packing Services For Local and Long Distance Moves

When packing your belongings for a cross country move, consider hiring professional packers. They will assure you are using the proper packing supplies and moving boxes to minimize damage to your items. Transporting furniture and belongings across states lines requires more care and effort than moving to the other side of town. Your items often have to endure hours of bumpy roads. Items that are not packed properly may shift during transport. Our packing services help to keep your memories safe, so nothing gets accidentally damaged.

Boxed filled with dishes wrapped in bubble-wrap done with professional packing services

Packing & Unpacking Services

  • Full-service packing option. Hire our professional movers and packers to pack your entire home or office. This is the fastest option to move out of a home or place of business. It removes the emotional aspect of packing. We assure your items are packed safely, secure, and handled with care. With this option, you have an entire team of packers dedicated to packing your home.
  • Partial-packing option. Hire our professional packers to help you pack your entire home. We will only pack the items or the rooms that you specify. This speeds up the process to complete the task. It costs less than full-service because it takes less time when you are one of the helpers. We highly recommend that you have Collegian Movers trained packers take care of your fragile items. Packing done by professional packers assures your items arrive at your new location in one piece.
  • Single-item packing option. We offer single-item specialized packing services, to help protect your most valued possessions. Our movers and packers receive extensive training on how to build high-quality custom crates. They know how to properly pack, wrap, and protect your fragile, delicate, and priceless items to assure they are safe and secure during transport.
  • Pack your own boxes. This is also referred to as “Packed by Owner” (PBO). This option means that you will be doing all of the packings. On move day, everything is already packed, sealed in boxes and ready to go. The movers collect your boxes, furniture, and other items and load them on the moving truck. They do not pack any of your items.
  • Unpacking service option. We also offer unpacking services, if needed at your final destination.

Should I Buy Extra Boxes?

Collegian Movers has been moving Connecticut residences since 1989. As a guideline, we always ask our clients, “How long have you lived in your home?” We know that the number of boxes you need to move increases with the number of years you have lived in your home. As the late George Carlin said, most people accumulate lots of “Stuff” over time. So, don’t be surprised when you need more boxes, than the average move.

Have you lived in your home for over 10 years? If yes, you should increase the number of boxes to 12-15 per room, versus the 10 to 12 per average move. Please plan accordingly and note that you are not alone. Most people underestimate the number of boxes they need when planning a move.

Are you downsizing your home? If so, you should focus your efforts on minimizing what you are moving. Donate items, have a garage sale or give things away. The fewer items you have to move, the fewer number of boxes you need.

Moving Boxes in a Variety of Sizes

Most Connecticut Moving Companies recommend purchasing boxes in a variety of sizes. The items you are moving come in many different shapes, sizes, and weights. Each item will not fit in the same size box. As a general rule, when packing boxes heavy items should be packed in small boxes and light items should be packed in large boxes.

Moving boxes are specially designed and manufactured for moving. For example, a dish barrel box (China Box) is extremely sturdy because of its double-walled construction. In general, moving boxes are known to endure a greater load, than the boxes sold by the "big box" stores.

The moving boxes sold and used at Collegian Movers have a 32 Edge Crush Test (ECT) rating or higher. The ECT is a test method used to measure the durability and strength of a moving box. Moving boxes are worth the extra money because their strength and durability and adds extra protection for your items during transport.

We Sell Moving Boxes and Supplies

Our boxes come in many sizes. However, the following types of boxes are the most commonly used by professional moving companies. If you want to be 100% safe with your choice of boxes, you'll want to stock up on some of these quality moving boxes.

Choosing the Right Packing Supplies

Below is a guide for which boxes to use based upon the item you are moving. The description includes names, sizes, and basic uses. If you need further information on boxes, please contact our sales office. 

Small Box (Book Carton) - 1.5 Cubic Feet

Small Box (Book Carton) - 1.5 cubic feet

Small moving boxes are great for moving books and other small heavy items such as records, tools, canned goods, etc. Our book carton boxes are small in size and are easy to handle. 

Medium Moving Boxes - 3 cubic feet

Medium Moving Boxes - 3 cubic feet

Medium moving boxes are designed to hold the majority of household items. These boxes are durable and can be used to move lampshades and other medium weight items.

Large Moving Boxes - 4.5 cubic feet

Large Moving Boxes - 4.5 cubic feet

Large boxes are used for light items. Be sure to keep the weight of your boxes reasonable. You don’t want them to become too heavy to carry. Large boxes are used to move items such as speakers, pillows, blankets, bedding, curtains, linens, stuffed animals, and clothing.

China Box or “Dish Barrel” 5.2 cubic feet

China Box (“Dish Barrel”) 5.2 cubic feet

These boxes are well constructed for fragile items such as China, dishes, stemware, and crystal. These corrugated cartons are commonly used for packing the kitchen and dining room. We suggest you also have bubble wrap and packing paper on hand for this job. By protecting your dishes in bubble wrap or with a crushed paper you add an extra level of cushioning to your fragile items. It also helps to eliminate shifting of items inside these heavy-duty moving boxes.

Our warehouse can be used to store business records, excess inventory, seasonal promotional items, product samples, files, furniture, and more.

Packing Kitchen In Moving Box

Tips on How to Pack Dishes in a China Box

It may not seem like common sense, but when packing a China box, it is a best practice to pack the dishes vertically. Dishes have more strength on their side than when stacked horizontally or flat. So, don’t stack them on top of one another, from the bottom of the box. Place your dishes in a vertical direction. This increases your chances for a smooth move without damage. In addition, for extra protection before placing dishes in the box, place a layer of balled up packing paper on the bottom of the box.

Wardrobe boxes with clothes indoors

Wardrobe Box - 2 linear feet

Wardrobe boxes designed to move and store hanging items. In particular, they should be used for your items that cannot be folded and packed into a large box. Each wardrobe carton includes a 24-inch bar to accommodate up to 2 linear feet of items. To calculate the number of wardrobe boxes you need, measure the total feet of the hanging bars you use. Every two feet is equal to one box. In addition to the bar, there is plenty of space at the bottom of each box for your shoes and belts or other lightweight items you store in your closet.

Picture / Mirror Carton (Adjustable 4 Picture/Mirror Box)

Picture / Mirror Carton (Adjustable 4 Picture/Mirror Box)

Safely transporting mirrors, pictures, televisions and other wall-hangings is difficult. Mirror carton boxes are ideal for this type of work. These boxes come in 4 pieces. The overlapping pieces adjust to allow for a wide variety of sizes and uses. The pieces provide exceptional protection. Additionally, we recommend wrapping your items with packing paper or bubble wrap for extra protection. This cushioning also limits movement during transport.

Mattress Carton

Mattress Carton

At 8 hours a night, the average person sleeps for one- third of their life. So, it makes sense to protect your mattress during your move.  Mattress boxes provide a layer of protection from anything that your bed may be exposed to during transportation. This type of box is available in king, queen, double, single (twin) bed sizes. We recommend you use one for each box spring and the mattress that you are moving.

Packing Supplies - cardboard moving boxes and cartons, bubble wrap, packing peanuts

Packing Materials for Moving

We also offer packing materials you may need for your move, including:

  • Boxes
  • Packing tape
  • Packing pads and covers
  • Permanent markers for labeling boxes
  • Moving Box Labels (Printable)
  • Custom crates and containers
  • Strapping
  • Protective Packaging Materials and Packing Materials
    • Bubble wrap
    • Packing paper
    • Moving plastic wrap - good for large furniture (sofa, overstuffed chairs, etc.)
    • Packing peanuts

Save on Moving Supplies & Boxes

It is a great idea to get rid of your excess items when you are moving to a new home or into a storage unit. Remember, when you move locally you pay by the hour. You are paying to move each item, from one location to the next. When you move fewer items, it takes a shorter amount of time to move. Therefore, it costs you less money to move.

It is common for people who are moving to have more than they realize. While sorting through closets, attics, basements, or overfilled garages focus on purging the items you don’t need or use. Also, consider donating outdated clothing, holding a tag sale, giving away old toys, or opening an eBay account to sell your unwanted items online. The fewer moving boxes you fill, the greater savings you will experience, as you will spend less on moving boxes and supplies.

For additional ideas on how to save on your moving costs see our moving tips.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Pack a Kitchen?

When packing up a kitchen, you need to have many items of varying sizes. Therefore, you need to have boxes in varying sizes, as not all items fit into the same size box. In general, the most common box used to pack a kitchen is called a China Box or Dish Barrel. The size of this box is 5.2 cubic feet. China boxes are well constructed for fragile items such as china, dishes, stemware, and crystal. They are corrugated cartons and are commonly used for packing the kitchen and dining room.

How to Pack a Kitchen

It is recommended when packing up your kitchenware to add two layers of bubble wrap or packing paper on the bottom of each box. By protecting your dishes in bubble wrap or with a crushed paper you add an extra level of cushioning to your fragile items. It also helps to eliminate shifting of items inside the heavy-duty moving boxes. Then, wrap each piece of dinnerware with a thin layer of packing paper and stack them one at a time in the box. Again, adding an extra layer of bubble wrap or paper in between every three dishes. It is best to stack the dishes vertically, on their edges, rather than one on top of another, as they are less likely to break this way. For silverware, we recommend wrapping each similar type of silverware (knives with knives, spoons with spoons, etc.) with a rubber band. This keeps them together. Next, place all of the silverware into one smaller sized box, and finally tape it closed with packing tape.

Kitchen Packing Materials

In addition to various sized boxes, pick up the following must have packing supplies:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Polyurethane foam
  • Packing paper
  • Packing tape
  • Rubber bands
  • Colored markers/packing stickers

Packing a Kitchen

Take care with your packing of kitchenware. Wrap each item and allow for cushioning in between items. This reduces your risk of finding broken dishes and shattered wine glasses when you open the boxes in your new location.

Lastly, using colored markers and stickers to label your moving boxes makes it easy to find your kitchenware items in your new home.

If you need more help packing your kitchen, our professional movers and packers are here to help.

Can I move jewelry or items of extraordinary value?

Extraordinary value items* should be carried with you during a move. Items considered to be of extraordinary value are any article that is irreplaceable, sentimentally valuable to you, or expensive. These articles include jewelry, money, photographs, antiques, and stamp collections. Additionally, we recommend that you pack all important documents yourself and not move them with the rest of your household goods. We know loosing these items will cause stress and we want to assure their safety at all times and that is why we recommend you move them your self.

However, extraordinary valued items can be included in your shipment, if you follow these simple steps.

  • Notify us prior to the packing date or moving day (about the items).
  • List all items of extraordinary value separately on the bill of lading.
  • Include the current value for each listed item.
  • Declare all items in writing.
  • No coverage provided for any item not listed.

Follow these steps to ensure that your extraordinary value* claim does not have minimal liability. First, complete and sign the Cargo Coverage Options form. Then, choose and sign Option 2: Actual Cash Value (ACV). And, finally, declare your extraordinary valued items along with their current value.

If you do not wish to declare any articles of extraordinary value, please complete an sign the Cargo Coverage Options form and choose and sign Option 1. You must also complete and sign the Release of Liability form.

*In the moving industry, we consider items of extraordinary value to be an item worth over $5,000, or worth over $100.00 per pound.


Below is a list of valuable and extraordinary items you should pack and move on your own during any relocation:

  • Birth certificates, passports and other forms of identification
  • Medications
  • Expensive jewelry
  • Collectible items (stamp or coin collections)
  • Photos
  • Sentimental items
  • Personal electronics
  • Important documents

Do You Sell Packing Products?

Moving Boxes & Packing Products

Are you getting ready to move, but still need boxes and packing products? Well, you are in luck, because Collegian Movers sells moving boxes, storage boxes, and packing products. So, to make things easy for you, you can purchase your moving supplies from us. We have the moving products and services for all of your local pickup needs. We offer new and used boxes and other packing materials. Most importantly, our boxes are made for moving. This is important for moving your items safely. It adds an extra layer of security to your packed items.

Collegian Movers sells moving boxes and other packing products for all your moving needs. Our boxes are made for moving. They are sturdy and heavyweight which is important for moving your items safely, adding an extra layer of security for your packed items.

How Much Do Packing Services Cost?

Collegian Movers provides affordable packing services and unpacking services for your entire home or business. Additionally, we create custom crating or specialty packing for select items that you would rather entrust to our professionals. If you are in Connecticut, including the Fairfield and New Haven counties and don’t feel like packing, just let our movers and packers take care of it for you. We will help you pack and unpack all of the belongings that you are moving in record time.

Packing services are billed on an hourly rate. So, once your move is set up and your hourly rate is provided, it is easy to calculate. The rate takes into consideration the number of movers and packers you have working for you at one time. In general, the more people you have working for your the quicker the job gets completed.

How Do I Move Art, Antiques, & Valuables on My Own?

How Do I Move Art, Antiques, Valuables?

Planning to move art, antiques, valuables on your own? Use these moving and packing tips to prevent damage or breakage during your move.

  • Have your fine art appraised and insured by a qualified professional.
  • Take the time to learn how to pack your valuables and use quality packing supplies
    • Double- and triple-walled cartons
    • Stretch wrap and cushioning wrap
    • Packing tape
    • Fine tissue and Kraft paper
  • Be sure to mark all the boxed as FRAGILE, so everyone with know to handle them with care
  • Check out all of our packing tips so you can do it yourself the right way.

Still, don’t feel like you are confident in your packing or moving skills? Give Collegian Movers a call. We’d be happy to lend a steady hand. Our movers are trained to take care of your precious pieces. We assure they arrive safely and are treated with the finest care.