How to Pack Dishes and Glassware

How to Pack Dishes and Glassware

Whether you’re moving house or moving some unused belongings into storage, packing up glasses and dishware can be a concern. When packed incorrectly, it’s very easy for dishes and glassware to get broken in transit, even if you’re only taking them to your storage unit until you will require them in the future.  By making sure you’re packing your items properly, you can be sure that they will arrive at your new home or storage unit undamaged. In this blog post, we share the best packing materials and methods for dishes and glassware.

Packing Dishes

When choosing packing materials for dishes, it’s best to choose a box made of thick and sturdy cardboard. This extra protection will take the brunt of any jostling during transit, protecting your delicate items inside. Another reason to choose a sturdy box is that dishes can be quite heavy, and you’ll want that strength to support the weight of your items. You’ll also want a wide, heavy-duty tape for assembling your boxes and sealing them shut, and some good packing paper. Some people prefer bubble wrap, but this actually takes up much more room, meaning you won’t be able to fit as many dishes into a box.

Once your box is assembled, begin by lining the bottom with a generous bedding of packing paper to protect and support your dishes from the bottom. Then, begin packing your heaviest and bulkiest items first. Items like casserole and serving dishes should go on the bottom, topped by plates, followed by bowls then mugs and teacups. Wrap each item individually in packing paper, laying it down on a sheet diagonally, then rolling the item up in the paper and tucking the edges as you go. For extra protection, you can tape the ends down on each item to ensure the paper does not fall free when being moved. 

Packing Glassware

Glassware can range from drinking glasses to wine glasses, vases to baking dishes. Glassware tends to be more delicate than heavy crockery, so it’s vital that you pack these items extremely carefully. Begin again with a sturdy cardboard box as you did with dishes, and line the bottom of the box in the same way with packing paper.

The method for packing glassware is much the same as packing dishes. You’ll want to begin by packing the heaviest items on the bottom, like baking dishes, for example, then followed by lighter drinking glasses, and finishing with the lightest and most delicate items, such as stemmed wine or champagne glasses and crystal. For these items, it can be a good idea to double wrap them to help ensure they do not get damaged. When your box is full, make sure you add another layer of packing paper on top of your items before sealing the box. This will provide another layer of protection and will help keep your items safe in the event the box is flipped upside down during transit.

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