What size skip do I need?

Many people who need a skip have never hired one before, so when the time comes for them to decide what size skip they need, the decision can be confusing and difficult to answer. Multiple skips have different names and types as well as sizes, making the whole debacle an awkward encounter as you simply don’t know what you need.

We’ve put together our top tips to help you decide what size skip you need to dispose of your waste in the safest and easiest way

Speak to a Professional

If you’re unsure what skip size you’re going to need to hire, one of the best ways to work around this is to speak to the team you’d like to hire the skip from. Wherever you choose to hire your skip, they are going to have professionals who are on hand to speak to you whenever you need them! Here at Skip It, our specialist team are always happy to help, so don’t hesitate to give them a call!


Take some time to check out what certain sized skips are often used for. An example of this is, a 2-4 yard skip is often used for house and garden waste on a smaller scale, whilst skips can be as large as 40 yards, and these are typically used for a full scale house or office clear out. If you can’t find the information you need, you can always give the company another call.

Below is a list of skips and their very technical names to help you decide.

2-4 Yard Mini Skip

These skips are relatively small in size and ideal if space for the skip is an issue. Perfect for small housing, garage or garden waste.

4-6 Yard Midi Skip

These skips will fit on most driveways and are perfect for use with house decorations or general home clear outs and waste disposals.

10 Yard Builders Skip

These skips are relatively large but are likely to fit on your driveway if it isn’t small. These skips are perfect for use with larger domestic projects like home extensions and renovations.

18-40 Yard Roll on Roll off Skips

These skips are very large and it is advised not to hire these if space could be an issue. Ideal for projects such as full home and office clear outs or if you have large items to dispose of.

Go Larger

If you have all the information you need but are still unsure, go for a skip larger than what you think you will need. It’s always better to have spare space then to overfill, as some companies may refuse to take an overfilled skip!

If you need more information on what skip size to hire, you can get in touch with a member of the Skip it team by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 01273 608711.

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