Tips For Packing Breakable Items

Broken_glassOne of the biggest concerns for a lot of our customers is finding the right method for packing breakable items. Whether it’s glasses, ceramics, mirrors, or just some other fragile item(s), proper packing techniques can make all the difference in the world. It can be very upsetting to open up a box of fine chinaware and to hear that ever-telling jingle of broken pieces. We wouldn’t want that to happen to you! If you follow these tips for packing breakable items, you can avoid all of the unpleasantness associated with damaging your heirlooms.

Sort Your Items By Type, Size, and Weight 

Packing like items together is usually the best method. For example, a set of plates will stack neatly, even with padding. Keeping items that are similar in size and weight together will prevent them from being damaged by having something larger or heavier crush it.

Get The Proper Padding

Depending on what you’re packing, and how far it will have to move, your needs could be very different than someone else’s. In general, these are the types of materials that we use and recommend for most packing needs (links are all to Uline).

  1. Newsprint – Good to wrap up dishes, platters, and even mugs. Basically – anything glass or ceramic that clinks together can be wrapped up with newsprint. You’ll want to fully cover each piece that you’re wrapping with at least 2-3 sheets. Heavier items may require more newsprint.
  2. Bubble wrap – Available in many different options, bubble wrap is a great protection for many fragile items. Larger bubbles will provide more protection, and can be a good method for heavier items. Smaller bubbles are less bulky in general, but is only protective for light weight items.
  3. Furniture pads – Available in either paper or quilted blankets, furniture pads can offer protection for some of your larger items. These can include lamps, vases, or other large items.

Pack Your Boxes

Packing the boxes properly is essential. In general, you want to keep your heaviest items on bottom, lighter items on top. This is true both for the individual boxes, and for stacks of boxes. Make sure you label items as fragile as needed – don’t label every box as fragile, just the ones with the most breakable items.

Before you attempt to move your boxes, pick them up and gently shake them back and forth. If you can hear anything clinking together, you require more padding! Your boxes shouldn’t make any rattling or clinking noises, or you are risking damages.

For items such as lamps and vases, it can be a good idea to wrap them with furniture pads, and then place them into boxes. This is especially true for more fragile items. A box adds another layer of protection and security for any items, even if it might seem unnecessary.