Tips for Packing Fragile Items

Items like lamps and china come in different shapes and sizes and require a bit more care when it comes to boxing them up for a move. Here are tips to get you started on packing your fragile items.


Packing Lamps

Many people do not think of lamps as fragile. If you have an antique or a lamp with more than one bulb, it could certainly be classified as fragile. To get started packing your lamp, separate the lamps from their shades. Pack and wrap the shades individually and separately from the lamp stands to prevent damage. Be sure to keep the stands of your lamps vertical at all times, even in the boxes and during the shipping process. If you own a very tall lamp, it is best to hire a professional mover to do the heavy lifting for you.

Packing China Sets

China sets are comprised of dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, saucers, tea sets, and so on. These items tend to fit in a square cardboard box but are usually quite fragile.

  1. Create a cushion for the kitchenware at the bottom of the box with newspaper or packing peanuts.
  2. Start with plates (the biggest ones) and wrap each individually with newspaper, bubble wrap, tissue paper or towels. Avoid wrapping china in paper towels as this type of paper isn't strong enough to protect your items.
  3. Organize the plates into sets of 2 or 3 and wrap them again.
  4. Place the plates in the box vertically, on their side. (As opposed to flat to the bottom of the box.)
  5. Still have more room in the box? Create another cushioning layer with newspaper or packing peanuts and repeat steps 1-4. When you run out of large plates, move on to step 6.
  6. Now it is time to wrap tea cups and other miscellaneous items individually and place them on top of the cushioned layer. Be sure to lay the heavier items on the bottom. Gravity will work in your favor this way.
  7. If you have space, create another layer of cushion and repeat step 6 until you fill the box. However, limit yourself to four layers per box or the box will be too heavy.
  8. Now that all your china is packed, you are ready to seal it up, label the box, and move to your beautiful new home.

Whether you are hiring professional movers or moving items yourself, it will be helpful to label your delicate items as fragile so that you know which boxes will require more care.

If you are still unsure, you can always hire someone with experience, a professional moving company to pack the fragile items for you. Contact Denver movers and packers, Great Plains Moving & Storage to get your china packing started.