Load Your Heaviest Possessions in an “I” Formation

Most people don't realize there is a preferable way to load a rental truck when moving household items. To ensure a safer, easier, and quicker move, load your heaviest possessions in an “I” formation. Use tie-downs to help prevent your heaviest items from shifting. It's also important to evenly balance the weight of your items on the truck bed.
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1. Valuables
It's a good idea to keep small, valuable items with you in the cab, along with anything else you might need to quickly grab during your move.
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2. Heavy Objects
Starting with the top of the “I formation," place the heaviest objects — like your refrigerator and washer — in the front of the box truck.
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3. Desk / Heavy Objects
Desks and dining room tables can go in the middle with heavy boxes underneath if there is enough clearance.
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4. Mattress / Box Springs
Place mattresses, box springs, and other large cushions along the left side of the box truck.
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5. Sofas / Couches
Sofas and couches can go on the right side of the truck, opposite your mattress and box spring.
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6. Heavy Boxes
Place additional heavy boxes in the center of the back of the truck in order to complete the “I formation."
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7. Small Boxes / Misc
Lastly, you can place your smaller boxes and miscellaneous items behind and around your heavy boxes once you've completed the “I formation."
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