How to Load a Moving Truck
Updated: Mar 22
Some people are naturally good at puzzles, and it is incredible how they can get items organized neatly in a space where you would not think the items would fit. However, some people are not gifted with that ability. If you are one of those people, and you will be filling up a moving truck soon, you may want to have a system to follow. Hopefully, this article can help.
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 truck's size and the number of items you have, but it would be wise to have enough that you don't need to use them sparingly. You can purchase them at any home improvement store.
Generally speaking, there are some principles to follow in choosing how to load the 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 next layer. This will ensure that you use all of the space available to use, and you will 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 that area with boxes before you do anything else, then move on to mattresses/box springs. If there is no attic, start with mattresses/box springs as your first items. Place the mattresses and box springs to the left of the truck.
After the Mattresses/Box Springs
One tip that many people forget about when loading their moving trucks is that you can put many 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. Often, 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. You can repeat this process with all of the big square furniture pieces.
*Also, before you pack yourself out of the area, check if there are any couch cushions or soft items that you can stuff 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 an excellent time to get couches in the truck. If there is no flat surface, you should probably grab more boxes until there is one. The sofas 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 sofas are secure, you just need to fill in the rest of the area with whatever loose items, boxes, totes, or garage items are left. This part requires a little more creativity, but the extra bungee cords can make anyone look like an expert.
Hopefully, this article is helpful to those who do not have the gift of loading moving trucks to their total 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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