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How to Calculate Linear Feet

September 4th, 2014 - 9:57 AM

Linear Feet Calculator

Sometimes moving terms can be a little unclear. “Linear foot” is one we use a lot around here, and we get a lot of questions about what exactly a liner foot is and how to calculate it to determine moving costs.

Let's start by clearing up the definition: A linear foot is simply one foot in length –  12 inches. When it comes to a U-pack trailer move, your price is based on the linear feet your shipment takes up inside the trailer. So, if your quote shows the price for 10 linear feet, it's the price for your shipment taking up 10 feet in length, starting from the front of the trailer. Here's a great visual of what it means, and how it works: 





Why are linear feet important when moving?

As I mentioned, U-Pack determines the cost of your move by linear feet.  For example, if you use 12 linear feet of space with U-Pack, you get 12 full feet in length inside the moving trailer, but you also get to use the width (8 feet) and height (9 feet) of the trailer. So 12 linear feet is 12’ x 8’ x 9’ of space. Taking the steps to figure out how much space your shipment will take up before you move is important. It makes sticking to your budget much, much easier.

Determine How Many Linear Feet You’ll Need to Move

To quickly calculate your linear footage, click here for our simple space estimatortruck rental estimator, or storage building estimator. To get more detailed, use the Room-by-Room space estimator. You can see how many linear feet you’ll need based on the size of your home. Then you can get a free moving quote and see how much your move will cost.

Use what you need! Flexible moving options with U-Pack.

One of the great perks of doing a U-Pack trailer move is the flexibility. Regardless of the amount of space you think you'll use, you only pay for what you actually use. So, if the space estimators indicate you'll need 19 linear feet, but when moving day comes you end up needing more, use it! You'll just add the per-foot adjustment rate included on your moving quote. Or, if you are super-packer and manage to fit everything into less space, we'll reduce the price accordingly! U-Pack takes the headache out of moving. It’s flexible and affordable – the perfect combo!

If you have any questions about calculating your linear footage or moving with U-Pack, just leave a comment. We’re happy to help! Or check out these other helpful resources for more information.

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