Finding the proper dumpster size for residential needs depends upon understanding how dumpsters are sized, estimating the extent of your project and keeping your budget in mind. To start, dumpsters are measured in cubic yards. Typical sizes run from 5 to 40 yards.
Small dumpsters are appropriate for relatively modest jobs, such as bathroom and hard flooring renovations. Renters often need 10-yard dumpsters for renovations of kitchens and similarly sized rooms. Landlords or businesses generally use 16-yard dumpsters to clean out large areas. Large room renovations or roofing projects, carpet removal in an entire house or major landscaping work usually require a 20-yard dumpster.
To determine the size of dumpsters needed, renters should think their projects through carefully. Making an uninformed guess sometimes ends up costing a customer significantly more than necessary because the dumpster is too big.
In some cases, making the size decision is easier when you know the dimensions of the dumpster. For instance, a 10-yard dumpster is typically 12 feet long, 8 feet wide and 4 feet high. This holds 50 square feet of deck material. A 20-yard dumpster usually measures 22 feet by 8 feet by 4.5 feet and is able to contain 300 to 400 square feet of deck wood.