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Packing Tips

Carton Descriptions with Packing Guidelines

1.5 cubic foot carton (the book or small carton)

This is the smallest of the general-purpose containers. As a rule of thumb, the smallest and heaviest items are generally packed in the 1.5 cubic foot carton. Consider this carton for the following items:

3.0 cubic foot carton (medium carton)

This is the workhorse carton. Smaller and heavier items are usually packed in these containers. Consider this carton for the following items:

4.5 cubic foot carton (large carton)

As the size of the container increases, the weight of individual items going into the container should decrease. This carton is another of the workhorse cartons. Consider this carton for the following items:

6.0 cubic foot carton (extra-large carton)

This is the largest of the general-purpose cartons. This carton should only be considered for the lightest and bulkiest items, such as the following:

Dish-pack (Barrel or Dish Barrel)

This is the safest of all the cartons because of its extra-strength, multi-layered construction. All breakable kitchenware, china and crystal should be packed in these cartons for safety. Occasionally, these are used for lamp bases and small antiques.

Mattress Carton

Just as mattresses and box springs come in different sizes, so do the cartons for shipping them. Standard sizes include crib, twin, double, queen and king. It is required that all mattresses be packed in cartons for shipping.

Mirror Carton

As with mattress cartons, mirror cartons come in a number of sizes. Be aware that many mirror carton pieces can be fitted together to offer a great deal of flexibility for such items as pictures, mirrors or small glass table tops.

Wardrobe Cartons

These are the largest of the standard cartons and come in two types: stand-up or lay-down. Stand-up cartons are usually used for domestic shipments and lay-down for international shipments. The cartons are constructed in such a manner that hanging clothed will remain hanging during the move.

I used Rose Moving and Storage/Allied Van Lines to move everything from both my professional office as well as my home across the country from Michigan to Colorado. I deeply appreciated how informative and patient the Move Coordinator, Judy R. was with answering my question and helping me understand the process from initial phone call to start the process of scheduling the move all the way through to the friendly follow-up phone call after everything was delivered. She clearly has a great deal of experience with managing these types of large moves and this not only helped me understand this process and how to best prepare for the such a large move, but help me feel less overwhelmed with the process.

The Driver and Coordinator of the loading/unloading team, Dave, was very professional, prompt with arrival times and had great communication with me about what to expect throughout the day of loading while in Michigan. He kept me informed/updated about the delivery day/time for the truck to arrive in Colorado and helped make delivery of all my items happen safely and successfully. I especially appreciated Dave's friendly personable demeanor, his patient calm explanation of things, and his conscientiousness of making sure things were loaded and unloaded carefully; making sure the process was done RIGHT not just quickly. This is really important to see when you are trusting someone with quite literally nearly all your earthly possessions and hoping that they will arrive across the country safely. Working with Dave was truly a pleasure. I appreciated the way he helped earn my trust by being very upfront and honest about the whole process and how I could clearly see that he was making sure that the entire job was done correctly.

Dave, Dude, and the rest of their local loading/unloading team members did an amazing job with the loading and unloading of BOTH of my locations, office and home. I honestly have never seen a team of people work so hard for such a long extended day to do a job correctly and safely; not just rushing through putting items haphazardly anywhere, but doing this right and taking care of all of my items. Upon arrival to Colorado, the team was mindful of asking where larger items (desks, furniture, etc.) needed to go and reassembling them carefully.

I especially appreciated Dave and Dude, who powered through the unloading/reassembling and setting up process at both the office and home locations in Colorado to get this done in one VERY LONG day due to a Winter Storm that was scheduled to hit the area the next day.

I usually do not write such long reviews, but I can't express enough how happy I have been with the moving services from this company.

I am especially grateful how hard Dave and Dude worked to make sure that this huge cross-country moving job was done carefully, safely and 100% completed without any lingering issues.

Moving your entire life across the country can be an adventure for sure; but it can also be a NIGHTMARE if not done correctly. My experience with Rose Moving and Storage/Allied Van Lines helped make the start of my new chapter here in Colorado start positively and I am very thankful for that!

I highly recommend Rose Moving and Storage/Allied Van Lines without hesitation. It was worth every penny hiring them. You will be glad that you did!

Michelle S. Lynch

Great move from MI to SC. Rose/Allied was the best price vs Mayflower and United. Salesman Jim Stafford was friendly and helpful, estimated our total weight to within 300 lbs! The driver/crew chief who did our move was Billy and we can’t say enough good thing about him. Very professional and courteous, hard-working, and very careful with our belongings. We had them pack too and they are super cautious and expert packers. Moving is such a pain - but Billy made it as stress-free as possible. I give them my highest recommendation!

Blake Wilms

Brad was stellar as on WED during the loading and unloading.
This was a smooth move even with all the extra steps to cross the border into Canada, and unload in 2 locations.
Thanks again for the incredible service from start to finish.
I am so pleased with the entire process at Rose moving.

Kristen B.

Professional, flexible, accommodating and friendly!
I can't thank the Rose team enough for their support installing and removing an enormous event installation. The team worked for days, at all hours of the day, to help complete a large scale, time sensitive project. From the back office, to the onsite leadership and their team of movers, everyone was a pleasure to work with. They did a quality job with smiles on their faces. I couldn't recommend a group of movers any more! A job well done!

Allison D.

Rose Moving was excellent, start to finish! Jim was so easy to work with and assured us every step of the way. The moving staff were all very professional, arrived on time and worked amazingly quick and efficient! The move went perfect! What a pleasure to work with Jim and Team! We'd highly recommend Rose Moving.

Angela H.

The experience with Rose Movers from the quote, to you with all your help and logistical planning, and to the movers, was easy with no hitches at all. I would recommend you all to anyone planning a move.

Rick and Sue Markley

They showed up on time for the packing and delivery. Everything arrived in excellent condition. The furniture was placed exactly where we wanted, as were the boxes to be unpacked by us. Beverly was wonderful about keeping us informed. Dave and his helpers did a fantastic job.


They showed up on time. They did what they said they would do. They delivered on time, as they said they would do. Everything was perfect. Thank You, Rose / Allied team you are the best. Thank You!

Mike & Bev

We have traveled to many continents before retirement and this crew is the best. They are presently loading the first container to Europe. Very professional, prompt and considerate. Compelled to recommend even while in process.

Fernanda F.

Everyone at Rose moving was a pleasure to work with. They made you feel very comfortable though out the whole process. Very professional.


We have used Rose Moving twice now. Both experiences were great. Jim was friendly and helpful in quoting the jobs and always answered any questions promptly. The movers handling the jobs were all professional and courteous and they took great care with all of our property. I would definitely recommend Rose Moving!

Sara D.

Our move experience was great! The crew who loaded our stuff to put into storage was extremely professional. The team lead even saw the stress in my face and put me at ease by saying, "Don't worry, this is easy! It'll be great!" That really helped! The crew who unloaded our stuff was top notch as well. Jim and Beverly were both very responsive and great to work with. I definitely recommend Rose!


From start to finish Rose Moving handled it all. What could have been a very stressful move could not have gone smoother. All of our belongings arrived in perfect shape. The movers at both homes were very professional and made sure they placed the furniture exactly where you wanted it.

Homeward Bound

Very responsive in scheduling my move and coping with changes. Movers were outstanding for both pick up and delivery. Competent professionals. I would absolutely recommend them.

Ohio Move

Having a 20+year partnership with Rose Moving & Storage, they have always provided Holcim with fast, trustful, and economic services. Their entire staff will work with you to determine the most effective and efficient solution for your warehousing needs. With a passion for performance and precision, you can be assured of their reliable yet flexible customer service at all times.

Holcim US Inc.

We were very pleased with Rose handling our move. Our treasures spent 10 months in their warehouse waiting for our new house to be ready and they all arrived safe and sound. Beverly and Jim were wonderful to work with. I thought the crew that moved us out was wonderful...but the crew that moved us in was even better. If we were to do this again, we would definitely use Rose, they are the best!

Ohio Move II