Best Vans for Moving Furniture

Moving furniture can be a delicate process, by using the wrong vehicle to move your furniture, you may risk damaging furniture that may not only be expensive, but also holds sentimental value.

The best way to avoid this is by choosing the right van. If you aren’t using a service to move your things, seeking a van hiring service with the best options available is the best thing you can do.

In this blog, we will show you the best vans for moving furniture.

North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd is here to provide solutions for you. With over 30 years of experience under our belts, our services are valued and recognised in North London and beyond. Our expertise is to help you find the right van, for the right job.

Our fleet includes small, medium and large vans, in addition to mini buses, automatic vans, electric vans and more! We also provide the ability to purchase vans.

Do I have to use a van for moving furniture?

Do I have to use a van for moving furniture?

If you are moving furniture yourself, and not using a professional service, then yes, it would be a better idea to use a van as opposed to your normal vehicle. By using a regular car, you can struggle to fit all of your items in, especially large furniture. By doing this, you run the risk of damaging the items, and blocking your lines of sight within the vehicle.

Furthermore, depending on how much you fill the vehicle, you can run the risk of making it too heavy. If you opt to secure items on the top of the vehicle, it must be secured tightly, and placed/removed in a specific manner to avoid damage to the vehicle.

Using a van to move your furniture offers a lot more space, depending on the van you choose. This can allow you to easily place larger pieces of furniture in the van with no trouble, and can generally prevent any damage from occurring to the furniture whilst driving.

Vans are mostly used for transporting items, as they have a large dedicated space in the back of the vehicle. Depending on the size of the van, and the furniture, there are many items you can fit in there which can include, but are not limited to:

  • Sofas
  • Chairs
  • Beds
  • Lights/lamps
  • Cupboards
  • Wardrobes
  • Bedside tables
  • Bookcases
  • Outdoor furniture

And more.

Are there any risks to transporting furniture in a van?

No, as long as there is appropriate planning, there are no risks to transporting furniture in a van.

In regard to placement, ensuring your furniture is secured and covered will prevent any instances of it from moving freely in the van and accumulating dust, scratches or other damages on it. By spacing your furniture appropriately, you will also prevent the van’s suspension from overcompensating on one side.

How do you measure a van’s weight limit?

You don’t measure a van’s weight limit directly. The weight limit, also known as the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), is already specified for your van and can be found in two ways:

  1. Manufacturer’s Label: Look for a sticker or plate on your van that typically shows information like GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) or Gross Vehicle Weight. This will be the maximum allowable weight for your van when fully loaded, including:
  • The van itself
  • All passengers and cargo
  • Operational fluids like oil and fuel

      2. Cargo Weight: Once you know the GVWR (from the label or manual) and optionally the unladen weight, you can figure out how much cargo you can safely carry. Here’s the simple formula:

Payload (cargo weight) = GVWR — Unladen Weight (if known)

Best vans for moving furniture

Best vans for moving furniture

The best vans for moving furniture is completely subject to the amount being moved, and the size of the furniture being moved. When it comes to the options available with North London Van and Truck Hire Ltd, the following vans can be more than enough to move furniture in most cases.

Subject to the furniture you need to move, all the vans highlighted here have an appropriate size to transport furniture. That being said, the best option of them all, specifically for large scale moves, would be the 7.5ton Box Tail Lift Van.

This particular van has the largest amount of space out of our options. Its tail lift also allows for safe placement of furniture into the van’s storage space.

Additionally, the dropside 4M van with tail lift is also an appropriate option due to its tail lift and space available. However, this option could present issues if it is too stacked, or the furniture is sensitive to the elements.

Is it better to use a service to move furniture?

If you have the funds available, and the service has the times available that suit you, it can be a better option to use a moving service, as long as they are reputable.

If a moving service is not reputable, there could be a chance that your furniture is damaged or mishandled during transport.

Who has liability when it comes to moving furniture?

If you use a moving service, the stipulations of the service may state that they are responsible if your furniture or items are damaged during transport, or you may be responsible. It is completely subject to their individual terms.

On the other hand, if you use a van hiring service, you are entirely liable for the furniture you use our vans to transport. That being said, if there is a fault in the van provided, exceptions may be made. You should contact us directly regarding this specific instance before hiring our vans.

How to hire the best van for moving furniture

With North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd, hiring the best van to move your furniture is simple, easy, and affordable. Ideally for those in the North London or Enfield area, our services include a 150-mile daily limit, (Except from our 7.5 ton Box Tail Lift Vans which have unlimited mileage) which should be more than enough for those moving furniture locally. Here is how you can secure your van for hire.

  1. Head to our website
  2. Select your pick-up location, followed by return location, pick-up date, pick-up time, drop-off date, and drop-off time. Then press enter.
  3. Select the van you require. (Please note that availability will change as other people are making/have made bookings).
  4. After choosing the van, follow on to the next page, where you can select any add-ons you may require.
  5. After selecting add-ons, follow on to the next page, where you need to enter personal details.
  6. If your details comply with our requirements, we will present a quote, which you can decide to pay, or try another service.
  7. If you are happy with this quote, we arrange a time for you to come to the showroom, view the van, and complete the rental process by verifying the required documentation.

For peace of mind, all the vans we provide for hire are maintained to the best standard. They are checked regularly to ensure there are no issues that would impact you in any way. After each customer has used our vans, we conduct our checks.

Hire the best van for moving furniture today

Hire the best van for moving furniture today

North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd has over 30 years of experience, which has allowed us to provide a varied fleet of vans suitable for a variety of needs. We encourage you to get in contact with us today to see how we can help you. Below, you can find our opening hours, address, and contact details.

We hope to have provided helpful information by showing you the best vans for moving furniture.  Whilst providing supplementary information to help you make an informed choice when it comes to van hire.

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Mon–Fri: 07:30 am to 05:00 pm

Saturday: 7:30 am to 12:00 pm

Sunday: Closed


North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd,

1320 Mollison Avenue,





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