Van Size Guide

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 that would help you decide on hiring a van for moving.  

Small Van

small van for hire 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 as van courier service  for parcel deliveries.   

Medium Van

medium van for hire 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 Van

large van for hire 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 Van

luton van for hire 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: 3.5 Tonnes (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 relocation,furniture removals and heavy equipment transportation. Luton vans are typically used because of their flexibility, thus making it ideal as well for piano removalsmoving bedsmoving a washing machine and other hefty appliances, and even delicate items such as antiques and collectibles and many more. 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. Also, it might be worth reading through this guide on whether you should hire a removals company or just a moving house van and man. You need as well to consider your location before you hire a removal van.  That way, you’ll have an estimate on the removal costs or man and van cost. 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 WhatRemovals 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  

SMALL VAN600-800 kg.1.5 cubic metres10-20 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 VAN900-1200 kg.5.5 cubic metres30-40 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 VAN1200-1500 kg.9.5 cubic metres50-60 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 VAN1200-1600 kg.15.1 cubic metresAt 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 VAN1500-4000 kg.26.3 cubic metresAt 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. Contact now one of our partner moving companies in LondonBristolManchesterBrightonCardiff, and Liverpool and let them know your requirements.

Tips For Choosing A Moving Van:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.