Moving companies will ask you how many cubic meters you would like to ship. This is because it is one of the most important pieces of information they will need in order to provide you with an accurate relocation quote.

In other words, the volume (number of cubic meters) you would like to move determines the size of the container or truck it requires and of course the costs. Let’s see if we can help you understand cubic metres (cbm) in this article to help you in understanding the volume of your move.

What is Exactly a Cubic Metre?

The Cubic Metre or Cubic Meter (or m3 / CBM) is the unit used to measure the space/volume taken by a cube of 1m x 1m x 1m. You can measure the volume of any object or furnishing using this method. It does not need to be a perfect square as long as you multiply the height x width x depth, you will get a measurement in CBM.

1 cubic meter

8 boxes of 50 x 50 x 50 = 1 cubic meter

Often moving boxes advertise themselves in litres and not in cubic meters. Don’t worry, there is a conversion between both systems and it’s easy. For instance, 1,000 litres equals one cubic meter.

1000 litres in CBM

20 boxes of 50L = 1 Cubic Meter

List of Most Popular Items

We have listed the most popular items that people move with their average volume. It gives you an idea of the space they will take in your container or truck.

  • Standard Moving Box (tea-chesT) – 0.12cbm
  • Bedside table – 0.15cbm
  • Television – 0.25cbm
  • Dining chair – 0.15cbm
  • Dining Table – 1cbm
  • Washing Machine – 0.5cbm
  • Chest of Drawers – 0.7cbm
  • Glass Cabinet – 0.8cbm
  • Armchair – 0.8cbm
  • Refrigerator – 1cbm
  • 2 seater lounge – 1.2cbm
  • 3 seater lounge – 1.5cbm

Why is it Important For Your move?


It is really important for you to know how many cubic meters you want to move. Indeed, as explained before, movers use this unit to provide a quote and to ship your goods. Not having an accurate measurement of the volume of your belongings can result in an additional cost the day of your move.

A second important aspect is that it determines the size of the container you need. To know how much you can fit in a shipping container, have a look at our blog post here. We’ve covered all the information you need from a 20ft to a 40ft container.

At Palmers Relocations, we know it is not always straightforward to determine how many cubic meters you have. For this reason, we offer obligation free in-home surveys. Our consultant will come to your home and inspection / assess the volume room by room. By doing so, our team can help you plan for your move accordingly.

You can contact our team today for an obligation-free in-home inspection.

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