The Ultimate Guide to Skip Hire Sizes

What is the right size skip for you? 

– Are you refurbishing the whole house?

– New kitchen?

– Moving house? 


Choosing The Right Size Skip For The Job

When it comes to picking the right size skip hire, if you’ve never done it before it can feel a little daunting.  How do you know you’re picking the right size?  Who on earth knows just how big a 4 yard skip really is? How about an 8 yard skip? Will it hold all of the contents of your bathroom refurb or will it be too much. 

There are several benefits to ensuring you have the right size skip and it mostly comes down to money.

Having a skip that’s too small will mean you having to hire another skip which will cost a lot more in the long run. Likewise, hiring a skip that’s too big will mean you spending more money than necessary.



Skip Hire Sizes: The Ultimate Guide

Now, while we could tell you a small skip would be suitable for most domestic needs and a medium skip will help you when moving house or having a clear out, it wouldn’t help.


Because the majority of skips are ranked according to their yard size. Skips range from 2 yard skips to 4 yard skips, 6 yard skips, 8 yard skips and so on.

This list below should help you decipher exactly what each skip should help you with:

2 Yard Skip – otherwise known as a mini skip, the 2 yard skip is ideal for small domestic jobs such as boxes in the attic, small cupboard clear outs and even junk from the shed.

4 Yard Skip – if you have a little more waste than this, a small 4 yard skip may be ideal. Consider things such as your kitchen cabinets, bathroom fixtures and even the downstairs toilet refurb. The 4 yard skip is actually considered the recommended size for small DIY projects.

6 Yard Skip – 6 yard skips are ideal once again for slightly bigger kitchen refurbs or garden landscaping. If a 4 yard may just leave space a little too tight, then upping it to a 6 yard skip is your best bet. Think maintenance throughout the entire house or a house clear out. You may even find a 6 yard skip as the ideal size for when you’re moving home and using the time to declutter.

8 Yard Skip – 8 yard skips, otherwise known as the builders skip is the perfect choice for bigger jobs. Whether it’s complete garden renovations, entire downstairs refurbs and even loft conversions, 8 yard skips are the perfect option. In fact they’re routinely chosen as the perfect ‘domestic skip hire’.

Contact Mackers Skip Hire Today 

If you’d like further information regarding skip size and what would be the best option for you, simply contact us today on 01268 418533.

Our team will be happy to offer advice and guidance at any time, along with a free, no obligation quote.

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