How to Load a Moving Truck

Updated: May 7

Some people are naturally good at puzzles, and it is amazing how they can get items organized neatly in a space where you would not think the items would fit. However, some people have not been gifted with that ability. If you are one of those people, and you are going to be filling up a moving truck soon, you may want to have a system to follow. Hopefully this article can help.

Be Prepared

First and foremost, you need to make sure you have proper supplies. Ratchet straps and bungee cords are your friends, and if you have plenty, it will open up a variety of options for loading the truck that you would not otherwise have. The number of straps you will need will vary based on the size of the truck and the amount of items you have, but it would be wise to have enough that you don’t need to use them sparingly. They can be purchased at any home improvement store.

The Order

Generally speaking, there are some principles to follow in choosing how to load your moving truck that could help you be successful.


Work in Layers

It is good to start with a layer or “slice” of the space you are working with and fill out that area completely, all the way to the ceiling, before moving on to the to next layer. This will ensure that you use all of the space that you have available to use, and you lessen the chance that you will need to take multiple trips with your moving truck.

The First Items

The first items in the truck depend on what kind of truck you have. Some moving vehicles have what is called an “attic.” This is an area above the cab of the truck that adds to the overall volume of the moving vehicle. If your truck has an attic, fill up that area with boxes before you do anything else, then move on to mattresses/box springs. If there is no attic, just start with mattresses/box springs as your first items. Place the mattresses and box springs all the way to the left of the truck.

After the Mattresses/Box Springs

One tip that many people forget about when loading their moving truck is that you can put a lot of fragile items between your mattresses and box springs. If you have large pictures or mirrors that you want to keep safe, this would be a great place to put them. Once your flat, fragile items are loaded between the mattresses, you can start on the big stuff. A lot of times there is room next to the mattresses to stack long dressers, and if there is any room on top of the dressers, it can just be filled out with boxes. This process can be repeated with all of the big square furniture pieces.

*Also before you pack yourself out of the area, check to see if there are any couch cushions or soft items, that can be stuffed in the area on top of the mattresses.

After the Square Furniture Pieces

If you have finished the furniture pieces and there is a “flat surface” to build off of, then it would be a good time to get couches in the truck. If there is not a flat surface, then you should probably grab more boxes until there is one. The couches take up the least amount of floor space if they are stood up on their end. Often you will want to use one of your straps to make sure a couch doesn’t fall over during transit. Once the couches are secure, you basically just need to fill in the rest of the area with whatever loose items, boxes, totes, or garage items are left. This is the part that requires a little more creativity, but the extra bungee cords can make anyone look like an expert.

Hopefully this article is of some use to those who do not have the gift of loading moving trucks to their full capacity. There is a lot more to the “perfect pack” than what was said in this article, and if you are still worried about loading your truck, you can always reach out to us at The College Moving Crew, and we would be happy to lend a hand.

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