The dining room will generally include your most fragile china and crystal stemware. Each
item should be carefully wrapped in paper and placed in dishpack cartons;
cellular dividers are recommended for stemware. You will also want to include
any items with values exceeding $100 per pound on your "High Value
Inventory" form to receive proper valuation coverage.
China & Glassware
Wrap all pieces of china and glassware individually. Using several sheets of
clean paper, start from the corner, wrapping diagonally and continuously tucking in
- A generous amount of paper padding and cushioning is required for all china and
- A double layer of newsprint serves well as outer wrapping.
- Label cartons with room, contents and "FRAGILE - THIS SIDE UP."
Flat China & Flat Glassware
Place cushioning material in the bottom of a carton. Wrap each piece
individually with clean paper, then wrap up to three in a bundle with a double layer of
newsprint. Place these bundled items in the carton in a row
- Larger china and glass plates, platters and other flat pieces are excellent as the
lowest layer in a dish pack.
- Surround each bundle with crushed paper, being careful to leave no voids or unfilled
- Add two or three inches of wadded paper on top of the bundle to protect rims and make a
level base for the next tier.
- Horizontal cardboard dividers can be helpful in keeping layers level.
- Smaller plates, saucers and shallow bowls could make up a second layer. Wrap and pack
in the same way as larger items.
If not using cellular dividers, wrap cups individually first in a double layer of paper
and place them upside down on rims in a row on an upper layer with all handles facing the
same direction. Top off the layer with wadded newsprint.
Even when using a dish pack and cellular dividers, wrap china cups individually first,
protecting handles with an extra layer of
clean paper. Then, pack cups upside down.
Silver & Flatware
To protect silver pieces from tarnishing, they should be completely enclosed in newsprint
or plastic wrap.
- Hollow ware -- including bowls, tea sets and serving dishes - should be wrapped
carefully like fragile items and packed like china.
- Loose flatware may be wrapped individually or in sets, and in paper, clear plastic or
small gift boxes that are then secured with tape.
- Even if silverware is in a chest, consider wrapping the pieces individually and
reposition them in the chest. Or, fill all voids in the chest with newsprint to prevent
shifting. The chest can be wrapped in a large bath towel.
Select an item and pack it right!
Figurines, Curios and Other Delicate Items
Be sure the items are well-protected with plenty of cushioning.
- Wrap first in tissue paper, paper towels or facial tissue. Then, wrap carefully in
paper that has been wadded and flattened out.
- Small mirrors, plaques and pictures should be wrapped individually in tissue paper
with an outer layer of newsprint.
- A bath towel or small blanket makes an excellent outer wrapping and padding for glass.
- Place flat items on edge in a carton.
Consult with your Moving Professional on the packing of exceptionally fragile items.
Items with values exceeding $100 per pound need to be listed on your "High
Value Inventory" form to receive proper valuation coverage. If an item is extremely
valuable as well as delicate, it might be wise to have it packed for you. Special materials
might be needed for maximum protection.
After removing the light bulb and lamp harp, wrap the base, harp and bulb separately in
newsprint. Place them together in a carton, filling voids with wadded paper.
Never wrap lamp shades in newspaper, as the ink will soil the shade. Instead, carefully
wrap each shade in three or four sheets of tissue paper, a pillowcase or a large
- Use a sturdy carton at least two inches bigger all around than the largest shade. Line
it with clean paper, using crushed paper under the lamp shade to create a protective layer,
but not around the shade.
- A smaller shade may be nested inside a larger one, provided they do not touch.
- Only one silk shade should be placed in carton to avoid stretching the silk.
- Do not pack other items with shades.
- Label cartons "LAMP SHADES - FRAGILE - TOP LOAD ONLY."
Chandeliers and Leaded Glass Shades
It is best to have your moving professional crate large leaded or other glass lamp shades
Glass Table Tops, Marble Slabs, Large Mirrors, Paintings, Statues & Large Vases
It's best to consult with your moving company about custom-made cartons
and crates for items of this kind. Paper should never be permitted to touch the surface
of an oil painting.
Table leaves are best transported in paper pads, then taped to hold the padding in place.
(Note: never place tope on the surface of wood.) Don't use
plastic wrap, as moisture may get trapped and damage wood.
Draperies & Curtains
Wardrobe cartons are ideal for moving curtains and drapes. Fold them lengthwise, place
over a padded hangar, pin securely and hang in the wardrobe.
Draperies and curtains also may be folded and packed in cartons lined with clean paper or
Leave area rugs on the floor for the moving company to handle.
- You may want to
consider having your area rugs professionally cleaned before your move
youll get them back from the cleaners wrapped, rolled and ready for
- Area rugs should be loaded last and unloaded first so the furniture coming off the
truck can go right on top of the rug.
Your van operator will shrink wrap large, upholstered items.
- Talk to your moving professional beforehand about any leather items.
- Table corners can be protected with cardboard.
- You may want to consider packing couch pillows in large boxes.