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Tips and Tricks for Packing Dishware and Cups | Winter Moving & Storage

It is disappointing to unpack your household goods after moving only to find that your precious china glass and other dishware is broken. That is why you should take extra care when packaging fragile items. Here are some tips that will ensure that your dishes and cups arrive safely.

Obtain the Materials Required for Packaging

To pack your dishware and cups safely, you need to obtain:

  • Packaging paper
  • Dish boxes and ordinary boxes
  • Labels and markers
  • Packing tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Dish barrels

Bowls and Plates

Pack fragile bowls and plates individually by wrapping them with paper. Place the bowl or plate on top of the paper and fold the paper around the item. Then tuck the paper to secure it around the item.  Stack them into bundles and arrange them in the box vertically.

Cups, Glasses, and Mugs

Place the cup or mug in the middle of the paper, then fold the paper around it and crump the extra paper inside the item. These items are smaller than plates so they will benefit from the extra cushion provided by the crumpled paper.

Packaging Stemware

Stemware is the most delicate type of dishware because every part has a high risk of breaking or cracking. Wrap them with paper, and make sure you stuff plenty of paper around the stem and inside the glass. You can use bubble wrap or cellular boxes for extra protection. Arrange them in packaging boxes in an upright position.

Packaging Pots and Pans

Pots and pans may not be as susceptible to breakages as other dishware but are prone to dents and scratches. Protect them from damage by wrapping them with plenty of paper. Then cushion them by stuffing paper crumbs inside to reduce the impact of shocks and collisions. You can pack them in ordinary boxes without extra padding.

Knives and Sharp Objects

Wrap knives and other sharp objects individually with paper, then put them in a bubble wrap. Put them in a box and label it appropriately so that the movers are aware that it contains sharp objects.

How to Pack Items in The Boxes

Tape the bottom of the box and any other parts with joints to secure it and reduce the risk of tearing. Stuff the bottom of the packaging boxes with paper to provide extra cushion for the items. Then pack the items by arranging them vertically until the box is almost full. Then stuff all the spaces between the stacks with crumpled paper. Fill the top of the box with crumpled paper, then close the box and wrap it with tape.

General Tips

  • Pack all items that came in dish barrels in their respective boxes. Dish barrels are strong and thick and protect your kitchenware from moving shock.
  • Pack fragile items in dish boxes because they are thicker and sturdier than ordinary boxes.
  • Pack the heaviest items such as pitchers and ceramic plates at the bottom and place the light ones such as stemmed glasses at the top.
  • Ensure that each box weighs less than 45 pounds as the extra weight increases the risk of breakages.
  • Label the boxes appropriately to warn the movers that they need careful handling.

Hire Professional Movers

You can reduce the risk of damaging your dishware and cups by hiring professional movers. Winter Moving & Storage helps clients with packaging assistance and tips to ensure that you pack and move fragile items safely. We also provide packaging materials and professional packaging to our clients. We serve local clients in Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding areas. We also handle long-distance moves to any part of the US and abroad. Contact us to get a free moving estimate.


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