Choosing the right size moving truck rental is one of the most critical aspects to having a safe and pleasant DIY move. If you rent a moving truck that is too small, you may be in the midst of a moving nightmare. You’ll either have to unpack the truck entirely to exchange it for the next size up, or arrange alternate moving arrangements for the items that don’t fit. This is especially inconvenient and expensive when you’re moving cross-country. You can always tow a cargo trailer with your rental truck to avoid this hassle as another option. To decide what the right size moving truck is for you, start by asking the most important question:

moving truck rental lineup 2016The amount of bedrooms you’re moving will help determine what size moving truck rental to select.

How much stuff do you have?

Go through your home room-by-room and make a list of the major pieces of furniture you have. Include the large items like beds, dressers, dining room tables. Include any items that will not fit into a box. You also should consider your move: Is it in-town or one-way? For in-town moves, you may be more likely to pack less things and just place them in the truck loose, requiring more space in the back of your truck.

Once you have your list prepared, visit your local dealer, or go to their website. They will typically have guidelines to help you decide which size equipment best matches your needs. There are 2 common ways these will be broken down:

A.)  By Number of Bedrooms: This is the simplest and easiest method for determining what size you need. Most customer feedback says this is how they chose their moving truck and that it got the job done right.  The truck rental company will list their moving truck’s capacity in terms of bedrooms in your home for simplicity. Going along with the company’s general estimate saves time, but remember that they are only estimates based on the typical furniture in any given room. For example, one bedroom may consist of a queen sized bed, a dresser, and 2 nightstands. If the rooms in your home have a lot of furniture, you must assume that it will take up more space. If you are on the cusp between truck rental sizes, it is best to be safe and reserve the next size up. If you are unable to find a guide, here is a general starting point:

B.)  By Cubic Feet: Instead of categorizing their truck sizes by number of rooms, some companies may offer the cubic feet measurement of storage for each truck. If you are one that wants to do the measurements and calculations. Then this is your best option. In this instance, it’s best to take the list you made, and insert the numbers into an online calculator. In addition to using an online calculator, you can use a general rule of thumb and allow 150-200 cubic feet per of truck space per fully furnished room. Remember, though, that this too is only an estimate. If your home is very full of furniture you will want to allow more space.

How to Choose the Right Size Moving Truck RentalTips:

– Don’t forget about the items outside such as bikes, propane grills, and patio furniture. Consider adding a trailer to your moving truck for these items.
– Prepare for loading the truck by reading How to Load a Moving Truck.
– Consider adding coverage when renting your equipment.
– When in doubt, opt for the larger moving truck rental.

What are the different ways you have decided which size truck to get in the past. Have they been accurate? Let us know below in the comments section.

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UPDATED: May 2, 2016 to incorporate the latest truck lineup offered by U-Haul.


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  • Are your trucks still available for $19.99? And if so do you except check from a special needs trust?

  • vanessa

    If i were moving an 8 seater sectional sofa should a 10′ truck be sufficient for that?

    • Paige E

      Hi Vanessa, I would measure your sectional sofa to confirm the fit. The inside dimensions of a 10′ U-Haul truck are 9’11” x 6’4″ x 6’2″ (LxWxH). You can find more info here.

  • Gary Widdison

    What size truck would be required to haul about 45 medium boxes?

    • Paige E

      If all they are all U-Haul’s medium size boxes, you can get all 45 boxes in a 10 ft truck. However, if you need more space for furniture or other odds and ends a 14 ft truck would probably be best.

  • Len

    Do you have smaller trucks with a lift gate? I need to move small but heavy equipment. Two pieces approximately 800 lbs. total.

    • Paige E

      Hi Len, U-Haul trucks do not have lift gates, rather, truck ramps. For more information on the smallest 10′ box truck, click here.

  • angelina

    Im moving but I want to know if in a 10′ U-Haul can I fit one queen bed and the based with few boxes

    • Jennifer Borbon

      Hi Angelina, all of our trucks fit a queen size mattress and box spring with room to spare. If you are only moving a few boxes 10 ft truck should be fine. However, if you have a lot of boxes and furniture consider renting a 14 ft truck.

  • Amanda

    What size of truck do i need if i only want to take 2 trios to move my 2 queen size beds, 2 piece sofas, dining table, fridge and stove??

    • Paige E

      For this type of move, I would suggest either a 14′ truck for 2 trips or a 17′ moving truck to be safe and complete in one move. Both size trucks have a loading ramp to make loading the heavier items easy. As always, you can also contact Moving Specialists at 1-800-GO-UHAUL

  • Thomas

    I am picking up a king size mattress with two full sized box springs. What size truck would be best to use?

    • Paige E

      Hi Thomas, you can use any size U-Haul truck from 14′ to 26′. You can find more information on those trucks here. Also, this infographic can assist you in what size truck for your mattresses!

  • E Morana

    My couch is 98 inches long. Can I fit it in a 10 foot van?

    • Paige E

      Hi there – yes, you’re couch should fit into a U-Haul Cargo Van. The dimensions are 9’2″ x 5’7-1/2″ x 4’5″ (LxWxH). You can find more info on U-Haul cargo vans here.

  • diana

    Is there an age requirement to rent a truck?

    • Paige E

      U-Haul requires their customers to be 18 years of age to rent moving trucks. You will also need a valid driver’s license.

  • Karen Mayberry

    I have a dining room to move…6 foot table, 6chairs,china cabinet (top is sep from bottom) and a small chest.
    Can I fit it all in a 10 foot truck?

    • Paige E

      Hi Karen, because some of those items vary is size, your best bet would be to measure it and compare it against the dimensions and size of a U-Haul 10′ truck. You can find the dimensions here. Also, another option would be to stop by a U-Haul center to see a truck for yourself. This might give you a better gauge of what will fit. You can find your closest U-Haul location here.

  • Tonya

    I need to move a king size iron headboard,a upright dresser and some boxes but do not know which truck/van would work.

    • Diana H

      Thanks for your question Tonya! It would depend on the specific size of each item. These items would likely fit in any of our trucks. If you wanted to use a van, you would just need to check on how tall the dresser is and be sure it could fit in it. Click here for the cargo van dimensions. Hope your move goes well!


  • Denise

    Moving a king size bed room set, 2 piece living room set and a kitchen table w/2 chairs. What size uhaul truck would I need?

    • Paige E

      Hi Denise, it all depends on how large the pieces are in your various sets. If they are fairly small you can probably get away with using a 15′ truck. However, to be safe we would recommend going with a 17′ truck. Know that a king sized mattress will fit in 10′ U-Haul truck and up.

  • Taylor

    Hi there!
    I need to move two people, 2 queen sized beds with frames, 2 large desks, 2 large dressers, one large shelf, one small desk, 3 desk chairs, a 3 person couch, a love-seat couch, 2 lounge chairs, one coffee table, 2 night stands, along with boxes for our clothes as well as smaller items (10-20 medium sized boxes total)
    Which truck is my best fit for this situation?


    If I were to move four people, 4 queen sized beds with frames, 4 large desks, 3 large dressers, one large shelf, one small shelf, one small desk, 5 desk chairs, a 3 person couch, a love-seat couch, 2 lounge chairs, one coffee table, 1 tv stand, 5 night stands, along with boxes for our clothes as well as smaller items (30-40 medium sized boxes total)
    Which truck is my best fit?

    We are unsure of our plans but would like to be informed on both possible situations,

    Thank you for your help,

    • Paige E

      Hi Taylor! For your first question, a 17ft or 20ft truck would probably hold the items. Normally the estimator is based on the total rooms of furniture but it sounds as if you might be moving 4 to 5 rooms. Although, you also mention a 2 person move, this would be equivalent to a 2 bedroom home which would equal a 17ft truck. If moving 4 people, a 26ft truck would be equivalent to 7 to 8 rooms total. These suggestions are not based on the breakdown of the items listed but on the general idea of the move is for a 4 bedroom home. Another option is to measure the items and size them against the capacity of U-Haul truck sizes. You can find more information about the 17′ moving truck and 20′ moving truck.

  • wendell salsman

    Please help us with size we have a washer dryer, king size bed, treadmill that folds , stationary bike large hutch 2dressers, etc plus many boxes thanks

    • Paige E

      I would recommend a 17ft moving truck. This truck is typically for a two bedroom apartment, it will fit about 4 rooms of furniture, household items, boxes etc. Also, it comes equipped with the widest and shortest ramp for easier loading. You can find more information about truck sizes here.

  • William


    I am currently moving a twin sized bed, a 2 person loveseat, a bookshelf, and around 5 medium boxes. This would likely fit into a 10′ truck, correct?

    • Paige E

      Hi William, it sounds like your items should fit. The inside dimensions of the truck are 9’11” x 6’4″ x 6’2″ (LxWxH). As long as the bookshelf isn’t too tall, you should be good to go! You can find more information about the truck here.

  • Margaret Hood


    I am moving a 3 bedroom house with no appliances. Should I get a 20′ or 26′. They are not offering a 24′.

    Also can you tell me what size storage unit I would need based on truck size?

    Thank you,


  • corey

    how many can a 20-24 ft truck seat

    • Paige E

      Hi Corey, U-Haul’s 20 and 24ft trucks have a bench seat that will fit 3 people. You find more information in this blog post.

  • Tanmay

    Hi Paige, Can two adults and 2 kids (toddler and a baby) travel in a 20/ 24 feet Uhaul truck?

    • Paige E

      Hi Tanmay, The 20 and 24′ U-Haul trucks have a bench seat that seats 3 people. There are local requirements for using car seats in moving trucks. You can check out this blog post for more information. If you are moving with four people, you might consider one of the adults following in a seperate car where a car seat would be a viable option. There are also alternatives to moving with a truck. You might consider using U-Box portable storage. You can find more info on that here.

  • Jane Dillon

    I am moving a queen mattress,box spring and frame. A Walmart bought size pool table, (legs removed)
    A few boxes, two patio chairs (stackable), three small tables. If I have room also a light weight futon.
    Will a 10 foot truck work?

    • Paige E

      Great question, Jane. The amount of items mentioned sounds like it could fit in a studio or a 1-2 bedroom apartment. Our 10′ trucks are perfect for small apartment/studios that can haul your items. You can find more information on that truck size here.

  • Alisha

    When you say rooms, are you talking about bedrooms or bedrooms as well as living, and dining? I will be moving a 2 bedroom with more like 3 bedroom things (2 queen beds, baby crib, 2 dressers, 3 night stands, 1 chest) living room (large sectional, extra large ottamen,large desk, 47 inch tv), small dining table with 4 chairs,washer and dryer.

    Thank you

    • Paige E

      In this post when we say rooms it is referring to any room in your home. In your case it sounds like you are moving between four and five rooms, so we would recommend going with at least the 20 foot truck. Hope this helps!

  • Russ

    Hey Paige, I am moving a Californian king bed, frame, small desk, chair, and bike. What truck do you recommend?

    • Paige E

      Hi Russ, a 10ft truck should be fine for just these items; however, for easier loading, I would recommend a 15ft truck, that has a ramp.

  • Sonia Deleon

    Was wanting to know what size of cargo trailer would I need to move 2 twin size beds including matteres but the frames of the twin beds well be taken apart, and also a queen size matters and box, also three TV’s a medium size entertainment center and a little kitchen table which would also be taken apart has chairs. Of you could respond back ASAP

    • Paige E

      Hi Sonia, you will want to rent the largest U-Haul trailer. It is 6×12 and fits about 2-3 rooms of furniture.

  • Hi, I need to move 2 large dressers, 1 small dresser, a 4’round coffee table, 3 side tables, 5 18″ boxes and 4 larger plastic bins. Will a 10′ truck be large enough?

    • Paige E

      Wendy, a 10ft moving truck will definitely be big enough for these items; however, be aware that the 10ft truck does not have a ramp.

  • ahday

    I’m moving just a queen size mattress and box spring. Will an 8 inch truck do.

    • Paige E

      To move a queen size box spring and mattress you will need at least a 10ft truck. This blog post will give you more information on what moving trucks you can use to move your mattress.

  • JoAnn Fletcher

    I need to move 75 large plastic storage boxes, 1 dresser,1 chest of drawers, 1full mattress. what size do I need?

    • Paige E

      Hi JoAnn, We don’t know the size of your containers, dressers or drawers. Any size truck option can fit a full size mattress. If you want to provide us the sizing of your items, we can be of more help! For more informtion on U-Haul trucks, click here.

  • Mike

    Can i use the biggest Cargo Trailer to move; Queen Bed, 2 end tables, dresser; loveseat, recliner, 15 small boxes

    • Paige E

      Hi Mike, you can definitely fit a queen sized bed in a 6×12 cargo trailer, which is the largest one that U-Haul has. Becuase your other items are not standard sizes, we wouldn’t be able to confirm. I would suggest measuring your items against the inside dimensions which are 11’7″ x 6′ x 5’5″ (LxWxH). You can find more information about that cargo trailer here. Also, it might make it easier for you to know what size you need by seeing the trailer in person. You can find your closest U-Haul location here.

  • Cielito

    I have 1 queen bed with head and footboard, 2 x 5 ft single row chest, twin bunk bed, wooden crib, 4ft double row chest, sofa and love seat, 3 piece wall unit, large dining table, 8 chairs and 20 boxes, 2 bikes, wagon, barbecue. I was calculating a 17′ or 20′ but my wife thinks we should get a 26′. What do you think?

    • Paige E

      We would recommend a 20ft truck. It is ideal for a 3 bedroom home. You can also visit a U-Haul center and check out the truck sizes to see which would be best for your move.

  • vishram

    what id propene gas. uhaul runs on normal gas like CAR. please explain what is propene gas

    • Paige E

      Propane gas is a colorless, flammable gas. It is most often for powering up grills, outside heaters, etc. You can see more information here.

  • shimon

    How many boxes like egg carton boxes fits into a 20 ft truck?

    • Paige E

      The measurements we found for an egg carton box were 12″W x 24″L x 13 3/4″H. Based off of that size you could fit a little over 280 boxes in a 20′ truck if you stacked them well.

  • Hi! Wondering what size truck will I need for a full-size mattress & box spring, a cedar chest, a medium-dining hutch and table with 4 chairs, a sideboard, a bookcase, and 2 end tables? No boxes – just the furniture mentioned. Thanks!

    • Paige E

      Hello! It depends on how large the various items are, but if they are all standard size they will fit nicely in a 10′ truck. Don’t forget some furniture pads to protect it all! =)

  • Ch

    Hi, How many egg carton boxes, 12″W x 24″L x 13 3/4″H, would fit in a 12 foot truck?

    • Paige E

      Unfortunately U-Haul doesn’t carry 12′ trucks. A 10′ truck would be able to hold about 135 if you plan on stacking them, or 27 if you plan on doing 1 layer. A 15′ truck would be able to hold a little over 300 if stacking, or 49 if not.

  • Sarah

    I’m moving to a studio apartment: queen bed with small frame, slim 3 person couch, coffee table and a TV stand that is the size of another coffee table, small dresser/pull down desk, tall modular bookcase, medium sized leather chair, tall mirror, 2 bikes, 2 large plants (6ft tall, 2.5″ diameter), 40″ flat screen TV, and probably about a dozen boxes. And a couple of suitcases. What size uhaul should I get? This is for a long distance move.

    • Paige E

      Sarah, U-Haul recommends a 10′ truck for studio apartment moves, but in your case we think a little extra room is in order due to the bikes and plants. A 15′ truck will have no problem holding all the things you mentioned.

  • Philip

    I’m trying to move a sectional sofa, small kitchen table, queen size bed, and relatively few other things. Would a 10′ be enough? 15 seems a little excessive.

    • Paige E

      Phillip, Unless your sectional sofa is exceptionally large, a 10′ truck will work fine for the items you mentioned.

  • Marguerite

    I am moving 2 queen beds, 2 dressers, a standard sofa and love seat, a treadmill, a desk, dinning room table and four chairs, 4 book cases, rocking chair, and small side tables, 4 winter tires, 2 TVs, with about 100 boxes, what do you recommend?

    • Paige E

      Marguerite, 100 boxes? Wow! For all that stuff you should definitely go with the 26′ truck.

  • Kelly J

    We are moving 2 complete queen beds, 2 dressers, 2 chests, 3 couches, 2 chairs, dining w/6 chairs, refrigerator, 6 bar stools, a fake fireplace, kitchen table and chairs, 2 flat screen Tvs, two standard Tvs: one large, one 27″, and 90 medium boxes. What size truck should be get?

    • Paige E

      Kelly, It really depends on how big some of these items are, such as the fake fireplace. The 20′ truck is normally recommended for 2-3 bedroom households, but it is not uncommon to need a larger truck if you have more or bigger items then average. I’d go with the 24′ truck to be safe. You can check them both out here.

  • Lonnie

    I have a 10’x10′ storage unit that’s filled to completely and I have a few things I a bedroom what size truck do you think I need to make a one way move

    • Paige E

      Hi Lonnie, It depends on how many items you have in your bedroom, but you would need at least a 17′ truck to haul the items in the 10×10 storage unit with a few extra things. If you have a lot in the bedroom then go with a 20′ truck. You can check out all the options here.

  • Rita

    What size truck do I need to move a standard dining room set with a 42x68x29 table, 6 chairs and a 6ft. high china cabinet?

  • Elenor Matterson

    What size truck do i need to move a queen sized bed with the headboard, a washing machine, and a sofa sectional

    • Mahriah S

      Hello Elenor, our 15 foot truck can accommodate a 1-2 bedroom house or apartment, so that should be enough room for your bed, sofa and washing machine.

  • Susan Lawson

    What size truck do I need for a 2 bedroom apartment with ALOT of boxes, one mattress and box springs, one sofa, two side chairs, six bookcases, no appliances and no dining room furniture. This will be a move out of state. Thanks, Susan

    • Paige E

      Hi Susan, for your move, we would recommend a 17ft truck. It is perfect for moving a two bedroom apartment!

  • Ronian

    I can drive a 15 truck with a regular lincense

    • Paige E

      Veronica, Yes, as long as your license is valid and you are 18+.

  • Derrick Harris

    Hello all. What size truck would you suggest for a leather couch, 2 lounge chairs, wooden coffee and end tables with removable glass tops, office chair, swivel lounge chair, two accent chairs, wooden computer desk, washer and dryer, dresser with nightstand and queen size bed, queen mattress, three dining chairs, and wooden dining table base with removable glass top?


    • Paige E

      Based on the items listed, you have about a two bedroom, or one bedroom with an office, worth of furniture. We would suggest a 17ft truck for this move.

  • Elise

    We are moving a queen bed/boxspring, dresser, 2 nightstands, desk, bookcase, 3 seat couch, chair, table w/4 chairs, tv stand, 55″ TV, 30″ TV coffee table, 4 bikes, hutch, golf clubs, and roughly 30-45 boxes what size Uhaul should we get 15′ or 17′ truck?

    • Paige E

      We would suggest a 17ft truck for this move.

  • Kevin


    I am moving a king size bed set (box spring and frame), two queen mattress, 6-person dinning table and chairs, one sectional sofa (93″W x 38″D x 29″H), one washer and one dryer and a few boxes,
    What size of truck should rent? Would 15 or 17” truck work? This is just local move.

    • Paige E

      Based on the items listed we would suggest a 17ft truck for this move.

  • GregMH

    I have a couch, love seat, and leather recliner I need to move. Will all three fit into a 9-foot cargo van?

    • Paige E

      Hi Greg, Yes, this will all fit a 9′ truck as long as they are all average sized items.

  • Kristyn balogh

    I have a ten by fifteen storage unit as well as a full bedroom set that I need to move what size truck should I get? 24′ or 26′

    • Paige E

      Hi Kristyn, The 24ft truck would be sufficient for this move.

  • Kelly Sellards

    My husband and I are moving cross country next month, and my husband reserved a 6X12 trailer to move our apartment. He wanted to save money and make it so that we could drive together and not have to split up on our 20 hour drive, and he was told that this size trailer would fit our apartment but I’m really concerned it won’t. We only have a 1 bedroom apartment, but we have a king size bed, 2 dressers, a couch, and a recliner, plus a few coffee tables and book cases. Can you tell me if you think this will fit? I really don’t want to get into the nightmare of trying to load everything that he thinks will fit only to have to unpack it and move it to a bigger truck at the last minute! Thanks so much!

    • Paige E

      Hi Kelly, That’s a tough question. It can be hard to gauge what size truck will work because everyone has different amount of furniture, and even the furniture itself can be all different sizes as well! The 6×12 trailer has about the same space as a 10′ truck when it comes to volume, and that is recommended for a studio apartment or 1-2 bedroom apartments with a small amount of furniture. If you have any doubts, I would personally recommend going with the 15′ truck which is recommended for 1-2 bedroom apartments/homes… Better safe than sorry. I also recommend taking a trip to a U-Haul Center so you can look inside each option and make a more informed decision. Hope this helps!

  • britany

    I have a queen mattress and one tall chest. will both fit in the 5 x 8 trailer?

    • Paige E

      Hi Britany,a queen mattress can fit in a 5×8 trailer. The chest should fit too, depending on it’s size. The inside dimensions of the trailer are 8′ x 4’8″ x 5’4″ (LxWxH). Here‘s where you can find more information on the 5×8 trailer.

  • Melanie

    Hi, can you please tell me what size truck to use: we have a queen bed with frame, 2 night stands, 1 dresser, 3 bikes, 2 twin beds, 1 crib, 3 tables, 7 chairs, baby gate, 2 shelves, 3 bookcases which can be taken apart, 1 stroller and around 60 boxes. For reference we have a crowded 2 bedroom apartment, kitchen and living room. Thanks much!

    • Paige E

      Melanie, sounds like you would need a 24ft truck. This truck is big enough to hold a 3 bedroom home. You can find more information on that here and compare the inside dimensions against the items you have.

  • can a 10ft haul truck hold a king size mattress.

    • Paige E

      Yes, a 10′ truck can hold a king sized mattress.

      • WillC

        And box springs, with room to spare?

  • Steve V

    Hi! I wanted to see how big of a truck I needed. A 20ft or 26ft truck? We will be making a cross country trip from TX to Illinois. (1,000 Miles) We have a 3 Bedroom, living room, laundry room house. 1 Bedroom- Has a King size bed, 66in X 19in dresser, and 30in X 19in night stand. 2nd Bedroom- Toddler bed, 49in X 20in dresser, rocking chair, 47in X 34in Train track table. 3rd Bedroom- 2 twin beds, 42in X 18in dresser, single couch & ottoman. Living Room- Long couch, love couch, single recliner, 50in X 20in TV table, 28in X 15in lamp table, 50in X 30in Coffee table. 59 1/2in L X 24in W X 57 1/2 H Office Desk. 1- 50′ TV, 1- 40′ TV, 1- 20′ TV, 2- 79in X 24 1/2in Sitting booths, 55in X 20in console, 27in X 27in washer & dryer. Thanks! 🙂

    • Paige E

      You will definitely want the 26ft truck. It fits about a 3-4 bedroom home. Since you have appliances, you will need the extra space.

  • Deanna

    Hi, I am looking to move two couches, a loveseat, two end tables and a kitchen table. What size truck should I get? Would a 10′ be enough? Thanks!

    • Paige E

      Yes, a 10ft truck will be enough for these items. However, there is no ramp on a 10ft truck. The smallest truck with a ramp would be a 14ft truck.

  • Kauana

    Hi. I’m really uncertain about the truck size I need and I don’t want to rent bigger than needed so i don’t have to drive such a large truck. We are moving a kids trundle bed, kids dresser + nightstand, 1 full mattress + 1 queen mattress, 1 kids desk + chair, 1 upright piano, 1 side table, 1 tv table, 1 45″ TV, 5 disassembled book shelves ( medium), 1 kids wagon + bike, 2 adult bikes, 1 tool box, 1 small construction vacuum, 2 medium folding tables and 20 big boxes, 25 medium boxes and bins and 30 small boxes.

    • Paige E

      That’s quite a list! We’d recommend going with at least a 20′ truck. However, if you think you may have some last minute additions or you have furniture that is larger than average you may want to go with a 24′ truck.

  • Brian

    Will a Van accomodate a queen mattress and a sofa?

    • Paige E

      Hi Brian, a queen sized mattress and box spring will fit in a cargo van. You’ll want to measure the sofa against the dimensions of the van body (which are 9’2″ x 5’7-1/2″ x 4’5″ (LxWxH)) to make sure of the fit.

  • Mark

    Hello I’m moving to Tx fm SD CA.I have a 92″ x92″ sectional, large chair with ottoman, large coffee table, one end table, large armior, 2 up right dressers, 1 med sized desk, queen mattress and box spring, with frame and 2 nightstands, dinning table w/6chairs, and approx 25 large boxes. I have reserved a 20ft will it be enough if packed correctly?

    • Paige E

      We believe this will all fit in a 20′ truck, but it may be a tight fit depending on the size of certain items. If the price difference isn’t very noticeable, you may want to reserve a 24′ truck just to be safe.

  • nancy

    OK…I have about 75 large uhaul boxes….5 small end tables, two large chairs…two bikes….kitchen set with 4 chairs…pictures….large metal shelves 4 ( i think can be broken down) small fake fireplace….5 long plactice containers….

    • Paige E

      That’s a lot of boxes! We’d go with a 15′ or 17′ truck for all of those items. It’s hard for us to be sure which you need because sizes of the furniture can vary.

  • Ang

    What size truck do I need to move college students? 1- twin bed, 3 full beds, 4 dresses, kitchen table / 4chairs, living room, 1 armoire, 2 – 3shelf bookcases, 1 desk, and 25 boxes? – we were thinking of 17′ truck? or should be go with 20′?

    • Paige E

      A 20′ truck can hold a home with up to 2-3 bedrooms.

  • Vicki

    We are moving: queen sized bed, large hutch, dresser, two nightstands, large corner desk, couch and loveseat, armchair, six person table and chairs, two twin beds, one crib, another large hutch, large dresser, washer, dryer, and garage things.

    We may also need to move our swingset which is a metal take-apart type. It’s possible that we may be able to load this and move it separately.

    Given this info, how big of a truck do we need?

    • Paige E

      Based on this info, it could range from a 17′ truck which holds up to two bedrooms of items.

  • Jhad

    I have a queen size bed– coffee table about 3’x3′ a floor length mirror two bar stools a rolled up rug and possibly 7 boxes– 10ft or 15 ft truck would you say?

    • Paige E

      For this amount of goods a 10ft truck would be best.



    • Paige E

      Dave, U-Haul cargo vans can seat two people.

  • Stephen Hyde

    I have a queen bed, dresser, Flat Screen, 2 motorcycles, Hutch and about 12 boxes. and 2 small coffee tables, couch, Chair and stool, 2 tool chests,

    • Paige E

      We would recommend a 15ft truck. This truck is typically for a full one bedroom apartment, but seems you might need some extra space for the motorcycles. Don’t forget to drain all fluids from the motorcycles before loading them onto the truck.

  • Christine Douglas

    Hi there. We are moving and have a full bed, a bunk bed, a crib, 4 dressers, 3 nightstands, 4 bookcases, 2 large storage cabinets, 1 couch, 2 chairs, dining room table and chairs, washer, dryer, piano, grill, patio furniture, outside toys, and I’m guessing 30 boxes. What size truck should we get? Thanks!

    • Paige E

      We would recommend a 26ft truck for this move. This truck is for a 4+ bedroom home, but you will definitely need the extra space for the appliances and patio furniture.

  • Rebecca Erle

    When I came to this address I squeezed into your largest truck ( 26 ft I believe). I will be leaving some furniture here and would like to know if I can fit into the next size if I lose a large armoire, two living room chairs, a dining room table and four chairs and a very large footstool.

    • Paige E

      The 26ft truck is for a 4+ bedroom home. A 20ft will fit a 3 bedroom home. A 24ft will fit a 3-4 bedroom home.

  • Indy Saluja

    I need to move a King sized mattress, box springs, and a dining room table and 2 coffee tables. 10 foot truck be large enough?

    • Paige E

      Yes, the 10ft will be enough to move these items. However, the 10ft does not have a ramp. For easier loading we would recommend a 14ft truck.

  • ken

    hi Paige. I am only moving a king size bed with mattress and box spings. will it fit 10″truck?

  • Susan

    We need to move a single large heavy sofa. It will fit in a 9 ft. cargo van. What can we do to protect the sofa from being damaged, and to make loading and unloading easier on our backs?

  • Shambrin

    Hi Paige, I rented a 9′ Uhaul to move me out of my studio and into a storage unit. The 9′ van is advertised to fit a queen mattress, but my queen mattress and box frame barely fit in the van, and had to be laid on an angle at the bottom of the truck. I need to rent a Uhaul \again to move me out of storage but I want to make sure I have the right sized truck to move 6 boxes, a queen mattress and a chest of 4 drawers. Do I need a 10′ or 15′ truck? Thanks!

    • Paige E

      A 10ft truck should be just enough space for these items.

  • Paul

    Hi Paige, I have a queen size mattress and box spring,twin size mattress and frame with head board, one small dresser, a computer table, a kitchen table, two aluminium book shelves, one coffee table, one three seat sofa, one recliner. What size truck do I need to move my stuff? Thank you

    • Paige E

      We would recommend a 15ft truck. It is typically for a one bedroom apartment, but should be enough space for that plus and extra twin bed.

  • Kandis

    We need to move 2 dressers, a queen size bed and boxboard, with the headboard and baseboard. Would that fit in a 10 ft truck?

    • Paige E

      Yes, a 10′ truck can fit a queen size bed along with your other items.

  • Daniel

    Hello Paige, what truck size do you think would handle the following? 1 Queen Bed & BoxSpring, 1 Long Dresser, TV Stand, Couch, Coffee Table, Rocking Chair, End Table, Small Bench, Dining Table (Legs off), 6 Chairs, Office Desk (Legs off), bookcase, couple of small rugs, and guessing roughly 25 boxes. Technically, we are in a 2 bedroom apartment, but the 15′ just seems too small, would the 17′ (2-bedroom home) get by?

    • Paige E

      If you, yourself feel that the 15 would be a bit too small, I would go with your instinct and select the 17′ truck. The 17′ truck is perfect for a home with up to 2 bedrooms.

  • Kathlene Sullivan

    Would you transport fragile antiques in a u-haul your self?

    • Paige E

      Yes, if this was my only means of transporting fragile goods, I would make sure that I purchase plenty of protective stuff such as plastic wrap, bubble wrap, furniture pads and many other supplies found here. Depending on thise size, try placing your items in the Mom’s Attic part of the U-Haul truck- this is the safest place for fragile items!

  • Hi, I am moving a queen mattress and a 3 seater sofa with measurements Width: 224 cm (88″) Depth: 85 cm (33.5″) Height: 77 cm (30.5″). Can I use a Cargo Van to move both at the same time?

    • Paige E

      Thank you for providing the dimensions of your couch, that makes things easy! We can safely say both the mattress and couch will fit in a U-Haul cargo van. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • John

    I am interested in renting one of your 17 ft truck to move items from a warehouse with a loading dock. What is the height of the loading bed of the truck?

    • Paige E

      The deck on the 17ft truck is about 2 ft 10 in from the ground.

  • Shah

    Do you provide driver with the van moving from Calgary to Toronto?

    • Paige E

      U-Haul is a do-it-yourself moving company, so we do not provide drivers. However, you can search for moving companies in the area at

  • Don


    I am moving about 80 boxes 24″x18″x14″ (some bigger, some smaller). Some are plastic storage bis, some are egg crates and some cardboard boxes. It is a lot of china (place settings for 150 at a wedding) so I don’t want to stack more than 3 or 4 high. I have a 17′ truck rented with uhaul, it that big enough?


    • Paige E

      Thank you for your inquiry, the 17′ truck does sound fitting for your move, however, that is also if you will be stacking them higher than 4 high. You’re also able to get in contact with the scheduling team as well if you feel that this is still not big enough, you can request a change and they will be more than happy to modify at 1-800-468-4285.

  • Beth

    Hi, we will be moving from our 630 sq ft 1 bedroom apt. Below is a list of our major items, would we be able to use a trailer or do you think we’d need to do a larger truck?

    • queen bed (mattress and box spring)
    • 2 dressers
    • one bathroom cabinet/stand (thin)
    • small file cabinet
    • chair
    • large couch
    • small couch
    • small table and 2 chairs
    • small patio table and two chairs
    • small tv stand
    • small coffee table/ottoman
    • futon
    • 2 office chairs
    • 1 small grill
    • 2 televisions (1 large (55″), 1 medium)
    • bakers rack
    • 40 boxes

    • Paige E

      The largest trailer we have is a 6×12. It will hold about 2-3 rooms of furniture. Based on what you have listed here, I would recommend at least a 10ft truck, if not the 15ft. The 15ft truck is for a one bedroom apartment, which is what you have listed here plus some other items.

  • Shannon

    I need to pick up and deliver 8 60″ folding round tables and 80 folding plastic chairs to a wedding event. Will this fit in a cargo van or do I need a 10′ truck?

    • Paige E

      For a cargo van, it may be a bit snug but to make sure everything does fit accordingly, the best bet would be to rent a 10′ truck. You can also stop by a local center to get a more visual of whether it will fit.

  • Mickey Robinette

    I have 20 large boxes, 50 medium boxes, 30 small boxes, 6 wardrobe boxes, kitchen table, armoire. Would a 17′ or 20′ ft work best?

  • Von

    I have a pillow top queen mattress set and a full pillow top mattress set to move will a 10′ truck work?

    • Paige E

      Hi Von, thank you for your inquiry. Yes a queen and full pillow top mattress can both fit in a 10′ truck.

  • Amy George

    If I would like to relocate the contents of a 10′ x 15′ storage unit, what size truck would you recommend? Thank you!

    • Paige E

      A 20′ truck would be able to accommodate your 10×15 unit. Both can hold up to 2 to 3 bedrooms.

  • mdillon

    Hi, I am moving to new york and i am concerned about the size truck to use. I have 3 piece wall unit, sectional sofa seats 7 people, an ottoman, king size mattress and boxspring, 1 large dresser to the hip height, 1 night table, 1 new model flat screen tv, 1 older model flat screen tv, rectangular tv stand, 2 tall plant stands and 20-25 medium sized boxes. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Paige E

      Based on the items that you have provided, a 26′ truck would work since it is large enough to hold a king size mattress along with the sectional sofa. You are also free to check a local center to get a more visual of the truck as well.

  • AR

    I have below mentioned items

    1- queen size mattress
    2- queen size box spring
    3- dresser
    4- chest
    6- two night stands
    7- queen head board
    8- queen foot board
    9- dinning table for 6
    10- dinning chairs 6
    11- Three seat sofa/couch
    12- love seat recliner
    13- three coffee tables
    14- book shelf
    15- mid size cabinet
    16- study table
    17- another chest
    18- tread machine
    19- ottoman
    20- two chairs
    21- 7 to 8 boxes

    Which size of vehicle I should be using?

  • Renu

    Can a King size wooden headboard, foot board, 2 side rails & 2 twin box springs fit in a Pickup truck. Can we keep side rails & box springs vertically to fit in?

    • Paige E

      It can fit in the pick up truck, however, it will need to be strapped down. Moving pads may be necessary to avoid damage to the headboard surface.

  • Joe

    I need to relocate about 400 square foot of hardwood flooring. Most of the lengths are 15′ and 16′ long. At first I assumed the 17′ foot truck would be my rental choice. However, I noticed that the inside length is actually less than 17′ because of the mom’s attic. Would it make more sense for me to get a 20′ truck, or would the 400sf of flooring fit in the 17′ truck?

    • Paige E

      Depending on the exact length of the flooring, a 20′ truck may be suitable since the floor length is 16′ 9″. Depending on the your needs, a truck of this size may be excessive. If you have towing capabilities, an open trailer in combination with tie downs & pads for protection could be a viable option. Depending on the amount of flooring loaded into the back of a 20′ truck, it may be difficult to tie the pieces down creating a possibility for damage due to load shifting while driving.

  • Sonya Whitfield

    I need to rent a truck to move about 100 boxes of books. I am unsure of the exact dimensions of the boxes. What would you recommend.


    • Paige E

      Knowing the dimensions of the boxes, would really help to answer this question. Without that, I would suggest a 10 or 15ft moving van.

  • Daniel

    I want to move a sectional sofa. It disassebled into three stand alone with the longest being 6 foot long. Any advise would be appreciated.
    Thank you

    • Paige E

      Hi Daniel, our 10ft moving truck will be able to accommodate the length of the longest piece to your sectional. The dimensions are 9’11” x 6’4″ x 6’2″ (LxWxH) . Here is the link to the details of the truck. The 10ft is low to the ground, only 2’5″, but without a ramp. If you feel like you would need a ramp you can go with our 15ft truck. Hope that helps, thank you!

  • Paul

    I am moving to a new apt only 3 blocks away. I can make a few trips. Biggest things to load are 2 queen size beds and a 3 seat sofa. Will a 10 inch be enough (remember I can me a few trips)

  • Rajesh Ramasamy

    Hi Paige,

    What size of truck would I need to move 2 Queen size Mattresses with Box Springs, 3 seater sofa, 32” TV, TV stand, one Folding Table with 4 Folding Chairs, dismantlable Coffee Table and 4 End Tables, High Chair, 2 Pedestal Fans, 2 Floor Lamps, 4 luggage bags and around 20 medium sixe boxes. Really appreciate if you could suggest the size of the truck for carrying all these items.


  • Jean

    What size truck would be needed to move one upright piano? We would like to have the smallest truck that could accommodate this, but a truck that would also be able to be used with a ramp attachment. We need to move this from NJ to Connecticut.

  • Lindsey

    Hi Paige,

    I am moving the following: 1 queen mattress and box spring and frame, 2 twin beds (1 box spring) and frames, 2 highboy dressers, 1 chest, 3 night stands, 1 loveseat, 1 recliner chair, 1 small round dining table with 6 chairs, 1 long TV stand, washer and dryer, 2 TV’s, 2 bikes, and about 40 boxes (small, medium, and large mixed). Should I get the 20′ truck or the 26′?

  • Nena


    What size truck would we need if we have 1 full size bed, 11 medium size Uhaul boxes, 5 small boxes, a cubby (4 ft by 4 ft), 2 small nightstands, motorcycle, and a small computer desk? Thanks in advance!

  • SPB

    What size u-haul truck we need to fit below items?
    1) 60 inch TV with a stand
    2) Queen bed with headboard and storage bottom + Queen mattress
    3) Queen bed with headboard + Queen mattress
    4) 3 seater Sofa
    5) 2 seater recliner sofa
    6) Dressing table with Mirror(7ft height)
    7) 10 medium Boxes
    8) two small side tables

  • Jessie Harrison

    It looks like moving trucks range from anything from pickups to 26″ trucks. I would love to how you determine what size truck you need. I have about 8 bedrooms in my house and three big rooms loaded with stuff. Maybe a couple 26″ trucks will do it?

  • Kisha

    I have a sofa, love sit, tables for the living room two dressers & a dinning room set is a 10′ truck good?

  • dee

    Hi Paige

    You have great moving advice and wanted to know your truck size recommendation would be for a 1 bedroom 650 sq foot apt move with the following items:

    1. 2 40 in TVs
    2. L shaped sectional couch
    3. 2 5 ft x 4 book cases
    4. large tv stand
    5. ottamen
    6. dining room table
    7. large desk
    8. sml tv stand
    9. queen bed/box spring
    10. headboard
    11. sml elliptical
    12. 21 large box, 16 med and 20 sml box
    13. 2 drawer file cabinet
    14. disassembled dresser and med size chair
    15. 1 bar stool
    16. microwave
    17 2 folding outdoor tables
    18. 1 non folding out door table
    19 2 folding chairs
    20. 1 sml night stand
    21. 1 mirror

    • Paige E

      Hi Dee, thanks for your question. I would reach out to the team at U-Haul. They can help you determine the best truck for you needs at 1-800-468-4285

  • Tamara Cruz

    Hi, I have two kids one is 11 and the other is 2, I need to move but by reading the description of the vans and trucks they only fit 2 aduls, is there anything I can rent where I can fit my two kinds, myself and our stuff???? Thanks

    • Paige E

      Tamara, U-Haul 15′ trucks and larger have three seats. You can also opt to move with U-Box containers, which allow you to ship your goods, instead of moving with them.

  • Dawn

    Hi, I have 2 king size headboard and footboards, (1) king box spring, 2 dressers, 2 night stands, 1 tv, 3 coffee tables, and some boxes. Can I fit that into a 10 foot truck? Thank you!!

    • Paige E

      Hi Dawn, feel free to reach out to 1-800-GOUHAUL for those specifics!

  • Sam

    I am needing a 20ft truck to move from Chicago. I would like to park the truck in the alley behind our apartment. Will a 20ft truck have the turning capacity to turn from a one way street into the alley?

    • Paige E

      Sam, it would depend on the size of the alley. For city driving, we recommend going with the smallest truck you can to maneuver city streets. If you have more questions, feel free to call 1-800-GOUHAUL

  • Promyse Monroe

    L shape sectional pull apart, one king size bed, mattress, dresser and mirror, one queen size bed ,mattress, dresser and mirror .washer and dyer .what size uhaul would I need