Packing china can be a major moving stressor. You likely have family heirlooms or expensive china that you don’t want to break. Original packaging is ideal for packing your china and glassware, but if that option is not available, following these simple tips will help you to protect your delicate items during your move.
- Layer the box with packing peanuts or foam.
- Place a few layers of newspaper(Avoid printed newspaper as the ink will rub off on whatever is wrapped with it and will not wash off of items with a porous surface,) bubble wrap, or cardboard in front of the first plate then continue layering them.
- Store plates standing up (as if you were serving them). Packing this way reduces the pressure on the vulnerable, thinner china in the center on the plate (especially for those at the bottom of a heavy stack), which means they’re less likely fall victim to the bumps and jostles of your move. Fill in any space with packing peanuts to ensure there is no wiggle room.
- Use sturdy cardboard dividers between individual cups and larger items so they don’t bang around.
- When you wrap items with a lid, wrap each piece individually and then again together. For optimum protection, add a piece of bubble wrap or foam over your china, then follow with a piece of clean paper or packing paper. Start at the corner of the paper and wrap each piece diagonally, tucking overlapping edges until covered. Finish with two pieces of newspaper for an additional protective layer.
- After placing a layer of cups, top with a layer of sturdy cardboard and additional packing peanuts or cushioning foam.
- Seal the box with packing tape.
- Be sure to label every box as fragile and which side should be facing up. Labeling what the specific contents are can help provide a smooth un-packing process.
- It is important to keep the size compact because packing too many pieces in a single box makes the box difficult to move, and provides a temptation for movers to put a larger, heavier box at the bottom of a stack when loading into trucks, which can mean that your best china ends up sitting under too much weight.