Easy Ways to Estimate the Truck Size for Moving

By Jas from Spaceship on Dec 31, 2019 in Moving

Estimating the right truck size for your move can be a headache. And you are definitely not alone.

Even though moving companies in Singapore will advise on the truck size for moving, it would be helpful if we know which type of trucks to use.

That is exactly why this article was created, to offer easy and fairly accurate methods to find the right truck size for moving by calculating the space you need for your items.

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Vehicle Types Used By Moving Companies And Their Load Capacity

Moving trucks  are are categorised based on their holding capacity, which is measured as the entire open space of the storage area from floor to roof of the truck or van.

A point to note is that you will need to book a truck with a larger open space than the exact space you need. This is to accommodate extra space between items due to imperfect stacking.

Moving companies commonly use 4 types of vehicles:

  • Cargo van

  • 10ft truck

  • 14ft truck

  • 20-24ft truck

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Now it might be difficult to figure out the right moving load baed on vehicle types and vehicle names. Here's a quick sizing guide based on the average amount of items for you to get a guesstimate.


Cargo van moving load

  • 1 bedroom with simple furnishing

  • 25 or fewer standard carton boxes


10ft truck moving load

  • 1 bedroom apartment

  • 45-60 square feet (sqft) space

  • 200-300 cubic feet (cuft) of possessions

  • 5 or fewer pieces of furniture

  • 50 or fewer boxes


14ft truck moving load

  • 2 bedroom home

  • 60 - 75 sqft space

  • 400-500 cuft of possessions

  • 10 or fewer large pieces of furniture

  • 100 or fewer moving boxes


20-24ft truck moving load 

  • 1 average-sized home, eg. 3-bedroom moderately-furnished house


Calculating the space occupied by your items

With the general guidelines above, you should be able to guess the type of truck or the number of trucks you need for your upcoming moving service.

Another way is to estimate your move load by referring to the table of general item sizes below:

Too much hassle? Here's an easy way


Space Occupied By Items In The Living Room

Item Space (cu. ft.) Item Space (cu. ft.)
Large Armchair 25 Bookshelves 15
Medium Armchair 15 Grand Piano 85
Coffee Table 15 Upright Piano 60
Dining Table 43 Sectional Sofa 130
Flat TV (21'' - 32'') 10 3 Seater Sofa 65
Flat TV (34'' - 50'') 15 Stereo 5


Space Occupied By Items In The Living Room

Item Space (cu. ft.) Item Space (cu. ft.)
Dressing Table 25 Queen Bed 65
Folding Bed 60 Single Bed 45
King Bed 85 Standing Mirror 10
Bunk Beds 160    


Space Occupied By Items In The Kitchen & Halls

Item Space (cu. ft.) Item Space (cu. ft.)
Dishwasher 30 Kitchen Chair 8
Fridge 40 Washing Machine 30
Kitchen Table 25 Vacuum Cleaner 3


Space Occupied By Items In The Office

Item Space (cu. ft.) Item Space (cu. ft.)
Printer 5 Large Office Desk 15

If your items fall out of the tables above, you can also check our the moving space load estimator  tool here.


Now You Are Ready For Your Upcoming Move

After the calculation, you are now ready to choose the right truck size for your move!

Doing the calculation can be tedious, especially when you have masses of stuff that takes up almost every available storage space in your house.

If you are moving by yourself, you may still need to do it despite the amount of work. If you are using a trustful mover service, you may pass it to your moving company who will calculate for you and come up with a clear list of all items to be moved :)


Other articles that you might find useful for your upcoming move:



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Moving is a complicated process that can cause lots of hassle and stress. With an experienced professional moving company like Spaceship, you can make the move a lot easier and safer.

Here are few tips you definitely do not want to miss about your move.

  • Your items will be handled with utmost care by well-trained professional movers in Spaceship

  • Your items will be wrapped in stretch film before being moved

  • Your items will be transported in a fully covered truck

  • You will have free packing boxes for loose items



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