How To Load A Moving Truck

As the Movers Who Care®, it’s clear we specialize in anything and everything related to moving! Since 1985, we’ve worked to find the best and most efficient ways to complete every kind of move imaginable, and we’ve developed some serious tips and tricks over the years.

How to Load a Moving Truck

  • About $50 cost
  • About 60 minutes time

Necessary Items:

  • Tape or mover bands
  • Moving pads
  • Straps


  1. Start by loading the attic of the truck. It’s important to place a moving pad down before loading items to ensure the safety of the belongings being moved.
  2. Be sure to stack items from floor to ceiling while loading.
  3. Run a ratchet strap across the items to make sure they’re safely secured in place.
  4. If you’re moving mattresses, place a moving pad underneath them, and place them against the attic of the truck.
  5. Continue loading the truck from floor to ceiling with base items. Base items are sturdy and can hold more weight, such as dressers, desks, and armoires.
  6. Load boxes by stacking them on top of each other. Be sure to stack boxes by the appropriate weight, with the heaviest being on the bottom and the lightest on top.
  7. Next, load couches, love seats, and sofa chairs by placing them on top of a moving pad in an upright position with the feet facing the wall. They are loaded this way because these items are the tallest, and this will save space.
  8. Place loose and non-stackable items on top of these pieces of furniture.
  9. Finally, begin loading unique and specialty items, such as grandfather clocks, china cabinets, gun safes, and pianos. Many of these specialty items require specific training to move.
  10. Continue loading the truck with base items, filling all gaps and holes with boxes and loose items, making sure everything is loaded floor to ceiling.
  11. Once the truck is approximately ¾ full, you can begin loading miscellaneous items such as treadmills, ladders, play sets, garden tools, and lawn mowers.
  12. Make sure items are secured with straps and bungie cords before beginning the move.