Moving to a new home? Have you packed all of the fragile items cautiously? What about the flower vase, show pieces, fine china and the glassware? Have all the fragile items been carefully catered to? If not, don’t worry, we will tell you how you can safely pack Fine China and Glassware.
The safe packing of fine china and glassware can be done in different ways, as described below. You may choose whatever suits you best.
You will need tissue paper rolls – the larger type for wrapping gifts. Place the tissue papers flat on any even surface. They should be of a size that will more than cover the item you’re packing. Start with the flat items. Keep the items with their faces down and wrap the tissues completely around them. Secure all sides with tape or you may just fold all the corners inward – making a safe covering for the glassware. For items such as bowls or cups, wrap the tissues around them completely, fold the corners inwards and seal the corners with tape – you are good to go! Now, place them in the containers as they are fit to transport.
You may also use bubble wrap for the purpose. Lay a large piece of bubble wrap flat on an even surface, and place the flat items in the middle of the wraps with their faces downwards. Cover the items with the wrap completely and fasten all the corners with scotch tape. Do the same with the cups and bowls. The only difference is that you will have to cover them from the inside first and then from the outside. For the handles, use a six inch strip of a bubble wrap and roll it around the handle, securing it with tape on the end.
You will have to find a box that can accommodate the glassware and china while keeping the items close-fitting. You don’t want extra space left between items or to pack too many fragile items in one box. Small boxes won’t be able to accommodate the glassware, whereas a bigger box can make your china slide on both sides and will pose a higher tendency for them to crack. Place each plate one on another with their faces upwards with thin cushioning between them and then thick cushioning around the stack of plates.Plates are heavy, so don’t stack too many in each box. For bowls and cups, place one stack of bowls in a close-fitting box, then use peanuts or packing paper to form a layer. . Some of your boxes will be heavy and you will have to fasten the box with heavy duty tape.
Regardless of the packing method you choose, definitely remember to mark the boxes as “Very Fragile” in large letters using permanent ink.
Below are some helpful tips when dealing with fine china:
- Whenever you make a stack, the stack of plates shouldn’t contain more than four plates, while the stack of bowls shouldn’t contain more than 3.
- Glasses and mugs need to be packed separately.
- Pay attention to the stem of wineglasses as well – cover them with a folded sheet of packing paper and then cushion the entire glass from top-to-bottom.
- Crumbled paper works very well.
These are fragile items and can also hurt you once they break. Handle them with care.
Last, with all the precautions taken and safe packing, opt for reliable residential movers to make sure that your glassware and china is transported without being shattered. We know that you will be in a rush to move and settle things, but you should not hire any local residential moving company nearby without a proper check. What would be the point of paying and hiring residential movers if you later open boxes with broken glassware and china? Home packers and movers should be reliable in terms of services and insured. You should also read reviews on respected sources like Google, Yelp and Angie’s List.