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When moving furniture from your home, quantities like 3.5 ton and 600 cubic feet can seem uselessly abstract in relation to your very real boxes, beds, tables and sofas.

All furniture has a cubic feet size value, which can help gauge the volume of van you need to transport your items. A medium-sized box, for instance, is around 3 cubic feet and a fridge freezer is 30 cubic feet. So 200 boxes, or 20 fridge-freezers, might theoretically fit into a 600 cubic feet van.

But if you’re doing the maths, you must consider loading and stacking too. Furniture items can be bulky, misshapen and awkward, so it’s always safer to overestimate the amount of space you need.

This removal van size guide will translate the abstract into more understandable terms so that you can determine what sort of domestic removals vehicle is the most appropriate for your needs.

Removal Van Size Calculator

Items to move Equivalent space size Recommended van
for the job
10-15 medium boxes A double-door wardrobe MWB transit van
25 medium boxes
Washing machine
Small fridge
1 double bed
A medium garden shed MWB transit van
20 medium boxes
Microwave
Fridge freezer
Dining table and 4 chairs
2-seater sofa
1 double bed
1 set of bedside cabinets
1 chest of drawers
1 rug
Flat screen TV & home entertainment system
A standard single garage/a studio flat LWB transit van
20-25 medium boxes
Washing machine
Fridge freezer
Microwave
Dining table with 4 chairs
2-seater sofa
1 double bed
1 set of bedside cabinets
1 chest of drawers
1 rug
Flat screen TV & home entertainment system
A 1 bedroom flat 3.5 tonne van with tail lift
25 medium boxes
Washing machine
Fridge freezer
Microwave
Dining table with 4 chairs
2-seater sofa
2 armchairs
1 double bed
1 single bed
1 set of bedside cabinets
2 small chests of drawers
A standard single wardrobe
1 rug
Flat screen TV & home entertainment system
A 2 bedroom flat 3.5 ton luton body van with tail lift
30-35 medium boxes
Washing machine
Fridge freezer
Microwave
Dining table with 6 chairs
3-seater sofa
2-seater sofa
2 double beds
2 sets of bedside cabinets
2 chests of drawers
2 standard double wardrobes
1 rug
Flat screen TV & home entertainment system
Garden equipment/furniture
A 2 bedroom house 3.5 ton luton body van
with tail lift & a LWB transit van
40 medium boxes
Washing machine
Fridge freezer
Microwave
Dining table with 6 chairs
3-seater sofa
2-seater sofa
An arm chair
Coffee table
2 double beds
1 single bed
2 sets of bedside cabinets
4 chests of drawers
2 standard double wardrobes
1 single wardrobe
2 rugs
Flat screen TV & home entertainment system
Garden equipment/furniture
A 3 bedroom house 7.5 ton luton box van
50-55 medium boxes
Washing machine
Fridge freezer
Microwave
Dining table with 6 chairs
3-seater sofa
2-seater sofa
2 arm chairs
Coffee table
3 double beds
2 single beds
3 sets of bedside cabinets
4 chests of drawers
2 double wardrobes
2 single wardrobes
4 rugs
Flat screen TV & home entertainment system
Garden or conservatory equipment/furniture
A 4 or 5 bedroom house  7.5 ton luton box van & a 3.5 ton
luton body van with tail lift,
or two
7.5 ton luton box vans with tail lift

How much can you fit in a…

Medium wheelbase transit (MWB)

Typically the smallest transport vehicle available, the medium wheelbase transit van is capable of moving up to 30 medium-sized boxes; roughly enough to fill a shed. If you want to move furniture items, you’ll have to subtract their volume from the number of boxes. So, if you want to include a washing machine, for example, you’d need to account for about 6 boxes worth of space.

Long wheelbase transit (LWB)

If you’re moving to or from a furnished property or clearing out a garage or lock up, the long wheelbase transit could be right for you. A LWB transit is capable of transporting plenty of boxes as well as larger household items. A typical LWB job could contain 20 medium-sized boxes, a fridge-freezer, microwave, 2-seater sofa, double bed and a large TV.

3.5 ton luton body van with tail lift

If a LWB transit isn’t quite enough then the 3.5 ton luton body van could be a more practical option, with a volume of 600 cubic feet. The vehicle is capable of transporting 20-25 medium-sized boxes as well as bulkier items such as a washing machine, 2-seater sofa, double bed and dining table. The tail lift also facilitates loading and unloading of large furniture items. Many 1 and 2 bedroom flat owners opt for a 3.5 ton van.

7.5 ton luton box van with tail lift

The 7.5 ton luton or box van with tail lift is the king of the removals world, with an internal volume of 1200 cubic feet. Ideal for a 3-bedroom house move, it can typically carry complete kitchen, bedroom, living room and garden furniture. The 7.5 ton is usually plenty for an average house move, but if you happen to have upward of 50 boxes, 4 beds and a few sofas, you may require 2 luton vans. This is sometimes the case with 4-bedroom houses or above.

If you are moving home, look no further than the home removals team at AnyVan. We can help you find the perfect vehicle for your transport requirements and offer expert advice on your move. Give us a call today on 020 3872 3050.

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