Infographic: What Fits in 1 Cubic Meter?

If you’ve ever moved before, especially in the UAE, you’ll know that all movers and packers talk in code – and really fast! It’s easy to get lost in it all. A couple of surveyors will come to your home, look around, and instantly give you a number followed by “CBM” or m3. While we stand there with a blank “what just happened” expression.

Yes, you’re not the only one who’s felt that.

So HOW do movers do this so instantly? My theory: All surveyors have Iron Man/RoboCop vision so they can compute the total volume of everything just by scanning the room. Unfortunately we’re not incredible Hollywood movie characters.

So let’s start with the basics:

Almost all movers across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah estimate the volume of your furniture in cubic meters. A cubic meter is simply a space that is 1 meter wide, 1 meter long and 1 meter high. Most movers and storage companies in Dubai charge customers based on the total volume that needs to be stored or moved. That being said, it’s always wise to get multiple companies to survey your home to make sure you’re getting accurate estimates. But why leave it to only other people to estimate for you? You can do it too!

What actually fits in the space of 1 cubic meter (1m x 1m x 1m)?

Some people just have a skill for visualizing and calculating something purely based on a standard measurement. Other people, including myself, need more visuals. This colourful infographic will show some familiar items that fit in one cubic metre, and it should help with estimating how large of a move you’re going to need to prepare for.

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