You are about to move, and you want to rent a van that will transport your belongings to your new address. But among the different types of trucks and the available storage volumes, you don’t know which one to choose. From 10m3, 40m3 to 100m3, how do you know which vehicle and volume will meet your needs?

## Calculate your moving volume: the bulkiest furniture

To calculate his moving volume, you must first know the volume of the house or room. Then, it is advisable to sort and make a list of the furniture and boxes to be moved.

Some furniture can be dismantled. Others must be transported as is, or with additional protection. Here are some typical examples. An armchair, a double sofa or a corner sofa occupy 0.80m3, 1.30m3 and 2.50m3 respectively. A single bed with 2 places makes between 0.70m3 and 1.20m3. A bedside table is 0.1m3, a table 0.7m3, and a wardrobe 1.5m3. A washing machine, dishwasher or gas cooker occupies about 0.30 m3, compared to 0.5 to 1.15m3 for a refrigerator, and 0.90m3 for a TV cabinet.

## Calculate your volume of boxes to move

On the day of the event, the movers will come to transport your furniture, but also suitcases and boxes. In the latter, there may be fragile objects that need an additional protective layer. Cardboard boxes and their protective packaging also take up space. It is advisable to add a margin to obtain the approximate moving volume. The volume of 10 standard boxes of 50 x 40 x 35 cm is 1 m3. For 10 boxes of books (35 x 28 x 30 cm each), you will have about 0.5 m3.

## Calculate your moving volume to choose the right utility

Moving trucks vary from 10m3 to 100m3. It is important to choose the right volume for your needs to limit your rental expenses. After dismantling your furniture if possible and packing the rest of your belongings, take the time to calculate the volume of the move according to the tips above. For a small volume, you can opt for a van. However, if the volume of business to be moved is large, a large truck is essential. Some are equipped with a lift or tailgate to facilitate loading and unloading, especially for upstairs housing.