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Guide to Packing China, Heirlooms, and Glassware

When preparing to move, packing china, heirlooms, and glassware can be an anxiety-inducing task. Whether it’s an exquisite set of dishes you inherited from a relative or gorgeous stemware you purchased on impulse, packing these fragile items requires great care and attention to detail.

Many homeowners have had sleepless nights wondering if they put enough bubble wrap in the box with grandma’s serving bowl. We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to be this homeowner! Packing china and other fragile items is one stressful moving task you can cross off your list.

At Megan’s Moving, our expert movers know how to carefully wrap, pack, move, and unpack your most precious belongings. In this post, we’d like to give you a step-by-step process to pack fragile items so that you never have to worry whether your Baccarat champagne flutes will survive the trip to your new home.

Step 1: Wrap with Packing Paper

Find a level, sturdy packing surface and place a clean sheet of packing paper on top. Make sure this sheet is large enough to wrap around the item. With the item in the center of the packing paper, fold the paper inward one corner at a time and secure the paper to itself with tape.

Step 2: Wrap with Bubble Wrap

Place a sheet of bubble wrap (large enough to wrap around the item) onto your packing surface. With the item in the center of the bubble wrap, fold the bubble wrap inward one corner at a time and secure it with tape.

Step 3: Choose a Box

Choose a box for your fragile items. Make sure the box is not too big; choosing the right moving box is very important! You want the contents to fit snugly and not roll or rattle around.

Step 4: Add Protection to the Box

Place packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or towels in the bottom of the box before packing china, heirlooms, and glassware. This extra padding will help protect your fragile items during the bumpy ride to your new home.

Step 5: Pack Your China and Other Fragile Items

Carefully load each item in the box, placing the heaviest items on the bottom. Once the box is full, fill remaining voids in the box with packing peanuts or paper. Secure the box with heavy-duty tape.

Step 6: Label Your Boxes

Label your box on at least three sides. Include the contents of the box as well as the word “FRAGILE” so that your professional movers know to treat the box with care.

Pro Packing Tip

Inventory your belongings. This may sound like a lot of work, but it’s the best way to keep track of all your boxes. It allows your moving company to easily group your boxes for optimum placement in the moving truck, and it streamlines the unpacking process.

For more pro packing tips, check out our 12 professional packing tips for fragile items »


Packing china dishes in a box


Packing China, Heirlooms and Glassware Isn’t Easy

If the thought of packing your china cabinet is giving you nightmares, contact Megan’s Movers. We have expertly trained movers who would be happy to handle the packing, moving, and unpacking of your most fragile belongings. Our moving trucks are state of the art and include top-of-the-line padding on the walls, carpet on the floors, and security straps to ensure your boxes are snug and safe.

Our moving professionals are background checked and drug-screened, and they’ve been trained on how to make your move as stress-free as possible. Request a free packing and moving quote today!

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