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How to calculate pallet size

Updated February 21, 2017

When shipping many boxes at one time, they are sometimes packaged together onto pallets. Moving these pallets can be done quickly with forklifts, saving time compared to hand lifting and moving. Knowing the cubic area of your pallet is helpful when considering shipment space. In order to determine the amount of space your pallet occupies, you only need to take a few basic measurements and perform some simple calculations.

Area of pallet

Measure the length of your pallet. Write this number down for reference.

Measure the width of your pallet. Write this number down as well.

Multiply the measurements taken in steps 1 and 2 together. The result equals the area (in square metres or square feet) of your pallet.

Volume of pallet

Measure the length of your pallet. Write this number down for reference.

Measure the width of your pallet. Write this number down.

Measure the height of your pallet. Write this number down.

Multiply the measurements taken in steps 1, 2 and 3 together. The result equals the cubic volume (in three-dimensional space) that your pallet occupies.

Tip

To determine how many boxes of a particular size will fit on your pallet, you will first need to determine the area of one of the boxes. To do this, measure the width and length of the box. Multiply these measurements together and write down your result. Divide the area of your pallet by the area of your box. The result will equal the amount of boxes that you will be able to pack into one layer of your pallet.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Calculator
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