Why You Need to Know the Size & Weight of Your Furniture For a Move

Posted in Moving on Oct 13, 2015, tagged with furniture, moving costs

When you're shopping for movers or a shipping company, they will ask you about the size and weight of your belongings. This may seem like basic information, but let’s be honest—actually knowing how much your couch weighs or how many cubic feet a chair takes up is far from basic. Nobody will know that off the top of their heads.

It may seem tricky to figure out the size and weight of your belongings, but knowing this information ahead of time can save you a ton of money with your move.

How knowing the size of your belongings can reduce the cost of your move

Unlike the USPS, which normally relies on weight to determine the price of your cargo, shipping and moving companies depend on the space that your belongings take up the truck. Because the truck can only bill for what it can hold, maximizing cubic space is vital. Having to pay for a larger truck to hold your goods or paying for space you didn’t use wastes time and money, but by having a close estimate of the cubic feet you’ll need, your moving or shipping company can send the correctly-sized truck, and you may be able to save a little money.

PACKING TIP: If you can condense your belongings by packing items safely inside each other, thereby reducing the total cubic feet of your move, you may also be able to reduce the overall cost of your move. Just make sure the items you pack inside each other don’t cause damage.

Having an accurate idea of how much your move weighs and how much space it will take up on the truck can also help you avoid getting scammed by disreputable movers who could try to charge you more than you should be paying for your move. 

Why the weight of your move matters

When a moving company asks about the weight of a room, they actually mean the items within it. Moving companies also have to pay for gas and tolls, and the combined weight of your belongings can impact these expenses: the heavier the truck, the more it will cost. In order to properly move your things to their final destination, your movers will also need their total weight in order to plan a route that follows routes and bridges they can safely take.

The longer ther distance, the more weigh stations movers will need to stop and, and the more they will need to fill up the gas tank. These actions can have a direct impact on the cost of your move, but knowing the size and weight of the objects you're moving may help to prevent any surprises when the movers arrive to pick up your things. If you under estimate either size or weight, your costs can sky rocket; if you over estimate, you may end up with a partially empty truck and could have saved by going with a smaller truck. To help give you a better idea of weights and sizes research your items for a realistic estimation.

How to calculate the size and weight of your move

Reputable moving and shipping companies will send a representative to your home to provide a quote, or conduct a video survey so they can see your furniture and other belongings first-hand. During their visit or video survey, they'll take an inventory of all of your belongings, then use special furniture weight calculators (such as proprietary weight charts) to estimate the overall weight of your move. They'll also rely heavily on their years of experience. 

If you're trying to calculate size and weight of your move on your own, there are numerous online calculators and estimators available that can give you a rough idea of how much your stuff weighs and how much space it'll take up on the truck. 


After you have researched the size and weight of your items, contact us through our online form for a free moving quote or by giving us a call at 800-626-1257. From small moves to large moves, we are your expert moving company. Give us a call today!