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PODS Portable Container Sizes

Moving container & storage unit sizes

Keeping your things safe is our priority, so we've built our containers for protection. We've got multiple size options to choose from, and you can mix and match to fit your needs.
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Find Your Fit: Moving and Storage Unit Size Options

16 foot moving container

Large Container
16-Foot

  • Ideal for a 2-bedroom home, or up to 1,200 sq. ft.
  • About the length of a standard parking spot
  • Comparable to a 10'x15' storage unit or a 20' truck

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12 foot storage container

Medium Container
12-Foot

  • Perfect for a 1-bedroom home, or a 500-800 sq. ft. space
  • Great for packing away things from 2 or 3 rooms
  • Compare to a 10'x10' storage unit or 15' truck

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PODS portable storage container

Small Container
8-Foot

  • Great for a studio or room of 500 sq. ft. or less
  • A popular choice for college students
  • Comparable to a 5'x10' storage unit or 10' truck


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Designed for Protection & Convenience

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Sturdy steel construction

PODS steel-frame, weather-resistant containers are built to keep your belongings protected from the elements. Watch out for some companies that advertise their containers as “all steel,” which may only be lightweight metal sheeting that offers no added security for your belongings.

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Impact-resistant wall paneling

Our containers are specially designed with impact- and weather-resistant high-tech polymer wall panels, or sturdy wood reinforced with an aluminum exterior sheet for extra security and protection.

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Safe & secure

Since you own the lock and key, you’re the only one who has access to your stuff.

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Built-in tie-down rings

Convenient tie-down rings enable you to secure your belongings for transit with ropes or straps.

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Convenient roll-up door

Unlike swing doors, our roll-up doors don’t require as much space to open. This means you have more room in your driveway.

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Ramp-free loading

Our containers make loading easier with ground-level access.

Large Container — 16-Foot

PODS 16 Foot Container

The Perfect Size for Bigger Households

  • Perfect for a 1,200 sq. ft. space* or smaller
  • Great for moves requiring temporary storage
  • Our largest size, and a popular choice for moving a home with 3 to 4 rooms
  • Comparable to a 10'x15' storage unit or a 20' rental truck
  • Imagine a parking space in 3D 
  • 835 cubic ft.
  • Dimensions: 16' x 8' x 8'**
Watch our What Fits in a 16-Foot Container video.
Try our Moving and Storage Calculator to determine which size and how many you need.
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Medium Container — 12-Foot

PODS 12 Foot Container

Simplify Local Moving or Your Home Improvement Project

  • Perfect for a 500-800 sq. ft. space* (2 to 3 rooms’ worth of belongings)
  • Great for smaller moves and bigger storage needs
  • A popular size for local apartment moves
  • Comparable to 10'x10' storage unit or 15' rental truck
  • Available for in-town moving and storage only 
  • 689 cubic ft.
  • Dimensions: 12' x 8' x 8'**
Try our Moving and Storage Calculator to determine which size and how many you need.
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Small Container — 8-Foot

PODS 7 Foot Container

Conveniently Small, Surprisingly Roomy

  • Perfect for a 500 sq. ft. space* or smaller
  • Mix and match – Often paired with our 16-ft. unit
  • Great for college students, apartment residents, or people looking to downsize
  • A popular size for small or partial moves, as well as shipping furniture and other larger items
  • Comparable to a 5'x10' storage unit or 10' rental truck
  • Imagine a walk-in closet 
  • Up to 402 cubic ft. of usable space     
  • Dimensions: 8' x 7' x 8'**
Watch our What Fits in a 8-Foot Container video.
Try our Moving and Storage Calculator to determine which size and how many you need.
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* Suggested container sizes are for guidance only. Larger items and how efficiently containers are loaded can significantly impact the size and quantity of containers you’ll need.

** Dimensions are based on exterior measurements. Container sizes may vary slightly. Some earlier 8 ft models in PODS fleet are 7’2” x 7’3” x 8’4” 

PODZILLA moving solution

We Pioneered Level-Lifting

Protecting your things is our priority. That's why we patented PODZILLA™, our level container-lifting machine that we introduced to the portable moving and storage industry. PODZILLA is designed to keep containers – and your belongings – level while being lifted onto and off PODS trucks. It can also precisely maneuver your unit into place, so you don't have to worry about tight spaces.

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Your One-Stop Moving and Storage Resource

PODS moving containers

Hourly labor help

PODS offers self-moving services with full-service options, like referrals for professional packing and loading companies in your area that will do as much, or as little, of the work as you’d like.

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Packing and loading video & tips

Maximize container space and keep your stuff protected with our pro packing and loading tips.

Packing and loading supplies

Moving supplies

Need boxes, tape, moving blankets, or more? We’ve got the moving supplies you need – with fast, free shipping.

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How PODS Works

PODS moving and storage

Get it & load it

We deliver your container, and to ensure your safety, PODS is a contactless service so you don't need to meet your driver. Take your time loading on your schedule, right in your driveway. If you want help, your PODS personal moving and storage team will connect you with local packing and loading companies.

Keep your belongings safe and sound

Keep it

At-home storage gives you the flexibility you need, whether you want easy storage just steps away, or you want to take your time packing and loading.

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Store it

If you need temporary storage, we'll pick up your loaded container and bring it to a local PODS Storage Center, where it will be safe, secure, and easily accessible until you need it again.

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Move it

We've got this, so you don't have to. We'll deliver your container to your new home, whether you're moving across town or across the country.*

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PODS for Business Commercial Container open doors

Supporting Business Storage Needs

PODS for Business offers portable containers for both short and long-term rentals with three sizes. Exclusively offering an All-Steel Commercial Container for business customers.

  • 7-Foot Container
  • 12-Foot Container 
  • 16-Foot Container 
  • 16-Foot All-Steel Container
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