Are you planning a DIY move? You’ll need to know how to pack a moving truck. Using these handy tips, you’ll better maximize the space, and prevent damage to your belongings.

1. Choose the Right Size Moving Truck

Start your move off right by choosing the right size truck rental. Renting a truck that’s too small to save money could end up costing you time and money. If it’s too small, it can be a real time sucker and a major headache. You’ll either need to exchange it for a larger size or make several trips with loads.

Here’s a guide to choosing the right size moving truck rental.

2. Gather All the Supplies

Before you begin loading, make sure you have all the necessary supplies for the move. When you’re loading the truck, you’ll want to be sure that you packed every item correctly and with plenty of protection.

Pack a moving truck like a pro using this packing and supplies checklist.

3. Disassemble Furniture

Disassemble some furniture to maximize space and distribute the weight of heavy furniture more evenly. For example, removing the legs from your dining table allows you to store the table upright on the truck without the legs sticking out. It will leave you more room for other belongings and even out the weight.

4. Load the Largest and Heaviest Items First

Now, you’re ready to start loading. Start with the largest and heaviest items first such as stove, washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, and any other item that takes more than two people to move. Keep them in an upright position and situate them closer to the front of the truck (near the cab). Use straps to secure them in place.

Use furniture pads to protect wood surfaces and corners. It also makes it easier to slide heavier pieces onto the truck.

Note: You can rent padding and is worth the extra cost.

5. Next, Pack Longer Items

Load the longer pieces next. These items include mattresses, long mirrors, headboards, sofas, and table-tops. Place them along the longest walls of the truck. It will keep them upright and saves space. Use mattress covers to safeguard them against tears and rips.

6. Load Remaining Boxes and Lighter Items

Start loading the heaviest largest and heaviest boxes. You can set them on top of the appliances and furniture. Don’t forget to fill any cavities and that heavy boxes don’t contain fragile items.

Transfer lighter boxes to the truck and stack them on the heavier boxes.

Then, load the fragile or awkwardly shaped items on the truck last in little cubby holes such as underneath tables, desks, or chair legs. Make sure they’re secure, so they don’t move around during transport.

7. Lastly, Load the Fluff

The last things to load are items that don’t contain anything fragile. Fill the space between the top of the boxes and the truck’s ceiling with soft, crushable items such as bags of clothing, bedding, or linens.

How to Pack a Moving Truck: Other Quick Tips

  • Leave moving day essentials in an easy-to-reach spot on the truck.
  • In addition to using mattress bags to protect your mattress, use moving blankets or plastic wrap to protect upholstered couches and chairs.
  • Pack kitchen appliances, such as coffee makers, microwaves and blenders, inside of a box before putting them on the truck.
  • Recruit friends to help with the loading and unloading process – especially if moving heavy furniture.
  • All rugs should be rolled up and secured in plastic wrap to save room on the truck.

There are plenty of moving companies to choose from when you’re relocating. Choose RL Maxon Moving. We provide professional moving services and can help you with a little or a lot. You can count on us to pack, load, and move your home or office with no worry about liability. Call us today for a free estimate. 479.756.0820