truck rentalChoosing 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, then you will 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. To decide what the right size moving truck is for you, start by asking the most important question;

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.

Once you have your list prepared, visit your chosen truck rental company’s local center, 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 Rooms: This is the simplest and easiest method for determining what size you need. The truck rental company will list their truck’s capacity in terms of rooms in your home for simplicity. Going along with the company’s general estimates saves time, but always remember that there are only estimates based on the typical furniture in any given room. For example, on 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:

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U-Haul breaks down these 6 moving trucks in terms of rooms.

B.)  By Square Feet: Instead of categorizing their truck sizes by number of rooms, some companies may offer the cubic foot measurement of storage for each truck. 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.


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

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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38 Responses to How to Choose the Right Size Moving Truck Rental

  1. lori waters says:

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

  2. vanessa says:

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

    • Paige E Paige E says:

      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.

  3. Gary Widdison says:

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

  4. Len says:

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

  5. angelina says:

    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 Jennifer Borbon says:

      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.

  6. Amanda says:

    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 Paige E says:

      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

  7. Thomas says:

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

    • Paige E Paige E says:

      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!

  8. E Morana says:

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

    • Paige E Paige E says:

      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.

  9. diana says:

    Is there an age requirement to rent a truck?

    • Paige E Paige E says:

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

  10. Karen Mayberry says:

    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?

  11. Tonya says:

    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 Diana H says:

      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!


  12. Denise says:

    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 Paige E says:

      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.

  13. Taylor says:

    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 Paige E says:

      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.

  14. wendell salsman says:

    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 Paige E says:

      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.

  15. William says:


    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 Paige E says:

      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.

  16. Margaret Hood says:


    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,


  17. corey says:

    how many can a 20-24 ft truck seat

  18. Tanmay says:

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

    • Paige E Paige E says:

      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.

  19. Jane Dillon says:

    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 Paige E says:

      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.

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