What size skip do I need?


Skip size jargon can be difficult to understand sometimes and deciding what size skip you need can be a struggle. ‘What’s a builder’s skip and how do I measure everything using cubic yards?’ These are all questions we have answered before, which is why we thought creating a blog on ‘what size skip do I need’ would be useful for our customers. 

Larger skips offer more value for money if you have lots to get rid of, whereas smaller skips may be more appropriate for smaller projects. As one of our first tips- people often overfill their skips. We cannot take overfilled skips, so it’s usually better to order the bigger skip. Read on to find out the dimensions of a skip and the best skip size for your type of product. 

What size skip do I need?- The dimensions- cubic yard and cubic metres

Skip sizes tend to be measured in cubic yards and cubic metres. A lot of people in the waste removal industry will refer to skip size as just ‘yards’ or ‘metres’, so be wary of this when ordering one. 1 cubic yard measures 3 feet high, 3 feet wide and 3 feet deep and to give you a sense of scale, this is roughly the same size as 2 standard dishwashers or washing machines or 10 kitchen bin bags. The specific metric dimensions of this measure 91cm x 91cm x 91cm and are roughly 75% of a cubic metre.

What size skip do I need? – The comparison table

Skip size names Volume Dimensions Number of bin bags
Mini Skip 2 Cubic Yards4 x 3 x 3 Feet20
Midi Skip 4 Cubic Yards6 x 4 x 3 Feet25-35 
Small Builders Skip6 Cubic Yards 10 x 4 x 4 Feet40-55
Large Builders Skip8 Cubic Yards 12 x 6 x 4 Feet 60-75
Large Maxi Skip10 Cubic Yards13 x 6 x 6 Feet 90-110

What size skip do I need for my project?

Mini Skip (2 Yards) – A two-yard mini skip is best for projects with lots of rubble, not big items. For example, this could be a small garden waste and rubble from renovating bathrooms or kitchens with lots of tiles. 

Midi Skip (4 Yards) – A midi skip could be useful for a larger project, again for a kitchen or bathroom. 

Small Builders Skip (6 yards) – This is the most common skip size and is great for DIY or building projects such as renovating large kitchens or bathrooms. You may have seen this size skip regularly on streets or outside houses. 

Large Builders Skip (8 Yards) – The large builders skip is most commonly used for builders and is great for heavy waste such as concrete, soil and rubble. A large builders skip would be perfect for heavy waste such as concrete, soil and rubble. 

Maxi Skip (12 Yards) – This is most suitable for large projects like house clearance or office clearance. These skips cannot however hold rubble, soil or bricks as they would be too heavy for the skip lorry.

Thank You for reading our blog on ‘what size skip do I need?’. If you are thinking about having a construction project or need house or garden clearance, please get in touch with us today at No 1. Junk Street.

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