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.