China, glassware and other breakables from your dining room require careful handling when packing and moving. Follow the packing tips below to ensure these items arrive safely at your new home.
Before you start, it’s good idea to gather everything you’ll need:
- Sturdy boxes of various sizes with flaps that can be completely closed.
- Packing paper.
- Paper pads
- Bubble wrap
- Tissue paper
- Packing tape for sealing packed boxes.
- Felt-tipped markers for labeling boxes.
How to pack breakable items
When you’re packing breakable items, you want to fill the bottom of your boxes with crushed paper. Wrap all pieces of china individually in clean newsprint paper. Using several sheets, start from the corner and wrap diagonally. Continually tuck in the overlapping edges. A double layer of paper serves well as an outer wrapping.
Place plates on their ends in a sturdy box. Never pack them flat in the box. Put the heaviest items on the bottom and build up in layers, with the lighter items on top. Separate the layers with crushed paper.
Tips on packing bowls
Wrap bowls in the same way as flat plates. Place the bowls in the carton in the same way as plates. Never pack them on the flat side in the bottom of the box.
How to pack stemware
To pack stemware, roll a piece of packing paper and wrap it around the stem of the glass. Then wrap each piece individually in a layer of packing paper. Place stemware in a carton in a row on edge.
Tips on packing silverware
Silverware may be wrapped either individually or in sets. If silverware is in a chest, you might want to wrap the pieces individually and reposition them in the chest. Or fill in all the empty spaces in the chest with tissue paper. And wrap the chest in a paper pad.
Break out the bubble wrap when packing fragile items
Vases or other fragile items should be wrapped in bubble wrap and then a paper pad on the outside. Once a box is completely full, seal it and label with the contents. When packing anything delicate, be sure to label the carton as fragile and draw an arrow marking which side is up.
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