All about Ocean Containers and Volume

Ocean Containers and Volume

Below chart will assist you to determine cubic feet volume you should expect depending on number of bedrooms or square foot of your residence.

Below estimate is assuming you have standard furniture items and boxes for single family residence. For customized volume calculation you can use our CFT calculation to determine more accurate volume.

Number of Bedrooms (or) Square Ft. in Your Home Approx. Cubic Feet
Small Studio (or) Under 600 360
Large Studio/ 1 Bedroom Apartment (or) 600 - 1,000 432
2 Bedroom Apartment (or) 1,000 - 1,200 720
2 Bedroom House/ 3 Bedroom Apartment (or) 1,200 - 1,500 864
3 Bedroom House (or) 1,500 - 1,800 1,152
3 Bedroom House (plus garage, attic, etc.) (or) 1,800 - 2,000 1,368
4 Bedroom House (or) 2,000 - 2,400 1,512 - 2,016
4 Bedroom House (plus garage, attic, etc.) (or) 2,400 - 2,800 2,016 - 4,032
5 Bedroom House (plus garage, attic, etc.) (or) 2,800 - 3,200 2,688 - 5,376
Dimensions of Storage Unit (or) Square Feet of Storage Space Approx. Cubic Fee
5' x 10' Storage (or) 50 432
10' x 10' Storage (or) 100 864
10' x 20' Storage (or) 200* 1,512 - 2,016

Depending on volume you plan to move, below are different ocean container specifications. If your volume is under 500 CFT you should consider shipping by LCL (Less than Container Load)

Ocean Container Specification

Ocean Container Specification

Containers are manufactured using either aluminum or steel. They are suitable for most types of cargo. Aluminum dry containers have a slightly larger payload than steel, and steel dry containers have a slightly larger internal cube space.

Container dimensions - Specific dimensions and capacity of dry containers may vary depending on the container manufacturer, the age of the container and the container owner. The specifications listed below are, however, representative.

Approx. Cubit Fee 20’ 40’ 40’ High Cube
Interior Length 5.919 m 19′5 12.051 m 39′ 6 1/2 12.056 m 39′ 6 1/2
Interior Width 2.286 m 7′ 6 2.286 m 7′ 6 2.340 m 7′8
Interior Height 2.380 m 7′ 9 1/2 2.380 m 7′ 9 1/2 2.684 m 8′ 9 1/2
Door Opening Width 2.340 m 7′ 8 2.340 m 7′ 8 2.347 m 7′ 8 1/4
Door Opening Height 2.278 m 7′ 5 1/2 2.278 m 7′ 5 1/2 2.585 m 8′ 5 3/4

1,900 kgs

4,189 lb

3,084 kgs

6,799 lb

2,900 kgs

6,393 lb

15,000 kgs

33,000 lb

20,000 kgs

44,000 lb

20,000 kgs

44,000 lb
Cubic Capacity 33.0 cbm 1,165 cft 67.3 cbm 2,377 cft 76.0 cbm 2,684 cft

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