When hiring a professional moving company, whether it be a removals company or a man with a van, there are many factors you should consider. One of which is the size of the van you will be needing. While we encourage you to chat with your service providers on the specifics of your move to determine what size of van you would need, it would still be ideal for you to have a bit of an idea on the most common van sizes and their uses.
Here are four of the most common van sizes that moving companies use, their dimensions, capacities and potential uses.
Small vans are usually SUV-sized and commonly have the following dimensions:
(L) 1.7m or 5.58 ft.
(W) 1.49m or 4.89ft
(H) 1.2m / 3.94ft
Additionally, small vans have a payload or weight capacity of 600 to 800 kg. However, given the dimensions, small vans can only typically carry 1.5 cubic metres which roughly equates to 15 large boxes or to 8-10 packed suitcases. Small vans are also commonly used for single item or parcel deliveries as well as small equipment transportation.
Medium vans are usually Short Wheel Base panel van with the following dimensions:
(L) 2.4m or 7.87ft
(W) 1.7m or 5.58ft
(H): 1.4m or 4.59ft
Medium vans have a payload or weight capacity of 900 to 1200 kg. It has a carrying capacity of 5.5 cubic metres. That is equivalent to the belongings of two people or an entire sofa set. Medium vans are also used for the transportation of larger materials.
Large vans are usually Long Wheel Base vans and are perfect for carrying longer, larger, and heavier items. Such vans usually have the following dimensions:
(L) 3.4m or 11.15ft
(W) 1.7m or 5.58ft
(H) 1.7m or 5.58ft
The payload or weight capacity of a large van typically ranges from 1200 to 1500 kg. One usually has a carrying capacity of 9.5 cubic metres, which means it is best used for transporting the items in a 1-2 bedroom flat.
Luton Vans are the most commonly used kind of moving van, especially in big cities like London. Such vans come in two sizes, 3.5 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes. Here are the dimensions of both:
(L) 4.0m or 13.1ft
(W) 2.0m or 6.5ft
(H) 2.2m or 7.2ft
7.5 Tonnes/Luton Lorry
(L) 6.1m or 20ft
(W) 2.3m or 7.5ft
(H) 2.4m or 7.8ft
With a carrying capacity of 15.1 and 26.3 cubic metres respectively, both van sizes are used for entire house removals, office relocations and heavy equipment transportation. Luton vans are typically used because of their flexibility, thus making it ideal for bulky items like furniture. The 3.5 tonner is ideal for small houses or 2-3 bedroom flats, while the 7.5 tonner is ideal for 3-4 bedroom flats or houses. Both sizes also come with an automatic tail lift, making it much easier to load and unload your belongings in a box.
So, What Exactly Can You Put In One Van?
Telling you how big a certain van is, certainly helps you in knowing what kind of van is most useful for you. However, to give you a clearer idea of what exactly you can fit in one van, refer to this table below.
Note: Box sizes are based on the moving box sizes sold at the WhatStorage Box Shop with the following dimensions:
Small: 0.028 cubic metres
Medium: 0.042 cubic metres
Large: 0.095 cubic metres
Extra Wide: 0.144 cubic metres
Wardrobe: 0.283 cubic metres
|VAN SIZE||CAPACITY||WHAT CAN YOU PUT IN IT?|
|SMALL VAN||600-800 kg.
1.5 cubic metres
|10-20 Boxes of various sizes or
8-10 packed suitcases or
3 double mattresses or
1 small wardrobe or
1 sofa and 1 lampstand or
1 entertainment unit, 2 coffee tables, and 1 large box
|MEDIUM VAN||900-1200 kg.
5.5 cubic metres
|30-40 Boxes of various sizes or
Luggage for 2 people or
1 sofa set/sofa collection or
1 refrigerator and miscellaneous kitchen tools and appliances or
Contents of a small shed
|LARGE VAN||1200-1500 kg.
9.5 cubic metres
|50-60 Boxes of various sizes or
Contents of a 1-2 bedroom flat or Contents of a small office or
1 Refrigerator/Freezer, 1 Sofa, 1 Dining Set, 1 Entertainment System w/ TV and 30 boxes of various sizes
|3.5 TONNE LUTON VAN||1200-1600 kg.
15.1 cubic metres
|At least 60 boxes of various sizes or
Contents of a 2-bedroom flat/medium-sized office or
1 Freezer/Refrigerator, 1 double bed, 1 armchair, 1 chest of drawers, 1 3-seater sofa and 40 boxes of various sizes
|7.5 TONNE LUTON VAN||1500-4000 kg.
26.3 cubic metres
|At least 80 boxes of various sizes or
Contents of a 3-bedroom flat or
3-4 collapsed/dismantled beds, an entire living room set, a dining table set, various kitchen appliances, a couple of wardrobes and 30-40 boxes of various sizes
Hiring A Bigger Van
The truth is, not many moving companies offer anything larger than the 7.5 Luton Lorry. So, if you are moving out of a 4 or 5 bedroom home, or simply have too many items to take with you, hiring a second van is always an option.
Just let your mover know what exactly it is you need, and they’ll be sure to accommodate you and help you determine what will make your move more efficient.
Tips For Choosing a Moving Van:
- The dimensions stated above are merely estimates of what are commonly used in the industry. Always check with your moving company to make sure that the model of their vehicle fits your requirements.
- Let your movers know what you intend on moving, and tell them about any big or awkwardly shaped items you want to take with you. That way, they can advise on which van is best for your move.
- Always communicate with your moving company regarding the specifics in order to avoid miscommunication and disappointment.
Here are some more tips on hiring a man and van or hiring a removals company.