Tips for Packing Fragile Items

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When packing your belongings for a move, you’ll want to make sure you take special care with fragile items by properly packing them to keep them safe. The right packaging materials can prevent your delicate items from bouncing around and absorb any shock or impact. Preparing in advance and using the proper tools and methods for the job is crucial.

Here are a few tips for packing fragile items:

Preparation and Tools

You’ll ideally want a large table for laying out and packing fragile items.

Tools you will need:

  • sturdy boxes in various sizes
  • pliable cardboard
  • packing paper
  • packing peanuts
  • bubble wrap
  • packing tape
  • scotch tape
  • a permanent marker
  • scissors

Don’t rely on towels, blankets, or newspaper to protect fragile items.

Plates

Wrap each plate with bubble wrap and secure with scotch tape. Line the inside of a small or medium box with packing peanuts or crumpled paper. Place bubble wrapped plates in the box vertically. This reduces surface area and risk of breakage. For extra protection, place a piece of pliable cardboard between each plate and on the top and bottom of the box. Add more packing peanuts or crumpled paper to fill empty spaces. Don’t overpack as this increases the risk of damage. Secure box with packing tape and label all sides of the box “fragile” with permanent marker.

Glassware

Wrap glassware with packing paper, tucking the paper inside the glass. Place crumpled paper inside larger glasses to fill empty space. Pad the inside of a small or medium box with packing peanuts or plenty of packing paper. Place glasses inside, starting with heavier glassware on the bottom. Fill empty spaces with packing peanuts or crumpled paper. Repeat labeling process as above.

Vases, Ceramics and Specialty Items

For vases, ceramics and abnormally-shaped items, wrap individual pieces in packing paper and fill inside with crumpled paper. Then rewrap with bubble wrap and secure with scotch tape. Pad a small box with packing peanuts or crumpled paper, and pliable cardboard. If stacking pieces, use pliable cardboard between each piece. Fill in extra spaces and surround items with crumpled up paper or packing peanuts. Tape up the box with packing tape and label “fragile” with permanent marker on all sides.

Remember to fill in empty spaces when packing fragile items but DO NOT OVERPACK. Be sure all boxes containing are marked “fragile.” It’s also a good idea to mark the top of each box and which room they will go in your new home.