How to Calculate Linear Feet

What is a linear foot and how is the measurement used?  

A linear foot is a 12-inch (one-foot) straight measurement of length. It’s that simple! 

It’s the same size whether you’re measuring space in a U-Pack moving trailer or working on a home improvement project. You might use linear foot measurements for baseboards, crown molding or fencing. Some flooring, like sheet linoleum, can also sold by the linear foot, so it’s a handy measurement for many applications.  

Keep reading to learn how to measure linear feet and why it’s important when moving with U-Pack®. 

How do I measure linear feet?    

Grab a tape measure to get started, then measure the length in feet. The resulting number is the linear feet. One foot is one linear foot. 

If your tape measure doesn’t list feet, just divide the total number of inches by 12 to convert to feet. For example, if you measure 96 inches in length, 96/12 = 8, so you would have 8 linear feet.  

Tape measure measuring linear footage


Why are linear feet important for U-Pack?  

When moving with a U-Pack trailer, the linear feet you use determines the rate. With U-Pack, you only pay for the space used (down to a 5-foot minimum)! You don’t have to worry about getting an estimate for the weight of your belongings — which may or may not be correct — since we don’t consider weight for moving costs. 

U-Pack trailer quotes are for a set amount of linear feet based on your home size. If you use more or less space, the price will adjust up or down according to the per-foot rate on the reservation. 

Check out this video for a quick overview:  


How much linear footage do I need in a U-Pack trailer?   

Refer to the chart below for an idea of what to expect, but keep in mind that heavily furnished homes may need more space:  

Number of Bedrooms U-Pack Trailer Space
<1 Room 5 linear ft. (min)
1 Room or Studio 6 linear ft.
1 Bedroom 7 linear ft.
2 Bedrooms 13 linear ft.
3 Bedrooms 17 linear ft.
4 Bedrooms 23 linear ft.
5+ Bedrooms 35 linear ft. (1 full and 1 partially full trailer)

Note: U-Pack moving quotes will include a linear footage estimate based on the home size you enter.  

Need more info? 

If you have questions about calculating linear feet or want to know more about moving with U-Pack, let us know — we’re here to help! If you haven’t already gotten a moving quote, request it online or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak to a moving consultant. Quotes are free, and so is booking a move!