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Old 02-12-2019, 08:06 PM
 
Location: USA
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Hello,

Is there a way to figure out how many medium and small size boxes could 7' Pods container would fit?

I presently live in 640sf 1BR apt and don't have furniture to ship except a folding chair and a folding table. I have 2 8-inch futon full-size mattresses. Other than this lots of clothes, jewelry, shoes, kitchen items, bathroom items and some decor items and other miscellaneous stuff.

I am just trying to make an estimate so I pack the things accordingly.

Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:50 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Is there a way to figure out how many ... boxes could 7' Pods container would fit?
Sure. Do the math.

eg: Pod @ 7' x7' x 7' = 343 Cubic feet; Box @ 12' x 12" x 24" = 2 Cubic feet; 343 ų2 = 171 boxes
All you have to do now is measure the Pod and your box sizes.
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Old 02-13-2019, 05:41 AM
 
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Sure. Do the math.

eg: Pod @ 7' x7' x 7' = 343 Cubic feet; Box @ 12' x 12" x 24" = 2 Cubic feet; 343 ų2 = 171 boxes
All you have to do now is measure the Pod and your box sizes.
Correct, but also need to consider the crush factor of the lower boxes when stacking them as well as load shifting. Often boxes work very well when packed along with odd shaped furniture.

Have used PODís before and itís a great way to move.
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Old 02-13-2019, 07:43 AM
 
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Sure. Do the math.

eg: Pod @ 7' x7' x 7' = 343 Cubic feet; Box @ 12' x 12" x 24" = 2 Cubic feet; 343 ų2 = 171 boxes
All you have to do now is measure the Pod and your box sizes.
Thank you!

The container is 7' x 7' x 8' ~ 385cf internal space. The site says it's of 10' rental truck size. I am very bad with size or numbers, but your breakdown would help.
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Old 02-13-2019, 07:46 AM
 
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Correct, but also need to consider the crush factor of the lower boxes when stacking them as well as load shifting. Often boxes work very well when packed along with odd shaped furniture.

Have used PODís before and itís a great way to move.
Sorry if this is an odd question, but I haven't dealt with packing boxes before. Any idea if packing stuff in small boxes would be better than packing in large/medium box sizes or it doesn't matter? Also I was thinking to pack clothes in trash bags as that would help a bit maybe?

I am not worried much about loading and unloading since they are going to do it for me.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:10 AM
 
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Sorry if this is an odd question, but I haven't dealt with packing boxes before. Any idea if packing stuff in small boxes would be better than packing in large/medium box sizes or it doesn't matter? Also I was thinking to pack clothes in trash bags as that would help a bit maybe?

I am not worried much about loading and unloading since they are going to do it for me.
You can purchase some strong moving boxes at a Home Depot store. Just be sure whatever items are on the lower end of the stack that they cannot be damaged or crushed. Heavier items lowervwhile lighter boxes on top, like clothing. Mixing in tables, chairs or other larger furniture items creates protected voids for boxes (various sizes) that cannot be crushed.

When our PODís were loaded, everything was placed near the PODís in our driveway and one fellow with a keen eye for sizes and spacing loaded it up. It was amazing to see how almost every square inch was filled with virtually no room for movement or shifting.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Make sure you look into any weight limits as well and consider that.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:57 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Are you sure you need a pod, they can be expensive, & with so little furniture, it may be cheaper to buy new, in your new destination, that bring them with you. You could ship your clothes etc, or bring them in your car.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:17 AM
 
Location: USA
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You can purchase some strong moving boxes at a Home Depot store. Just be sure whatever items are on the lower end of the stack that they cannot be damaged or crushed. Heavier items lowervwhile lighter boxes on top, like clothing. Mixing in tables, chairs or other larger furniture items creates protected voids for boxes (various sizes) that cannot be crushed.

When our PODís were loaded, everything was placed near the PODís in our driveway and one fellow with a keen eye for sizes and spacing loaded it up. It was amazing to see how almost every square inch was filled with virtually no room for movement or shifting.
Cool... I will use strong boxes. I also have 2 big and strong plastic storage containers, so I will use that too. I feel like I might even be able to fit some small side table I have (I was initially thinking to sell it off) since it seems like I might still have some room left at the end. I don't have large furniture and whatever I have is folding or items that I will disassemble and pack in the box. Only bigger item I would have would be 2 full size futon mattresses.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:18 AM
 
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Make sure you look into any weight limits as well and consider that.
Sure. I think I read that they allow upto 2000lbs for 7' container. However since I don't have much furniture, so the weight will never go upto 2000.
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