Quick Tips For Safely Packing And Moving Glass

If part of your move requires moving some flat glass – such as tabletops, mirrors, or any framed pieces – you probably could use a little help keeping your things protected. These pieces can be very fragile, sometimes heavy, and generally more difficult to properly pack.

For framed pieces, we highly recommend wrapping them in heavy-duty bubble wrap and then inserting them into specialty mirror cartons. This is a very simple way to pack up most of these items that can ensure their safety for your move.

For larger pieces, you will most likely need to get into some custom packing. For a large glass tabletop, for example, it is probably heavy enough that bubble wrap loses its effectiveness. The best method for something like this would be to securely wrap moving pads around it so it has a soft cushion on all sides. When moving something like this into the moving truck, you can further protect it by packing it between mattresses and box springs.

If you have furniture that has a lot of glass on it, like a china cabinet, you’re going to want to keep that well-protected as well. For these types of items, there are a few things that you can do to keep them protected. First, you should remove any shelves or hardware that is not securely fastened to it, such as shelf clips. Knobs can usually stay in place, unless they have hanging pieces that could smack into the glass. You should wrap the piece in furniture pads and use tape or shrink wrap to secure the pads in place. When loading a piece like this into the moving truck, make sure that it is not packed near anything that could move around and potentially cause damage. It is usually a safe bet to pack it against bedding or sofas, but if it is properly padded, you could also pack it with similar-sized furniture.

Properly packing and moving glass can be one of the most daunting challenges of any move, especially if you have a lot of it. By following these tips, you should be on the right path to making sure all of your fragile pieces make it through the move safely. If you have any other tips, please leave them in the comments section below.


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  2. I have a table top (without the legs) in glass, very heavy & triangle in shape. Would it be advisable to transport thsi standing upright or laying flat. The chairs are the only other items being transported with the table

    • It can depend on how the truck gets packed, but here is how we would handle this.

      First, we would wrap the glass in pads, and secure the pads with tape. We want to know the pads are fully protecting everything, especially the corners, and that it will not be shaken loose when the truck moves. If you are moving beds as well, it can be smart to store them upright or on their sides, and you can store the glass pieces in between the mattresses and box springs.

      Let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you for reading our blog!

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