What Size Skip Do I Need

There is no one size fits all when it comes to ordering the right skip for your needs. And every project that you undertake in your home will have a different amount of waste, from the same project in another house.
So how can we help you to determine the right size skip for your project? Here are a few handy things to think about:

Bathroom Revamp

When it comes to ripping out your existing bathroom, and throwing it into the skip, you want to consider how much space your bath will take up. The length of a standard bath in the UK is 5ft6. To ensure that you get the most out of your skip, you want to ensure that this can sit in the bottom. Meaning anything smaller than a 3-ton mini is too small.
You will then want to consider the toilet and the sink, while standard ones should also fit comfortably with your bath, perhaps one inside the bath, it will depend greatly on what will be in the skip with them.
If you are adding just your bathroom suite and excess rubbish, a 3-ton mini will be fine. However, if you will be ripping off tiles, plaster, cupboards and much else, you may want to size up as this is more cost-effective than a second skip.

Kitchen Rip Out

Ripping out your kitchen is one of the biggest jobs in your home (unless you are ripping out the stairs!). This calls for a bigger skip. Unless you have a small galley kitchen of course. Firstly, consider the obvious. Flattening your cupboards before they go in the skip will undoubtedly save you space.
Other than your cupboards, you might have other items to dispose of. Please be aware that we cannot accept white goods such as fridges and freezers, check our What Can Go In A Skip page for more information. However, we can accept your washer and dryer, or dishwashers should they need to be removed. If you are including these in your skips, the size will need to be factored in. For two of these items and just cupboards you should get away with a 5-ton skip, however, for three, we would certainly recommend sizing up to our 10-ton skip. This extra space will also be beneficial for excess plaster, tiling, unwanted or damaged goods, and even all the food that’s been sitting at the back of the cupboards since you moved in (you know the stuff).

Lounge Freshen-up

For the most part, when we have a new sofa delivered, the company will provide a service to collect your old sofa. However, many of our customers have said that this isn’t the case. This means that they need to find an alternative method of disposal. For some, this will be collected by the council, or perhaps a charity shop. However, if you are looking at renovating the whole room, investing in a skip might be another great option.
Where possible we recommend chopping up your sofa to help save space in your skip. However, this will still leave you with bulky waste. As there are so many different styles and sizes of sofa, if you are looking for further information on the size of skip you will need, please contact the team who will be happy to guide you based on your individual sofa.
If you are doing a simple renovation of your lounge, without the sofa waste, a 2-ton skip would usually suffice, however, if you are unsure, please contact us.

Bedroom Renovations

The largest item to dispose of in a bedroom is of course the bed. Unless you have a large wardrobe. Other than the mattress, this can be broken down reasonably well. Making it easy to fit in most skips.
The main issue when hiring a skip for bedroom renovations is that care is not taken when dismantling older furniture. An extra couple of moments to dismantle the furniture will help to save an abundance of space, therefore saving extra money.
If the mattress will fit nicely into the base of the skip, this allows for other waste to be piled on top with limited issues. Please avoid putting a mattress on the top of a skip as this can cause transportation issues, or often takes you over the fill line.
For most bedroom renovations, a 5-ton skip is more than efficient to fit all existing furniture, plus any additional waste, such as plaster and carpets. However, depending on the size of the room and furniture, this could vary. If you are unsure, please contact the team today.

Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we have years of experience in delivering skips for home renovations. We have seen what you can and what you cannot fit in every size of skip. So if you are unsure which size to book, please just ask a member of the team for advice and we will be happy to help as much as possible. Call today to book your skip hire.

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Why Skip Hire is Crucial for Major Refurbishments

If you are looking to start a major refurbishment project, the best way to dispose of all of your waste is to hire a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire.

This is the only way to dispose of all of your waste in a timely and efficient manner if you think your home needs sprucing up.

For this blog post, we are going to share five important points you will need to consider.

5 Important Factors for Major Refurbishments

A refurbishment can breathe new life into a stuffy old home or completely revamp commercial premises.

De-Clutter – Before you can really change a space, you need to be sure what you are working with. You will not be able to get accurate measurements with old bulky furniture and other items in your way. Having a de-clutter right across your property will help you to start with a blank canvas.

Hire a Skip – It may seem obvious that you will need a skip once you have completed your de-cluttering exercise. As a fully licensed waste carrier, Staffordshire Skip Hire can dispose of all of your rubbish safely and responsibly.

Set Your Budget – Refurbishments can run over time and budget but by setting a clear and realistic budget means it will not break the bank. One of the best ways to save money is to hire a skip, as this will save you loads of petrol money from multiple trips to the tip.

Get Help – If you are struggling with any part of your refurbishment, ask for help regarding the design or building work. Consult the services of a professional builder, architect or interior designer if you have any reservations about building work or DIY. We would recommend talking to them during the planning stages of the project.

Check Planning Permission – While this should be a given, some projects, especially major refurbishments may require planning permission from the local authority. Checking this beforehand will avoid any nasty legal complications.

Great Skip Hire from Staffordshire’s Leading Providers

Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we have years of experience in the hiring of skips and the collection of waste. This is why you should get in touch if you need some help with a major refurbishment project.

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The History of Skip Hire Services

Skips are a common sight in the modern world but many people do not consider how intelligently designed the very best skips are.

Modern skips from Staffordshire Skip Hire are easily unloadable and loadable from a lorry plus they can hand a number of different types of waste.

Most of us will notice a skip when we are passing a construction or demolition project or perhaps when somebody is renovating their home or office space. Thankfully hiring a skip from Staffordshire Skip Hire is one of the simplest tasks to complete.

The Legacy of Skips

The first documented use of a skip was back in 1922 was in the seaside town of Southport. There was an issue with the distance travelled between houses and refuse and waste disposal areas. At this time, horse-drawn carts were the most common method of transporting waste from one point to the next. While this was an easy way to obtain the waste from house to house, it was becoming a longer process to transport the waste to a dumping ground.

This led to a meeting between a lorry manufacturer and the borough engineer of Southport to identify a solution. A horse-drawn container which measured 300 cubic feet was seen as the best method, and become widely known as the first skip with the wheels 20 inches in diameter to transport the waste.

When the container was filled it was connected to the rear of a lorry to transport it to the assigned dumping ground.

The Improvement and Development of Skips

Improvements for skips began in 1926, starting with how they are transported with small, petrol-powered trucks called Freighters used.

At the same time in London, skips were being mounted sideways which allowed several skips to be carried across a single chassis at the same time. The Freighter became a big success with most cities across the UK using them as part of skip hire services.

More and more construction, demolition and refurbishment projects throughout both the 20th and 21st century have developed skips to be able to remove large amounts of waste from specific locations. Today, Staffordshire Skip Hire offers a number of different sizes of skips, for however long you need it.

Get in Touch to Reserve Our Skips Today

If you are looking for a skip for your next construction or refurbishment project contact Staffordshire Skip Hire for the widest range of skips in Staffordshire.