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Expert Tips and Tricks on How to Pack Fragile Items Before Your Move

September 15, 2021

Blog Post | Moving Tips

Last year, around a fifth of US adults, moved home. The pandemic brought a lot of upheavals, as work relocated and the property industry boomed. If you are one of those people thinking of moving when the time comes do you know how to do it right?

Valuable items are always the easiest to break, so it pays to take more care and attention when moving them. Read on as we discuss how to pack fragile items. 

Stock Up

One of the best moving packing tips is to stock up before you begin. If not, you will be going backward and forwards to the store. This can make the job twice as long as it needs to be. 

You also don’t want to be skimping if you run out. Using incorrect materials can lead to damages. You will also use much more than you expect. 

Essential items you can not do without are packing paper, bubble wrap, brown paper tape and your boxes. Optional items include picture boxes, chipboard, cardboard dividers, towels and cushioning papers. 

Wrapping Your Items

The first step in moving with fragile items is to wrap them. This adds an extra layer of protection from the bumps and potholes they may encounter while on the road. When doing this, always take the double wrapping approach. 

Start with at least two layers of plastic wrap, bubble wrap or cardboard wrap. Follow this by a wrap in two more layers of your packing paper. Hold all of this in place with your tape. 

Smaller Boxes for Heavier Items

The heavier an item is, the smaller the box should be. This makes it much easier to carry as it has a more even displacement of weight. It is not going to unbalance and drop on the floor, and won’t be sliding about inside. 

Any extra space can be filled with light padding. This means you won’t be adding to the load. 

When combined with solid packing in boxes, your items now have a lot of cushioning. This means they are unlikely to break even in harsher bumps and jolts. 

Weight the Boxes

When packing a mixture of items into a box, then always place the heavier ones at the bottom. This gives a counterweight to the box, helping it to balance. It also stops added pressure on items underneath that may get crushed. 

How to Pack Breakable Items

Breakable and fragile goods cover a very wide range of household items, that may need individual attention. However, there are a few universal tactics you should employ for all. 

The first is to mark everything clearly and boldly. Moving goods can be tiring, both mentally and physically. If someone has been shifting boxes of books or blankets, they may use the same techniques for your box of china. 

Make sure you write your lettering large and use bold colors. If a box needs to be carried a certain way up, make sure you have labeled it as such.

How to Pack China and Glassware

China and glassware are extremely easy to damage in transit. Even if you are careful, items that are not packed correctly may chink, chip, or shatter. Therefore it is important to plan in advance and pack them properly. 

Start by lining the bottom of the box with paper. For this, use a newspaper or magazine. Tear out pages and crinkle them up into large wads so it provides cushioning at the bottom. 

Once your china and glassware are wrapped, place them in the box. Stuff the spaces between with more paper. Don’t just do the corners, but make sure every hole is filled. 

Stuff paper inside the bulb of the glass and around the rims. Once everything is inside and packed, you can layer a sheet of paper over the top. You may even put a thicker card or chipboard here to add extra protection. 

Packing Pictures

One of the more awkward items to pack are pictures and frames. Not only do you have a large, flat shape to contend with but you also have the added bonus of large glass sheets. 

All picture frames should be stacked vertically. If you do them horizontally, they have more chance of being hit upon the large glass surface. By lining them up standing, they can protect each other.

Find some large boxes big enough to house them. Reinforce the bottom with tape and extra card, then add a layer of cushion from a towel or cloth. Place the first picture into the box with the back of the frame facing the wall of the box. 

Now place a cardboard divider. If you don’t have any, you can break down older boxes into rectangles. Place this on the front, glass part before leaning another picture up against it. 

While this method does work, there is no substitute for correct picture packing boxes. They often have reinforced corners to prevent any chipping and offer more protection. For long journeys, these are recommended.

Take Your Time

If you rush your packing, you are much more likely to break items than you would in transit. Make sure you give yourself plenty of advanced notice. Pack items slowly, and don’t cut corners when it comes to wrapping and storing them. 

How to Pack Fragile Items

Now you know how to pack fragile items, you just need to decide if you have the time and patience to do it. If not, then you should consider hiring someone to conduct the job for you. From packing to removal, you can get companies to do all or some of the work. 

Your first stop for movals should be American Moving and Storage Solutions. Serving the Columbus area, our aim is to help you enjoy your new space sooner. Click here to contact us for a quick, no-obligation estimate. 

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