Skip hire sizes

Common Skip Size Guide

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Choosing Skip Hire Sizes

Choosing the best skip size to hire is tricky. Unlike AnyJunk’s man & van clearance service, the price of a skip is fixed irrespective of how much you put in it.

  • Small skips cost less but have less capacity so if you have too much waste you’ll have to order two of them!
  • Large skips are cheaper per cubic yard but only if you have enough waste to fill them up!


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Below are the common skip sizes available with dimensions, the types of projects that each is best suited to, and certain restrictions applicable to larger skip sizes.

Common Skip Sizes

Skip sizes are measured in cubic yards. One cubic yard (91cm x 91cm x 91cm) is roughly the size of two washing machines or one white domestic fridge freezer. Here are some common skip sizes, a guide to how many bin bags you could fit in them, and the type of project each skip size is commonly used for.

2-yard mini skip

The 2-yard mini skip holds the equivalent of 20-30 bin bags and is best suited for very small domestic jobs.

4-yard small (midi) skip

A small skip holds 4 cubic yards and is perfect for small kitchen and bathroom refurbishment jobs. It holds the equivalent of 30-40 bin bags.

6-yard small builders skip

A ‘6 yarder’ is one of the most common skip sizes and is great for DIY or building projects such as removing a medium-sized kitchen. It holds the equivalent of 50-60 bin bags.

Large Skip Sizes

8-yard large builders skip

The 8-yard skip is the most widely used skip size and is the biggest skip available for heavy waste such as concrete, soil and rubble. Common uses include residential refurbishment projects, shop refits and office clearances. It holds the equivalent of 60-80 bin bags.

12-yard maxi skip

Maxi skips are used for bulky refurbishment works or large house clearances. They hold the equivalent of 100-120 bin bags but cannot be used for heavy waste as the skip lorry would not be able to legally carry it. Because of it’s larger dimensions, some councils will not allow it to be put on the road, so you will need to make room for it in your garden or driveway.


Skip Size Volume Dimensions No. of bin bags
Mini Skip 2 cubic yards 4 x 3 x 3 feet 25
Midi Skip 4 cubic yards 6 x 4 x 3 feet 35
Small Builders’ Skip 6 cubic yards 10 x 4 x 4 feet 50
Large Builders’ Skip 8 cubic yards 12 x 6 x 4 feet 70
Large Maxi Skip 12 cubic yards 13 x 6 x 6 feet 110


For more information, visit our Mini Skip Hire Alternative page and our London Skip Hire Price guide to see what the average cost in each London borough is for skip hire.  If you’ve decided that a skip is the best option, head on over to our sister site – Loveskips to order a skip anywhere in the UK.


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